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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

832 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 832
Hads: 5,498
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 3.25%
Wants: 318
Gots: 904 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you'll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You're welcome.
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Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of creamy cream colored foam, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: big grapefruit, sweet orange, booze and tropical fruit notes. Taste: booze and sugar soaked grapefruit. Medium bodied, oily hop everywhere. Vote Ruination in 2012. (272 characters)

Photo of ceolach
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first beer in a while that has made me forget how much I miss having Heady Topper freely available to me. Heady is like the girlfriend who did things to you that you will never forget and makes every girlfriend after her have to live up to her amazing talents.

This 10th Anniversary Ruination from Stone is a hop lovers delight and makes you say fuck you to Ms. Topper but you know damn well if HT came to visit you'd do whatever it takes to get yourself a taste. Stone is one of those company's that just makes great beer. I can't imagine what it would be like fresh on draft on the west coast. (601 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into nonic.

My complaint about regular Ruination is that all the hops seemed to have gone into bittering rather than the flavor... This beer holds TONS of flavor-- and tons of bitterness still!

Slightly coppery amber body with a two-finger off-white head. Great lacing... Average retention. Looks pretty good, but not blowing my mind.

Smells of some sweet malts with a giant grapefruit and tropical fruit hop notes. Big old boozy aroma wafting up-- lots of fusel alcohol.

The flavor starts slightly sweet with caramel and sweet breadiness before it dries out with hop notes. Grapefruit, pineapple, citrusy tropical fruit notes abound. Big bitterness on the dry finish.

Feels pretty full-bodied... Really oily, lots of residual sugar coating my teeth.

Overall-- I was happy to try this one, but I don't think it's any better than the regular version-- it's just boozier and more hoppy flavored... It isn't bad by any means, in fact I mostly think it is pretty good. It just isn't one I feel cowled to drink again. (1,028 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This one pours a clear amber color with just over half a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of hope. I'm getting some citrus peel hop bitterness along with some tropical fruits. There are also some floral notes along with some pine.

Taste: A lot more pine in the taste than the smell. Lots of sticky hops just crushing the tongue. Citrus peel and tropical fruit. There is enough malt that the sweetness and some alcohol come through, but the hops are the star.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with aggressive, smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic double ipa. The hop profile is just wonderful. I'm glad I have more. (765 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass and also a nonic pint glass, best before August 23rd 2012.

What a looker this brew is. A serious crystal clear red amber, VERY red orange, with an off white head thick and clumpy. I love this body color, it's like a very bold Bitter Valentine or Lagunitas Sucks, but better in appearance. Gets some killer lacing on this brew and she's a five.

Nose is a great hop aroma. Some wonderful citrus notes from the tulip of citrus, orange zest, apricot, faint dank soil earth. It's a smorgasbord in there all kinds of great hop stuff, even some good herbal tea mixing nicely with the orange and citrus hop angle, just great.

Yup it's ruination alright, big time, and it's all hops and all that and a bag of chips. A good sugar thick body which carries the hop oils nicely, a little bit sweet, but a great controlled lingering blast on the finish of apricot and tropical mush. Bitterness is quite controlled on this one, with a slow push in the aftertaste. Nicely carbonated, mouthfeel is solid.

Overall just another great Stone brew. Lots of fun to be had for the hop crowd. Nicely put together. Love that body color and transparency. (1,173 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been trying to track this down for a while - finally found it at Bottles on the east side!

Poured the bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Impressive hazy golden look to it. Very profound smell of hops, pine, citrus..but mostly hops.

This is a rare occasion where the taste lives up to the hype. Perhaps the most flavorful IPA I've ever tasted - strong piney flavor followed by a powerful hop finish. A good bitter aftertaste that really does a number on the palate. I'm really looking forward to pairing this with the meatloaf my fiance left for me tonight.

My favorite IPA is still Loose Cannon, but this is very close. (628 characters)

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

As if the original Ruination doesn't live up to its name, its big brother sure can. This massive IPA is chocked full of hop character done the citrusy American way- the aroma, flavor, and bitterness celebates the hop cone like no others can.

Surprisingly clear and clean looking, the honey-amber colored ale is bright and haze free. Topped with a firm and steady cap of dense white foam, the beer seems to glow in the glass. Strong retention and predictable rings of lace sing the praises of highly hopped ale.

Hop aromas seem to fill the room upon the uncapping of the bottle. The pour continues to reveal layers of hop flavors that portray and juicy scent of citrus and honey. Grapefruit leads the way but brings along complementary notes of oranges, apricot, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, and mulled grassy herbs.

The beer's flavor starts bitter-sweet and finishes bitter-sweet. The honey-soaked citrus and tropical fruit character carries over directly from the nose and puts on a show. Ripe tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, mango and apricot puree, sweet pineapple, and a pungent earthy taste that reminds me how closely related that the hop plant is to the cannabis plant. Delicious candy coated hops turn from citrus fruit at mid palate to clean piney bitterness to finish. With the added malt bill that pushes the alcohols north of ten percent, also comes a balance that gives the beer a mild jammy taste. The flavors are strong and focused; where complexity isn't in the varying flavors, its otherwise celebrated by its shear enormity.

Firmly malted and robustly carbonated, the beer carries a full body that's seemingly lighter by the cutting power of bitter alcohol and hop resin. A finish of dry resinous texture finishes the beer cleanly despite a thin coat of honey malt that teases the palate until the next sip.

If this is how Stone celebrates Runiation's 10th anniversary, I can't wait 'til he turns 21. (1,925 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to my brother tenderbranson69 for gifting me with this for my birthday -tasted during our birthday tasting -enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is a deep golden with good clarity, lightly hazed with thick white cap. The smell is a mix of pine with some tropical fruit odors, possibly pineapple with a hint of alcohol and light sweet ester. The feel is intense, lots of bitterness, lots of oily hop and moderately carbonation with generally dry body and subtle alcohol influence.

The flavor is great I love how the extra dry hopping adds to the perception of intense hoppiness based on the aroma, lots of piney grapefruit and light tangy hop flavors with subtle tings of pineapple and grass with mostly fruity accent from the yeast and peppery tinge from the hops accentuated by the alcohol which is there, but not oppressive. This is another great hop forward offering from Stone I am glad I got to try this amped up version of Ruination which is a great double IPA in its own right. (1,007 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish golden orange color with a finger of a bubbly white head.

Smell: Smells of dank hops, fresh oranges, pine, a hint of tropical fruits and grapefruit. A tad of a malt backbone but mostly hops and the IPA smell you should expect.

Taste - Taste is WOW. HOPS. Jesus Christ. This thing surprised me and made me step back for a second. Hop bomb central. If you like hops, this is the beer for you. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is good for the style. I don't taste the alcohol at all. Great for a 10.8% beer.

Overall: Overall, super hoppy beer. One of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Great stuff. (643 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 7/11/12
*From notes

-- Beautiful label, gents --

Bottled on 5/25/12

A: Clean roasted pumpkin skin in color. A good, firm pour yields a 2.75 finger head that lingers for quite a while. Killer lacing and a big collar.

S: Just amazing. It's like Stone's Ruination and fresh citra hops had an angry, aggressive love child. So damn juicy and in-your-face, yet it's nothing if not exquisite.

T: Smoldering, heavy hop oil up front. Bitter and almost (yet not quite) oniony. It then lets up a bit, and the juicy nature of the citra rolls over the mid-palate. The beer tightens on the finish, where I get a touch of smokey hops. And it lingers in my mouth for ages. Simply killer and massively delicious.

M: Big, elegant and dense. More complex then a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts. Wonderful. And it just sticks to my lips and mouth like a hop lollipop.

O: Maybe the best beer that I've had from Stone. And if you know Stone's portfolio, that's saying a lot. This is a spectacular Double IPA, and I really hope that they brew this again. Happy 10th Anniversary, Ruination. (1,121 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A: Pours a dark orangish gold. Thin 1/4" head.

S: Excellent aroma, tons of hops in the nose. Lots of citrus, a hint of pine.

T: Excellent DIPA. Great balance between tons of citrusy and slightly piny hops with a solid pale malt base. Slightly sweet with a very bitter aftertaste. This one delivers on the promise to overwhelm with hoppiness.

M: Full bodied, slightly viscous, a bit under moderate on the carbonation level.

O: An excellent tweak to the always outstanding ruination. (557 characters)

Photo of robboyd
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastic beer. I would say it was hands down the best smelling beer I've ever opened. Wonderful citrus notes that never stop. The hops pound your nose relentlessly. Same goes for the taste. The citra hops dominate the front end and it turns quickly into a nice sticky pine bitter wash down the hatch. Truly enjoyable. It took me a while to finish the bomber, about 1.5 hours, but I enjoyed every minute. (411 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle at TomG's place into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, white head, spotty lace.

S - Pine, citrus, resin, toasted bread. Tons & tons of hops...really juicy and big. Alcohol is noticeable on the nose...pretty boozy for a DIPA, a little too much.

T - The hops destroys the palate, bruising! Lots of citrus, orange peel, resinous, and pine. Pretty sweet as well. Alcohol is too up front at this point...needs to be hidden a bit better. Finish is all hops and some boozy sweetness.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - I personally think this beer is over-hopped, overly boozy, and over-hyped. It's all just a bit too much in every category for me. There's so many other (better) DIPA's out there that I'd rather have over this beer...too many. (783 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this after much searching.

Pours an apricot colored ale with a nice dosing of off-white foam. Light lacing.

Citrus smells galore! Huge almost nostril burning citrus rind and malt aromas. Some orange, BIG pine, rubber and some Pine Sol like whiffs. I'm liking the intensity here.

The taste is definitely not as big as the aroma. There is a big hoppy bite up front followed by some massive mouth-salivating after the swallow. Malty. Citrus. Grapefruit. Passion fruit.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated but rather smooth. It works.

Overall I love the effort and props to the Stone crew for recognizing this staple style. I am honored to try this but the price will scare me away to play another day. A well done brew (as usual) and worth seeking out...but you better hurry. (788 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2.5 finger off white frothy head with nice lacing on a crystal clear golden with slight amber hues body, perfect really.

S: very strong and full nosed flavor with floral and citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, tangerine, orange, mango and pineapple. slight oak mustiness, again, perfect really.

T: Flavor goes more to the piney and resiny side of an IPA. Alcohol is there but less noticeable as you drink this one. Bitterness is about as much as I can handle before it is too much to make it a good beer. caramel, citrus, grass and light herbal notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. A little sharp.

Overall: Very nice beer. If the pine was just a little milder it could be a 4.5 or 5 there as well. It hurts the drinkablity really. Still a must try brew. (775 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy, rich honey colored. Decent size fluffy head on the pour. Recedes pretty quickly.
Smell: very nice. Razor sharp hoppiness and sweet malty backbone. Nothing else to say, but well done indeed.
Taste: The Taste delivers all the goodness the nose promises. Not complicated, just damn good.
Overall: that tongue in cheek Stone swagger tells it true, "a liquid poem to the glory of the hop". (411 characters)

Photo of blaje
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly sought after beer. I was traveling to the USA, so the time frame was just ok for me to be able to grab a bottle of this limited release. Thanks To the Winooski Beverage Warehouse for keeping a bottle for me!

This beer pours amber orange in colour, hazy, and forming a large, thick, white creamy head.

N: Fragrances are literally BURSTING out of the glass, wow! You can smell it from a few feet away! Pink pineapple dominates here and it is strong. Mandarine/Orange pulp, Mango, Watermellon, Cannabis and pine needles. Mouthwatering, exquisite!!! Certainly one of the best smells ever encountered for a beer.

M&T: Medium to Full bodied, Carbonation is perfect for this DIPA. Not as stringent as expected from the tons of hops used in this brew. Feels a bit oily. Herbal tones from the hops are present. Bitterness is aggressive right from the start, persist for an eternity and it’s damn good! I find this 10th anniversary version a bit more balanced than the regular one, probably because of more malt used. It gives a sweeter (if I can say so!) side and brings interesting notes of biscuit dough. Earthyness feeling in the middle of tasting and finishes on a peppery side. Flavours of pink pineapple dominates, citrus pulp, biscuit, watermelon on the sweet side.

Overall: For me this one is exceptional, world-class! A rare exemple of a near-perfect DIPA. Of course, ones will surely not like it because it tends to be way over the top for newbies, but for hopheads, it is a must. As it was not intended to replace the regular Ruination, I can’t compare it directly with it, but it is an amazing version of it. This 10th anniversary edition is a perfect example of what great brewers can do. I wish that this is not a one-timer! Amazing...

Thanks Evan/Jen. (1,773 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard Duvel tulip.

A: Big foamy slightly yellow head with tight bubbles. Body appears to be glowing orange. Retention is fantastic.

S: Nice hit of hops, exactly what you'd want from this beer.

T: Incredibly bright, delicious hoppy flavor with some token malt balance near the finish. Bitter, but honestly not too bitter.

M: Great job keeping the body reasonable at this ABV. Some IPAs can get syrupy in their attempt to balance out the bitterness, but they did a good job here.

O: One of the best IPAs I've had in quite awhile. (568 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

appearance: silk-screen bottle - busy as usual. served in my great lakes chalice - bright orange-amber body, light beige ring.

smell: hoppy? fresh aromatic citrus, green hops, boozy caramel malt

taste: ruination is a pretty solid beer, but this amplified version is great - a terrific hop bite with a nice bitter finish. ruby red grapefruit, blood orange and sugar, pineapple, lemon rind. The recent sub-trend in the IPA world is alarming - when will the IBU's end? well, in this case, it works.

mouthfeel: strong, bitter, but amazingly having some hint of balance

overall: great stuff (603 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a solid one inch dense ivory head that lingers. Leaves moderate lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Dank marijuana forms the backbone of the aroma, with underlying notes of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange adding complexity. Pine and resin arise late, with a bit if bready caramel malt at the finish. A hop explosion!

Citrus is even more prevalent in the flavor, brutally tart, with grapefruit, lime, orange, and pineapple leading the hop train. Resin and sweet caramel malt come into play mid palate, leading into a minty, piney, peppery bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. This is definitely a palate wrecker!

Body is on the heavy side, with moderate carbonation. The citrus is puckeringly strong, and there's substantial hop astringency. Alcohol warmth is also substantial. This one may give me heartburn!

Excellent hop explosion of a beer. Stone delivered on their promise! A little less astringency and alcohol would push this beer even higher on my list. (1,024 characters)

Photo of marvin213
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good. Murky orange allows only the faintest image of my finger on the other side of my DFH snifter. Smell is divine: fresh, yummy hops. Interestingly, I think the base beer (and other IIPAs like it) are overly bitter while still too malty. This fresh fish here offers those tropical flavors of mango and pineapple. I call it fruity more than I call it bitter (I get the bittering now, don't get me wrong). Like a really good hop bomb, sheets of lacing leave a trail after the liquid swirls. The feel is great. It tastes great. This is probably the best beer I've had from Stone! (584 characters)

Photo of fields336
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 8/23/12 Poured into Pegs tulip

A:dark golden caramel color with a one finger off white head, the beer is very clear. nice head retention for the alcohol level, bubbles are nice, leaves lacing on the sides of the glass

S: columbus hops, nice citrus, floral, peach, mango, pineapple, pithy rind, grapefruit, resiney, dank, fruity, delicious hop goodness. slight malt character caramel, bready malt.

T: This is flat out, the hoppiest beer I have ever tasted. It tastes like someone made hop tea. The hoppiness literally burns your throat going down.(or maybe thats the 10% alcohol...) That being said, holy crap, they made ruination a better beer. I thought that was impossible. For such an intensely hoppy beer, it is not balanced, but the malt is enough, a slight sweetness to ease the hops off of your palate.
Sweet citrus, floral, grapefruit, peach, mango, tropical fruit, slight pine, resin, slight malt sweetness,
The bitterness lingers slightly but it is a delicious tasty bitterness. Slight alcohol warming in the back of the throat and mouth

M: Awesome carbonation, dry as hell for a 10% and thirst quenching and leaves me begging for more

O: In my opinon they hit this one out of the park, its ruination on steroids. It is one of the best beers I have ever had. Go pick it up right now. (1,309 characters)

Photo of whiskey
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review and I'm a rookie so I'll keep it simple. I was very excited to try this beer as i am a big ruination fan.
Nice orange color, hazy for sure. Smells great to me, hops and citrus. Not much head or lacing.
I'm a big double IPA fan and for the most part my initial thoughts on a new beer are thoughts of the hoppiness, or the floral and citrus tones, but this was the first beer that made me immediately think "wow, bitter".
It's Stone, it's great, but I would still choose other DIPA's over this if the choice was given. (542 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip. Orange amber in color with a thick white foam filling the top two inches of the glass. Good head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma has a fantastic hoppiness to it. It's got a bit of an orange creamsicle like flavor to it that I'm really liking. There is some tropical fruit flavors that give it a fruit punch like quality. Pineapple, peach and mango flavors all seem to come out. Awesome hoppy flavors overall.

The taste follows through with even more of the really great juicy, tropical fruit, hop flavors. It's juicier and sweeter up front with more of a peach and mango fruit presence. The finish is more bitter with a little more of a resiny, citrus rind bitterness. I don't get much alcohol at all, which really impresses me since it's over 10%.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was one of the best hoppy beers I've ever had. It definitely can hold it's own against any of the top beers of the style. Here is to hoping Stone decides to make this one more frequently in the future. (1,095 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 bomber from Bourbon Street, Lebanon.

Hazy orange with a bright center, topped by a big billowing rocky snow white head. Good sticky lace. The beer settles into incredible clarity and a new penny copper color. An abundance of carbonation streams.

Big bold inviting citrus aroma: grapefruit, lemon and a grove full of oranges.

Thick sweet caramel slathers the tongue, laying down a big foundation . Juicy fruit explodes throughout the mouth. Big bitter bear trap at the swallow which lingers like the last piano note of "Day in the Life" on SGT. PEPPER. Echo of alcohol with minor warming in the afterglow.

Medium-plus mouthfeel carries everything along smoothly. Even creamy, not a term automatically associated with DIPAs.

Big fan of Stone, and Ruination in particular. This anniversary version exceeded my expectations. Join the celebration. (854 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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