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Bean Flicker | Odd Side Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light coffee note with gentle grains.

Added by TheBrewo on 08-02-2013

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 378
Photo of acostuhhh
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was made to try this with my eyes closed and guess the color. Yep got it wrong. Love the light coffee flavor and crispness of the blonde. My palate isnt so sophisticated, but this tastes deliciously.... delicate? Im not sure but I enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Lots of vanilla flavor. Some coffee and a little chocolate. As someone else said, little carbonation which is ok with me. Smooth and drinkable but probably not a regular go to beer for me given the intensity of the vanilla flavor. But, a refreshing change of pace!

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Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 9/0/13, drank in Jan. 2014 (reviewed from notes). The body was a hazy straw/blonde. The head was off-white and faded to a ring and little island pretty quickly.

The smell was coffee and vanilla, mostly vanilla. Chocolate too. It mad me think of brownies. However, there were some strange whiffs of plastic.

The taste was sweet coffee. Chocolate and vanilla. Creamy. A mocha a suppose. Easy to drink.

The body was medium to light with modest carbonation.

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Photo of Badger6
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No date.

A: Clear golden, amber colored body. Some visible carbonation. One finger, bone white head rapidly receded into thin film on the surface with a small ring at the edge.

S: Chocolate, and malty graininess. Can't find the coffee.

T: Chocolatey, the coffee flavors are more mocha than a black brewed café. There is a clear blonde ale character there. Interesting...

M: Light, really thin, mouthfeel...watery, almost no carbonation feel. Slightly astringent on the tongue at the finish.

O: One word: unique. Flavors make this interesting. Billed as a blonde ale with coffee...its a misleading label. This is a blond ale hidden within a mocha. Tone down the chocolates, turn up the coffee, but not too much letting the blonde come through, this might be a really interesting beer.

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Photo of Sparkyinsurf
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the long-boarder porter made with coffee and this is the blond ale version. It is fantastic and they have mastered the coffee flavor but without compromising the taste of the beer. Because of the smell and mouthful was more like that of a cream ale instead of a blond ale i rated it a bit low, this doesn't take away the fact that the texture of the flavor is Superb!

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Photo of KRH9
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very interesting and a delightful surprisingly good beer! I wasn't sure what to expect, but decided to try it because it wasn't like anything I had tried before. I could taste some vanilla, and the coffee flavor is detectable, but not at all overpowering.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottled 2/14/2014, poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/18/2014. Extra courtesy of Kevin. Thanks man.

App- Clear light copper body, minimal <1 finger white head with minimal retention, no lacing. Looks carbonated with a fair amount of small bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell- Smells like watered-down coffee. Faint bitter black coffee with a bit of 2% milk, not much else. A bit different, smells OK.

Flavour- Stale chocolate milk is all I can get out of this beer. Not getting any Belgian blonde characteristics whatsoever. My guess is that it's muddled in a lot with the coffee to produce that stale chocolate milk flavour.

Mouthfeel- A bit creamy though thin bodied and watery. The carbonation helps to make up for the wateriness. Aftertaste is a faint milk chocolate sweetness.

Overall- Weird beer. As per the brewery, this is certainly odd and different than anything else I've ever had. I don't think I've even had a blonde with coffee added before, period. Otherwise forgettable.

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Photo of thinkinflicka
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sounded kinda weird, didnt really know what to expect.
Looks like a stanterd blonde with verry light head
light coffee on the nose not alot else
coffe beers that are nt stouts or porters normally dont go verry well, i have had a few coffee brown ales that i hated so to be honest i thought id hate this too but i fucking loved it perfect body and just enought coffee so not to be over bearing.
i would drink this often if i could for sure.

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Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was perplexed when I saw a coffee infused blonde ale but at the same time exhilarated to try it...damn glad I did. This ale pours a golden hue with little white head and virtually no lacing. The nose reminds me of hot chocolate. Not a lot of coffee notes just a subtle sweet chocolaty smell. There's a lot of malt here as well and a bit of hops to round it out. This offering sips very light and smooth. The flavor is much more complex than I had ever expected. It is sweet and reminiscent of iced mocha at first but followed by a nice hoppy bitterness all to resolve with a sweet malty chocolate finish. This is a delicious and surprisingly complex beer. Nothing like what I expected but very refreshing and enjoyable. Would gladly buy this one again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's couldn't have been that much coffee used - this Blonde Ale is still very much blonde. There's a not a drop of brown anywhere in its golden tone, bright radiance, or spotless clarity. Bean Flicker even lacks the foam of a latte or espresso; there's but a thin quilt of bubbles.

The aroma, on the other hand, tells a very different story - blindfolded, you'd swear you were drinking a highly caffeinated beverage. It smells like roasting beans - not so much brewed coffee - and has an astringent aura, one generated in collaboration with pungently earthy hops.

I had no idea what to expect from a blonde ale brewed with coffee - I couldn't imagine how it might taste. Turns out it's just as it sounds: a soft malty sweetness, light flavours of toasted bread and biscuit, blended with the oily astringency and smokiness of roasted coffee beans.

Even more surprising, there's a considerable amount of hops added too. As if there wasn't enough going on already; as if this wasn't unique enough as is. Bean Flicker is perhaps the most unusual recipe I've come across, not for its use of bizarre ingredients, but for its peculiar contrast of ingredients. This is unexpectedly agreeable and appealing.

I assumed something so dark, roasty and powerful as coffee would overwhelm a style that is clean, neutral, and light but I was amazingly wrong. Who'd have thought that a pale, easy-drinking and approachable beer could retain those qualities amongst such an appreciable coffee presence? Oddside Ales you are indeed very odd - but also clever and talented.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours golden in color with about two inches of off-white head.

S - At first I got all coffee. Then I noticed a little chocolate. These non-typical blonde ale aromas do not overpower. I could still smell some grain in it.

T - It tastes like a blonde ale with a weak coffee flavor. Just like in the aroma, the coffee does not overwhelm. If anything, it leaves me craving more coffee flavor.

M - Thin

O - This is an interesting beer that I will more than likely revisit. I like the coffee flavor in a lighter beer. I think this would be a great alternative to a coffee stout in the summer when I am craving the coffee flavor but want a light bodied beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the coffee aspect doesn't really work all that well with the base beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Ri0
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy dark pine wood colored with micro particles suspended in the liquid. A one finger head rapidly dissipates into a thin ring and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of cheap chocolate Christmas candy, bread and some grain. It doesn't smell like the coffee I am used to drinking,

T - The taste is of...hmmm...Some type of coffee like flavor and cheap chocolate. The bolnde ale gives it a bready and grainy quality. It just doesn't come together for me. It's not that it is bad, but odd.

M - It is somewhat watery and thin with astringency and leaves an odd aftertaste.

O - It was worth trying and an interesting attempt at a unique beer. Somehow the flavors do not mesh right and leaves the beer without any great qualities. Perhaps the recipe can be tweaked to make it blend better.

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Photo of Maven
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crisp white medium head. Crystal pumpkin colored appearance.

S- Coffee, tobacco, perfume-like? Reminds me of a small book store. Getting really weird perceptions on this.

T- Coffee bean char without tannins or astringency. What I assume cold brew or kopi luwak would taste. Major flavor over central and rear palate. Great round sweetness rolls with the coffee flavor. I can taste some green coffee bean also. Something minorly off putting, cannot pick it out.

M- Taste begins after carbonation subsides.

O- Great beer. Unique aroma i'm getting, very difficult to describe. No astringency, amazing coffee. Weird vegetal flavor, green coffee beans? Definitely a must try, even if you don't like coffee and the usual espresso stouts.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on a typical blonde ale, with an unmistakable coffee. Other than that, this is your typical unproposessing blonde, with guzzle-down drinkabilty traded off for any sort of body. This is photoshopped supermodel-thin. Still, I enjoyed it. An above average and unique blonde ale. That may not be saying a ton, but one of the better blondes out there.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden with some darker tones, slightly hazy and cloudy. Really nice stick and lace.

S - Yeast, bread, coffee, roasted malts, lemon grass.

T - Heavy on the coffee beans, chocolate - this all over powers the blonde ale that takes the back seat to the more dominant flavors. Medium bodied - slightly dry / bitter aftertaste.

O - Is it a lager, is it a stout? What is this concoction? I applaud the brewer for creativity, but the lack of identity makes this more of a novelty. I'd try it again, but I will not seek it out.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Another6Pack. Thanks, Trent!

This pours a medium gold with a +2 finger head of foam.

The nose is interesting...notes of chocolate and light coffee. Maybe? some bready malt aromas. Yes, I think so. Weird smell to this brew but I have to say, it's inviting. The more I thought about it, the more I think it has kind of a brownie smell to it.

It has a very nice coffee flavour up front with more or less hints of chocolate. Not much hop bitterness that I can detect; all of the bitterness seems to be coming from the coffee. I'm digging it now that half the glass is gone.

Good mouthfeel and easy drinking, this would make for an excellent breakfast beer for those folks in Odd Sides' distro area. 4.5% abv..you got the right idea!

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Photo of joe1510
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Kap N' Keg - Traverse City, MI

Bean Flicker: a "Satisfying stimulation of sessionable self exploration". This here is a blonde ale made with coffee. The pour is a little darker than blonde weighing in at a sturdy golden with soft orange highlights. A clean white head easily rises to a couple fingers before settling at a thick ring with puffy islands. Light lacing decorates the glass.

Looks can be deceiving The nose is nothing like you would expect from a beer that looks the way Bean Flicker looks. Sweetened coffee and cream lead the way and show enough chocolatey sweetness that it at times is reminiscent of tootsie rolls. Light graininess float around back there somewhere but unfortunately at times, mostly with warming, I get some burnt rubber in there. The rubber is unfortunate but it only pops up occasionally.

A sweet artificial chocolate presence kicks things off again with the tootsie roll presence while cold coffee and cream pops up here and there. A muddled graininess runs through mid palate and the finish is slightly coffee bitter. I liked the first few drinks of this beer but now that it's in my head that astringent burnt rubber is in play now that I've picked it up, again, it's very mild but there.

The body is all at once soft and light. A nice velvety feel as it enters and the finish is mildly bitter from the coffee notes. A touch of dryness cleans things up on the swallow making for an overall nice mouthfeel.

Bean Flicker is another interesting beer from Odd Sides. I can't say I'm a huge fan but the concept is fun and unique and certainly worth a try. The nose and flavor are both comforting until I get those strange notes of rubber. If the rubber wasn't present this would be a much better beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge coffee fan, so here goes...

Pours a brilliant medium golden with a frothy ivory head that dissipates somewhat quickly, likely due to glass residue.

Fresh roasted coffee dominates the aroma, as anticipated, with hints of chocolate and subtle grain.

Flavor reveals more chocolate than coffee initially, which carries throughout into the lightly roasty finish. There's a bit of a grainy character that surfaces, but the chocolate definitely dominates the profile. A slightly metallic/acrid note surfaces in the aftertaste, but the hot cocoa flavor almost makes up for it.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of astringency in the finish.

Not sure if it's the influence of the night's prior selection, but this brew seems extremely chocolatey, rather than coffee dominant, which suits my palate well. The base beer is an afterthought. If it weren't for the off flavors(due to the base beer), this would really do well.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No ingredients or specs per the website or bottle. Opens with a brisk Pssssht. Pale golden, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and lacing in part due to it's very brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs or so. The aroma is enticing. There is a distinct coffee note, but it also smells like they added chocolate extract flavor...like tootsie rolls. No discernable hop or grain aroma. No DMS, no faults. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and light bodied. The taste is a recap of the aroma. A well balanced combination of coffee and chocolate (mostly chocolate extract) with some very light underlying grain flavor and a very subtle and delicate bitterness in the aftertaste. Subtle mineral finish. No off-flavors. East to drink.

This is an interesting brew. It goes down nicer than I thought, but the flavor is mostly artificial. Despite it, it's well balanced and easy to drink. I would buy it again.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Odd Side certainly enjoys pushing the limits of naming/labeling. Whatever. On to the beer.

A- 1-finger, off-white, fizzy head drops all too quickly. Slightly hazed, deep golden body cleans up after the chill wears off. Medium-heavy carbonation and good stick.

S- Wow. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Weird for such a lightly colored brew. Even more powdered chocolate than coffee. Some vanilla.

T- Follows nose. Lots of chocolate and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Even more chocolate than aroma suggests. Fairly sweet. Something of a mocha with with a couple packets of sugar in the raw, or the hazelnut coffee/hot chocolate mix offered at one of our favorite breakfast spots (Wolfgang's).

M- Medium body. Maybe even slightly full considering the style and ABV. Light tingle from carbonation and hopping.

O- Goes to show flavor doesn't always follow appearance. I thought it would be a mess, but I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Gotta wonder how Odd Side got past the FCC with a name like this (wink, wink), but it's pretty funny nonetheless. Of course for nearly any time of cocoa/coffee flavored beer, you'd be expecting something at least as dark as a burnt sienna, but this baby is beaming gold and rustic amber all around with only a mild chill haze in the center. Thick and foamy is the luscious white head that forms on top, leaving nice lacing as it settles to a collar.

Dipping your nose to the edge of a beer this blonde shouldn't bring forth such notes of coffee and chocolate, but it does - and that's what Odd Side was setting out to achieve. Creamy, lightly roasted coffee beans with heavier amounts of solid and sweet milk chocolate. Lighter hints of vanilla and even caramel crowd the background, with some slightly grainy malt to close it out. Though it's labeled as strictly a coffee beer, chocolate wins out in the aroma.

The taste has some amplification in the coffee department from the aroma, thought the chocolate on the palate is still at least as strong, and probably still stronger. Creamy chocolate, smooth roasted coffee, and some bright, graininess on the back-end that serves to remind you that you're drinking a blonde ale that's only a shade darker than the sunshine and not a porter or a black hole colored stout, here.

Being a blonde ale, of course, causes a slight disturbance in terms of mouth feel (for me at least). With flavors like this - coffee, chocolate, roast - my mind and my palate has been conditioned to expect a thicker, smoother, bigger body and more creamy, luxurious, lacquering mouth feel. The mouth feel of the beer is nice, for a typical blonde ale - light, crisp, and sharp. But I guess I'm expecting something "bigger" to back up the robust and deep flavors.

This stuff reminds me of that purple and green ketchup that Heinz put out many years ago. It smells and tastes as it's labeled, but it looks completely mismatched and causes a mild mind bending when you make the transfer from sight to smell to taste. I actually enjoyed Bean Flicker more than I had anticipated... It was quite tasty, really, though the optical illusion aspect is something my tickled brain couldn't overcome completely.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, light bread, floral, and light grass. Awesome aromas with big presence of coffee and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big nutty coffee, cream, vanilla, bread, floral, and light grass. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, light bread, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Awesome robustness of coffee/cream flavor with a fair amount of malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Hardly any alcohol presence after the finish as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is an outstanding coffee blonde ale. Great robustness of authentic coffee/cream flavor; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to JAS45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Absolutely clear dark straw/light gold. Head is clumpy and white, dropping to a small collar in short order. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Boom, coffee beans. Sweet milk chocolate and roast. Vaguely nutty, almost like hazelnut coffee with too much cream and sugar. Malts are incredibly light, offering up a touch of clean roasted sweetness. No hop profile to speak of. Milky sweet.

Taste: A bit biscuit under everything. Light snappy malts with a slight roasted element. Fresh coffee bean with a light cocoa bean finish. Milky sweetness with an otherwise light flavor. A slightly sharp bite on the back, something like a coffee with high acidity. Clean crisp roasted bean. Vague fruitiness.Warming produces a slightly oxidized and harsh coffee bean.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a high, but not bubbly, carbonation. Clean and crisp.

Overall: I won't be lighting any candles and getting to know myself.

An interesting use of coffee with a nice light body. Could be a highly quaffable beer, but it falls apart as it warms and it feels a bit mismatched. Carbonation doesn't help either.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours golden yellow with thin fizzy white head. great retention

this weird blend of coffee, chocolate, truffles, candy, it is hard to explain, but interesting and very aromatic

taste is similar to nose however heavier on the coffee for sure. some light chocolate notes. if you could not see this, you would never know it was a blonde.

bright body, moderate carbonation.

this is interesting, not something i would want many of in a row but here and there it is good.

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Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
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