Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 422
Hads: 1,563
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 188
Gots: 336 | FT: 2
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled april 23/09.

pours fairly clear copper orange, turning hazy toward the bottom of the bottle. a small dense white head forms, dropping fast and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of caramel. earthy and slightly floral. bit of light citrus. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. slightly buttery.

taste is nice. light alcohol. medium bitterness level. earthy and slightly floral. almost perfumey. light citrus. bit of buttery toffee. light caramel. cracker and a bit of white bread. touch of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced. this one just didn't do it for me. the taste seems a little disjoint and odd, not what i'd expect from an american dipa.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, big thanks to googzoid10! Review # 1700!

Pours a very clear dark amber orange, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles to a thick ring around the glass, looks pretty nice. Smell is very fruity, strawberries and cherries, caramel, some sugary sweetness, very fruit, neat tropical fruit aroma, some neat character to this one. Taste is similar, sweet and fruity, strawberries, alcohol comes through, light citrus and grapefruit, sugary, some nice citrus acidity and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth for the ABV, quite nice and a very interesting DIPA. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of cbros
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark straw yellow with a nice eggshell white medium head. Good cling and nice head retention. There is some carbonation activity after the poor.

S- Nice big hop aroma,pine and citrus notes present.

T- Nice hoppy flavor that is balanced perfectly. Good flavor combination of sweet malt and the citrus from the hops. Smooth start that finishes somewhat dry.

I orginally had this in Eugene while there for a Ducks game and thought it was kickass. So much so that I finally broke down and ordered a few bottles from Bottletrek. Beautiful flavor combinations that mask its strength. If this were available here this could definately be in my regular rotation. I have been throughly impressed with everything that Ninkasi has put out. In my dreams/future I am living in Oregon and buying and drinking this on a regular basis. My only regret is that I didn't take advantage of my visit to Eugene more and buy way more of this than I did. I got caught up in trying as many beers as possible instead of sticking with what I liked the best. Can't wait to have this again. Excellent beer, great representative of an Imperial IPA. "If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up."

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to hopsleeroy for sharing this gem at the Austin BA tasting. As a vertebrate paleontologist, I feel it is my duty to have tried Tricerahops at least once in my beer-drinking tenure.

The bomber pours a hazy, orange-caramel hue into my pint glass; a bit too cloudy and syrupy-looking for my liking. As expected, lots of lacing and head retention from the light khaki foam. The aroma became significantly better as this IIPA warmed up past the 45-degree mark. When cold, a strange, cooked squash/veggie note is all that emits from the glass; however as it warms, Tricerahops delivered pleasant hop and yeast notes in the form of citric mandarin orange, fresh cut grasses, and mint leaves.

Flavor is very solid for the style, with fresh, hoppy citrus and tropical fruits layered all across the palate. Malts lay down a solid backbone of biscuit and caramel before the finish is assaulted by a bitter (but restrained) pine and resin note. Good carbonation level despite what the appearance says, and the medium-thick body is creamy without becoming too syrupy or sticky. Overall, a solid IIPA with a great name and a delicious hoppiness that will probably lead me back for more in the future.

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Photo of loren01
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Perfect in apperance, pours an orangish/red color 2 finger width frothy white head, excellent lace down the glass
S: Smell is fruity and sweet. Sweet maltiness along with grapefuity/orange scents
T: Lots of maltiness but well balanced on the back end with a good citrusy/fruity hoppiness. Not too malty not to bitter. Good flavor
M: Moderate to heavy...thick/oily mouthfeel
D: I like this beer, it has a good balance of flavors. Alcohol is well hidden given its ABV.

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Photo of Docer
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a ton of bombers at Belmont Station over here of this.. one to try, and others to trade as it doesn't get out much :-)

- Perfect light amber/copper color and slightly cloudy as I would expect from an 'A' IIPA. (Just reviewed Leafer Madness before this bomber). Much the same,

- Sweet pungent hop aroma with dark and rich caramel malts.. really smells like something that can be drank like water. Slight roasted notes there as well... along w/ some honey.

- Ok here we go... Oh... mm... smooth hop 'n honey syrup.. taste is there, and is fantastic. Hardly a taste of alcohol until it hits the throat and gut. Wow... fantastic.

- Not overly bubbly which I really like... smooth, not dry.. not bitter, not sour.. just balanced so well the mouthfeel is a 'give me more' feel.. maybe a tad chewy, but needed.

- Way too drinkable.. I told myself I would stip after this one... we'll see!!

Get it if you can!

** Edit.. this is the west coast style Hopslam for sure

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The guys at Bottleworks in Seattle turned me on to Ninkasi brews and Tricerhops wasn't one to disappointment.

Pours a deep, cloudy peach colored brew with a sticky-thick 1 finger head. Snowbanks of white froth and a lacy velvet cap remain on the beer for the full drink. Nice high streaks of lacing.

The aroma is a big, fresh bouquet of tropical hop flavors: melon, peach, pear, grapefuit, pineapple and moss. A pretty sweet aroma but not too dominating balances the big hop character.

Nice full bodied and soft beer. Good carbonation keeps the beer active but the body holds up well and accentuates the malt sweetness and boldness of the hops. Flavor is carried well and starts fresh and slightly sweet and then gently rolls back and forth between hop and malt - honey, melon, pine, candy sugar, resin. Finishes with strong grapefruit freshness, and bright tartness.

A really nice beer. Wish I could find this big IPA out in PA.

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Photo of Onslow
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

interesting name for this brewery in the US .. very solid smooth bitterness .. great beautiful lacing ... medium orange brown colour like the colour of a basketball at the knicks game, beeeeautiful!, stupid guvo, the patriots suck gweedo ... bottle from Bottletrek in Oregon, whats up travis ... very easy to drink, the bitterness level is right on with a nice backbone ... hides the ABV absolutely magically ... marble sure is happy .. again, whats up with the name ninkasi, am i in japan? i sure wish i had some general toe (just fuckin with ya, Gigi.. who? bla bla bla) .. this could be quite popular around the US with draft distribution, i mean bottle is wonderful but there are DIPA's that match this ...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour produces a three finger thick, light tan color that forms some nice lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a nice red color, when held up to the light it shows a red copper color. The aroma smells quite smooth with a focus on bright fruit and caramel. Aromas of ruby-red grapefruit, bergamot, lots of lychee and candied orange creams. a touch of cracker like malt rounds out the finish. The aroma has a nice hop-fruit focus to it, a touch of pine / herbal notes would be nice and the overall volume of the hop character could definitely be turned up quite a bit more. This is quite nice though and is a pleasure to smell for a couple minutes.

Served lightly chilled (near 60ºF / ºC) the beer has a certain dryness to it that is offset by the sweet tasting hop fruit notes. Flavors of lychee, candied grapefruit zest, perhaps a touch of pineapple, a nice mix of essential citrus oils and even some nice, off-setting pine needle flavors and a touch of menthol. The malt is definitely secondary here (as it should be); it adds some accentuating caramelized notes that accentuate the hop fruitiness and there is a touch of cracker-like grain to the finish as well as a touch of chewy bread crust flavors that peeks through from time to time. This is quite smooth in the flavor, the bitterness is quite mellow with only a touch of a bite (at least comparatively to other Double IPAs). This has a medium'ish body to it that is just about the right lightness for a Double IPA; it has that quaffable quality to it that is critical for the style.

This is a nice Double IPA, it could use a touch more vibrant hop character for my tastes, but that might just be a freshness thing. This is quite hoppy, and quite a nice beer. I definitely like that the beer is fairly light, and does not have the heaviness that some Double IPAs have.

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Photo of mtrentm
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of olmatty
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of bcm119
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of chaz410
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.


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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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