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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Frosted Frog Christmas AleFrosted Frog Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 17.57%

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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 11-16-2009)
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4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark hazelnut / unfiltered apple cider in color with haziness and amber at the edges. VIsible carbonation at the center of my Goose Island tulip.

S: Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet molasses and raisins.

T: Sweet and gingerbread like at first with raisin and fig flavors very forward. Later on the ginger makes its presence felt. A dark brown bread flavor mixing with nutmeg and cinnamon smacks. Dry ripened fig flavors also very prominent.

M: Thick and cider like in thickness, I would likely consider this to a cold spiced applecider. Extremely close in a lot of the flavors and the color is spot on. Medium to light carbonation, I have drank enough cider to say that when it gets fermenting, this hits the mouthfeel dead on once it gets that boozy fermented spike to it!

O: Overall, I was seeking this out a few years ago in a trade, but glad to have finally tried it and without involving any shipping. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 16:31:42 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of GPHarris


3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that disappeared before i could even say hey to it. the body was a clear mahogany.
s - sweet with some spices.
t - caramel, toffee, hint of toast with cinnamon and allspice.
m - medium and slick.
o - disappointing beer that didn't have a lot going on. kind of boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 22:51:09 | More by GPHarris
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear dark garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that rapidly dissipated leaving a thin collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of holiday spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out most prominently followed by notes of ginger. As the beer warms up, the smell seems to resemble a gingerbread cookie.
T: Quite similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of nutmeg along with notes of ginger and additional hints of cinnamon. There is a slight bit of sweetness and no alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth a little bit.
O: I found this beer to have a nice amount of holiday spices that didn't seem to be overdone. It also drank rather easily for a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:07:36 | More by metter98
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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an excellent winter warmer! The beer smells and especially tastes like Christmas. There's a great amount of spice here--some cinnamon, peppermint, pepper, and it's equally spicy and sweet. It's darker in color than your average winter warmer, and it does finish somewhat sticky, but the high ABV is masked pretty well. This is definitely a beer to sip, but it's still more than drinkable during the winter months and does not shy away from flavor while also not going overboard with the spices.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2013 23:32:33 | More by DeFaz
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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, caramel, gingerbread, toast, nutmeg, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, nutmeg, caramel, gingerbread, clove, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, molasses, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial winter warmer. All around great balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:58:41 | More by superspak
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a Trophy Brewing Tulip.

Appearance-4.25- This beer pours a beautiful amber/brown color with a minimal offwhite head that fades quickly. Leaves some nice lacing and although the head dissipated so fast it still left a nice film settled over the top of the beer. When held to a light it almost appears to be a clear ruby reddish color with a small amount of visible carbonation.

Smell-4.5- Even though its mid june when I close my eyes and take a whiff the scent brings me right to xmas day. My only qualm is that the cinnamon is a little over powering but other than that the spices and malts blend so well. You can tell this ones got a little booze to it but its not at all overpowering and blends into a perfect harmony with the malts and spices.

Taste- Sweet sweet malts with loads of winterish spice. Some people might think the spices are a little over the top but to me this flavor profile is just about spot on for what I'd hope for in a "winter warmer". Sweet malts, all the right spices and some warmth on the way down. The taste seems to linger for a good while between sips as well.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, smooth/slick medium body, perfect amount of warmth on the way down...compliments the taste nicely.

Overall-4.5- I think this beer is great for the style. LOADS of flavor. Not in a bad way, its just like...an "Imperial Winter Warmer" which is cool. Most companies put out these super mild, over spiced/under malted winter warmers so its cool to have a company go all out with one. However, with all that being said, this one bomber is more than enough. I think a single pint of this sweet gingerbread molasses strong brew around the holiday season would hit the spot perfectly. I'll definitely be grabbing another one this winter.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:57:27 | More by RyanLigeia
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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

When I wrote the review below I had only had the barrel series. I don't believe there was a distinction yet, on site, or I missed it. I heartily recommend the barrel versions, but the basic Christmas ale seems to lack the complexity of, say, Maduro from Cigar City. Even the spices don't help enough to save it from this comment. It really needs the aging in barrels to set it apart from other Xmas ales, or even a really great brown ale.

This is not as good as most Hoppin Frogs, but not "bad" by any means. Just nowhere as good as it could be. The balance is fine. Nothing wrong, it just doesn't stand up and say "drink me." I even tried a bullwhip and electro-shock therapy.

Thin body without complexity. Spices are pretty much perfect: nice balance of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The spicing is the best part. Appearance: nice clarity with slight off white head... mostly pillow and a few small rocks.

On the other hand it's a nice, mostly, blank slate on which to do great barrel aging: which is what they did. Kudos.

"This was described to me as the bourbon barrel forward, oak barrel aged, version of their brown ale: the spiced Christmas Ale at the brewery where I stop every year. That's exactly what it is. Incredible oak nose but as it warmed the bourbon dominated, oak second, brown malt third and spices in the end, but not far off enough to make them insignificant."

" This year there were three versions. Regular, oak aged forward, then oak aged bourbon forward. This was the bourbon version, but the magic here is everything else comes through the bourbon sweetness."

" Not heavy bodied, but true brown ale medium on the lighter side."

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 03:34:52 | More by kencarman
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3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up for 6 bucks at Giant Eagle on RT 8.

A - Nice to see this winter seasonal has held up well mild carbonation bubbles with a 1/4 inch of mocha head with decent lace. Color is a respectable deep amber brown.
S - Surprise! It's full of ginger and nutmeg... eh I expected so much but I am intrigued! I also get some molasses (like a gingerbread cookie) and some roast. No hops to speak of.
T - Chewy is my first thought then the malt kicks in with the hops and molasses to taste. Ginger really makes this very drinkable (as all ginger beers do) with a bit of caramel soaked bunt cake in the finish.
M - Serving this kind of warm I am surprised the ABV hasn't shown me much alcohol in the taste. Drinks with a medium body and slightly slick.
Overall I feel this beer is great even two months old! Quite a great winter warmer indeed even more so at 6 bucks a bomber!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 04:52:13 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of beergoot


3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arrived with an amber body and a very thin head which quickly disappeared. Taste and aroma highlighted holiday spices (cinnamon stood out to me); hints of peppermint. The body was medium with a smooth, even bitterness throughout.

I have to thank my friend Rick for buying this beer for me in a bar near Akron, Ohio, especially since we didn't know it was $15.00 for a tap beer (the few Hoppin' Frog bombers I find in Colorado also cost around this price-point!). Anyway, it was a fine tasting Xmas ale although there are others out there that I find more evenly balanced (i.e., Great Lakes "Winter Ale" and Anchor Steam "Christmas Ale") and way less expensive. Bottom-line: it's a fine tasting beer but not necessarily worth the money.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 15:17:11 | More by beergoot
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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish orange with small head. Smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Smells like Christmas time. Heavy nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. Cinnamon last a while on the palate. Smooth base beer, but can't taste much of it through all the spice. Slight hint of booze and alcohol warmth. Definitely a nice winter ale if you are in the mood for sweet with the spice rack thrown in. Hits what it is going for, but really just fun for the holidays. Otherwise not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:21:57 | More by BMMillsy
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...what to say about this beer??? It was my third 22oz of the night and also least potent in ABV. Hazy memory on this review. Very Christmas-y in theme and taste. Love the bottle so I drank it straight from there. It's got that nutmeg, allspice, pear cidery vibe. Slightly sweet. No hoppy element, registering 12 on the IBU scale. Poured a little sample out to check the dark brown color, normal amount of head. Wasn't too enthused overall with the taste. Def not a session beer! Couldn't drink more than one!

I must say the frog on the front is the best part of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:22:03 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of NuclearSoAndSo


4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a deep murky amber with a one finger khaki head.

Smell- Smells distinctly of gingerbread with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe some pumpkin toward the end.

Taste- Tastes like it smells. A lot of gingerbread and some molasses notes; sweet in a very good way.

Mouthfeel- Medium sort of body; refreshing and satisfying. Smooth with light to medium carbonation.

Overall- A really nice beer. Definitely glad I bought this one; very flavorful and a great Christmas sipper. I plan on getting this one next Winter. This is one of, if not my favorite, beer quite frankly. And I especially enjoyed cracking this one (and many others) open with my friend on Christmas night. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 15:07:27 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
Photo of buschbeer


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - It is a dirty red color. I got an inch of tan head that didn't stick around long.

S - It smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it smells like cinnamon sugar. I want a candle that smells like this!

T - I taste a lot of cinnamon. The other Christmas flavors are there, too, clove, etc.

M - Moderate

O - The aroma and flavor of this beer are huge. I loved the smell, but the cinnamon flavor was almost overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 17:48:56 | More by buschbeer
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4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep ruby mahogany color with a fast fading cream head. Little or no lacing sticks to the glass.

The beer smells deliciously of tangy spices, like cinnamon and lime. Faint mellow malts and maybe some cedar.

The taste is very spicy up front. Lots of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg come out. Almost like a pumpkin ale, but there's just something more like Christmas in this. Some nice lime and cherry notes mixed in the finish. Really flavorful.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and perfectly crisp for easy drinking.

Overall, I haven't had anything less than exceptional from Hoppin' Frog, and their Christmas Ale is no exception. Truly delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 15:10:19 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of ONUMello


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Average brown with a thin head (even with an aggressive pour) that quickly settles
S: Very inviting, full of ginger, nutmeg, caramel and malt
T: Pleasant though not overly complex. Mainly baking spices with a bit of malt/caramel sweetness
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, spicy
O: Let this one warm up a bit as it does improve as the temperature rises. Overall, though it reminds me a bit of a pumpkin beer w/o the pumpkin, it's a pleasant beer that reminds me of all of the spiced candles we've been burning.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:42:48 | More by ONUMello
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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. 2011 batch

A- pours a dark, yet clear, shade of amber with a one finger offwhite head that fades quickly. Despite a complete lack of head retention, the beer itself is gorgeous.

S- the aromas aren't very overpowering, which is a good thing when it comes to winter warmers. The cinnamon is the dominant scent, but the nutmeg falls second in line. The ginger is very well-hidden, but you can get a slight hint of it in there

T- tastes like a Christmas cookie. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, but don't absolutely destroy your taste buds. Really good with a year on it, helps keep everything in perspective

M- medium bodied, on the fuller side....there's almost an oily texture to it. Odd

O- as a general rule, I hate winter warmers, but this pretty solid. Definitely worth a try, as are most of Hoppin Frog's beers

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:19:33 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of sommersb


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-20-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Greenwood Spirits, Bowling Green KY

A: Clear and dark burgundy color. The thin tan head fades quickly and almost no lace is seen on the glass.

S: Rich and sweet malt aromas combine with dark fruits like dates, cherries and figs, followed by a hefty dose of spice notes such as cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Very complex but doesn't seem muddled. Almost smells like a sweet specialty soda.

T: The taste matches much as noted in the aromas, with a big spice presence of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon, along with some orange zest. The malty sweetness has a syrup quality to it with no hop bitterness there to counter. Not really hot, but there is a note of alcohol warmth.

M: Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is sweet and spicy showing more flavors of cinnamon, clove and caramel malts. Reminds me of a spiced cider or mulled wine.

O: A very rich sipping beer for Christmas; I think they've captured the holiday spirit well in this potent seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 06:15:53 | More by sommersb
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4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nearly no head on this. Pours on the brown side of amber. Warm pumpkin pie spices in the aroma. Tastes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel. Enough malt that the spices don't get too wild. Body might be a little light. As it warms, the cinnamon become the most prevalent spice, but there are enough of the others to balance. Hefty booze at 8.6% ABV

Another amazing Winter Warmer from Ohio here. Wonderful!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:15:16 | More by McNealc31
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A healthy pour released just under a finger of head. Body is a ruby-copper color. Head dissipates quickly, and no lacing is noticed.

Cinnamon just about smacks you in the nose from this baby. Ginger, malt and brown sugar flesh out the full nose.

This is what drunken ginger bread men must taste like. Ginger bread and cinnamon start off the show. Malt, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar all make appearances.

Mouthfeel is heavy-medium bodied. Carbonation is laid back. Doesn't coat the mouth, slightly dry on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:21:26 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of GallowsThief


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Pours out a deep ruby brown with just a half finger of off white head that quickly receded.

S – Big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg, very spicy. Lightly sweet smell. Very nice.

T – Just like the smell you immediately get the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Very tasty and spicy brew. Has a very light gingerbread flavor with hints of vanilla and brown sugar. It tastes sweet initially but it quickly dissipates so it is not cloying.

M – Medium bodied with average carbonation. The spices hang around the palate for awhile.

O – I like this beer. I can see some not liking it as its spicy but the flavors are ones I totally dig. Found this years Christmas Eve beer. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:17:32 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of xabyss


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a semi-opaque dark brown without a lot of head. Scant bits of carbonation in the body.

S: Loads of spices. I can see why this is a somewhat divisive beer. To me, it smells phenomenal: heavy cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and a hint of Christmas tree pine. Hands down the spiciest beer aroma-wise I've encountered. As a previous reviewer said, I'm sure many people will think a beer shouldn't smell like this. Decidedly un-beerlike, methinks.

T: Eh, not so much. Way too sweet for me, and I like sweet beer. Dominant cinnamon and ginger up front, leading into some sweet malts and dark fruits and ending with more cinnamon. Certainly not a watery beer. Lots of flavor here, but the spices are a bit overwhelming for me.

M: Smooth and on the lighter end of medium-bodied with very little carbonation.

O: I probably won't buy it again, especially considering the price, but I'm glad I tried it. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:55:48 | More by xabyss
Photo of Bills453


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance - amber color with an off white head.

Smell - WOW! This is the sweetest, spicy beer I have ever smelled. Smells good, but not sure a beer should smell like this.

Taste - spices, spices, spices. You can really taste the overwhelming cinnamon. This is a little too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel - nice.

Overall - honestly this beer is just a little too spiced for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 13:29:29 | More by Bills453
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark amber with a thin dirty white head. Head disappeared quickly, but left a small ring that clung nicely. Aroma was exactly as described. Cinammon with some ginger smell, slightly on the sweet side. Very much a winter smell. Flavor was spicy, but yet still pleasant. A bit of sweetness, and the aforementioned spices were nicely balanced. The cinnamon was up front, with a bit of ginger to finish the sip. Coated nicely in the mouth, went down as it should. Overall an outstanding beer. A little tweak in the flavor would help, but minor issues.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 00:29:59 | More by mountdew1
Photo of RickS95


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour into a snifter. No head, no matter how I poured it. Looks good and spicy, but the lack of a head just kills beer for me.

Traditional holiday spices--cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger--just like the bottle says. Malty backbone, no hint of hops.

The taste follows the lead of the smell. Almost hard to tell it's a beer it's so full of those spices. Heavy cinnamon and nutmeg. Again, no hint of hops.

It's sweet and very spicy. Full-bodied. Ever so creamy before the spice takes over.

A good idea that went overboard on the spices.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:51:15 | More by RickS95
Photo of Durge


4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Coca Cola colored brew with a decent light tan colored head and decent lacing. The aroma is clearly a Christmas scent with gingerbread peppermint and evergreen malt. Real likeable. The flavor delivers more of the same with lots of medicinal malt like Moxie with more evergreen and cinnamon spice holiday festivity going on. This is medium-plus bodied with very full but tiny carbonation to provide a stout but luscious feel. Not something I would generally drink in mass quantities but a great holiday brew to really deliver the Christmas spirit. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:33:36 | More by Durge
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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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