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Punk IPA - BrewDog

Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

905 Ratings

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother fucker of a pale ale.

A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.

God save the Queen and all who sail in her. Raising a Stiff Little Finger to IPAs that have come before and those it is yet to meet.
Turn up the volume Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, fucked up outlaw elite.

Never Mind the Bollocks this is the real shit.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007)
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United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look is as you'd expect from an IPA, Amber to straw color. I get alot of bready - biscuit notes along with grapefruit and citrus. The head dissipates very quickly leaving a very thin head. Balanced carbonation so my stomach is still in tact! Extremely sessional beer, does not drink like a 5.6%, good all rounder, cannot go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 22:43:26 | More by FinalFantasyBrewing
Photo of Jetulio


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle poured into a Pint glass

App/ light yellow colour with a white head (1 finger)

S/ pine resin, malt and grapefruit. Strong smell, very nice.

T / fresh and herbal sweetnes that ends in a bitterness very well balanced.
Long aftertaste.

M/ medium body and medium/light carbonation.

O / personal IPA, very nice even for me (a fan of ‘classic UK IPA’) !!
To repeat.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 11:27:58 | More by Jetulio
Photo of BS-

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a highball glass

Pours a hazy brassy yellow topped off with a thick, bubbly, clingy head with pretty good lacing and retention.

Nose is piney with suggestions of orange rind. Some hints of a resinous quality, but very subtle.

The beer is malty, biscuity and sweet upfront, with the hops slowly but steadily creeping up. Hops are fruity and citrusy; lots of orange rind, with slight floral notes. Finishes slightly piney and resiny with a modest bitterness layered on a rather juicy citrus undercurrent. Quite impressively balanced. The beer maintains a pleasant, soft, mellow sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

Very, very pleasant and drinkable. I get this feeling that I don’t enjoy it as much as before, but it’s still a very good beer. Perhaps this falls more into an easy-drinking, slightly more intense cross-over beers. I'll most definitely be having a lot more of these in the days to come.

Review from October 12:

A: Honey gold with a frothy white head that settled into a nice thin layer over the beer.

S: Very hoppy. Some orange and bitterness. Very rich and pleasant.

T: Slight malts and sweetness followed by an explosion of bright hop flavours. There’s some bitterness and citrus (orange peel) that really complements the strong hop flavours in the beer. The aftertaste is mostly a soft piny bitterness with a touch of floral notes that I found a little bit lacking, although this might not be entirely bad. It increases the drinkability of the beer, as having all those hop flavours stick around your mouth might not be all that pleasing.

M: Light to decent with good carbonation.

O: One of my preferred IPAs. A very pleasant and fun beer with a strong, distinct character. Very good if you’re in the mood for some refreshing hop-heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 16:01:59 | More by BS-
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden colour, big frothy white head, good head retention, a lot of lacing;

S: Very strong hop aromas on a sweet base, mostly piny hop aromas;

T: As the smell would suggest the beer delivers a big "hop-festival" with a honey/syrup like sweetness on the palate, a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste, the hops give a floral and piny flavour;

M: Average, yet on the thicker side, medium carbonation;

O: Strong IPA, intense hop flavours with a strong sweetness, perfect if you want a beer with it's focus on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 18:37:34 | More by PancakeMcWaffles
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appears to have some chill-haze. Hazy light amber in color. Medium head retention. Some lacing evident.

S: Brilliant! Grapefruit galore! Very ripe dark citrus (tangerine?) with a hint of pine. Something else there that I can't quite place....

T: Berries and pine upfront. Very unique hop profile. Bright, floral/fruity flavors followed by a deep, rich, complex finish (honey/pine). Bitterness is present but no unpleasant. Fantastic!

M: To style. Medium body, not particularly heavy, not particularly light. Very enjoyable.

This is one of the most unique beers I've tried in awhile... really glad I ran across one at the LCBO. Will definitely grab it again. For an 8-9% IPA it's extremely drinkable!

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 00:39:35 | More by badandy
Photo of Hawk345

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new standard in basic IPA.
Smooth, hoppy but not too bitter.
Its just really good beer, its the sort of thing you take to a party to impress people that you like good beer, then make sure noneof the losers get any cos its too good for them.
They dont deserve it
Entry level Brewdog, go do it tday

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 23:24:56 | More by Hawk345
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a most excellent ipa! pours a dead sexy honey color with some cloudiness to it and a just off white head of fluffly lasting suds. its really gorgeous. smell is less stunning, kind of bland actually in the nose. there is that sticky hop waft going on, but its not prominent. my best before date is 1/13, so this must be fresh. in any event, the nose is a minor problem, but the taste is fantastic, not bland or washed out at all. the cool thing here is that the hops hit with that sticky sweet stuff on the back end,and the bitter dry kick is on the front end. in fact, it has quite a long wet finish on it, and is crisp in the middle. its an odd experience, but one i am really enjoying. only a few minutes after a sip can the real bitterness be tasted on the tongue. hop bouque it a mix of grapefruit and orange rind, and is a bit acidic actually. mouthfeel is good, lighter than medium bodied and carbonated a bit more than is normal in an ipa, which works well here. its a beautiful beer really, and the nose is opening right up as it warms. reinventing the wheel here a little, and i like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:34:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold-orange with a thin white head, some light lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smells of citrus rind, honey, fruity and spicey hops, strawberries and pine resin.

Tastes nice and malty upfront with citrusy/spicey hops that dominate the palate throughout.

Very quenchable beer on a hot summer day, not too hoppy but balanced just perfectly. Definitely a beer I would try again!

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 20:27:58 | More by GodOfBeer
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden orange, with a large rocky ecru head, and some nice lacing.

Smell however is malty, with some hops, and hint of tropical fruit.

Taste is bitter, front to back, lacking in depth and balance.

Texture is lighter, with a good mouth feel, and medium drinkability.

After so many IPAs, it takes a good one to wow me, and I am not wowed. Malty aroma, all bitter flavor. It's ok.


Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 11:04:23 | More by Drinkerofales
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4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle in a Red Hook cylinder? (I don't know how to describe this glass haha!) Best by 12/12.

A - Pale and lager-like yellow with little complexity. Fair sized white head with fair retention.

S - Pine, hops, grapefruit, and some bread nicely blended together. Simply fantastic on the nose.

T - A wet and chewy sensation. Follows the nose with flavors in addition to a hop profile that contains some bitterness on the back end and some nice aromatic hops up front. Rather delicious I must say.

M - Prickly is the best word I can use to concatenate this brew. Carbonation sets off the tastes and finishes rather crisp.

O - I was very impressed with this one and it makes 2/2 brews from BrewDog that I would be pleased to encounter again. Pass me another!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 08:04:45 | More by mscudder
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United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the marketing blurb.

A: Body literally looks like piss. Massive cumulonimbus cloud of a head.

S: Massive waft of grapefruit and some peach.

T: Fresh, upfront grapefruit being the only really discernible flavour and then there's some caramel too. Grapefruit balances the bitterness beautifully. The head is still gargantuan and very chewy - I reckon it could hold a coin. Best lacing I've ever seen.
Floral citrus in the aftertaste, which lingers for a good 20 mins.

O: Very nice drink. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 06:43:14 | More by Hoppsbabo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Clear straw-amber colour with a decent amount of creamy foam head. Good retention and OK lacing.

(4.0) S: Pine, buttered bread, grapefruit, banana, lightly toasted qualities, and chopped nuts. Quite dynamic with a nice damp and wet grass vibe throughout.

(3.5) T: Bitter pine, dry cereal, citrus, fainter tropical notes, and steady buttered bread-like malt. Balanced nature of this deserves to be pointed out. Slightly acidic nature gives off a bit of welcome tartness.

(3.5) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dry and slightly prickly.

(3.5) D: Tasty and well balanced with a standout aroma. Would be more than happy to drink a few of these with friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:06:42 | More by Digimaika2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass. One finger of bubbly off white head on a clear pale amber. Good lacing, The head sticks around for a while then diminishes to a ring.

Lots of citrus hop smells. You can smell it from a couple of feet! Fresh, resiny, tropical fruit. The taste follows the smell although in a more subdued way. A nice rounded hop finish. Very nice for those wanting a nice hop without being bombed by it.

Medium body. Fairly low carbonation. A very nice IPA overall. Rather unique. A nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit. Clean and fresh. I would recommend it.

Serving type: can

08-01-2012 18:09:27 | More by scott451
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, can't find any date, obviously this is the new 5.6%ABV version

A- Deep golden colour, with some orange hints. A couple of fingers of soapy white head that has quite nice retention and lacing

S- A touch of caramel sweetness on the back of things. Hop aroma has a delicate soapy character, with notes of citrus and exotic fruits. Very refreshing

T- Quite sweet entrypoint for the style. Malts are not at all heavy or dominant but some caramel and honey are pretty easily detectable. A refreshing hoppy, herbal feel soon develops in both taste and aftertaste, bringing citirc (lemon, grapefruit) and pineapple notes as the smell suggested. Not at all an aggressive IPA (in spite of what the label says), but sure a very refreshing one

M- Quite light in body, expecially for the style, feels very easy on the mouth. Medium carbonation. Overall decently lively and smooth at the same time

O- A beer that you could easily drink in high quantities. Easy but still pretty much satisfying. Overall i'm not very impressed, so many beers out there are more or less like this one, so i won't go after it soon again, but i would still be pretty happy to drink it if nothing else would catch my attention

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 12:38:20 | More by Cozzatoad
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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a standard straw with white head. Pretty, but not outstanding.

The nose gives a preview replete with fresh floral/grassy notes. Almost an earthy undertone.

Unfortunately, the taste did not really follow the nose. The taste is more dry straw background fronted by a pilsner bitterness that just kind of ruins it for me. A little bit of hops somewhere in there as well, but almost more of an Imperial Pilsner than an IPA.

Drinks easily enough, but just kind of tastes BMC but better done. If you're really curious go ahead and check it out, but definitely not worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 05:40:11 | More by kemoarps
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold with a hint of bronze and a stiff meringue head of pure white that rings.
Big gorgeous grapefruit candy, pineapple, evergeeen and hop resin on the nose.
Papaya and white pan getting grainy later on before more candied pink grapefruit and sour lemon hard candy hops with spicy grape coming out as it warms.
Skunk finish and pine sap linger. Light to medium, sticky, soft.

This was in the back of the fridge for a month or three, but that doesn't matter as much with cans, right? And it hasn't. Big fresh hops don't bully the way they did in the 6% version. Ahtanum seems to step up here - lots of citrus, with maybe a bit of cat from the Simcoe but the Nelson Sauvin is quiet until the beer opens up. Strength and IBUs (45, down from 68 for the old version) don't quite bring it up to IPA level, in spite of the name, but that's a good thing.

Top pale ale.

Serving type: can

07-18-2012 12:36:46 | More by StJamesGate
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hadn't expected so much "west-coast" American hop flavour from a UK brew - what a pleasant surprise! I remember being less than impressed after trying a bottle several years ago, so would recommend this latest canned release to anyone who is likewise sceptical.

Looks like a golden lager with very limited white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is of tropical fruit, including pineapple, papaya and mango. That follows into the flavour with citrus (grapefruit?) also included in the finish. A nice blend of sweet caramelized malts with a pleasantly bitter hop finish.

Definitely a beer I'd recommend.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 01:50:08 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB November 10, 2012. Been in the fridge for a little while.

Golden in colour, small white head fades quickly.

Hoppy smell. Sticky citrus fruit- orange, grapefruit, pineapple. A bit of a grassy scent as well. Some caramel malt in the background but this is a hop focused smell.

Taste is a big drop after the nose. The big citrus scent is just not replicated. Some grassy flavours, a slight bit of citrus and tropical fruit, and a general bitterness that is not particularly flavourful.

Light to medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, not too into this one. Nice smell but otherwise a letdown.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 00:50:31 | More by jrenihan
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving decent lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, citrus and stone fruit juice. Flavor is a pleasant balance of sweet malt and citrus and piney hops. Finish of fruit and piney hops. Well balanced and tasty. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Ironic that the name suggests risk taking and possible unfortunate results, when this IPA is actually a well behaved, integrated ale. May not live up to its rowdy name, but a very nice, pleasant IPA and a nice contrast to its more aggressive American cousins. I really liked this IPA and will revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:39:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bb Nov 12

Pours a cloudy deep amber. Coarse off white head fades. Spotty lace.

Aromas of citrus/apricots.

Quite restrained taste-wise, I suspect has died in transit and age. Serves me right for buying an IPA with only five months on clock. Citrus continues, add mandarins into apricots now, but malt quite evident and all in all well balanced. Not a hop bomb by any means. Sadly a dull flavour grows as it warms, again I suspect age because I cannot pick it.

Mouthfeel quite light, and carbonation spot-on.

I recall it being much less balanced, but that was the old Punk.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 07:39:32 | More by heygeebee
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale blonde, 2 fingers of white head and quite lacey. Smell is very hop forward, lots of tropical fruit and pine, orange and grapefruit, some malt is there as well adding a cracker like backbone, some yeasty scents also present. Taste is bitter and hoppy, some fruit flavours including pineapple and grapefruit, as well as some pine and earthy hops, lightly floral and dryer in the finish though starts a touch sweet, malt flavours mid palate with a fruity floral finish and aftertaste. Light carbonation, med body, oils coat the tongue, would have liked a little more zip in the carbonation. A nice IPA that drinks very quick and something that I could have many of in one sitting.

Serving type: can

06-22-2012 20:30:04 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, lemon/grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a bit grapefruit/lemon, apricot, and corn/grains. It ends with hoppy and lightly fruity aftertaste with a medium amount of bitterness.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of the Kipling crossed with a Crazy Canuck. I would give the taste a 3.75 if I could. This is definitely a beer that warrants trying, especially with the limited amount of decent IPA's available to me locally.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 19:04:14 | More by spinrsx
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Punk IPA's appearance is a pleasant hazy yellow colour with an off-white head and some slight lacing. The nose is prominently citrus, complimented beautifully by fresh grassy aroma.
The bite of the hop is right up front with a muted caramely sweetness in the middle with a long bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 13:13:05 | More by Tresha
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL can from the LCBO; best before November 2012. I grabbed a multitude of IPAs on my last trip, and this is one of several that I know very little about. Red Racer has taught me to expect good things from little cans, though.

Pours a pale golden-amber colour, translucent, with a modest half-finger of soapy white head seated atop. Not exactly what I expect to see from an IPA, but at least there's decent lacing. Enticing, relatively fresh aroma with hints of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and peach. There is a faint note of bready malts in the background, but it is mostly fruity, juicy hops here. Me likey.

The flavour follows the aroma quite closely - tropical fruit flavours dominate, with grapefruit, lemon, orange rind and peach being the most noticeable features. Perhaps even a hint of mango, with a light brush of buttered biscuits and honey from the relatively muted malts. Dry, fruity aftertaste that lingers briefly. Light-bodied and kind of watery, and only slightly oily. Refreshing and crisp, with a good bite from the carbonation. Easier to slug back than a lot of IPAs.

This one grew on me after a few sips. It's not the most complex or intense IPA I've ever had, but it's definitely a good one - and perhaps because of those facts, is much more sessionable than average. There were only two cans left on the shelf when I went to the shop, and now I am thinking I should have picked the other one up too! Oh well, at least someone else will get to enjoy it.

Final Grade: 3.93, an encouraging B+. BrewDog's Punk is a solid IPA that makes for an enjoyable glass of beer, and is definitely worth checking out if you happen to see it on the shelves. The price is right, too. I wish the LCBO would put more cans of stuff like this on the cold shelves, instead of the avalanche of bland pale lagers we are currently (for the most part) faced with.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 08:25:45 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden and pencil yellow colour with a large, frothy white head that gets retained as a thick film and leaves medium-heavy lacing.

Sharp, lemony citrus aroma with a light toasted malt backing and a hint of mineral water.

The taste is fairly light for the style, but that's certainly not to say thin or flavourless. It has a very crisp grapefruit and lemon citrus flavour with just enough of toasty grain tone to balance things out and a subtle pine note.

Fairly thin-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There's a slight oiliness on the tongue along with a mild bread-like sensation. There's a faint cherry or berry fruit note in the finish and the aftertaste has a pronounced bitterness.

Serving type: can

06-11-2012 19:18:13 | More by bryehn
Punk IPA from BrewDog
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