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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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Reviews: 1,514
Hads: 8,135
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 420
Gots: 2,213 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
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Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas is a very recent arrival to TN and I was stoked to find out this was one of the beers we would be getting...

Extremely bright and juicy citrus hop aromas rolling off this brew... reminds me of a freshly sliced grapefruit with touches of orange thrown in... man, this smells great and very intriguing especially for a pale wheat... this has straight up IPA hoppiness although it seems somehow lighter? Hard to describe...

Bursting with bitter citrus notes, the smoothness of this beer on the finish is the only indication that this is a wheat... lots of bitterness up front and throughout with a finish that doesn't linger as long as you would expect... very delicious and refreshing... I like this a lot.... a lot...

This will be a staple on the lawnmower this year although at 7.5, too many and I'm falling off... awesome warm weather brew and one I'm glad I can get anytime

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Photo of Act25
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into .5l cylinder class labeled Spaten. Re-tasted against my current favorite: Sculpin by Ballast Point. Both are "must try". In some respects, Lagunitas gets re-rated higher than before next to this great ipa for it's originality, looks, and subtleties.

Clear golden copper with tall white head. Great retention and lacing. Kept a thin white layer over the beer all the way down, the head is pinpoint bubbles, dense and sticky.

S: Sweet malt and spicy hop upfront with follow on complexities. The beach, boardwalk, tar, hops, pine needles, and oranges.

T: Follows the aroma, and even gets better. Pine, citrus, and a silo of malt/bready sweetness. A bit of fruit tea and citrus. Orange and a pine in the aftertaste. Nice finish. Great flavor arc. Powerful. Hoppy. A little tarry, sweat, and summer afternoon in a thin dress indeed.

M: Medium weight with medium carbonation. Good amount of dryness. Great finish. Significant, slight esters fruit and seriousness.

O: Great, well-rounded, original beer. A must try. Best I have had from Lagunitas. Tastes like 100 degree day in Petaluma. Bravo! Went from a sample to hadda have a six pack. Could easily be an every day beer, but at 7.5% a little too strong for me, and my every day beer has to be in cans (It is Dales Pale Ale).

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Head of about a finger and white - maybe some slight yellow in it. Body is wheaty/orange in color and not quite clear.

S - Delicious smooth hops. Some orange and floral scents. Sweet caramel malts.

T - Just a good balance of orange, grapefruit, banana, and cloves. Well rounded and smooth. The hops are so smooth and taste delicious.

M - Great carbonation on a medium body makes for a great pale ale.

O - A very smooth well balanced beer. Sure I like the Lagunitas yeast strand so I may be partial, but still great. Nice and hoppy but not bitter. Has a sweetness to it.

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Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with a white two finger head with nice retention. The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and oranges in it. Smells really nice.

Tastes much like it smells. Nice grapefruit and orange flavors. Some sweet malt. A very nice flavor. Tastes more like and IPA than a Pale Wheat Ale. It smells and tastes like a very good IPA.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. There isn't much to say, except I like this beer a lot, and will be looking for it again.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw/gold color with a nice substantial white foam head. Good retention on the head, which sticks to the sides of the glass producing some nice lacing. Fairly clear brew.

All kinds of delicious hop aromas: citrus, tropical, herbal. Nice pungent aroma that really makes you want to dive in.

Taste is hop flavors similar to the nose up front. Resinous, oily hop goodness. Some herbal flavors as well -- mint or slight hint of basil, which a previous reviewer suggested. Citrusy hop flavors linger in the finish. Hops are balanced my a little malty sweetness and some dry biscuit flavor. Well done. 7.5% ABV was not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable, thirst-quenching, wheat beer with some great hop flavors going on throughout the flavor profile. I will be revisiting this one come summer time.

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Photo of LOCAL
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a golden yellow with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves some nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma: Wow! You get hit big with a pungent citrus circus. Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, and peach. You can detect just a trace of the wheat in the background.

Taste: Just like the nose, this beer starts off with a great citrus hop right up front. The tangerine flavor seems to dominate most mixed with a little of the grapefruit. It finishes with a smooth caramel and wheat flavor that is somewhat drying and leaving you wanting another sip.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, slightly drying. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: This might be the best "wheat" beer I've had. It drinks far more like an IPA, than any other wheat style beer that I've had. This is a fantastic beer and will certainly be in rotation this summer.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a tinge of copper. Thick white head. Aroma of the hops is pronounced. Definitely dry-hopped with a large quantity.

Mouthfeel is best described as good body with plentiful carbonation.

Taste is unique. The wheat flavor is pronounced along with hop bitterness. Dry finish.

This beer is really a category straddler. You definitely know the wheat is there, but this is closer to a good IPA that to some of the other wheat pale ales in this category.

Overall, I love it. Another terrific beer from Lagunitas!

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Photo of magine
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear (slight hazed) deep golden color with a off white head. Head is very thick and sticky. Lace clings the entire ride down the glass. Head settles to a nice half inch thick layer. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of fruit hops; pineapple, grapefruit, apricot etc. Some nice hop profiles here. Balanced by a nice malty wheat layer as well. Very good smelling brew.

Brew is crisp and refreshing; some really good hop flavors here. Brew is quick to get malty and the presence of wheat comes right at you on the middle. The hops are there, but the bitterness is not. A very nice tasting unique brew.

This is a great brew, has the sweet hop fruitiness and isn't bitter and is balanced beautifully by the wheat maltiness. Can be sessioned by the case, stellar stuff. Perfect for a BBQ or a hot day.. hell anytime of year. This would be a nice alternate to a hefe or a striaght wheat brew for some. Great stuff.

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Photo of DCHritz
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey gold color with a full head and decent lacing. Piney smell with hints of bread. Taste is slight citrus and pine. Very little hint of wheat. Very refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually am not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I guess the rep on this one is that its wheat is basically hard to detect. That's to my advantage, because I find this to be delicious. Their Sucks used to be my favorite, but I believe its taste and quality lost something along the way of transforming from a seasonal to a ridiculous shelf-sitting 32 ouncer and then a new year-rounder. I wish bottled-on dates were prominent on their beers. But in any event, this one, I believe, is the perfect substitute. Indeed, this tastes like a super IPA. I think some reasonably have a basis to object on this basis to its label classification of a pale wheat. Still, regardless of what it's called, I think this is a great tasting brew

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours slightly hazy pale golden wheat with a foamy and frothy two-finger head that retains long after the pour, leaving patches of lace.

S- bright citrusy hops with some fruity esters, notes of peach, mango and pineapple. A bit of tartness from the wheat, awesome fruit notes

T- unique flavor for the style. The fruity notes from the aroma follows closely in taste, pineapple, mango and apricot. Malty sweetness balances it out nicely and provides some sugary caramel. Just enough hops to be noticed with the wheat providing a tart kick

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish. This goes down way too easy for 7.5%!

O- this one is so refreshing and loaded with fruity flavor. The fruitiness is authentic, almost like it has fruit juice infused. Well balanced with nearly a perfect mouthfeel, could easily get through a 6pack of this!

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Photo of m_hall
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. Pale golden in color, with a very slight bit of haze, topped by a thick pillowy white head a good two inches tall. Head fell fairly slowly, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is fresh, pine-y and citric, with a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts. Really, this is possibly the first beer I've tasted where one does not outweigh the other on the palate- grapefruit-ishe hops seem to actually ride on top of a honey-like malt base. As the beer sits on the palate, some earthy and floral notes from the hops rise up along with faintly toasted biscuit malt tones The distinct 'snap' from the wheat in the grain bill is here, just like a good weizen. The finish is just slightly dry with lingering floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little syrupy, thicker than might be expected. The alcohol punch is surprising- this does not seem like a 7.5 % beer. This one could definitely sneak up on you.

This was my first Lagunitas beer, and I am beyond impressed. The sort of balancing act they accomplish between the malts and hops is frankly amazing. This is a classic Pale Ale, and one that everyone should try if they're serious about beer.

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Photo of jedtheavenger
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A--brownish gold with a little bit of chill haze. Pours a huge foamy head with thick sticky lacing. I'm not usually all that observant of how a beer looks, but a full glass of Little Sumpin' is just plain gorgeous.

S--juniper, grass, apples, and orange peel.

T--it's like an IPA...but not. The hops definitely have a presence, but they're neither overwhelmingly bitter nor characteristic of weaker IPAs. The elements of the smell come through in the taste, and it finishes with just a touch of bite from the alcohol. There are some beers that are best tasted in between sips. This is not one of those beers. When I am drinking it, the glass is tilted back with unprecedented frequency.

M--A little on the sticky side. Carbonation is fairly light. The mouthfeel is the only area that didn't wow me...it doesn't necessarily detract from the beer, but it doesn't stand out as spectacular.

Overall: It is hard to drink just one of these. The flavors are so incredibly balanced and it's such a beautiful looking beer that I want more. One of the cashiers at the store said she bought a case of 4 six packs and finished it off in under a week. I was skeptical at first, but I'm now determined to one-up her.

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Photo of keanex
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color with slight carbonation showing with a thin slightly off-white head that clings to the side of the glass as poured.

S: A nice blend of a piney/florally hops with a slight tropical smell. I wish it were a bit stronger, it has me wanting more.

T: Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. A nice blend of sweet malts and a clean wheat taste with an overlying varying hops flavor from florally into tropical flavors.

M: A nice creamy body to it with soft yet fizzy carbonation.

O: I really like how this tastes, it has a nice complex flavor that makes you want to sip more and more.

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Photo of quaybr
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

A crystal-clear golden-orange body with a foamy white head that leaves more than a modest trace of lacing. Really a pretty beer.

Citrusy hops rule the nose with the slightest whiff of wheat malt that draws out some complexities as the beer warms.

Tastes of grapefruit and orange. The malt doesn't really seem to have a chance of being noticed, but, similar to the aroma it begins to quietly present itself as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel seems perfect throughout - enough body to deliver the mass amounts of hops without becoming too thick or syrupy.

It's been a few years since I last had this beers - it was one of the first craft brews I ever had, so I was relatively unaware of what I was trying - and I feel so pleasantly surprised at how fine it is. This is a great beer.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Little Sumpin' is one of those beautiful beers! This beer pours a clear orange body allowing you to see all the lively carbonation in the glass. A white frothy head has great lacing that lasts throughout most of the drink and leaves a nice happy trail on the glass.

S: Didn't expect this to be as hoppy as it is. It's like walking through an orange and grapefruit orchard.

T: An amazing tangerine and lemon flavor with floral and hoppy notes. There is some wheat in the aftertaste, but is barely there. Malts are also evident, but a carefully hidden. A light and lean flavor, it reminds me of drinking orange juice or Blue Moon on steroids.

M: A highly carbonated beverage with a light body. The texture is very soft and fizzy on the palate.

D: Tail Gate approval or Pounding Down Approval

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at High Dive in Park Slope.

A - Pours a lively gold with tons if bubbles rising in the glass. Average head that seemed to last.

S - Overall citrus (probably grapefruit) and a bit of grass perhaps. A very light aroma.

T - Amazing. Ripe fruits up front that give way to a roasted malt flavor. The wheat flavor is subtle.

M - 7.5% ABV is hidden quite nicely as I put away a few too many of these without realizing it.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Picked up at the GBBF a little while back. I've been looking forward to this one...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A rich sunset hue with good carbonation. Surprisingly clear. Yields a vast head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. The aroma is a kaleidoscope of intense, fruity hops with a backbone of sweet caramel malt. Notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon, citrus, pine, malt and a hint of wheat. Unusually sweet; almost sugary. Superb - not sure this could be improved.

Tastes like a hop barn with a hefty dose of malt chucked in! Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus oils, pine resin, caramel, subtle yeast and stewed hops. Rather sweet but well balanced. A considerable bitterness upon swallowing; dry, spicy and astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly, spicy and dry, with good body. Can't help feeling it ought to be a tad more carbonated though. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Wow - this is one amazing brew. Now I wish I could grab one whenever I like. A ton of aromatic hops and plenty of malt. The sweetness borders on sugary, but is kept in check by hop bitterness. Can't say I taste much wheat (as this is supposed to be a wheat ale) - it's more like an American IPA in character. Might also benefit from bottle conditioning? But I'm nit-picking; this is a superb beer and goes into my top 10. Add it to your must-try list and grab one if you see it.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden, yellow,and amber with some carbonation with a medium sized head. The smell is very pungent with a huge citrus hop aroma,grapefruit,orange,pine,and bread yeast. A very nice smell. The taste has a blast of citrus flavor,grapefruit,lime,bread yeast,alcohol,and pine. This is really a good brew. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing very well. This is a true classic beer. Cheers

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Photo of CAcreeks
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to believe this is considered a Wheat Ale, a type I usually avoid. Fortunately I did not know before buying a 6-pack! I picked it because the label said IBU 74.2, and indeed, it is more like IPA than wheat beer. Better than regular Lagunitas IPA, not as good as their Maximus IPA. The label is kind of stupid, like St. Pauli Girl, so I turned the bottles around in our refrigerator so my wife couldn't see them.

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4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours with a long lasting bright white head of two fingers with a foamy/creamy texture. A healthy amount of chunky lace is deposited in sporadic fashion. The medium-light orange-yellow body is remarkably clear for a wheat ale.

S & T: Room filling aroma. Lightly toasted bready malts give way to a heavy dose of citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit and orange, mixed with bright, fresh summer fruit aromas and flavors. Peach and pineapple are especially prominent, making the delicous combination of flavors resonate for a long time in the mouth. Moderately sweet and, despite the high levels of hops, not overly bitter.

M: Medium-full texture with the typical slick and oily texture I've come to expect from Lagunitas. Ample carbonation, both lively and fizzy, increase the mouthfeel tremendously but overpowering any creaminess the wheat malt should have provided. The finish is bitter, but not as bitter as the hop-forward nose would suggest. I find the serving temperature sweet spot to be around 45-50 degrees.

D: Highly enjoyable and worthy of purchasing a case once a year.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a nice yellow red color with a fluffy head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smell is simply amazing, the fresh hop smell of citrus aroma coming from the glass. Only a few beers have such an amazing hop smell to them and this is one of them. Taste is pretty awesome with a nice sweet malt taste with a nice overall hop bitterness towards the finish. This fresh feels like a nice IPA, strong and to the point with a nice hop profile, the alcohol also lends to a smooth warm finish. Overall this beer is really sumpin' and I was very impressed, Lagunitas knows how to make fine products.

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Photo of BB1313
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, wow. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beutiful golden color w/ nice white fluffy head and sticky lacing. This is definitely one of the best smelling beers I've ever come across. Super hoppy w/ tropical fruits bursting, specifically pineapple. The taste is just as good, but more subtle. I personally am not getting alot of wheat. Mouthfeel is very juicy. Drinkability is good, so be careful at 7.5%, the alcohol is well hidden.

Damn, I feel like I'm drinking an IPA, super hoppy! This is great for the summer, too bad it's not year-round. Lagunitas really really comes though with this one. Recommended to anybody.

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Photo of Duff27
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One-fingered white head on top of a mid-golden/light-amber bier. Steady stream of carb bubbles rising to the surface. Little lacing.

S- Smelled this beer immediately after prying the first half of the cap off. Citrus hops reminiscent of Sculpin if my past-beer adventure memory serves me correctly. Wonderful.

T- Sweet then bitter. More citrus and hops. Dash of spice and honey thrown in there.

M- Nearly flawless I'd have to say. Crisp carb bite.

D/O- Wow, for a 7.5%abv beer one could almost make this a 6 pack night, wrecked palate and all. Alcohol presence is virtually non-recognizable...damn tasty. Wow, didn't think I'd like anything in this style more than Gumballhead but alas..here it is.

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Photo of elniko
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Rich amber with a nominal head that turned a little oily. Some lacing apparent along with nice carbonation.

S: Wonderful nose, I would expect nothing less from Lagunitas. Piney, lemony zest with just a hint of the wheat backbone.

T & M: Wow...this is one fine brew. I wasn't sure what to expect with a hopped up wheat but Lagunitas pulled it off. Nicely balanced and nicely bodied as well. Finish is just a touch on the sweet side with the hoppy tones coming through too.

D: Heavens yes this is drinkable, I will be picking this one up again. Lagunitas is quickly becoming my favorite brewery due to quality of the brews and the price too.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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