Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
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587 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 587
Hads: 2,395
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 246
Gots: 473 | FT: 4
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy grapefuit colour, white head and lace. Great hop aroma. Very good DIPA, high IBU but not a bomb of bitter. Full mouthfeel and good drinkability. Orange zest, Tangerine and sweetness in taste, good balance.This one has been a survivor, a keeper. (251 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and some nice tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a light malt finish. There is a somewhat high hop bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is quite tasty as well. (592 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a white head and looks nice and inviting.

Very light nose, almost nothing, even as it warms up. Nose finally had a very light pineapple, sage/basil spice to it, perhaps some light apple character.

Medium mouthfeel and medium body with some decent creamy character to it.

Simple grapefruit flavors and finish. The beer's entire character is pleasant, nice, and shows good hops but is simple and one dimensional. Would like more hops; would like more of everything.

This beer is certainly drinkable and pleasant; just nothing special. Has a medium/long pine resin finish. This is a good beer but a bit simple all around. Did not meet expectations of a "Robust Series - Limited Release." Candidly, perhaps this is just not the producer for me. I've found Ballast Point brews "acceptable" but I've never been really impressed. Just my opinion. (876 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It is hazy golden orange in appearance with a small white head. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: The aromas are dominated by hop bitterness and have some notes of citrus fruits and other spices.
T: There's a rather big hoppy flavor yet a good amount of balance from the underlying malts so the bitterness is not too overpowering.
M: It feels both medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: It's rather drinkable considering the high amount of alcohol content, although I can't see myself having more than one of these in a single sitting. (552 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a white head and a little bit of lacing. Smell is a lot of citrus (mostly grapefruit) hops with a bit of a floral character coming in as well. Taste is very similar with a strong bitterness and only a slight backing of caramel malt. Moderate body with good carbonation. Very drinkable, especially for a double IPA. Intriguing hop presence that I thoroughly enjoyed, perhaps more so than Sculpin. (419 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head; great retention and lace

Smell: While there is a ton of floral grapefruit aroma going on, the sweet malt base is also clearly evident

Taste: After a quick nod to the sugary malt, the grapefruity bitterness builds...and builds...and builds; just a ton of bitterness that settles down after the swallow as it blends back together with the malt that it had previously overwhelmed

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: Nice to have this old friend back around; this bottle was just released in the past few weeks so it doesn't get much fresher - you can sure tell the difference (689 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the most interesting big ipas i can remember ever drinking. i wish i knew what hops were in this, because it has such a weird (and amazing) taste and mouthfeel, something totally foreign to my palate really. the beer looks like any other in its class, clear bright golden with a tall white head that leaves ring lacing as it drinks. the smell and taste have one of the more curious hop profiles out there. its fruity sure, but its neither oily or sweet, almost drying and sharp, but it isnt piney either. its almost tea-like, intense and bitter but also super flavorful. really hard to describe, but i get everything from lime to green tea to coriander seed to melon and meadow grass. its none of those things and all of them, like no other. its super bitter and strong, but the alcohol is well hidden, a dangerous bomber to tackle. something so strange with the hops though, its all in the middle. it rises up mid-palate, and dies back quickly, but that sensation and flavor in the middle is so cool and different. i would love to know what hops they use to create that. maybe better than sculpin in some ways, one of the best on the shelf india pales that exists. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a really nice copper color with a thick creamy looking head. The lacing was pretty thick on the glass too. The smell of the beer is really hopped up and had big aromas of citrus and pine. The taste of the beer was also intense just like the nose, really good hop flavors tingle the tongue on every sip. The mouthfeel is a little bitey but still remained drinkable. Overall it's a damn good brew. (418 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light clear orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is one-dimensional but still very interesting. Taste is also dominated by grapefruit hops with loads of great floral notes and light bitter finish. Malt is present thought doesn't play a big role in the final taste. Body is about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done for a West Coast IIPA. (468 characters)

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

Growler from ArthurPendragon. Thanks, Art. New April 2011 batch, weighing in at 10.6% ABV.

Pours a brilliantly clear shade of golden amber. The head dissipates with surprising quickness, though there's plenty of carbonation.

Smells like tropical fruit salad, a real cornucopia of fruit aroma on display here. Curiously, honeydew melon is most prominent, not a scent I commonly pick up in hoppy beers, but it smells great. Sweet mango and ripe stonefruit also come to mind. Alcohol and malt are faintly noticed, lending a bit of depth.

Taste is where this beer really shines. Layers of ripe, sweet tropical fruit flavors wash the palate: honeydew, papaya, mango, a hint of peach. The texture is full, silky - this batch feels more full and sweet than previous batches, though it's neither cloying nor syrupy. A grainy malt base is noticeable if I dig for it, though it's buried. Bitterness is mild in the finish, and there's a brief kick of alcohol. Potent as it is, it's remarkably easy to drink, very rounded and smooth.

Overall, this seems quite different from older batches of Dorado, possibly for the better. The hop character has shifted more toward tropical fruit flavors, which are highlighted by greater sweetness and alcohol. I'm really liking this batch, though I seem to be in the minority. (1,305 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with butterscotch edges. The largish cap is pastel orange-tinted ivory in color and is currently filling the top third of the pint glass with no sign of giving any quarter whatsoever. In time, it drops far enough to reveal a great deal of sticky lace in torn sheets. The light, bright color of the beer leads me to think that caramel malt will be in short supply. I certainly hope so; who needs yet another barleywine wannabe?

I've been enjoying the fantastic nose ever since the pour and it has taken all of my willpower to keep typing and not dive right it. I mean that figuratively rather than literally, but if the glass was bigger, I just might give it a go. This beer features an explosive aroma of all manner of citrus fruits, including pink grapefruit, orange, pineapple and passionfruit. One of the best DIPAs that I've smelled in quite some time.

The flavor profile follows suit, more or less. As expected, there isn't a whole lot of melted caramel present (there's still some though) on the palate. The malt backbone is appropriately huge, which is a good thing given all the hops. Even though I've had much hoppier versions, this one will scratch that alpha acid itch for damn sure.

The same citrus fruits that were present in the nose are present in the mouth, with orange shining especially brightly. In fact, given the less than perfectly masked alcohol (about which more below) comparisons to Grand Marnier would not be out of line. There's also a great deal of pungent pine sappiness present; an impressive amount in fact. The hoppiness isn't the high end hoppiness of an IPA, nor is it the bottom end thrum of a good American barleywine, but is something in the vast middle.

I have no idea how fresh this beer is, but I'm guessing that it hasn't been in the bomber long because of the still hot alcohol. While it isn't a deal breaker (it is a deal cracker), I prefer my DIPAs to hit me over the head with hops, not ethanol.

There's no letdown in the body/mouthfeel department. It's probably closer to medium than to full (for the style) with the alcohol acting as a solvent to cut the potential fullness down to size. It isn't a worry, though, since all that malt provides plenty of plushness and a light sticky sappiness on the finish.

Yet again, Ballast Point Brewing Company comes through with a solid, delicious version of a classically American style. These guys are often overshadowed by the AleSmiths and the Stones of the beer world, but cracking open a bottle of their beer is all it takes to prove that, in many cases, they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath with the San Diego County giants. Dorado Double IPA is all the proof that anyone should require. (2,715 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, another awesome party favour courtesy of venerable BA IronDjinn.

This beer pours a glassy, medium golden amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar chunky and world atlas-friendly lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, doughy caramel malt, a further crackery toffee sweetness, faint dark orchard fruit notes, and less than complex, but still rather agreeable piney, citrusy, and leafy bitter hops. The taste is pretty sweet caramel/toffee malt, warm citrus flesh, indistinct black orchard fruit, a soft stoney flintiness, and rather boozy herbal, piney, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy in its fairly sassy fizzy and frothy alternations, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a mild creaminess. It finishes sweet, the tainted caramel malt still not willing to totally give it up to the still persuasive as all get out hops.

An excellent example of the style, not too hot (barely) and not too bland (by far). Worthy of challenging my somehow hop-weary palate of late, and something y'all should duly seek out, if you are blessed with the chance and/or availability. (1,219 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally arrived in central Illinois...woohoo!

Pours into a Duvel tulip a murky orange, deep and saturated color. The foam has small pockets of larger bubbles embedded in the smooth velvet surface. Lace is sticky and forms easily. Aroma of candied oranges and caramel toffee. A light sweetness is there, but it's not exactly the fresh hop blast I was hoping for.

Velvety smooth caramel malt, deeply bitter citrus, grapefruit pulp. Some pine and drying hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is felt, and keeps intake at a low frequency in small sips. Not boozy, but it's far from wimpy...thick and almost chewy. Not as exciting as Sculpin, but a solid DIPA that I would drink again. (683 characters)

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

A - Poured a rich dark orange amber with a huge, two inch plus head. Very slow fade, good retention. Left behind rings and rings of lace. Some nice visible carbonation was also evident throughout.

S - Aroma was very nice and deeply hopped. Lots of citrus aromas were always evident. Definatly some underlying malt back here as well. This was a good well balanced aroma, didnt really come off like it was going to kill the palate.

T - Rich, best word to decribe it. A large orange and pine resin flavor was assaulting you from the beginning. But it mellowed out to reveal a more balanced sweeter earthen type of bakbone. Very dry finish, long lingering as well. This was one of those that made your lips start to pucker.

M - Very smooth, silky almost with great carbonation. Really a good job on the feel here. Very lively, but yet had a nice thickness about it. Definatly a sipper here, and as it warmed, a little of the carbonation was lost and it got a little syrup like.

D - Awesome nightly sipper strong IPA. This is a goblet and a good movie were choice. Not something I would be putting down all the time though.

Overall I thought this was very good. I am a huge fan of IPA's and the west coast really knows their stuff when it comes to these big hop bombs, this was nice to though as it was really well balanced and put together. (1,342 characters)

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

Bottled on July 18th.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear medium to full golden with a great looking sticky two finger white head atop.Tropical fruit and grassy hop aromas dominate,mild alcohol sweetness as well.Minty-leafy and overripe fruit-like hop flavors with a big shot of sweet alcohol on the palate,the hops win out barely over the brash alcohol in the finish.As I drink more a real sharp grapefruit rind flavor comes into play.This is big and brash but the hops win out over the sweet alcohol wich can't be said for to many of the style,a great DIPA. (560 characters)

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

A: A clear pale gold/yellow color with a nice fluffy head and amazing lacing.

S: Very piney, slight citrus presence, and essentially zero malt.

T: A lot more citrus on the tongue, grapefruit and lemon peel. A nice piney finish and a bitterness that sticks around and leaves you wanting more.

M: Slick mouthfeel, medium bodied.

D: An amazingly drinkable DIPA. Great offering by Ballast Point. (395 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn flashbacks to crappy late-90s/early-00s animated films... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine needle, light menthol, mild sweet biscuit, and light spicy greens. The taste mirrors this mixture exactly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is an average DIPA at best, one that is actually balanced (a plus), but one that just doesn't distinguish itself in any real way. (554 characters)

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

On tap. Hazy deep amber with golden highlights. Looks like orange marmalade. Creamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Pine and citrus greet you in the nose. Honeyish malt. Alcohol is evident in both the aroma and the flavor. Bold and brash but not overly bitter, balanced by the big, sweet malt. A massive beer. Drinkable in that despite the strength and massive flavor you'd be inclined to want to have another. (417 characters)

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

On tap at Ballast Point (Old Grove location) on 3/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a 3/4 finger of foamy off-white head. The retention has a rich and foamy look, leaving huge sticky swathes of lacing back. The aroma is just fantastic, with a blast of floral and spicy hops and THEE most tropical fruit laden smell that you are likely to find in a beer. Just awesome! Thick notes of bread and caramel sweetness really stand out as well and really makes those citrus accents just pop that much more.

The taste starts with a nice firm resinous (and slightly herbal) hop bite up front that is equally well balanced by that same monstrous tangy mix of caramel and tropical citrus flavors. This all just hangs lovingly on the palette with a mix of sticky sweetness and drying bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a more beefy feel to it but the carbonation is so creamy, it helps all of those bigger flavors go down a lot easier than you would think.

I've loved this beer in the bottle for a while not and to try it fresh on tap at the brewery was just sublime. The tropical fruits in this beer are just insane and luckily the rest of it's characteristics bring the same awesome level to the table as well. A classic San Diego DIPA! (1,281 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has a strong burst of floral hops and fruity citrus along with some caramelized malt in the background.

T: The taste starts with a big hops bite up front along with some sweet flavors of caramel, vanilla and citrus. There's a decently hearty malt character. The hops bitterness remains dominant, which is exactly what you want out of a Double IPA. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it might not be my first choice for a Double IPA but it's still a very good beer that I could drink for a while. (947 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 7/31/13 so I'm guessing it's only a month and a half or so old.

Pours a light fizzy head covering that at least sticks around a little bit, with a line of the heavy water mark of lacing, slight hazy nectar orange color.

Nose starts with big hops, earthy citrus hops, candy as well with a light candied orange, there's an herbal grassy almost celery like aroma, juicy fruit hops, little tangerine, guava/papaya like although not much tropical fruit. bright aromatic and juicy hops, and there is a sweet malty base, with a light amber malt.

Taste is what I expected for a DIPA, a big sweet malty base, some light amber reddish malts, hint of caramel and toffee, rich mouth, etc. Then hops galore, a big bitter kick that would be overwhelming without the big malty sweet base, with a bit of a warming booze following through the base. The hops bring more citrus, a bit of orange rind, candied orange peel as well, a decent pine kick as well, and some fruit again, more tangerine and nectarine than anything. A bitter orange rind effect comes through as it starts to finish. The finish stays fairly sweet and gets a bit hotter as the booze starts to kick in a bit more, a decent bitterness balanced well by the sweetness of the finish, some lingering orange rind, fruity citrus, and a bit of pine.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming booze that gets slightly tingly on the finish.

Overall pretty good. Pretty much expected for a big DIPA from west coast, tasty, nice booze kick but drinkable, a nice malty balance that really comes into play and keeps the bitterness from exploding, and a nice hop bill that brings nice flavors and aromas but is missing that nice tropical fruit and subtleties of a great IPA or APA. (1,754 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big hop burn with a lot of spicy flavors. A lighter amber than some DIPAs. Attractive sudsy appearance in the Leffe chalice. Quite aromatic with pine and citrus.

Rather hot; the whole mouth heats up with the hop acidity. More like the heat of candied ginger, and that hint of sugar makes me think of candied grapefruit peel-- hot on the lips with a distinct malty sweetness. Not quite medicinal, but thoroughly bitter. What saves it is a really intriguing fruity richness, like some kind of atomic marmalade. Every kind of citrus peel flashes before your eyes.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach. (621 characters)

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

Love the label, reminds me of some happy fishing trips in Hawaii, yummy Mahi, but I digress

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & above average lacing

S: Tons of grassy, piney & citrussy hops

T: Citrussy & piney hops in your face & some breadyness & then the grapefruit takes over. Pineyness starts to dominate as this warms, a long with some lemon & grapefruit hops, honey notes, breadyness, & a touch of grainyness & boozey hotnesss. Finishes with a nice pineyness, lemons, more crispness than a beer this big should have & bit of honey & grain. Love the complexity of this. Despite the grapefruit, I love this

MF: Oily, chewy with low carbonation. Near perfect balance

Drinks great for the ABV. A damn good, not great, but almost there DIPA (805 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by 06/22/2013." 650 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I loved Sculpin.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of fair cream, good thickness, and great retention considering the 10% ABV. Colour is a semitransparent pale copper.

Sm: Piney, oily hops. Cream and clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite piney, with aggressive unchecked hop bitterness. The result is an imbalanced brew. Some orange and lime round it out nicely. Clean malts provide the background. Tropical fruit notes (undoubtedly from the hops) emerge after the climax and are a highlight of the beer. I like it. Full flavoured and tasty. Heavy on the grapefruit throughout the body. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, thick, and coarse on the climax. Nicely crisp on the open. Not quite creamy enough.

Dr: The untamed sharp hop bitterness prevents it from greatness. A good IPA demands balance. Sculpin this is not. It's a good IPA, but I expect better from Ballast Point. Well-priced. Hides its ABV incredibly well. Very drinkable.

Low B

Actually gets better as it warms. Would pair well with spicy food. (1,432 characters)

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

Pale golden slight copper colored hue with a nice sized white head, billows up the rim of my Sam Adams Boston Lager crazy balloon shaped glass. Forms fine even lacing and definitely settles rather quickly. Aroma for the most part is upfront hoppiness with pine cone, citrus as in grapefruit in this case. A touch of herbal kind bud pungency as well this is one hoppy creation out of So Cal, god I miss living out there and drinking beers like this on the daily. Flavor hits up front with sugary sweet and puckering bitter notes, much like a Green Flash DIPA it bites you with hop burp and sugary bitterness it's referred to as man candy in some podcasts from the Pittsburgh area. Even a bit onion or garlic with the type of bitterness going on that's a bit of a turn off, overall massively bitter and carbonation is even body is moderate nothing to offend here but then again nothing that thrills me completely. Drinkability overall is quality a beer I will quaff when graced with it's presence, scarcity is good but I would be better off with a six pack of 12 oz sculpin IPAs. (1,077 characters)

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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