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Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.16%


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Ireland

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012)
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JoshuaB

California

4.53/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous amber with a large head that dissipates over a few minutes. Color is not nearly as dark as most Guinness beers, but the rest makes up for that. Smell is on the sweet side, definitely a bit of honey on the nose.

Flavor is a well balanced holiday ale for easy drinking, sweet on the tongue with a mildly hoppy aftertaste to cleanse the palate that fades quickly, leaving the taste of barley on the tongue. Alcohol level is higher than it tastes, the roasted barley covering most of it up. It's not as complex as many Christmas ales, but it's currently my favorite of the entire Guinness lineup.

I only wish it wasn't so easy drinking, because I have so few of them!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 13:23:27 | More by JoshuaB
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.38/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a Guinness Winter Selection sampler case.

Pours a dark but translucent brown with short beige head.Aroma is sweet and bready. Taste is a bit fruity and a touch of bitters.Not what I was expecting for a "Holiday" brew. It is nevertheless very enjoyable and reminiscent of their Smithwicks labeled ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:10:11 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a very nice deep dark brown, with a good inch and a half of head that dissipates slowly to a nice pillow of foam.

S: Nice roasted malt flavorings with some sweet malt aroma coming thru.

T: Light toasted malt flavorings coming thru with just the slightest hop flavor at the end. Very nice.

M: Light carbonation, no dry feeling. No creamy feeling either like other Guinness brews.

O: Very nice brew here. Lighter in body then Guinness Draught but without the creamyness makes for a light and flavorful brew that i def enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 06:28:33 | More by ChrisPratz
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Generous Ale has a medium, off-white head, a clear, reddish-brown appearance, lots of bubble streams, and just a few bits of lacing left behind in splotches. The aroma is of straight-up brown bread crust, with just the faintest spice. Taste is the same, with wonderful sweetness and a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Guinness Generous Ale finishes clean, refreshing, and ultra drinkable. This is a superb offering from Diageo. I just love it!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 14:54:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
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irishstoutlvr

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this beer. It has a nice hop flavor, not too strong. Also, a good roast flavor. Guinness did a good job on this beer.

I wish they would offer this in a four pack, or a 6 pack. I don't mind getting the variety pack, but often want to get other beers, too.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 00:03:19 | More by irishstoutlvr
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mckenziac


3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Guinness seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a rich, tawny brown color. Has a large, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells nutty and toasty with a bit of caramel. Smells very much like your typical mild English beer.

Taste: Moderately hoppy at the start. It finishes toasty and a bit spicy. Surprisingly smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a nice carbonation.

Overall: I actually like this beer very much. It is definitely a winter-style beer, but isn't overwhelmingly dark, heavy, or spicy. It seems to be easily sessionable with just enough hoppiness and spiciness to give it a little kick. Definitely wouldn't mind having it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 23:02:20 | More by mckenziac
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JMad

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish brown color with an off white filmy head. Smell has a lot of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee and a sweet candy like background. The taste is a little metallic and has dark bitter coffee flavor with an earthy hop flavor. It's light with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish. This is a nice beer from Guinness I kind of expected something gimicky like their black lager but this is way better.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:41:23 | More by JMad
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Situation: Celebrating a three-day week...
Glassware: Kisatsky pint...
Appearance: three-finger head completely fills the pint...dark cloudy lacing; strong dark brown body...
Aroma: malty, lactic base that is signature Guinness stout; a small hop trail, but malty as a Brit should be...
Palate: medium-bodied, mildly effervescent; a bit buttery....
Taste: malt tickles the teeth and tongue; mellow and smooth; an enjoyable session ale; do not really see the winter aspect of this beer....
Overall: a red in the vein of Newcastle's Werewolf, but a bit more substantial and more agreeable

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:08:15 | More by dacrza1
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Generous Ale
11.2 oz. bottle; no real freshness code

First the review, then the rant...
Appearance: Excellent appearance. Clear deep russet/mahogany body. Frothy then foamy khaki head. Holds quite well. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Aroma is floral/wet grass with a bit of yeasty mineral character. A hint of roast malt appears when it's swirled, along and a touch of light fruit.

Mouthfeel: In the mouth it's medium-light in body and smooth across the palate with just a gentle bristle.

Taste: The flavor suggests a standard amber ale with a soft fruitiness (apples, pear, a touch of dark fruit) and some chalkiness, but there's also something different here - rather than just caramelish malt, it lends a bit of dark malt acidity. Across the palate it becomes nutty and gently toasty, but then even more so in the finish. Dry. Bitter, spicy, and quite lingering as such in the finish with little left to balance it except for a bit of apple and pear-like fruitiness amidst light toast and delicate, swirling notes of floral, leafy, and grassy hops. The mineral character (crushed granite) remains, helping to dry it even more. Long finish. Bitter at the back of the throat.

Now the rant: Generous ale? To whom? To flavor and the drinker, OK, I can live with that (even if it is a stretch) BUT the label reads "...Generous Ale celebrates Arthur's legacy... and his commitment to the welfare of his employees & the community". Perhaps that was true during Arthur's tenure, but it was certainly not true of his children's rule!

Is it not well known that the Guinness family (of English origin) fought against the repeal of the Act of Union, and thus against Irish independence from England? That Arthur's eldest son was a member of the orange order! That they were not exactly kind to the Irish Catholics that made up the majority of their work force? In fact, during the 1930's Guinness employed over 12,000 men at St. James Gate (close to 10 percent of the entire male population of Dublin), and it wasn't until the 1960's that a Catholic worker was allowed to enter management. Things may have changed, but to note Arthur's "commitment to the welfare of his employees & the community" certainly raises some questions in my mind. On the other hand, being an open-minded person who looks at all aspects of a situation I do have to acknowledge that at least until the 1960's, political and religious hierarchies existed throughout Ireland, England, and the rest of Europe (lest we not forget Nazi Germany).

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:38:19 | More by NeroFiddled
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, code but not date stamped, poured into a snifter. From a variety pack including regular Guinness, Black Lager, and Foreign Extra Stout. Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a moderate tan head. Has weak retention but leaves rather nice lacing.
Aroma: lots of baked bread and caramel malt. very typical of a dark mild. A little bit of dark fruit too.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, perhaps a tad thin; well-chosen carbonation level. and rather sticky.
The taste largely follows the aroma, but is less sweet and more hoppy than expected. There is a good amount of dark malt flavor with a lasting roasted malt flavor in the aftertaste.

O: pleasantly surprised by the quality of this macro-brewery offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:23:01 | More by chinchill
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real good beer, More of a traditional ale... not a "hop bomb". Think bass ale with a shot of guinness poured in. This was a very drinkable, smooth beer with a very mild flavor and the aftertaste of guinness. I only wish they sold it separately if only to be able to enjoy a few of these rather than only getting three per twelve pack. I look to see it next year in its own package.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:28:35 | More by Uniobrew31
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plaid75

New York

3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light earthy caramel malts and a subtle grassy hop.

The taste consisted of grainy roasted malts and a full sharp earthiness. Utilitarian grassy hop tightened up the flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean with a very dry finish.

Overall a tasty Irish Red Ae.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:54:17 | More by plaid75
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is another thoroughly enjoyable Guinness. As a beer snob, we sometimes shun the big brewers, but this is a very nice, unique drink.

It opens black and fragrant. Not nearly opaque, but really dark with a light to moderate head. The malty aroma is nice. The taste is slightly sweet and malty with good balance.

The aftertaste is nice and overall its a good experience. Like most Guinness products, it is an underrated session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:21:48 | More by schoolboy
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped 05:40-L2245G00002. Sampled on 12/12/12.

The pour is a mahogany brown with reasonable clarity and an off-white head that sticks around until I finish the glass.

The aroma reminds me of all the Guinness brews I have had with a sweet dark maltiness. The twist is that I also pick up a slight nutty character.

The body is about medium but it is creamy and smooth.

The taste starts a little sweet but it immediately finishes with an acidic bitterness that lingers for a slight moment at the end. For a holiday brew there really isn't anything that jumps out as unique but it is entirely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 02:24:24 | More by puboflyons
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punky796

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown but clear, about a finger of head, medium lacing.

S - Brown sugar, barley malt, earthiness.

T - Molasses, barley malt, a touch of the coffee & chocolate that characterize regular Guinness. A little hop and other grains.

M - As seems to be my usual perception with anything lately, a bit too carbonated and heavy on alcohol taste, but finishes smoother than it swirls. Kinda bitter.

O - I was excited to try something different from Guinness, but this is a bit disappointing. That being said, I'll still take it before lots of things and don't regret at least trying it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 09:02:19 | More by punky796
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a pretty brunette with a very nice amber colored head. The beer had good lacing. The head was big bubbles which is okay, I like fine. The taste was goodness as expected from a Guinness. Not as heavy as regular Guinness but more taste than the new black lager. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 17:00:53 | More by Minkybut
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am kind of surprised to see this listed as a mild ale at 5.6%. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a deep hazelnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, bready. Taste is malty, toasty, light hops, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:39:04 | More by tone77
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tito42

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Purchased from the winter sampler. 11.2 oz :(

A: Between chestnut and ruby, clear, with active carbonation and a foamy tannish head.

S: Roasted malt and barley, popcorn butter, plums, grassy hops.

T: Toasted grains and adjuncts, buttery diacetyl, plum, grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a zesty, dry finish.

O: Much better than the black lager, this is a decent seasonal English Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:53:46 | More by tito42
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"Guinness Generous Ale celebrates Arthur's legacy as a brewer of styles with generous flavor and his commitment to the welfare of his employees & the community. Guinness Generous Ale is a full-bodied winter ale, balancing a subtle hop flavor with roasted barley character. Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with this special ale." Generous Ale is brewed in the style of an English Dark Mild Ale. Available exclusively as part of the Guinness Winter Variety Mix Pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin creamy dirty white head that recedes briskly. Body color is a deep amber brown with very deep red tones. Carbonation is mild. Light frothy surface cover and very light lacing. Appearance is decent but certainly capable of much more. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma is chock full of sweet caramel candied malts, notes of light buttery toffee and a low alpha earthy hop blend for a mild bitterness. Very faint graininess in the aroma, mostly clean aroma. Balance is slightly sweet but hop presence is certainly evident. Potency is medium. Smells pleasing with a substantial body. 3.75

(Taste) Flavors are much like the aroma, with a faintly husky medium roasted caramel and english pale malt blend, some notes of sweet toffee. Hop presence is earthy and mildly bitter, a touch spicy but full in flavor. Mild warming finish with a very faint touch of alcohol. Flavors are pleasant despite being a style I am not too familiar with, I found the flavor to be enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Very low carbonation, quite slick and slightly chewy with a touch of body. Alcohol presence is low but discernible. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Carbonation is appropriate for the style- very faint but still contributing to the characters of the beer. 4.25

(Overall) It's an interesting experience drinking something labeled Guinness that isn't a stout (or a black lager, for that matter) but this beer is a very decent take on a hard to find style in the states, following the style rules while not making any shortcuts on body, flavor and balance. The flavor is simple and to the point, but not shallow on the malt or hop character. Simple and without curveballs are always an enjoyable way to go for a traditionalist's sake. Overall it's a drinkable English Dark Mild and certainly worthy of a wide release. 3.75

Guinness Ltd.'s
Guinness Generous Ale
3.64/5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:37:42 | More by Jadjunk
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Generous Ale (Arthur's Holiday Ale)

Brewed in honor of the brewer and figure head but makes no claims this is an old recipe

LOOK: Deep copper or light brown, white long standing foam forms and leaves a good amount of webbed lacing.

SMELL: Bready and chocolatey , with a presence of highly toasted malts. And that signature yeast strain smell so you know it's a Guinness product. Barley malt all day.

TASTE/FEEL: Light bodied ale punching through the stinging carbonation come some noble hops, caramel and toast. Herbal flavors and palate coating yeast. Touch of tangy English ale yeast flavor which sticks out more here than in the very roasty Guinness Draught. A touch of brown sugar and hint of molasses. Leafy hops, a bit oily and slick. Still, an easy, refreshing, quaffable drinker. All the flavors are fairly mild, so this at least lives up to the name of the general style.

OVERALL: A simple but respectable beer, with a little signature Guinness type flavor. Generous Ale actually was a bit like Smithwicks but lighter bodied, more roasted and hoppier. This makes a solid choice for a session beer. Would pair well with smoked or grilled cheddarwurst.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:13:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark copper brown with a thick and creamy white head with long retention and solid lacing.

S-grainy with toasted malt, metallic, some sweet caramel

T- malty profile up front, toasted bread crust with some grains, finishes bone dry with just enough hop profile to be noticed.

M- true to the style, very low carbonation with a medium body. Just a bit of bubbles give way to a super creamy mouthfeel and finish.

O- this one wasn't complex by any means, but it is very drinkable and would make a solid session choice. It's like a lighter tasting ale version of Guinness draught.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:18:00 | More by Treyliff
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mixed and matched this at the House of 1,000 beers

A - Deliverers on look with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head and the beer itself is a clear dark ruby brown with a ton of carbonation bubbles.

S - Mild skunk with a touch of nutty and a bit of caramel like malt. Skunky hops perhaps?

T - It's definitely dry with an herbal tea character, skunky yeast flavors, some nuttiness with a bit of tea in the finish. Not terrible it grows on you as you drink.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, not very mild.

Overall nothing to run out and get seconds but not a bad winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:13:52 | More by DrDemento456
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep dark amber still comes off clear with a nice thick off-white head. Head rose to about 1/2" at minimum granted I had a pretty vigorous pour.

Smell: From the beginning the scent that this brew pushes is more like light barley, light hops and not bad

Taste: Rich hop taste comes off creamy little like a marzen. Has almost a sweet feel of brown sugar but still bitter...no complaints just something a little different.

Mouth: Medium carbonation that feels heavy at times. But overall crisp, slight toasty.

Overall: Good beer picked up from a variety pack I saw at the store. Easily money well spent considering the other gems that came along with this one. If you see it definitely worth your attention drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 06:13:36 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Clear red-brown with two-finger off white head, with decent retention. Some patchy lacing.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malt and ale yeasts. A hint of spicy hop. Smells decent enough.

T - Caramel malts forward, with an herbal/spicy twang in the mid-palate. Sweet and toasty, but thankfully without becoming dextrin-y. Ale yeasts add a tiny hint of ripe apple fruitiness. Has a bit of a eucalyptus leaf finish. (not a bad thing by any means) Well balanced, but also as the name suggests, very mild. Dont detect many winter spices though.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. "Wet" finish. Very drinkable.

O - My first exposure to this style, and I enjoyed it enough to have no problem finishing the bottle. Not a "holiday" brew, but interesting in it's own right. Would make a nice session brew. Dont know that I'd rush to buy it again, but glad I had it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:57:29 | More by TempeBeerMan
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a short but sturdy oatmal-like cap of foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted barley
Taste-Toasted malt and barley, faint hop note throughout. Easy drinkability with a little higher ABV than traditional stout. A mild ale to be sure, but with "Generous" in the name I was expecting a little bit more in the flavor department. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 22:31:48 | More by hosehead83
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Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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