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Route 113 I.P.A. | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Route 113 I.P.A.Route 113 I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big, flavorful IPA, brewed with Pale and Crystal malts, and hopped with Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, and East Kent Goldings. Bold and Spicy.

113 IBU

Added by NeroFiddled on 07-04-2003

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Photo of rawthar
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark cherry wood red with a respectable translucence. A tall, persistent head of seafoam sludge that just screams "I came from a can and I'm all malt!"

S- A sharp hoppy nip at the tip followed by strong honey malts, a slight hint of dull alcohol, tons of florals throughout with a bitter undertone.

T- Bitter and piney is the dominant hop profile, not much in the way of citrus juice. Tons of toasty malts that taste like they were fresh cracked for cereal. Not even an east coast IPA, so much as an old world IPA. Unique for sure.

M- Creamy and full, the can provides a hand pump quality.

D- A good solid brew, tons of flavor and just enough intensity, a bit heavy for a sessioner, but a viable staple.

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Photo of ATPete
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

Pours a warm orange brown color with a medium sized sticky tan head. The nose is malt dominated with a mild herbal hoppy aroma. Graham cracker and caramel malt sweetness are noted first a leafy bitterness takes over mid palate and lingers long into the aftertaste. Very balanced for sure but not my favorite IPA, too sweet initially, the hop profile is one dimensional and tiring.

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Photo of BeerSquid
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into standard pint glass.

A- Very nice look. Clean and clear orange and bronze pour that settles into a red hue with a light layer of head on the top. Slight amounts of lacing.

S- Distinct notes of pine. Mildly floral.

T- Pine on the nose carries through in the taste and lingers significantly with the hops on the finish. Sweet much more than citrus. While the bite is not tremendous it certainly is adequate. The strong pine hides the alcohol well and it does sneak up on you.

M- Smooth, the light carbonation seems to increase the enjoyment for me personlly, though it does still bubble and tingle on the tounge.

D- HIghly drinkable, refreshing, perfect for a hot day like today (99).

I'd certainly recomend this brew to an IPA fan. Nice, flavourful, and bold. Plus the brewery is only a few towns over. Only real criticizms would be to add more hoppy bitter kick and a dash of citrus. Support your local breweries. Buy good beer.


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Photo of bamadog
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerman207 for hooking me up with this offering. Review is from notes taken on 7/12/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid coppery color and starts with a 1/2 finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin, but full cap; body has good clarity and shows quick and strong carbonation; fair washes, spots and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Bitter grassy and citric hops and just a slight hint of mild skunkiness that slowly disappears (fortunately - I was getting a little nervous); a wet bit of graininess lingers around as well -- the smell is OK, but is considerably weak.

Taste: Pretty nice -- solid bitterness that is grassy, and astringently citric -- like a lot of rind and peel; a lightly sweet maltiness rides out in the finish. Simple, straightforward, and pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with carbonation that's just about right -- present and lively, but not sharp and irritating; a dry and thick sticky resin coating is left behind, and it holds fast to the bitterness; really comes across as refreshing.

Drinkability: Pretty solid, and there's really nothing wrong with this beer -- getting through a 22 oz. bottle is really not proving to be an issue.

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Photo of magine
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Brew is copper/amber in color, has a white fluffy head that fades to a lace island. Lace settles to a lace head. Good lace, Good looking brew.

This brew smells of various hops; citrus, slightly piney, has some malty notes as well. Has a grain smell as well. Smells nice.

Brew is crisp and slightly bitter. Can taste the hops for sure. Finishes slightly dry, a nice hop bite and some bitterness as well. Has some grainy, bready malts as well. Fruits, earthy hops. Very nice blend. Nice taste.

This brew is very drinkable; very tasty, very good lace. So far the best I have had from Sly Fox. Very good stuff.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small (half-finger) whitish head that settles to a film and leaves good rings of lace.

S: Caramel malt is surprisingly there, given the advertised 113 IBUs. Also a bit of a sweet citrusy hop aroma.

T: First impression, albeit a brief one, is of the caramel malt. Second impression and every one after that: hops. Bitter, grapefruit rind mixed with concentrated pine needles. Hint of pine resin and some concentrated lemon juice. Bitterness coats the palate and goes nowhere, causing a mouth-watering, Pavlovian response for more. Wow that bitterness lingers, becomes minerally at times. Brown sugar noted in burps.

M: Call it medium bodied. Slight creaminess to it.

D: That bitterness is a bit much at times but I like hops, so it goes down fairly well.

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Photo of drtth
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is rich clear copper color with a ½" off white head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing as it recedes. Soon however there is just a ring of foam, some patches clinging to the sides of the glass and an irregularly shaped flat island of foam. Sipping leaves some scattered leggy lacing as well. Some speckled and leggy lacing persists to the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is citric hops, mostly grapefruit with a touch of orange, backed up by some caramel from the malt.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the grapefruit rind, some orange zest, a bit of earthiness, all supported by the caramel from the malt. The sweetness remains more of a promise than a reality and it seems the major role here is to smooth out any rough tongue rasping from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium to long with some sweetness up front that fades quickly to leave a bitter after taste on the back of the tongue and the back of the roof of the mouth. This ends in citrus rind bitterness with dryness to invite another sip.

Drinkability: This is a good enough IPA to have again. I've already had it several times and expect to do so again. But that being said its not one I'd choose in preference to several others that are also readily available locally.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a 1/4 finger of frothy flareup that drenches the sides of the glass with sticky patchy lace. The aroma is floral and spicy, with grapefruit adding some extra bitterness to the nose. Some softer tropical fruit and bready caramel gives this some tang in the back of the nostrils.

The taste mirrors this, with more earth, spice, and bitter grapefruit. Lighter fruity notes of orange and mango combine with the bread and light toffee character of the malts to balance out the back with some sweetness. Dry spice and bitter rind linger hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very easy feeling creamy slickness to that just goes down effortlessly. Just a touch of warmth on the backend but that is it for that 7% ABV. Fantastic.

It's been a while since I've danced with this staple Sly Fox IPA and I must say that I forgot how enjoyable it can be. The flavor was just a little tangy and sweeter than I normally like it but the overall feel and drinkability of this was absolutely killer. They definitely timed the summer arrival of this in cans just right.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh cans just arrived.

A:Very clear copper color. Poured with a little less than a finger of white head. Nice sticky lacing. Looks just like an IPA should.

S: The nose focuses more on malt than hops. Continental bittering hops.

T: It again is more malt forward. Bitterness in the finish. The malt is really nice and it has an almost tea like quality.

M: Medium body that is a little bit sticky.

D: Fairly drinkable. This would be great if it were just a touch hoppier. Glad I got a fresh can of this.

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Photo of jlapennas
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Intense dark caramel malt sweetness with some low roasted notes. Hops seem to be intense enough to balance but I'm still getting a lot of malt based aromas. Hops strike me as dank and herbal with a little bit of citrus - Columbus?

Appearance: Red/brown, clear, head is there but not especially fluffy or long lasting. Color is really borderline too dark for the style.

Flavor: Reminds me a lot of a Hop Head Red from Green Flash in terms of the intensity and character of the malt flavors. Starts with roasted caramel flavors that are deep and rich - kind of mini barleywine-esque. High level of hop bitterness follows with moderate resin and a mid palate hop flavor that's citrusy and a little fruity. Fermentation profile seems pretty clean. Malt character is a few degrees too intense for a classic IPA - more like a West Coast Red but it finishes bitter and citric.

Mouthfeel: Medium- full body - a bit sticky and sweet. Resin present.

Overall: A very tasty well brewed beer. However, not a great IPA in my book. If you like a lot of malt with your hops this would be a good one to try. I enjoyed it but it diverges a little for the style.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thenks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a clear, deep copper color with about two fingers of eggshell colored foam perched briefly on top. A small amount of lace was left behind.

S: Nice balance between caramel, pine, light citrus, and perfume-y hops. As it warmed, it took on a bit of a soapy quality that was surprisingly enjoyable.

T: Same as above. Caramel initially with heavy pine (and a thin layer of perfume) for most of the middle and all of the finish.

M: Medium bodied, with a fair amount of sticky and resinous hops that coated everything in my mouth. Finishes quite prickly.

D: A pretty excellent and enjoyable IPA. If this was available by me, it'd be doing regular duty in my fridge.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange and pine hops with a caramel malt backbone. The flavor is more orange and pine hops. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest has a real friend in Brian O'Reilly and the Giannoplous family, lemme tell you! CAN you dig it?!?

Wow, another CAN which was filled almost to the brim and which could hardly contain itself when cracked open and began to foam out briefly! I got two fingers of foamy eggnog-colored head off of my initial pour before I had to back off lest it foam over the lip of the glass. As the head fell, a lot of sticky Belgian lace began to form on the edge of the glass. The nose was redolent with hops and my mouth was watering as I typed. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was full, thick and creamy with a riot of hops up front with a sweet malty undertone. Wow! Finish was incredibly dry, very spicy with hops but with just enough sweetness to keep it in balance. Look out, Red Racy IPA, you now have competition for cooler space!

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Photo of Troegman
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking for Lagunitas IPA and came home with a case of this in cans. Has a nice amber/orange color, a bit cloudy and a nice thick off white head, seemed strange to see a beer look this good out of a can.
I could detect some sweet malt and a floral hop scent, not real strong. The hop taste, semi dry hop taste was apparent at first sip and at the end. Had a nice malty mid-section that made it a nice balanced IPA.
Has a nice substantnial feel going down but finishes on the dry side.
You can, and I have, put quite a few of these down quickly. This is a nice go to IPA that I think I can find regularly. Once you get past the can thing this is a real nice beer. Way to go Sly Fox.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear dark amber color darker than most IPA's

S- nice floral smell of hops and barley

T- sweet and bitter mix like an IPA should taste

M- very pleasant mouthfeel to this beer

D- this is a good ipa that you can easily drink more than one of in a session

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Photo of thain709
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice, dark, copper body with an off white head that stood about two fingers...nice retention lead to great lacing

S - Nothing special in the nose...resiny hops and sweet malt to balance it out

T - After showing balance in the nose...the taste was a little off balance...totally hop dominated...there's a sweetness in the beginning provided by the malt but that doesn't last long...bitter hops come in and take over for the rest of the beer...the beer finishes dry and bitter

M - Medium bodied...oily, dry, and bitter...a nice finish

D - I'm an IPA fan but this one was a little off balance for me...maybe if the hops had a little more citrus flavor I would have enjoyed it a little more...I'm glad Sly Fox decided to can this one

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Photo of yuenglings
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was looking for some thin good that came in cans when i saw this at the beer store.
A:Has a very Nice dark copper color to it with a good foamy head that leaves nice laceing from top to bottom.
S: There is a slight sweet maltyness flowed buy the stronger hop smell of flowery lemon zest ended with a slight earth smell to it all which are very plesant and inviting.
T:Has a very mellow hop taste to it not harsh at all quite good slightly piney sweet.
M:Very smooth with a little bit of a tingle at the end good. has good carbonation.
D: I find this beer very very drinkable for an ipa with abv 7% almost goes down to smooth would buy agian for sure!!.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a copper/orange with a finger of persistent head and spots of lacing. Aroma is unfortunately waxy, and any hop presence that should be there is trumped by that waxiness. Lots of sweet caramel and bready malts as well. The flavor is an improvement but mainly in that the waxiness is gone. The bready maltiness dominates a little too much to really qualify this as an india pale ale. Rename it an amber ale and it might be a bit more acceptable (3.5 worthy maybe). Overall this was definitely a manageable beer, but really pretty average.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A dark amber body with a fluffy, thick two finger off-white head. Sticky chunks of lace leave their mark as the head falls to a thin cap.

Citrus and pine needles with sticky caramel malt. Lightly sweet with a decent bitterness. Pretty well-balanced.

Pine needles up front with sweet, sticky caramel throughout and a pine and citrus bitter kick in the finish. Balanced up front and in the middle with a good amount of earthy bitterness in the end.

Smooth with low carbonation and a sticky, chewy body. The finish is the best thing about this beer. A good punch of bitterness.

The 7% is barely noticeable, the hops come in nicely in the end, this is enjoyable.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can to tulip pint: Attractive amber, 2 fingers assertive tan head that drops & leaves loads of chunky lacing.

Smells of pine & grapefruit hops, pretty mild with a slight veggie smell. A pleasant (but subtle) caramel emerges after a while.

Taste is dominated by challenging citrus zest & pine, on the harsh side but with a slight underlying tea-like sweetness that's all but buried. Just like the smell, caramel picks up, making for a mix of harsh hops & sweet caramel.

Sharp, attacking the palate at first. Smooths & mellows out further in.

Eh, fairly typical IPA -- a little too harsh then a little too sweet. Not bad overall, but I don't think I found anything really new or interesting with this one.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

loved the look of this brew. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- amber. Like a lil'nugget nectar. Webbed and stucco like lacing along the edges of the pint glass

S- slight sweet malt flavor. Lack of the flavor profile that an Am IPA contains. Again, lightley sweet

T- a full dry malt flavor. Not too sweet. No question, the brew lacks the expected floral hops that an Am IPA has

M- medium bodied and carbonated. The flavor is all over the brew

D- this is very simple to bang out. It has ok flavor but dumps down easy. I won't go out of my way to grab another one. However, I won't dump it down a drain. You can drop it in a glass and be fine with it

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice orangey amber color with a good initial head, that fades quickly but keeps small ring. NIce l
aces on the glass too.

S: Not a ton of hops but the bitter bite can be smelled. IN fact there is more grassy and yeast on the nose than hops.

T: Not a HOP heavy IPA which is an oxymoron but true. It is balanced differently than a stereotypical IPA and maybe that is the different blend of hops or perhaps mixture of different regional IPA's? At 7% ABV It has a good bite, bigger than I would have guess but the lesser hop punch allows that to come through along with much more malt.

M- Smooth, malty and dry on the end.

D: Good IPA, not a Cali IPA but this is from Pennsylvania so why should it be. Another very soundly crafted beer from Sly Fox and certainly a nice tweak on the standard IPA characteristics

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour - a lot darker than I expected. Very dark amber, almost like a brown ale in appearance at first glance. I guess you do need some malt to balance out all those hops! Nice, thick, fluffy head on top. This is looking good so far.

Aroma - sweet lemon and/or orange peel, a bit of pineapple, some grassy notes, toasted bread and some floral aromas. No overly west coast in aroma but this definitely is hop assertive.

Taste - brash but not harsh. This IPA has some legs but its not one-sided and the hop profile is well done. Its an interesting mix of Pacific Northwest, Northern European and British hops so they must have dialed this up precisely. The cascade definitely gives off a lot of the familiar IPA flavors with the others adding a nice bitterness or sharpness to this brew. Plenty of malt backs this up but your tongue knows the hops were in charge.

Overall - this almost came across as a strong, extra-hopped English-style IPA to me. It had the strength of an American IPA and the assertiveness with the hopping but the flavors were a lot more consistent with some English style IPAs that I've had. I liked this a lot and am glad I have some more in the fridge. This is however not a similar brew to say...Ska's Modus Hoperandi or Central City's Red Racer IPA.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, I'd love to have a cooler full of these and just chill in my yard and play some horseshoes with some hophead friends.

Note - Sly Fox just recently announced that they'll be canning their Oktoberfest this year which will bring their canned total to six great beers. Nice!

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Photo of dasenebler
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, this IPA pours on the darker side: translucent dark amber with brilliant copper highlights. The head is very nice and thick, retaining very well with fantastic lacing.

Aroma is hoppy, piney and spicy, not too powerful.

Flavor is an exercise in really just two things: malt and bitterness. There is a really nice caramel base and a sweet British maltiness. The bitterness is highly present and nearly puckering at around 100 IBU. Would like to see some more hop flavor, but there is a redeeming amount of piney/woody character. The carbonation was near perfect for me, medium-low and oh so smooth. Despite all the malt and bitterness, the alcohol content is still seven percent, so this is a drinkable beer.

Reminiscent of a certain Simcoe-only ale from Easton, Pennsylvania, though somewhat lighter. Kind of like a double British pale. Good.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing that this is the same beer in cans as in the bottle pictured. All information is the same.

A: Pours a dark brownish orange with a relatively fluffy head. The head has drooped a bit since the pour to a half finger ring around the glass. Just off white.

S: Smells of a variety of hops, with a mostly bitter aroma. Malts are present in the background. 113 IBU's suggests quite a bitter beer here. Definitely can smell the bitterness. Not overly aromatic, but the aromas given off are quite nice.

T: I get the same caramel malt flavor from every Sly Fox beer I drink. Almost a bread like flavor, I suppose they use similar yeast in each beer? This beer is malty and bready with a touch of yeast. Surprisingly not very bitter as the hops don't take the front seat here. Not a whole lot going on here. Bitterness is present, yet not nearly enough...malts are present, yet too present for an IPA. Not very well balanced.

M: The beer is smooth for sure. Low carbonation only builds on the malt backbone. Bitterness leaves the tongue a bit dry.

D: Easy drinker, but I would like more hop presence for a 7% IPA. Sweetness almost cancels out the bitterness.

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Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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