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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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4,600 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,600
Reviews: 1,124
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 302
Gots: 381 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange aroma, thought it was Amarillo, rather commercial description: it was Simcoe bittering hops; Centennial, Cascade and Tomahawk for flavoring; aroma hops are described as a "blend of C's."

Orangey bubbly Caesar head. Hoppy for what I thought would be a British style IPA, after all the name. Very drinkable, and citrus flavour.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:10:23 | More by Sammy
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pugpresley

California

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It's brewed a 1/2 hour from my home.
If I ever win the lottery, I'm going to pay to bathe in it. It's become from favorite IPA. My reviews aren't scientific, I just know what I like. And I like this stuff. Good job Firestone, excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 22:40:23 | More by pugpresley
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NorCalYeti

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- sweet hoppy character, bitter hops in the finish

color- honey-copper

clarity- clear

smell- very fragrant, grapefruit, mandarins, pine, candy

body- light weight, thirst-quenching, slight bitterness in the finish, astringent, short finish, hoppy bite at the front of the tongue

appearance- clear, white, candy-foam head, thin lace, slight carbonation

overall impression- what it lacks in character, it makes up for in aroma and drinkability

notes and comments- good tasting ipa although very light in body and intensity and not the way i prefer this style. for the price, i want a heavier more complex beer.

glassware: pint

song: cold rain and snow - 6/14/91

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 04:49:00 | More by NorCalYeti
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BigBigPickle

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only full pint of the day at Rattle n' Hum.

A: Golden copper - almost a clear, deep amber. Moderate head with no staying power. Good lacing.

S: Grapefruit and orange. Very nice floral hop bouquet.

T: Smooth - good hop balance with malt backbone. Brown sugar sweet.

M: Good bruise from hops with a nice malty, brown sugar sweetness on the lips.

D: Very drinkable sweetness with a bruising hop component make for a wonderful combination! I really like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 20:29:12 | More by BigBigPickle
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my friend Kyle who brought me a 12oz. bottle of this from Cali.

Pours a hazy apricot-orange hue with a mottled cap of khaki foam. Decent retention and thick lacing. Amazingly fragrant aroma, bursting with tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, mango) and citrus hops. Sweet background of caramel and pale malts provides a perfect balance to all that hoppiness.

Pine sap, grapefruit zest, and minty herbal notes coat the back and sides of the tongue with a big bitterness that lingers on into the finish. Tropical fruit cocktail and breaded malt notes tries their best to balance, but the highlight here is all hops (as it should be). Body feels slightly thin and a bit 'empty' for an IPA, but a good carbonation level dries the back of the palate. Union Jack finishes crisp and clean, and I can easily see myself having a few more of these in one sitting. Sure, there are better IPA's out there, but Firestone Walker's version does a nice job.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:31:53 | More by wagenvolks
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DoesntMatter46

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale straw color with a crisp white, two finger head that clung to the pint glass.

Gloriously piney, grapefruit-hop happiness. Very pungent, the smell hit me as soon as the cap came off. Must of have been dry hopped in obscenely amazing quantities of hops. Amazing aroma.

Not very balanced, and I love it. This is a showcase for American hop varieties. Tropical fruit, mango and pineapple are very present. A lingering grapefruit aftertaste.

Super smooth, even feel, not syrupy at all. It's hard to give a perfect 5 on mouthfeel, something about a beer's carbonation or texture would really have to jump out and grab you in order to get a 5 here.

Wow, this does not seem like a 7.5% beer, goes down easy, and can finish a pint in no time, but I want to savor every last drop of this beer.

A very special beer, one that I will buy with great regularity, and keep a vigilant look out for the release of Double Jack or any other limited release from Firestone Walker.

This beer hits everything I look for in an IPA, borderline DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 07:20:17 | More by DoesntMatter46
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brendan13

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange hued golden colour with 2cm white head that falls fairly fast. Plenty lacing.
S - Piney, citrus fruit & floral hop notes with a light toasted bread malt touch.
T - Very nice citrus fruit, piney taste balanced by a bit of toasted bread malt.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied. Slightly sticky with a lingering bitterness.
D - A very nice IPA. Something I'd drink often.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 08:26:18 | More by brendan13
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kaseydad

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally picked this up after passing it by numerous times.

Pint glass pour and I am met with a copper ale with a nice white head and major lacing throughout the session.

Aroma consists of grapefruit goodness, citrus fruits and a malty undertone.

The taste is what I expect an American IPA to taste like. Hoppy with a nice malty backbone and a lingering bitterness on the tongue. There is an orange like "squirt" after the swallow. Excellent work!

At 7.5% this is much too easy to consume as multiples are easily attainable.

Overall I wasn't expecting too much from this beer and was completely blown away by the it. I am not a huge fan of the FW beers, but this one is slowly bringing me back around for another round. This is definitely my go-to beer when all else fails!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 20:07:32 | More by kaseydad
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a tulip glass. Big white fluffy head after a vigorous pour. Lacing is slightly thick and sticks to the glass. The color is basically what you see on the label for the bottle.

The smell had a nice piney/citrusy hops smell followed by candy. I'm picking up some alcohol as well.

Taste has a hard hit of piney bitterness. The malt flavor is pretty light. Slight caramel and bready flavors in the background. The finish is bitter, alcohol, grassy, astringent. It's a bit thinner than I'd like for an IPA. Carbonation is right. I'd like it more if it weren't for the astringent bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 22:53:49 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jan 8, 2010
12 oz bottle, no freshness date or bottled on date.
Clear burnt orange, half inch beige head. Nice retention sticky lace.
Ruby red grapefruit nose on top, earth and caramel underneath.
Flavors are pine and earth with some citrus and crystal malt layered in the middle, with a nice pine and citrus hop finish.
Alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:47:38 | More by Padron4KM
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey color with a small white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and pine hops. The aromas could be amped up a little.

Tastes of the hops up front with a decent malt backbone. Hops provide a citrus and pine bitterness with a spicy note. Malt adds a caramel sweetness on the back end to keep everything in check.

Mouthfeel is a medium-full with a light creamy quality to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:32:10 | More by ocelot2500
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Unfortunately I don't see a bottling date.

Appearance: Pours an amber and carrot orange color with a nice finger of oily looking head. The head retention isn't particularly wonderful. It disappears quite quickly and I'm left with just a few oily looking bubbles resting on the top. I gave the beer a few swirls in my snifter and it looks like the head retention is going to be quite nice. There aren't any thick sheets, but some nice thin streaks and some small dots are covering the glass. The beer is slightly effervescent, and I'm expecting the beer to have a nice low to medium amount of carbonation that gives the beer a nice smooth feeling.

Smell: The nose isn't a hop bomb. This is a well balanced IPA. A nice caramel malt sweetness comes through on the nose. It's hand in hand with some herbal earthy hop notes like pine, soil and grass. The citrus note that I'm picking up is a little bit of mango and grapefruit. Perhaps this is an older bottle, but I was hoping for a little more hop in the nose. Maybe it had it at one point.

Taste: The palate follows suite with the nose in that it's a well balanced IPA. Well, perhaps I'm biased in calling it biased. The hop profile is definitely here. But, it isn't completely overtaking the beer. There is a very nice malt presence here.

The first flavor that crosses the palate is sweet pale caramel malt. The malt backbone that's present is enough to handle a larger load of hops. I could see this being turned into an IIPA quite easily. There's quite a bit of bitterness from the hops, but nothing unusual for the style. The hop flavors then cross the palate. It's a mixture of earthy and citrus hops. The same lot found in the nose: mango, a little pine, some grass, and a little bit of grapefruit. The grapefruit flavor is much more prominent on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer, right down the center. The carbonation was actually a dash too high in my opinion. The more the beer warmed up and lost some of its carbonation it became better. It needed a little time for the mouthfeel to hit its prime.

Drinkability: A well put together beer from Firestone Walker. A nice malt backbone and a nice amount of hops. This was exactly the beer I was looking for on a Friday night.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 02:14:42 | More by Ek0nomik
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this as an extra in a trade.
Pours a nice golden, orange hued color with a nice head. Already having good lacing as I type.
Strong hop smell but also a malty sweetness to go along with it. This is an incredibly balanced beer in my opinion. The hops hit you but not too harshly. Smooth transition to a slight bitterness at the end.
I was very pleased with this one. Granted I can't tell an age on it, but I give it high marks for being so well balanced!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:10:36 | More by kbutler1
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jbowers56

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good amber colour with fluffy white head, about 1 finger to start with.

Nose is pure citrus hops. Grapefruit, a bit of pine (may be from my christmas tree though haha). Good stuff.

Unsure as to the condition of this, but it was not as hoppy as I expected from the nose. Actually, its quite hoppy. But it was not as bitter as I thought it might be. Much less bitter than say SN Torpedo. Good fruity citrus hops and caramel sweetness. Quite good indeed. Bitterness almost grows as you have more - something that I haven't experienced much with other beers as they have either been to bitter to keep sipping, or each sip has refreshed the palate. Interesting.

A slight chalkiness in the mouth feel which reduced drinkability. Nothing huge though.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 13:32:48 | More by jbowers56
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another from augustgarage, and my first Firestone Walker. Thanks!!

A- Hazy nectarine with a thin, but creamy head. Immediate lacing.

S- Ugh... went in close for a sniff and actually inhaled the beer up my nose. Classy. I do get some citrus, grapefruit, and some faint pine.

T- Graprefruit wallop. Pine notes. A bit of floral hops as well. Serious malt to back it up.. but not overly sweet.. I can dig it! A little chalky/peppery in the finish, very nice.

M- Scathing hops for a single IPA. Crisp, great carbonation, entirely too easy to drink. Great balance, despite the solid and hefty hop bill.

D- High. I like this beer. It has me scratching my head as to what Double Jack must be like, as this is more a DIPA than a single. If you like hops, do not hesitate, this is a wonderfully crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:36:09 | More by ShogoKawada
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plaid75

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Henry's 12th Street Tavern, Portland, Oregon.

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

The smell featured a full blown citrus hop.

The taste consisted of leafy and citrus hops, a grainy malt and a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel was at the full side of the style.

Overall a very tasty, hop driven west coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 15:59:57 | More by plaid75
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Clear, golden/amber, thick white head, good retention and lacing.

SMELL grapefruity and floral hop aroma, balanced expertly by rich malty base. Has staying power. Very inviting.

TASTE follows the nose. Rich malty base balanced by and dancing around strong but smooth fruity and floral hops. Very smooth and balanced and bold all at once.

FEEL med carbonation, mild warming,. rich full body and smooth texture, clean finish.

OVERALL Delicious, smooth easy drinking beer, especially for a big beer. My first FW, looking forward to more.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 19:08:55 | More by sprucetip
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beertunes

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean and clear golden amber with about an inch of slightly off white head that dissipated very quickly and left more than moderate lacing.

A floral hop aroma, backed with some pine, hits the nose upfront. The malt that , by definition, must be in beer has no presence. Yup, you guessed it, the flavors are dominantly pine and flowers.

Body and drinkability are average for the style. Overall, while this is a very enjoyable beer, I've now had a couple and look forward to more, it's just your basic California IPA. Very tasty, worth having several of, but does not stand away from the pack.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 12:45:24 | More by beertunes
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a clear, golden, amber color. One fingers worth of lightly creamy, light tan colored foam sits on top. This recedes to a thin film that covers the surface. The lacing is in thick rings and quite sticky.

This has a nice big nose, full of fresh hop notes. Big amounts of floral and citrus presence. Lots of orange and grapefruit and a nice burst of pine. A mild earthiness and a nice balancing presence of caramel malts.

Hops are still out in front, but it's an IPA, so what else would you expect? They follow the pattern set forth by the smell. The hops outshine the caramel notes, but not in an overpowering way. This is fairly well balanced, not overly sweet or bitter.

This has anice medium, almost full, body going on. A good, solid, medium level of carbonation. Nice and smooth with a very light touch of creaminess.

As far as an IPA goes, which isn't my favorite style, this is pretty drinkable. I'd gladly drink it again, if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 04:32:13 | More by coldmeat23
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jdense

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Firestone Walker Taproom, 12/10. poured into the big FW 24 oz. mug.

Golden amber with a bit of chill haze, finger and a half of white head, slow dissipation, big lacing. A bit of spicy hops in the nose balanced with bready malts. The taste is pretty hop bomb but not overly spicy, with sweet and bready malts providing a nice balance for IPAs of this ABV. Nicely carbonated and very smooth. One big mug is good. Nice interpretation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 14:18:03 | More by jdense
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent head fading into a light lace. Zero carbonation apparent. Displays aromas of fresh pine, citrus, and green herbs. Rich flavors of pine, fresh hops, ginger, and grapefruit. Nice texture, good balance with the alcohol in check. Overall a very good beer and one that does down nice and easily. Very fresh and bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 04:03:31 | More by cbarrett4
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright shiny orange gold, with outstanding clarity. Later some haze will creep in. Level two finger table top of off-white foam. Enough lace that the glass is white more than clear.

Big orange nose, with some other citrus mixed around the edges. Pine finish. Very in your face fresh.

Big sticky sweet malt foundation rolls across the tongue. Juicy fruit, heavy with orange and apricot and with some grapefruit coasting along in the back, explodes in the mouth. Fruit and hop tingle dance across the tongue long after the swallow.

Sturdy mouthfeel. Incredible drinkability. Just want to gulp it down, but alas then there is no more.

Do not let the label fool you, though I love the fight poses between the British Lion and the California Bear. This is no Englsh IPA, but a full fledge West Coaster. And a damn good one as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 05:09:56 | More by RonfromJersey
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Bright and clear brassy amber color, dense foam forms from a even, moderate pour and the lacing is absolutely amazing with rings all the way down the glass. Massive grapefruit aroma from the hops, slightly pungent and very aromatic. Full-bodied and very smooth. Heavy-handed hop character pounds the taste buds with flavor, bitterness comes in a with a moderate sharpness and lets the flavors unfold from citric zest to botanical to pungent citric rind. There is a thickness of malt underneath with a solid kernel of sweetness and toasted biscuit, but this is all more or less trumped by the hops. Small fume of alcohol with clean esters that throw a little bit of mango and papaya fruitiness in the mix.

This beer is bordering Double IPA territory, which is not a bad thing, though it is a pretty sizable American IPA and is an absolute must for all of the hopheads out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:42:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/13/09

A - Hazy, moderate orange color. 1/2 inch head dissipates to a patch of large bubbles with mild retention. Light lacing.

S - Juicy & very appealing citrus aroma. Tangerine & orange notes with hints of grapefruit & pineapple. Faint doughy sweetness.

T - Closely follows the nose & that makes for an awesome taste. Floral upfront with a citrus spiciness on the finish. The only thing in the way of malt I'm picking are thin wisps of sweetness in the middle - kind of like sugar cookie dough.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fairly long finish that mirrors the taste of the beer. Not particularly bitter.

D - Choice drinkability. I could easily session with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 15:44:39 | More by Ryan011235
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received in trade with Koopa. Thanks! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Bottle dated 2/24/09.

A - Pours a slightly dirty/yeasty pale orange with a finger of off white head with variable density. Head has good staying power...doesn't really disappear, recedes but is maintained throughout the glass. Some sticky lacing left behind.

S - Fruity and citrusy aromas. Pineapple, mango, oranges, a hint of grapefruit. Plenty of malt to balance this out too. Good caramelly, sugary and grainy smells.

T - Balanced towards the malty side. Sweet, sugary, toasty, caramel flavors. Solidly bitter, maybe slightly burnt tasting bitterness - some spicyness and earthy hop flavors and some citrus - grapefruit, some bitter orange.

M - Rather full bodied, maybe even a touch on the syrupy side. On the high side of the carbonation equation too. This seems to amplify the bitterness and the burnt/toasted flavors found in here.

D - A pretty drinkable IPA for a 7.5% beer. Alcohol isn't too apparent. Bitterness is a touch on the harsh side, otherwise the beer is a very smooth drinker. Pretty enjoyable, overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 01:29:43 | More by portia99
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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