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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%


Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"8.8%alc./vol. 100+ ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 07-30-2007)
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mtrentm

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter

A: Orange/copper color with a nice 2-finger off-white head.

S: Hops...Lots of hops! Citrus fruits & slightly sweet toasted malt notes lingering in the background.

T: Just like the nose, sweet citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. Caramel flavors are present from the malts. A very well balanced DIPA.

M: Medium-full bodied, thick yet creamy mouthfeel. Really nice.

D: A very drinkable DIPA one of my favorites by far! If you can get your hands on this you must try it!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 23:38:12 | More by mtrentm
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snaotheus

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, somewhat cloudy brownish amber color. Thin head, slight lacing, a little bit of thick sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation rises slowly.

Smells piney, citrusy, and a little yeasty. I think the big note is citrus.

Tastes bitter and hoppy, sweet with a very piney aftertaste, a slightly sour note left in the mouth to finish (making me want another sip).

Feels thick and heavy in the mouth.

Overall, good beer, but probably a one-in-a-nighter for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:59:17 | More by snaotheus
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wetpaperbag for this one.

A - Clean, slightly hazed golden orange in color. Two finger foamy head with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Strong aroma of sweet caramel dominated by citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon in this one. The sweetness provides just enough backing. Excellent DIPA aroma.

T - Light caramel sweetness initially, very sticky. Hops quickly come in and take over the palate. Big citrus notes, primarily grapefruit. The taste is very much in line with the aroma. Finishes with a very clean bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and a touch on the creamy side of things. Good carbonation. A little on the balanced side of the DIPA spectrum, but still very much a hop bomb. Alcohol is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 21:43:32 | More by ckeegan04
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Mauerhan

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this from pdxhops. I have been waiting to open this up for a while.

pours golden orange with a layer of white head. nice lacing.

smells good and hoppy. piney. reminds me of a sculpin a bit. I like it...I like it a lot.

taste is good. nice hop presence. leaves a great citrusy flavor.

I would drink this again. a rather nice double ipa. a short review but im on my phone and the battery is dieing

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 06:33:25 | More by Mauerhan
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koopa

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Fairly standard honey orange with decent clarity, a big off white head, lots of retention and LOADS of lacing!

Smell: Wet grass, floral hops, honey, and a touch of citrus hops.

Taste: A delicious DIPA that seems more like a "Big IPA" to me. Hops are very present but not as extremely aggressive as other DIPA's. A good dose of sugar and a low malt profile keep this brew all about the hops.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin and crisp for a DIPA but a nice amount of carbonation is very pleasant.

Drinkability: Good for an 8.8 % ABV

This has been my 3rd Ninkasi offering I've tried and my favorite yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 18:03:15 | More by koopa
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olmatty

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a one finger white head with poor retention and moderate lacing. Beer is an orange amber with a slight haze.

Smell- Nothing but fresh pungent hoppiness. Fairly stings the nose.

Taste- Big hop presence, resinous up front, qualities of fresh cut vegetation. There's a decent amber maltiness, but it has a hard time making its case with all those hops around.

Mouthfeel- Below average carbonation, mouthcoating nearly oily hopiness.

Drinkability- Huge flavor, somewhat smooth, but high ABV and big flavor keep drinkability to a beer or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 05:23:33 | More by olmatty
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden copper haze of a beer, with a huge 2 inch tightly formed head. Very long lasting head at that. Watch out how you pour this.

S- Honey, great red grapefruit, and a nice earthy malt note. Lots of hops for sure.

T- Great malts, but the hops are the star. Grapefruity, yet other citrus notes are there. The hops aren't overpowering, but a very well balance DIPA. Very tasty and delicious.

M- Thick, but not overly thick, great feel for the mouth.

D- Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 02:13:36 | More by Wetpaperbag
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gford217

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Reino poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a huge three-finger head that recedes to a small cap leaving tons of lacing. Great looking beer.

Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, fruits of all kinds - grapefruit, lemons, apricot, oranges - all of which are decidedly sweet in the nose. The malts are present but light in the nose with a faint biscuity presence in the background.

The taste follows the aroma with a juicy explosion of sweet fruit, especiallly grapefruit and maybe some apples and apricots. The malt profile is also sweeter with some caramel underneath the hops. The finish brings on a healthy dose of non-abrasive bitterness but still with some sweetness to balance.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and thick with fruit and hop juice. The carbonation is fairly high but soft on the palate.

This is a very good DIPA from the West Coast that succeeds at being much sweeter than most from out that way. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 00:48:48 | More by gford217
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to djeucalyptus for this brew.

A - A cloudy copper with 2 fingers of off white head.

S - Pine! Lots of grapefruit, orange, and lemon as well.

T - A good balance of zesty hops and malt. Not as much of the kick you in the face pungent-ness of some DIPAs.

M/D - Good carbonation, creamy and full bodied. For some reason I thought this was only 7% till I finished the bottle, and laughed realizing it claims 9.7%. I'd love to have this regularly!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 06:57:58 | More by xpimptastikx
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bcm119

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber with a dense, off-white head. Aroma is all resiny hops, with some underlying bready sweetness. Pine and citrus pith hop bitterness is pervasive, washing over the palate and lingering well after the finish. But a heavy malt sweetness creates a full, slightly viscous mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. The malt is slightly grainy, with toffee and cookie sweetness that is a bit too syrupy and becomes slightly off-putting. Flavors are not well integrated, with a strange disconnect between the supple malts and the pithy bitterness. Drinkability suffers a little from this. Overall, some nice white grapefruit hop bitterness here, but a little too sweet for the style and not an impressive overall package.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 20:28:42 | More by bcm119
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for bringing me down tis bottle, which was hads down one of the best, fruity IPA's I have ever had. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 12/29/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber in color with a light amount of cloudiness and haze. Rich looking with a nice head of about two inches in height and a nice fade into sticky side glass lacing.

The aroma was unreal. Rich fruity notes of peach and orange, hints of lemon and tangerine, so sweet and rich I was beside myself. Not the pungent bitter hops, the light, sweet, fruity notes that I loved. The flavor was more of the same, super sweet light orange and tangerine notes, hints of pineapple and light biscuit malts in the backround. Long sweet, and bitter,dry finish was superb as well. Smooth, mellow carbonation was done just right with an ease of drinkability that had me very impressed with every bit of the 8+ percent no where to be found.

Again one of the best big IPA's I have ever had. This was so well done and so well balanced and fresh I was just amazed. I have to look for this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 02:57:13 | More by mikesgroove
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body encircled with a ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Aroma of citrus and apricots with no more than a light touch of malts.

Taste: Slightly bready maltiness with a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste of grapefruit rinds and apricots. Punchy, medium-high hop bitterness. Touch of alcohol on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A passable Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 01:06:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz undated bottle at 53 degrees, $9.00 from Malt and Vine.

Pours clear dark copper, with a one inch head of white froth. The foam settled moderately quick to a skim coat on the surface, and left behind streaks and dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a nice blend of piney resins, grapefruit, and orange citrus. Light malt in the back, and hints of tangerines follow through. Not extremely pungent or floral.

Medium bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel.

Resinous hops, citrus flesh, and juicy pine start the palate. Fairly lush and quite fruity. A firm, drying bitterness steps forward as well as orange oils and grapefruit zest. Light malt and slightly warming alcohol.

Finishes with a lingering pithy bitterness, ripe fruit, and sappy resins.

This one is tasting a bit lackluster. I'm guessing that it may be a few months old and perhaps has seen better days. The hopping does not reak of pellets, so I would bet when fresh, this beer is pretty exceptional.
Still quite drinkable, just coming up short in the aroma and palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 23:38:57 | More by brewandbbq
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this one I've been wanting to test out.

Pours a very very cool color of peachy orangey ambery cloudiness. A nice stark white head lingers well and leaves very nice lacing down the glass.

Nose is quite hoppy with a very floral and cascadey scent. There is a sweetness in the nose, a resiny sweetness. Some perfume and flowery nose as well.

Taste is quite interesting. A complex beer undoubtedly. This one is not your typical balls out west coast grapefruit bomb at all. The malt profile is quite nice, and the bitterness is somewhat subdued, although the hop flavor is huge, the bitterness just isnt as big. Great hop resiny flavor mixes in well with the malt profile. Very nice. A dry and crisp finish with lingering sweetness and super floral hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. a bit slick on the palate, and maybe a tiny touch thick, but overall well done. Carbonation is where it should be.

Drinkability is devastatingly good here, as the bitterness is fairly low and the flavor is quite high. A very flavorful and easy to drink beer. The abv is hidden remarkably well.

Overall, A very interesting DIPA. Full of flavor, although I really would like to see more grapefruit action in here and maybe a touch more bitterness, this one will be appreciated by those who love the hop flavor but arent big on ball wrinkling bitterness. A flavorful and very drinkable DIPA, a nice medium between the typical west coast grapefruit bomb and some of the more malt driven euro hoppish IPAs that come out of the east. A good, complex, and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 03:23:00 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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chaz410

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer all around, this company needs to market on a wider scale, everything i've had from them has been fantastic. This beer is clean and very floral on the nose. I love the smell of this beer, it's like sticking your nose right in the middle of a bouquet of flowers. The taste is tart, sweet and floral. It's crisp mouthfeel really cleans your palate and allows lots of flavors to ring out without dominanting the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 04:23:37 | More by chaz410
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden amber with a pillowy white head and plenty of lacing.

S-Grapefruity hops with plenty of malt behind. Very nice.

T-Caramel malts aplenty up front but the hops take over quickly and last long. Mostly citrus hops with an earthy hop note in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, slightly oily, lingering bitterness.

D-Nicely balanced flavors, very pleasant to drink. High ABV makes it a bit dangerous as there is no real alcohol presence.

A nice comeback after the disappointment of the Total Domination IPA.

HV

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 01:45:49 | More by sholland119
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick, rocky head that leaves quite a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Citrusy and piney, with a biscuity base underneath

Taste: Biscuity up front, with a similar malt profile to Total Domination; quickly the pithy and piney hops kick in, and here is where the beer diverges from its sibling as it is less fruity but much more pithy and bitter; after the swallow, the hops dominate, with a hint of residual sugar and mint on the tip of the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer the more balanced approach of Total Domination to this beer, but still, it is a nice example of the style

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 01:01:46 | More by brentk56
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a murky orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus and fruits. Flavor of nice fruity notes (most citrus but also some tropical fruits and apple) and light hops in the finish. Nicely balanced. This is what a IIPA should be like! Not too sweet/bitter/syrupy at all!! Excellent IIPA.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall: 16/20
4.1/5

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 21:51:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up over the weekend at Belmont Station... poured tonight into my Chimay goblet.

1" head... doesn't stick around too long.. but it does leave fairly nice looking sheets of lace... the brew is bright glowing orange with a soft haze.

piney... and citric with some slight caramel sweetness... doesn't exactly strike me as overbearing as many PNW DIPA's can be... I like the nose on this one... nice and balanced for the style.

pretty good bitterness out of the gate.. caramel and to a lesser extent pale malts.... melts into a fruity hoppiness.. first the pine.. slight though.. then a nice blast of pineapple... tangerine zest .. and a little bit of orange... maybe even some orange juice... finish is a long lingering oily hoppiness.. a little bit of pine sap. Body is maybe a little light for the style.. but nothing worth bitching about.. carbonation may also be a little light but that bumps up the drinkability in my mind.

I really... really like this... tastes very fresh and juicy.. No one is gonna mistake this for an unbalanced monster of a DIPA... instead.. it should be considered a lesson of walking the fine line where many breweries go overboard.. very balanced.

4/4/4.5/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 07:02:31 | More by JohnGalt1
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bbothen

California

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Portland St Market in Klamath Falls, Or.

Pours a deep rust, copper, marmalade color with a frothy & bubbly 2 finger deep bright white head.

Big citric hop aroma, grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, sweet honey, sweet maltiness makes itself known.

Nicely balanced between caramel maltiness & citrus and pine hop character. Tastes great.

Smooth, sticky, oily, earthy, moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

This is right in my wheel house. I could handle a couple bottles no problem. Well maybe it's a problem. My doctor would probably tell me it's a problem. What does he know. He drives a bigass gas guzzling SUV. Dummy.

A fine example of an IIPA. Not a hop bomb. A nicely balanced, tasty, drinkable IIPA. Woo hoo.

Go get some.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 00:10:25 | More by bbothen
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was at first a bit cautious about this one because even before opening the bottle, I noticed lots of little flocs floating around in the beer. Should I let it sit for a few days to settle out? Naw, can't wait.

Poured it into a handled schooner and sure enough, there were lots of tiny suspended yeast flocs floating lazily about in what was otherwise a clear orange-amber beer. They were almost too small to notice and I certainly don't mind drinking them. But if we're judging on technicalities here, they'd count as a detraction. Still, the thick, rocky crown of ivory lather and sticky lace quickly restored confidence in the visual presentation.

This is a piney, resinous beer whose aroma carries beyond the glass. It's a big beer in terms of alcohol and body, but is remarkably well balanced with no excess hop overload. I would never otherwise imagine that Ninkasi pumps this thing with over 100 IBU. It is ripe with pinesap and an integrated hops regimen that is relatively informal - big but not imposing or clumsy. And the body is flawless in its soft plump contours - the liquid equivalent of that perfect pillow you sink into with utter delight.

Dangerously quaffable for an imperial.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:58:02 | More by RedDiamond
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cannabanaceae

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a snifter. Thin head, chill haze,Dark cheery wood in color.
Smell was resinous, fruity, thick sweet malt, carmel, rotton wood.
Taste was slightly warming with a sugary malt profile. Taste was not as heavy as smell, but had some nice grapefruit and piney hops. bitter end. Like the use of high alfa hops.
Mouthfell was thick and astringent.
This is a nice IIPA, but when I had it on draft it was better tasting. Not sure how old this bottle was because there was no date. A pricey beer but a good one.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 23:34:54 | More by cannabanaceae
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beerad666

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber of this at Belmont Station in Portland OR. It made the journey safely in my luggage back to Chicago. I picked this is up becuase it was a Double IPA and a beer named after a dinosaur how cool is that.

The Tricerahops pours a golden dark amber color with a one finger white head. When you drink it you get that great hops bite and its still very refreshing. There is a decent amount of fruit that comes trough with the grapefruit and the orange. Overall a very drinkable beer especially at this higher ABV.

This was the first Ninkasi Brewing I've had and I will definitely be picking up this Double IPA and something else from Ninkasi the next time I am out in Oregon.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 16:12:14 | More by beerad666
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy, dark orange.
The smell is a crisp bit of citrus & pine though not real strong.
The taste is sweet and bitter. It has a pleasant hoppiness and a malt sweetness. It doesn't taste like a IIPA hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is thick and oily.
Drinkability is very good for the ABV.

I like this beer a great deal. It doesn't seem like a typical West Coast IIPA but more balanced than expected. I do like the usual WC IIPAs but find this satisfying too.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 00:13:27 | More by meatyard
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kirok1999

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for a generous gift.
Pours a hazy dark gold, looks like apple cider.
Smells of lush green hops, slightly sweet malts, almost candy-like.
Taste is not as hoppy as expected. There is a lot of bitterness in the finish which lingers quite a while. The malts add quite a bit of sweetness. Hops lend a slightly herbal note, not a lot of citrus. This is fairly well balanced, it's not all about the hops. Smooth and creamy with a lush feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 00:33:51 | More by kirok1999
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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