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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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88
very good

1,771 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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drperm

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the "471 Double IPA," so like some others here I'm assuming I'm rating the correct brew...it's a bit confusing with the site-listed nomenclature.
This is from a tasting note I found from back in December '08 at the Mellow Mushroom, Boone, NC. They listed the ABV at 8.3%, not 9.2%.

Appearance: Golden-bronze. It glistens just as an IPA should, and is graced with a thin lacing about the cusp.

Aroma: One cannot adequately swirl in a full pint tumbler. And my nose is currently in bad form. That being said, I get a light and fruity note: pear, apple cider, pine needles. A seemingly weak presence on the nose, but the jalapenos from my pizza have killed any subtlety I might otherwise pick up.

Taste: EXCELLENT. Pine resin, smooth malt, apple, apricot, fresh hops. This brew is dry-hopped to an excellent balance.

Palate: Spritzy and smooth. There is NO WAY this beer has such a high ABV, as smooth as it is.

Overall: This is PERFECT with my spicy jalapeno-pesto-mushroom (MM's "Magical Mystery Tour") pizza. A definite keeper.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-08-2009 20:03:14 | More by drperm
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TeeCee

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thsi beer seems to be listed twice with slightly different names. I'm not sure which of the two I had if in fact thet two beers are not the same beer.

I didn't expect much as I'm not really an IPA guy and on previous nights, the Houston Flying Saucer has featured Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. That should tell you something.

The smell and taste of this Imperial IPA surprised me. I could smell all the flowery, piney hoppiness I expected as well as some malty goodness underneath. The malt scent was catching me off guard, but I made no assumptions on the taste.

The tast of this beer, the maltiness actually being there under the bitter and floral hops, was excellent. The depth of this beer was surprising. I like where they went with it and would recommend as much to other brewers.

In the mouth, it was almost chewy. I don't know if it was what I perceived because of the maltiness or what, but it was good.

I could have had a few of these. Seeing that it's a 9.2% ABV beer, I'm glad I didn't. no one that sessions this beer will remember it.

Note: I had this beer as it was the Pint Night beer at the Flying Saucer in Houston. I didn't take notes, so this will be a rather brief review. Ordinarily I wouldn't do a review off of memory but as this was rather unique in my experience, I wanted to post about it.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-06-2009 19:17:56 | More by TeeCee
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A light colored amber with a finger head that sticks around for quite some time leading to some lace.

S- Very Bitter hops and some sweet malt coming through in the nose. Pine as well present

T- This comes through very strong on the bitter side. Several months ago I would have hated this beer. It is still a bit strong for my taste.

M- Carbonation is medium and the beer is quite creamy. It goes down easy.

D- It' a good IPA and the 9% allows for some drinkability factor here. I could have gone for another after having this one.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-02-2009 02:10:27 | More by beerman207
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty clear with an orange body with a tint of gold. Head is average for a DIPA and leaves some decent lacing.

S- Bitter hops and sugar sweet malt smells. Nothing intricate, but it is quite potent smelling.

T- Straight-forward citrus acidic bitter DIPA. There is a noticeable addition of some sweetened malts that taste a bit like honey but really all you're going to feel is the bitter sting of alpha acid.

M- All that stingy acid covers up the alcohol just fine. Pretty standard body and carbonation. Body is thin for a 9%ABV.

D- Goes pretty quick when I'm in the mood for a refreshing IPA with a bit of a kick to get the evening started.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-30-2009 02:47:19 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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giblet

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one was pointed out to me by the good beer store in oberlin, ohio. it poured nicely into the glass with about one inch of head. good carbonation. good hoppy aroma. not as strong on the hop smell as expected. (i am a hop head) good flava with decent lacing down the glass.

a very good dipa but not the best. worth a try.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-28-2009 22:14:23 | More by giblet
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Florida9

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange in color with a slight yellow tint. About a finger's worth of sticky off white head. Respectable amount of lacing.

S: Decently hopped up nose. Some floral and grapefruit citrus, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Starts with a mild sweet maltiness moving into a biting grapefruit bitterness. Flavor is actually quite tame. Simple, really. While this beer is not over the top bitter, the bitterness isn't well balanced with other hop or malt flavors.

M: Medium body. Medium Carbonation. Quite bitter finish, especially on the tongue.

D: I'm surprised this a DIPA. Just seems to be lacking too much in both flavor and density to be considered a DIPA. But, with that said, the alcohol is well hidden and the lighter body and simple flavor does lend this beer to being quite drinkable. While I am not impressed with this beer in relation to the DIPA style, I am very impressed with it's drinkability.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-22-2009 01:57:31 | More by Florida9
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tommy78

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Good amount of head after being poured out of the bottle. The beer had an intense orange color to the appearance.

S - Citrus aroma with some malts mixed in.

T - Holy Cow! At first sip, one can't really taste the flavor. However, the taste exploded once it hit the back. The citrus translated well in the taste. Also detected some deep malts in the beer mixed in with some actual alcohol.

M - Very smooth. Reminded me of a good scotch.

D - Great beer to enjoy. Would not turn this one down at a pub or bar.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-18-2009 02:03:01 | More by tommy78
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srandycarter

California

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky but bright copper, small near white head leaves to ring fast. Thin, sudsy, sparce lacing.

S - Orange, brine, deep malt center.

T - Major citrus front, sold sweet malt center, little pine at end.

M - Nice feel, medium, good carb, nice balance.

D - One nice little beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-17-2009 21:51:04 | More by srandycarter
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale orange color with a huge foamy head.

The smell was ok, but was tame and not very clear. It smelled like sweet malt and citrus.

This was a little more on the balanced side than I like in my IPAs, especially doubles. There is an extremely sweet caramel malt backbone which is balanced by citrus and floral hops. It has a taste of perfume. There is a slight spice finish.

Good carbonation, medium body, bitter finish.

Easy drinker for a double. I would have guessed this once a regular IPA if I didn't know better.

This was a good beer, but as I stated above it was a little too balanced for my liking.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-11-2009 01:36:31 | More by Vonerichs
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 5/10/09.

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange body with healthy one-finger off-white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and a coat of intricate, sticky lacing all around the glass.

S - Citrusy and spicy hops abound, with an apparent dry hopped aroma. Sweet pale and caramel malts balance the hop presence.

T - Warm alcohol notes mingle with dry, spicy hops and a splash of citrus tang. A hefty malt backbone comprised of caramel and toffee notes keeps the hop bitterness from becoming too overwhelming. Finishes with a dry, hoppy character and a touch of spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily yet creamy texture and soft carbonation. Moderate lingering, dry bitterness on the palate with a mild alcohol warmth.

D - I found this to be a fine DIPA with a nice balanced flavor and apparent dry hopped character.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-10-2009 22:35:34 | More by ffejherb
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep yellow color with little head to speak off. What did climb to the surface is a life white.

S - The floral smell of hops if very evident. A slight bit of pine and alcohol in there as well.

T - The bitterness of the hops is in the front, but it is followed by the sweeter malts. The burn of alcohol is right in the front as well. The bitterness rests on the back of the tongue for a while after each drink.

M - The bitterness grips the tongue and does not let go. It is very dry.

D - It's light and smooth, but the bite and burn makes you slow down. Slowing down is a good thing at 9+%

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-03-2009 00:03:24 | More by drcarver
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tpd975

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for the share.

A: Light orange hue with a nice creamy head. No retention or lace to speak of.

S: Rather boozy from the start. Lots of citrus, pine, and sweet caramel malt.

T: Lots of sugary malt sweetness up front. Rich gooey pine and a nice level of bitter citrus. A touch of alcohol burn.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth despite the alcohol.

D: Not the most drinkable, but in small amounts a real tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-01-2009 19:28:57 | More by tpd975
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PSUBeerman

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, tulip glass

Pours a clear light amber color. Head is color of buttermilk and frothy, dissipated quickly with nearly no lacing.

Maybe my allergies were catching up to me, but I could not get much aroma from this. It was a little spicy and the alcohol was present.

At first, the taste reminded me of an adjunct brew. It was grainy with a slight alcohol flavor. There was some very subtle grapefruit flavor. Did not care for the aftertaste, it lingered in the palate.

Acceptable mouthfeel, a little watery, decent carbonation.

Not the best example I have tried.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-30-2009 04:17:21 | More by PSUBeerman
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jsh420

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a murky burnt orange with a 1.5 finger head wich left a good amount of lacing down the glasss. smells of booze and tropical fruit. the taste is where this beer lost me it was very salty bitter and hints of metal. as the beer warmed up more it lost the metal taste but became more boozy and even more salty. mouthfeel was suprisingly kind of thin which made it more drinkable to me. overall this will be the last 471 ipa i will be buying.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-29-2009 01:03:41 | More by jsh420
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COBeerBuff

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at The Cellar in Olathe, KS...

Appearance: Pours a startling contrast of yellowish at the bottom moving towards a dark orange copper near the head. Cloudy throughout. The head is an off-white with tons of bubbles. It quickly recedes, but there remains quite a film around the tops of the beer and sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and other citrus notes are the highlights. As the beer warms, the citrus scents become much more prevalent.

Taste: Very sweet. There is a slight twinge of a bite to the hops, but this beer is very well rounded. The maltiness rounds out the hops nicely, and this for a very balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: It is actually very light on the tongue. The carbonation is there, but it is more as a complement to the beer than an actual noticeable factor.

Drinkability: If these monsters weren't over 9% ABV, I'd take the entire 6-pack in a heartbeat. This is a very smooth DIPA. Gotta love those CO beers!

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-28-2009 02:07:56 | More by COBeerBuff
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dhd1491

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, clear, with a thick head of off-white froth. Nice aroma of citrus. Taste is very crisp and fresh for so high an ABV. Tastes more like the 6-7% Sweetwater IPA that is my everyday brew. Medium-bodied. Good balance of citrusy bitter hops and sweet malt graininess. Some grass, some butter, some cloves. Overall, an appealing, complex brew.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-20-2009 22:08:29 | More by dhd1491
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Frosthazard

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large mug.

A - very amber colored, decent creamy thick brown head.

S - fruity and malty

T - not as fruity as it smelled, very good complex flavor of malty biscuits and hops, a note of alcohol.

M - a little less bitter and more smooth than I like, but not bad, it may be due to the 9.2 ABV.

D - pretty decent and a unique tasting IPA, although I couldn't drink too many

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-08-2009 18:21:05 | More by Frosthazard
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psulovesbeer

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass
copper in appearance with a minimal head and some lacing heading down the side

the sweet smell of hops hits you in the face as you stick your nose into it....cascade hops if im correct....what a great american ipa should smell like in my opinion

the taste to me was a bit malty and mis matched. after the hops in the smell i missed them in the taste...there was some bitterness but it was much more rounded out at first. it grew on me a bit as it went down but a bit roasty sometimes...a bit bitter others it worked around a bit to much

the feel of this like the taste seemed to be lost in a direction it didnt know where it was going...as with some small batch beers ive had this seems to be a bit to mixed up

i wouldnt say this is overly drinkable if you have some other decent options around...im glad i tried it and thats about it

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-07-2009 00:26:22 | More by psulovesbeer
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MisterSub

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer brought to my daughter's party.

When poured, had an amber color like most IPAs and a fairly large head.

As for the smell, there was no doubt that this was a double-hopped beer but it wasn't overpowering.

Taste was decent, and surprisingly the hops didn't overpower it as I assumed it would.

For the mouthfeel, I was deciding between a 3.5 and 4.0, and went with the 4. I think I may have been a little harder on this beer after having the Bells Oberon for the rest of the day.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, though I'm sure the 9.2 ABV would catch up with you if putting down a 6-pk in short order (which could be done with this one).

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-05-2009 12:39:05 | More by MisterSub
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Martin2D

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic IPA coloration of amberish golden, large head from a vigorous pour that retained quite well

S - Not as pungent as some, but definite hop aroma

T - This is a very balanced beer. It is built on a decently malty backbone as compared to most IPA's, but there is plenty of hop presence. There is a slight alcohol presence which mingles so greatly with the hop flavor.

M - Medium in carbonation and body

D - Definitely sessionable, definitely a more balanced IPA that shades on the "West Coast" side. Definitely a good beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-03-2009 18:48:47 | More by Martin2D
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour yields 2 finger fluffy, creamy white head with good retention. Leaves some good splattered lacing on the sides of the glass. Beer looks to be a faintly hazy, but mostly clear. It has a orange/amber color with medium carbonation.

I could smell the hops off the pour. The beers sits with hops, and citrus smells, mainly grapefruit

Taste has a bitter hoppiness to it along with that citrusy grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp. It has a nice medium carbonation to it and a clean finish.

This beer is easy to drink, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-29-2009 02:04:25 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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Pencible

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured a nearly clear gold with light tan head. It smelled like copper hops with some apricot and light wheat malt. It tasted like rusty copper and dry bitter resin, with strong bready yeast and alcohol, and a bit of citrus. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a weird smell and flavor that didn't seem right for the style. It had good body, but it had strong alcohol flavor that made it tough to drink. The flavor was fairly dirty also (hops and malt weren't fresh or clean tasting). I'm not a fan.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-27-2009 21:37:09 | More by Pencible
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estereich

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. Bought it by chance at a local "Binny's". Poured a nice dark amber. Scent was citrussy hops. Taste was wonderfully sweet with a nice grapefruit citrus that remained as the back end dried nicely. I will be drinking this again, Hell, I might even move to Denver.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-26-2009 00:28:07 | More by estereich
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a hare darker than I expected, amber-copper tint.

Smell: Heavy hop bitterness - grapefruit pith, pineapple, apricot, resin, evergreen. Heavy caramel malt smell (but not as pronounced on the taste).

Taste: Grapefruit, pineapple, orange pith, apricot, tree resin, evergreen. More bitter than hop. Some caramel backbone too - toffee and biscuits. There is an odd chemical element to it though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, with a carbonation that is more macro than anything else.

Drinkability: Medium? It is drinkable, there are just better options. Glad I got to try it though, and I would love to have something like this at bars. The alcohol is very, very well hidden, I had no idea it was 9.2%

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-25-2009 19:53:13 | More by craytonic
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qchic

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the silk screened bottle into a sam adams glass at 50 degrees. Clear, copper, with a dissipating ivory head that leaves some lacing behind. Smells fruity, with earthy hops and I'm sensing the 9.2%. That comes through with the initial taste, and I can't seem to get fruit punch off my mind. The piney hops never quit, but it is a little sweet which hinders its drinkability. I am enjoying the mouthfeel as the hops are giving my mouth a bit of a sting with moderate carbonation. Nice, however I don't see myself seeking this one out. Good to try this DIPA at least once.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-25-2009 01:54:35 | More by qchic
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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