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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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3,281 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,281
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 166
Gots: 169 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
HERCULES DOUBLE IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods. HERCULES delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish. Its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile. 85 IBUs.

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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a decent head and nice lacing. The smell starts with a little graininess and progresses to clean hops. The taste starts with bitter fruity hops with a late grapefruit hit. There is also a solid malt background that is nicely balanced with the hops. The mouthfeel is a little grainy that makes the beer slightly heavier than I'd like, but nice balance of creaminess and crispness.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 18:03:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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BurnsTau

Alabama

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, good head, small amount of lacing.

Smell is florally hops, slight sweetness noticable. Taste is a bit complex. Hops are obviously what you notice right off the bat, strong and flavorful, and great. But there is a good malty sweetness in there that is still darn noticable. Good medium carbonation and medium body. Alcohol is not overwhelming, especially for a 9% beer.

An awsome, hoppy and downright good beer, very much recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:39:11 | More by BurnsTau
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roblowther

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks reddish-gold in the glass, with tiny bubbles everywhere rising to form a dense, off-white rocky head. Smell? Hops. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. Not surprising for an IPA, I reckon (we do that in Texas). The taste is peppery and floral. Maybe a bit of pine in there somewhere. It is strongly hoppy but not overpowering. A maltiness comes on after the initial hop assault, then more hops but a more delicate, slightly astringent version. It has a warm, ale-like finish. Mouthfeel is dense and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a double IPA. I say that because hops really aren't my thing but this one manages to deliver a lot of hops without just beating you senseless with them.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 00:52:29 | More by roblowther
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pmatz2

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Pour'd a Hazy Copper/ orange color from a 22 oz. bomber. There was a 1 finger white head with thick sticky lacing that lasts the entire drink

Smell - A very pleasant aroma of Pine and Citrus. Pronounced Hops but not over powering.

Taste - Sweet malt tries sneak through but the hops are pretty strong

Mouthfeel : Prickly on tongue. Full bodied. Finishes bitter compared to start with noticeable but not overpowering alcohol warming. Bitterness mellows as the beer warms up.

Drinkability: This brew goes down quite easy. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 21:44:11 | More by pmatz2
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Daehpoh

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass from 22oz bottle

Reddish-brown, slightly hazy in appearance, excellent lacing
Floral hop aroma was subdued, not as bold as other DIPAs
Good, simple hop flavor, grapefruit, citrus, not too earthy
Butterscotch malts in the background
Balance is good for the style, leaning towards the bitter end
Bitterness does not overwhelm taste buds, actually seems to awaken them
Alcohol is well masked

Overall an honorable brew, but lack of complexity hold it back

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 20:00:22 | More by Daehpoh
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an entire sixtel of this on draft and failed to review it. I'm getting my chance now with this 22 ounce bottle.
Appears a hazy, copper toned amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Good amounts of scattered lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet biscuit, toasted nuts, honey, citrus, pine, and fruity apple blossoms.
Taste is of the aromas, along with a doughy, sweet caramel found in the background of the citrus & pine blasted hop profile.
Mouthfeel is well balanced of sweet malts, and hoppy, grapefruit that meld together for a hop lover's dream. The feel is medium-full bodied but creamy.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 21:03:31 | More by weeare138
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I'm reading the label correctly, this 12 oz'er was bottled in May '04(!). How it remained on the shelf til November '06 (if that's true) I have no idea. IBU's: 85.

A: Orange-copper, hazy with bits of suspended funk. A ruby tint in the haze gives a warm glow. Minimal off-white head with attractive lacing.

S: Intense hopping, citrus, resinous and spiced. Caramel and bread-dough maltiness with a notable burning tingle of alcohol.

T: Abundant bitterness in those big juicy citrus hops. Maltiness is somewhat sweet and smacks of toasted nuts. Nice balance, but skews toward hops. Finishes mostly dry and has a discernable herbalness in the aftertaste.

M: Generally smooth, a little viscous. Full mouthfeel, but without alot of carbonation. Has a good deal of alcohol warmth and that lingering hoppy bitterness that clings to the tongue for a while.

D: A very tasty beer from start to finish. Not one to have everyday, but a high quality DIPA, worthy of given a strong endorsement to.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 01:28:17 | More by msubulldog25
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a wonderfully clear orange-amber color with a pillowy, off-white head.

Smell: What a winning aroma! A fresh assortment of juicy citrus fruits served with bread dough and orange blossom honey.

Taste: Mild, smooth butterscotch sweetness provides a solid malt foundation that tapers off into a full salvo of orangy hop flavors that are a touch peppery. Renewed accents of toasted caramel lead into a dry, piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite creamy with a soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Plenty of intense hop flavors and bitterness offset by a rich, malty sweetness. That settles it, Great Divide's Hercules is a very well made Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 05:53:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy fiery orangish amber color with a nice off-white head with some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready and carmely malt along with some spicy citrus and piney hops. There is also some alcohol present in the nose as the beer warms.

This is very well balanced for a double IPA. While the hops are definitely well represented for all hopheads the malt has a strong showing as well. There are notes of toffee, caramel, sweet bread, grapefruit and some pine. The more the beer warms, the more the hops come out.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasantly carbonated; pretty smooth and almost creamy.

Hard to believe there is 9% ABV here, making this pretty dangerously drinkable. A great Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 02:04:37 | More by hckyfn9999
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tons of grapefruit aroma. as it warms I detect some Amarillos. Not a lot of malts here. Dark copper orange with a smallish beige head. As it warms, the head becomes very sticky. Nice. Bitterness overload. No too much balance. This thing grabs your tongue in a full nelson and has not intent of braking the hold. Medium body. Pretty puckering and astrigent. I’d take Hercules over most beer, but for IIPAs, very avarage.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:43:22 | More by tjthresh
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gunnerman

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules must of been pretty pissed bottled up, as soon as I cracked the cap off, he came busting out head and all down the bottle it was pretty suprising to me. Poured into a pint glass this is a nice orange amber color with a fluffy head that leaves some serious lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet nectar apricots and other exotic fruit come to mind like jack fruit. Taste is like the smell, very fruity and full bodied with a very hop bitter ending very balanced and simply awesome to enjoy, hercules is top notch in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 21:00:52 | More by gunnerman
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is orange brown very thick with yeast and carbonation. The head is a good 2 fingers & rocky, off white and leaves some good lace.

The smell is piney, woodsy, with alcohol. Big Hops, Big Malt & Big Alcohol, all coming my way

The taste is really good, The hops is really nice, Big hopy flavor, grape fruit, pine, But the malt makes this one great, with excellent balance.

The mouthfeel is thick and coating, great carbonation.

The drinkability is great, I could really just suck on this all day. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 03:03:29 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange with a big off-white head, great retention, and fantastic lacing. Beautiful!

S- Ahhh... sharp piney hops and mouthwatering citrus notes spring forth, along with a nice, sweet malt backing.

T- Definite sweet malt up front, but it doesn't stick around long before the hops beat the hell out of it. More pine and juicy oranges and grapefruits play on the tongue as the hops do their thing. Hefty bitterness on the finish, but certainly not overpowering. Not exactly what I'd call "supremely balanced" or anything, but that's not what I'm looking for here. If I wanted supreme balance I'd drink a damn barleywine.

M- Nice and thick, almost a bit chewy. Carbonation is at a good moderate to high level.

D- Probably a one and done beer for me due to its high alcohol, but oh, what a one!

Fantastic, simply fantastic. I really, really liked this beer. Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had period. Really nothing fancy, either. Just straight up, hops forward goodness, with just enough malt backing to keep from overwhelming. If you like DIPA's you simply must give this a try. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 04:01:39 | More by vtfan77
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to label, bottled in fourth week of September (about 2 months before tasting).

Pours deep copper with a thin head that leaves trails of lacing.

The smell is of citrus fruits with a hint of nuts. There is an underlying mustiness.

The taste is of chewy, bitter hops upfront - orange and grapefruit, along with some breadiness. A sweet, nutty, slightly grains malt backbone is very subtle, but enough to give it a nice body and to tie the hops together. The assertive hop character stays well ahead of the malt. A slight alcohol kick along with the hops gives it a long, dry finish.

The feel is incredible - chewy, full, rich, creamy and smooth.

This is a very nice double IPA. I wasn't overly impressed by the smell, but the taste is delicious and the feel dream-like. At 85 IBU's, this one lets it hop presence known loud and clear. But, the slight malt is not forgotten and gives it some relative balance. Although there are traces of alcohol in the finish, the alcohol is well-hidden for the abv level. A very good "sip and enjoy" hoppy delight.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 02:08:44 | More by jwc215
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper to amber in color with a fluffy two finger white head, really good on the retent, god lacing as well

S- sweet, floral, citrus, hoppy

T- very strong on the bitterness (duh), sweet and sour grapefruit like citrus flavor in the beginning, earthy with some slighty nutty malt in the middle and finishes with pine (w/ a bit of a sour twang), warm alcohol & touch of spicy earthiness.

M- smooth medium bodied brew. leaves a film on the palate.

D- enjoyable, bitterness can be harsh, nice touch with the earthy/nutty malts as opposed to the usual caramel malts. hop profile doesnt do much to set it apart from other DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 21:43:46 | More by tonistruth
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up three fingers of thick frothy head that lingers forever over a hazy copper brew with visible carbonation.

S - Pine hops, vanilla and caramel malt. Faint alcohol meshes with the pine.

T - Pine, caramel malt and alcohol. Aftertaste has a moderately potent pine bitterness to it. Abv is undetectable. It is a bit sweeter than I would have liked. All and all, it is a bit rough here. Maybe sitting for a year or two would mellow it out a bit.

M - Syrupy thick, smooth and only slightly refreshing. Gums in my throat a bit.

D - It is a pretty good double IPA, but it loses some points from being syrupy thick and too sweet. It is a great beer, no doubt in my mind. I think there are better examples in the style though.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 20:13:46 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Rudgers73

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a short chalice from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Looks very much like apple cider. Amber/brown with a haze to it. Micro bubble thin head, slight lacing, blotchy and thin across the top.

S- Sweet, grape, citrus, piny hops. Almost a berry smell.

T- Wow. This is really interesting. Very bitter and piny to start with a kick of warming alcohol in the middle followed by a increasingly sugary fruitiness. This is quite a dynamic beer. There is no real alcohol taste present, impressive for 9.1%.

M- Very dry at the start, but it dissipates into a well balanced feel of an american strong ale or a strong red ale.

D- This is great in taste, quality, and everything but it is so damn strong. If you're gonna have 4-5 of these stay in for the night.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 21:32:07 | More by Rudgers73
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy eggshell head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Rich, layered piney and resinous hop aroma. Slightly sweet with a slight hint of malt.

Light taste of caramel malt upfront followed by a rich, layered piney hop flavor and a rather balanced bitterness. Finishes rather clean with a slight lingering hop flavor. Very balanced for a typically unbalanced style.

Full, creamy body. Mild carbonation.

Quite drinkable for such a big ABV. A very nice DIPA overall - and amazingly well balanced. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 03:46:49 | More by MaltyGoodness
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SacoDeToro

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

The beer poured an amber golden with a minimal head that quickly faded. You could tell that this beer was so saturated with hop oils that it suppressed any chances of a big head.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent with a nose that was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a medium/light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated so it wasn't smackingly sweet like, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in IPAs and DIPAs. Many brewers out there bottle condition their DIPAs, but in my opinion, the yeast cake zaps much of the intended potency of the beer after a few months. When it comes to DIPAs, I'm in favor of enough time for flavors to meld, but not mellow.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer had a touch of vinous flavors, which helped give it its own character. Distinctive and rich, this beer is a classic. Now that it's available in 12oz. 4-packs, I'll try to grab it more often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 21:33:27 | More by SacoDeToro
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GimpyCane

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack over the weekend and upon opening the bottle the heavy grapefruit hoppy aroma rushed out into my nose. I also got a whiff of yeast bread w/ a perfume hint of alcohol. Poured vigorously a 2 inch frothy head w/ a hazy rosy orange hue that left an excellent amount of lacing. The flavor and feel was an intense bitter beginning that ending dry and grapefruit bitter w/ a light syrup medium body, lively carbonated and a hint of alcohol. Overall, IMO this brew is solid. Love how Hercules brings the intense yet clean and crisp flavor and aroma it has to offer. My wife and I tried it with some Asigo cheese sundried tomato bread and it was outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 00:36:07 | More by GimpyCane
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flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a big head. There is some yeast floating around in there.

Smells piney and sweet a bit of a cola note in there too. Not quite what I expected from a DIPA.

Flavor... whoa! This is a big beer. The hops aren't quite as pronounced as I would have expected, this is just a well balanced brew. Bitter up front, a bit citrus like... some sweetness from the malts, then a bit of a kick from the alcohol on the finish. This is pretty complex with a lot of mouthfeel too.

This beer seems to be lacking a bit in the drinkability department. It is tasty, and interesting, but it's quite strong, and I am not sure I'd want to have more than a couple of these in one sitting.

Thanks again for the brew MuenchenerKindl,

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:19:17 | More by flexabull
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HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I try to drink a beer from Colorado when watching the Denver Broncos play. This Sunday was no exception. I pulled the 12 ounce bottle from the fridge and let it warm up prior to imbibing.

Orange-amber body sprinkled with particulates. Low foam stand.

Nose of candied tangerine peel, apricot preserves, and pine needles.

Fruity assault of citrusy hops on first sip lingers to sweet malty finish. Dank bitterness due to high alpha hop voltage.

Aggressive, full-bodied example of a Double IPA. It gets the Mile High salute!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:02:15 | More by HopasaurusRex
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy apricot color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy, citrusy.
Taste is also a hoppy experience, but the maly is completely overwhelmed.
Finish with strong hop notes and not much else.
Was difficult for me to finish. Not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 15:02:49 | More by tgbljb
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors a brilliant orange amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste. Just great great beer. This was a wonderful brew and I will be getting as soon as I can. Really nothing bad to say about this at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 01:03:28 | More by mikesgroove
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rsyberg01

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottled the 2nd week of July.

A - Pours a copper with some suspended sediment that doesnt offset the clarity too bad, you can see through without a problem, head is about 1 1/2 fingers then down to a slightly patchy cap on top of the beer with sticky webs running down the sides of the glass.

S - Caramel, citrus, malty, slightly spicy, soft fruitiness, maybe strawberry in there also. Very enjoyable and inviting.

T - Hoppy bitterness along with an herbal tone, citrusy, malty sweetness, I think theres banana in there as well, caramel is in there but not too big, bitter finish, great.

M - Almost perfect, maybe could use a little more bitter in the finish but it hardly affects it.

D - 3 maybe 4 would be perfect, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 21:29:19 | More by rsyberg01
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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