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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook

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BA SCORE
81
good

788 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%


Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Regardless of whether you spend your winter months on the slopes, shoveling your driveway or just hiding out, Redhook Winterhook is a great way to chase off the winter chill. This year will be our 27th consecutive release of Winterhook. The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this winter ale slighty naughty and very nice.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2003)
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the new winterhook pours out a deep and dark ruby and amber colour. a thin fine head reduces to wisps of lace. gotta love the souped up hop aroma! very pine and resin like...very appealing. the taste of this new worked over winterhook is hop heavy, with a syrupy caramel malt base. this is such a huge improvement over the previous "robust" version that it's hard not to get a little excited. i really disliked old winterhook, but i really like this stuff. the hop taste comes off as piney, maybe dry hopped. more evergreen than citrus. more flavourful than bitter. the malt base is a bit sweet and syrupy, such as years past, but with addition of the new hop profile it's not so offending and the mouthfeel doesn't seem so slick. there seems to be a hint of spiciness, too. i applaud the major tweaks to the winterhook profile. not too bad!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 00:40:49 | More by budgood1
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tawny amber body lying under a cloud of ivory foam. The head lasted and laced decenlty. The nose was mostly malty with pulpy fruit notes and a bit of spicy hop notes. Flavors are mostly of a fruity malt variety with a decent medium body and a creamy sense. Good drinkability from this nice, light old ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2003 05:22:37 | More by AtLagerHeads
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn-bronze hue, clear and brilliant, the color is very appealing. Unfortunately the head developed poorly, there was little more than dishwater bubbles that covered half of the bare beer. A very small amount of disorganized specks of lace dotted the glass as I drank it. Immediately the nose tells me two things, this is hoppy and this is not the Winterhook of last year(s). I’m rather pleased with the pine aromas, undercurrents of floral, and distant hints of maltiness at the back. The bouquet has a couple layers of depth and a distinct invitation to quaff. The palate is bitter upfront, from the piney hops, a smidge of floral follows. The maltiness is a little lacking and ordinary, traces of caramel but not a lot of sweetness. A little ale fruitiness is interwoven. The finish is mildly hoppy with a pleasant piney aftertaste, some direct bitterness. Unexpectedly “more-ish” and surprisingly tasty… especially considering Redhook does not ‘wow’ me. I even got hop burps! Medium in body, a touch thin, more malt would help. The carbonation is a little low but tolerable, very drinkable and pleasant to quaff as well. The abv is “low” enough to have a few at a time. If Redhook sticks with this recipe then the new and improved Winterhook will be a staple in my refrigerator when winter rolls around. Six-packs are too damn cheap for you not to try; I got mine for $5.50 in Omaha.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 22:10:50 | More by bditty187
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-leaning bronze under disintegrating beige clouds.
Mostly hop-dominated nose. Spruce and pine bark with underlings of toasty caramel.
Begins modestly malty. Black cherries on burnt toast. Throw in a little bit of caramel, a little bit of toffee, a little bit of vanilla bean, and a little bit of dry cocoa. Accents on the "little". Hops enter rather loudly. Resinous pine drippings. Damn this is hoppy for Budhook (sorry). Traces of metal too. Burps sear the nostrils a bit, but don't induce tears.
Shy of medium bodied.
Nice enough (cheap) winter sessional. Like a poor-man's SN Celebration Ale, which is probably exactly what it was meant to be.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 20:03:57 | More by cokes
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly an improvement over years past but I don't remember if I ever had the old version. This one is certainly good and the best Redhook I've had, bar the late lamented Rye beer - not to be confused with that yellow, swillish Sunrye. Dark ruby with medium head and adequate lacing. Malts are sweet and fruity, some light elements of berries and lots of caramel. Buttery. Hops are faint and mostly in the piney, spicy aroma. I had a six-pack that was just days off the bottling line and it was remarkable. This is a couple weeks older and not quite as good. A fine winter warmer, maybe could do with a touch more hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 05:46:19 | More by Thrasher
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filabrazilia

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This deep amber beer had a large beige head that took a while to settle in the glass. Excellent lacing that left a spotted pattern on the glass.

This beer greeted me with a delightful hoppy aroma that reminded me of an IPA. The hops gave way to a faint sweetness.

The carmel, malt and hops create a nice balance of flavors in the mouth. The malt seemed roasted and rich, but not overwhelming. The hops were fruity and subtle.

There was a slight carbonation burn. This was not as creamy as some holiday beers but it still had nice character.

This is a drinkable winter beer that is very good. I had pretty low expectations going into this tasing and was pleasantly suprised with the result. This would not be my first choice, but it is certainly worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 16:58:04 | More by filabrazilia
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far333

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany color with a brown receding head. Low aroma of sweet malt belies the full flavor jumping out of this beer. Sweet malt flavor, yes, but surprisingly hoppy. Smooth floral hops, not biting, with definite hints of citrus and pine. The finish is adorned with spicey flavors including cinnamon and brown sugar. Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2003 13:16:13 | More by far333
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a nice little hop bite to it's initial taste, but then turns to malty. It's color was a dark amber with a tan head. The head was frothy, but then went down to a laceing of the same color. I was most inpressed with the cover up of the higher alcohol in this brew. i would have never guessed that it was almost 7%. It's a little rough around the edges on the first taste, but smooths out as you go.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 02:44:50 | More by JISurfer
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent looking and an eye pleasing beer with a clear and bright light garnet color with tinges of orange. Small fruitiness in the aroma with more of it coming out as the beer warmed up, along with sweet and grassy hops. Aromas included sweet cherries, apricots and birch. The beer is a dry one, light in malt body with a biting and bitter tang and a dry, fruity finish. Light, tasty and flavorful. The dryness is an asset to this beer. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 16:36:34 | More by pezoids
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marc77

California

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy chestnut hue with a light mirk. Stiff, pitted, steadfast vanilla white head leaves lace. Juicy tangerine laced with mint sprigs upfront in aroma. Burnt, buttery, brown sugar sprinkled biscuit and dark toffee are secondary. Sweet cocoa undertone. Quite appetizing aromawise. Simple medium lovibond caramel initially in flavor, is superceded by assertive, pithy hop bitterness and sharp suggestion of grated cinnamon. Mellows quickly, with stately butterscotch and bittersweet marmalade notes contrasting the barbed hop character. Understated hints of tart plum surface late along with breezy, disparate dry cocoa, lending dessert like qualities. Soft on the palate, and perhaps a touch lean in body to complement the malt backbone. Finishes both buttery and burnt, with lingering diacetyl and singed biscuit tones. A flavorful, albeit raw brew with a surprising amount of character. Quite tasty, and overall a well above average winter seasonal. Has aging potential.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 22:50:10 | More by marc77
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maxpower

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep reddish brown color with a decent creamy off white head that leaves sticky sheets of lace. Fruity and citrusy aroma, smells kind of like an IPA, hoppy citrusy flavors with some caramel. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a sharp bitterness, much better than I remember.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 21:57:03 | More by maxpower
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper with a khaki colored head. Thick lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hops, grapefruit, malt and a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a mildly creamy texture. Malt meets hops in this winter offering. Citrusy grapefruit upfront with some buried caramel flavor. Nuttiness emerges toward the back. Thick piney hoppy finish. It's a decent offering and an enjoyable brew. Not sure I'd necessarily seek it out on a regular basis to purchase, but I'd consider ordering it if it were on tap at the place I was at.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 20:38:36 | More by Winter
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dpend

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Cock n' Bull 11/26/03 - Cool snowglobe tap handle .

Appearance is deep copper that's clear and clean.Well displayed head that settled slowly.A nice hop aroma with a presence of fruits,malt,nuts and a bit of spruce.I was expecting more of theses same flavors in the taste, but it turned out to be a little underpowered.Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side as well.All in all, a nice, tame seasonal that's worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2003 15:35:00 | More by dpend
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a deep amber hue that had dark crimson highlights. A one-finger, fizzy head rose up on the pour, but it became fluffy and dense as it settled back into the beer. A light coating of bubbles remained on the surface of the liquid and a sizeable quantitiy of lace was left clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell: There was a definite fruity component to this brew. It was a combination of cherries and other berries. However, there was a good malt presence in the background that gave the aroma some depth. It had a roasted, bready smell to it and came across as slightly spicy at times. Towards the end of the drink, with almost an hour of warming-up time, the smell of smoke dominated this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth upfront. On the tip of the tongue, it seemed almost silky, but it picked up some roughness as it hit the back of the mouth.

Taste: Every drink was a battle between the malt and the hops. There seemed to be a constant struggle as to which one would be the dominant flavor. Upfront, there were some roasted and light caramel malt flavors that had a grainy quality to them. There might be some black patent in there as well, but I'm not good at picking things apart that well. There was a cherry tartness that complimented the sharp, somewhat spicy hops flavor that arose quickly. It all lingered into the aftertaste where the flavors continued to battle for dominance.

It had been years since I had a Winterhook and I don't recall at all what it tasted like and if I liked it or not. I enjoyed this one, though. A very solid beer that I will be picking up again this season.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:46:57 | More by Quaffer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Checking for differences in the 2003 release...

Clear dark amber color, nice 1/2 inch biege head that laces in vertical drips. Hoppy nose, some bits of juice and fruit. Weaker malt taste profile than I like in a Winter brew, fairly standard brown sugar and cinnamon but not holiday spicy. Hops are assertive, balsamic and slightly dry and helping the finish markedly. Body seems more viscous than previous years, I'd give it full-on medium. Comparing notes, I'd say that hops and mouthfeel are improved but that an interesting sweetness could be bumped up.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 17:18:27 | More by ADR
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an off-white head over clear and dark reddish liquid. Piney and herbal, citric notes abound. Taste is lightly sprucy, piney and malty. Dryness pops up right about now. Finishes syrupy yet dry with a nice stickiness to it...an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 06:31:00 | More by beerluvr
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HardTarget

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11-15-03
Aroma 2: A musty hop smell heavy with pine and citric notes. I’m a little worried
Appearance 3.5: Dark red that is clear when backlit. Has a nice off white head that clings to the side and seems to last
Flavor 3.5: Very hoppy. The hops come through a little nicer than the smell lets on. While the hop flavor is in full force, the bitter is kept at bay. No malt sweetness here, but has to be backing the hops.
Mouthfeel 2.5: A bit thin, with a very slight hop pucker
Overall Impression 3.5: This is a pretty good beer all in all. Heavy-handed hops here hold, hindering holistic happiness (sorry, I hit a roll). Trying to say, a bit out of balance, but not so much to seriously detract from a tasty brew. I would like a bit more complexity, and a little more balance, but you can’t have everything.

Re-reviewed 12-13-05
Bottle Inspection: 6% abv. bottled on 101005 (sampled 121305). My label is blue with old man winter blowing up a hard wind.

Aroma 4: Malt with a nice spice level, maybe ginger, coriander, I guess it’s just the northern brewer and cascade hops blending so nicely; A very nice nose.

Appearance 3.5: Clear dark ruby brown with active carbonation levels feeding a skimpy head of grayish white that gave some good lace.

Flavor 4: Tastes like a light bodied heavily hopped stout. Very mild overall impression, but some nice sweet notes balanced by a gentle bitter and almost grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Firm carbonation, slightly oily texture slowly fades.

Overall Impression 4: Easy drinking winter ale. Good “pure” flavors, hops and malt doing their thing. It’s very clean and neat, but not a lot of punch for the winter season. Still, a very well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 23:51:46 | More by HardTarget
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ruby tinted with a nice sized tan head, leaving lacing around my glass fine but hey it's there. Aromatics: The cascades weigh in nicely here upfront floral and piney not bad not a lot of malt sweetness but definitely not bad the hops are nice. Flavor: Is definitely tame, low pur of caramel malt tones slightly spiced not bad at all, with what I was expecting to be a roaring hop profile was nothing at all just a mild finish of hops, disappointing but I was expecting much. Mouthfeel: Thin not much texture lacks body, smooth carbonation for a winter seasonal this is a light beer. Drinkability: Is mediocre cant' picture myself buying this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 23:10:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to enjoy this now and then, once a year...it was good, ..once...years ago...
Appearance: a clear, light crimson color, with a small, flimsy head.
Aroma: Hmmm,...nutty, creamy, soft, but rather shy, hints of spice...
Taste: huh...HUH..HUUUH!...didn't used to be so, shall we say, SHALLOW. Very thinly bodied, and I can't shake it, can't get around it, over it, or through it. It's just flimsy. There's some fruity, nutty flavor, but very small, and there is tremendously little texture...I'll go so far as to say "none." Forgettable. Boring. A bit too sweet. The soul has been sucked out of it. Damn, I thought this was supposed to be an ALE, maybe even a hearty, WINTER ale...goodness me, what was I thinking...
I remember a day...sigh...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 04:29:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a pretty medium copper color after poured into a pint glass. Little head retention, but nice lacing that hangs around. Pleasant nose is a bit complex, but dominated by malt sweetness, hops, and a hint of woodsy spices. Medium bodied in the mouth, definitely crisp with hops. I swear that there are some kind of spices trying to reach out and bite your tongue. Dry aftertaste and definitely a belly warmer. Above average for a seasonal ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 22:51:47 | More by merlin48
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Rumrunner

California

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Bottled on date: 10/15/2003.

I think this is my favorite ale from this particular brewery.

It pours a deep transparent ruby color. A good frothy tan head and some solid lacing down the glass. The scents are cold and crisp on the nose. Heavy hop and some deep fruit for a full bodied scent. There is a sweetness peeking about that is nice.

The tastes are very well put together. This is a pretty hoppy ale. A real nice bitterness. There is some dark fruits blending. Plumbs, figs and dark black cherries. A sweet candied bread follows up and there is a dark wood flavor for the finish. The flavors are very dense. I enjoyed the way the flavors are put together.

This ale is a bit beyond medium but not quite full bodied. There is also a certain density to the mouthfeel that is nice. A pretty easy drinker but not what I would call a session beer. It is more of a slow end of the evening ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 07:14:26 | More by Rumrunner
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2003 release:
This beer is a deep, deep ruby color, it is very clear and pours with a tan head. At first the aroma is of dark fruit, then the hops kick in a bit. The hops come to dominate the aroma, but they are not super strong either. The first taste is lightly fruity (hints of cherry). The finish is off dry, and is accompanied by a hoppiness that is complimentary to the fruit flavors. No real strong flavors that jump out at me. The hops are the dominant flavor here, but for some reason this beer tastes a tad on the weak side.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 18:33:22 | More by Gueuzedude
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rkhaze

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear brown with reddish hues and noticeable carbonation bubbles. Small, creamy tan head that stuck around a bit and left great lace. Sweet malt and resiny hop aroma. Taste starts out malty smooth and sweet with a little red fruit, followed by a citric hop spiciness.
A little thin bodied for the style but the nice carbonation makes for good drinkibility.
Not my favorite winter beer. Lacks the richness and complexity of most, but is still better than in previous years.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 01:36:03 | More by rkhaze
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Bier has a clear, dark copper/chestnut color. Head is tan and creamy, lasts well, and leaves excellent lacing. Body bordered on medium, and it felt fairly smooth on the tongue. Plenty of hops in the nose, with a touch of sweetness as well. Flavor starts a bit malty, with a hint of sweetness, caramel and spiciness. It is soon followed by plenty of hops, west-coast style, which stick nicely on the palate. Nice Bier!
Prosit!!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

645

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 21:08:14 | More by Bierman9
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clearish coppery brown, medium sized head of light tan hue, fades slow to a thin puff and lace sticks in moth holed-sheets. Smell is roasted malts, somewhat hefty and heavy, sweet with solid caramel and toffee thats reminiscent of burnt cookies. Hop notes of deep pine. Mostly coming through as it warms. Taste has a good portion of sweet malts, caramel, lightly burnt, lightly earthy, hops come across late with a fairly nice bite and bitterness that lends some dried pineyness. Some spiced grab shows through in the finish along with a smidgon of alcohol thats a bit warming. Feel is medium bodied and has a light grainy texture with a hop kick in alot of the finish with a spicy note. Not bad for Redhook, I was expecting something lack luster, but the late kick this has kept me intrigued.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 17:49:05 | More by tavernjef
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