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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.


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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We're pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you'll find nothing else like it on the shelves.

Although there's plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??

Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!

70 IBU

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-26-2010)
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2.3/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Lighter orange color then one would expect from an DIPA/IIPA. Head was thin on the pour, struggled to get to about a finger. Slightly below average carbonation throughout.

Smell: Light citrus and lime zest. A musty hop aroma. A good amount of pine on the undertones as well.

Taste: Again just too faint. All of the flavor seem to run into one another and nothing stands out. Forgettable front of the beer which yields to a touch of crispy hops. Some orange peel and sour pine run through the body. A light dryness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Word of the day is light. Forgettable overall.

Overall: This was a new product at one of the bottle shops I visit every once in a while. But I have a sneaking suspicion that this is an old brew. My experience is too far off what other BA'ers have experience to really be believable. I've been very impressive with New Zealand IPA's so hopefully one day I can edit this review.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:51:05 | More by KFBR392
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle purchased at the MLCC, produced on Dec 20ish /12 (too lazy to go check). Poured into a Beau's 650 mL ceramic mug. Pours clear with a great white head that laces well. Nose is full of fruity & tropical hops with not much else going on. This is clearly going to be a hop bomb... And yes, yes it is. Tasty body with a giant amount of fruity hops across the palate and a light balanced bitterness. My wife found it bracing, but I wanted a bit more.

This is a beer worth having fresh again (and again, and again...).


Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:59:36 | More by kjyost
Photo of mtbdonn


4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Beers of Europe, England in a tall tulip glass.
A-Pours a very hazy, rusty, chestnut color with an average, off-white, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace.
A-The nose is typical Nelson Sauvign hop with the passion fruit, lots of lime, rustic and floral, a bit of tangerine, and faint toasted caramel.
T-A bit of a hop letdown with still plenty of lime, very leafy and floral, light passionfruit, rustic notes moving into the finish. The palate is medium to full, nearly lively, velvety, and slightly oily. The beer finishes with more rustic and lime, still leafy, and slightly caramelly. A very nice use of the New Zealand hops with the tropical fruit notes and pleasant, moderately high bitterness. The malts add just enough sweetness to balance and avoid from being dry and astringent.
M-Wonderfull creamy texture, averagely carbonation.
O-A different take on the modern DIPA-style; very satisfying, rich, bold IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 20:54:54 | More by mtbdonn
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange blossom honey color. Medium high apparent effervescence. Thin layer of foam that quickly fizzles out. A little haze. Little lacing.

Smell: Medium in intensity. Mango, Passion fruit and that Dried leaves like flavour that indicates aggressive dry-hopping. Very pleasant, but still a bit rough around the edges and lacking a bit in depth.

Taste: Follows up on the nose pretty tightly. The exotic fruits and vegetable flavours seem to have an equal part in the overall profile. The very same criticism applies here.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full bodied. Medium to medium low carbonation. Medium high bitterness. Lasting caramelly / vegetable mix flavour.

Overall: A very decent IPA, but one that left me somewhat disappointed. I've tasted kiwi-hopped brews only a few times, but theres no doubt in my mind that kiwi-dominated brews have all the potential to become the next big thing in the craft brewing world; All that is needed is some very potent showcases of the ridiculously exuberant, yet elegant hop character. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. It's a great brew and one i wouldn't mind having many more times but it's just not there.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 21:53:12 | More by endovelico
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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A truly sensational brew! If you have any love at all for IPAs or hops, or are curious about that "new wave" of hoppy beers coming from the Pacific, then look no further: this is probably as good as it gets.

Wonderful deep golden colour, flirting with amber highlights but screams IPA from the moment it leaves the bottle.

Delicately carbonated, just enough to carry all the flavours yet still imparting that silky, almost boozy mouthfeel.

That nose! Rainforests and pineaple, passion fruit and tangerines. Take a good solid American-style IPA, and redirect the fragrance from grapefruit-and-citrus to tropical-fruit-and-grapes, and you probably end up somewhere close to this.

Aromas are sublimely understated and never too much: perfect balance and restraint make this superbly drinkable, never tiresome and a bit of a jungle adventure with every sip. It's got tons of flavour, but it's not a flavour bomb in the sense that it is never overpowering.

Absolutely recommended. In fact, cannot recommend enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 20:52:09 | More by UncleBrazzie
Photo of Timadae


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden colour with nice fluffy head. Nice lacing.

S: Bursting with trpical fruits lime lychee and a hint of gooseberry. Reminds me of great Nelson Sauvignon Blanc with a malty twist.

T: Fresh crisp taste with great hoppiness, lots of hoppy citrus flavours, nice biterness. Nicely integrated maltiness with a clean finish.

A great refreshing IPA!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:25:22 | More by Timadae
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear amber gold with a two-finger white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Tropical, with a strange, berry-like twist. Very interesting, almost off-putting at first, but I was able to tame it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderate bitterness up front, then comes some of the hop flavor, very unique profile. It still comes through as berry-like, but not really sweet. There is a nice malt backbone that does not play any major part aside from balance, clean yeast and dry finish.

Overall, a very good IPA, very interesting hops, I am curious to know what varieties they used. My guess is Nelson Sauvin, and maybe some Galaxy, just based on my homebrewing experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 05:57:32 | More by Siriusfisherman
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazed golden color with a nice fluffy white head. The retention last for a little while, the lacing is very sticky leaving some clumps of foam on the glass after each sip. The smell of the beer is hoppy, floral, sweet and fruity. The taste is a bit on the earthy side with some subtle pine notes and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. It's got a nice carbonation and good drinkablity. Overall it's a damn good IPA. I can't find much to complain about on this one. Worth having again and trying for a first time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 23:24:03 | More by Knapp85
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New York

4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-tinged blonde with creamy, sand-coloured head that trails.
Ridiculous nose - pure mango wafts across the room with peach, passionfruit and resin underneath.
Sugar cookie, some toffee and maybe a bit of peach and then mad passionfruit, Seville orange, and lime sherbet hops with a pinch of peppery spice. Sprucey resin comes out as it warms. Lots of layers.
Spiced white grape finish and long chalky gooseberry linger.
Crisp, light, some cling, oily, salty.

Southern Cross, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin for an all-NZ hop bill.

Probably the purest NZ IPA I've tasted. Blindfolded I'd say I was sniffing a fresh mango, there are real IBUs in a dry body with minimal malts, and the aroma hops are just a tropical fruit party (NS only kicks in at the end, and weakly.) Seriously, I've had smoothies that are less fruity. Which doesn't make it malty - if anything, it's too lean, falling very much on the Cali side of how to do an IPA, in the best way.

Deserves all the plaudits.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:00:04 | More by StJamesGate
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Cloudy, orange-amber pour, with a well-retaining white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. I'm assuming the advertised "New Zealand hops" were Nelson Sauvin, and yeah, I do love those. Hit of crisp fresh hops in the nose, citrus and tropical fruits, with a touch of mint. Much like the aroma, the taste was driven by hops, fresh and fruity, lemon, orange, pineapple, under-ripe mango, with a slightly piney bitterness; subtle biscuity malt base. The taste lacked the intensity of the aroma, but it was still quite good. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, quite good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 04:51:33 | More by Rifugium
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New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at "Total Wine and More" in West Orange,NJ. A very nice change of pace and different take on the usual IPA. The New Zealand hops give it a more tropical flavor, unlike any beer I've had before. The head was about average, maybe an inch and a half and dissipates fairly quickly. Broad lacing as I slowly sip away at this gem.

I'm going to have to make this part of my regular rotation. Hopefully the store I got this from can keep it coming. A real nice and unexpected treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:41:43 | More by Odysseyalien
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, slightly orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops with a bit of buttery toffee.

Tastes of clean hop notes up front with a nice malt backbone. Hops lead off with tropical notes of melon and pineapple. This leads into some grassy, pine, and citrus notes. Moderately bitter, but could be more so for a DIPA. Toasted malt gently wades its way in with light caramel notes along with toffee and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA, that I would not quite classify as a DIPA. It gets knocked down to a 3.5 due to price, $9.98 for a half liter.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:19:07 | More by ocelot2500
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Warners. No BB.

From iPod notes.

Pours a fabulous slightly hazy deep gold amber with a two finger head. Head dies to a film, with spotty lace.

Aromas of pine resin, some hops, and citrus grapefruit.

Taste is complex and medium heavyweight hop driven with a wonderful malt backbone. Grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is a little under carbonated, medium weight, verging on oily but not quite.

Overall a really well made example of style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 10:10:08 | More by heygeebee
Photo of BARFLYB


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

This is a great beer. The color was a deep orange with some off gold highlights and a firm off white cap on top, decent retention and stick. Smell is hopped up, west coast style with a sweet malt build, very pungent with tropic fruit and just freshness from the keg vs bottle. Smells like some of ports DIPA's. Taste is extremely pleasing and soothing without going overboard with bitterness. Juicy, with big tropics, some pine and some bubblegum in the back, a semi sweet note, well rounded. Feel is medium, a nice build, not watery, I would order this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 04:26:23 | More by BARFLYB
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-golden hue with rather thick head of white silky head. Nose is fresh citrusy and pine. Palate offers a grapefruit delight with plenty of pine, some sharpness from the hop bite and citrusy interplay, and light candied malt to balance it just a little. Finish offers more grapefruit and pine.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:08:58 | More by yemenmocha
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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, floral, and spicy hops with some sweet caramel and lightly bready malts.

T - Starts off with some grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral, grassy, and spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuity malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and floral hops with some resiny bitterness and sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice strong hop profile and bitterness throughout. Good overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:07:56 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of inandon


3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From first smell it has an overwhelming earthy, grassy, and hoppy feel. But as soon as it was tasted it wasn't as strong as it seemed.

It has a great look and smell but the taste and mouth feel just wasn't there. Wish it was more hoppier that would fit the name better.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 18:11:04 | More by inandon
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Crystal clear copper-amber pour with two finger head that quickly fades with nice lacing. The nose is all New Zealand hops. Especially prominent are the Nelson Sauvin, my favorite! The taste is all New Zealand as well. The hops are dominant and unique. Resiny and distinctly Kiwi. There's a bit of grapefruit and pine, but not like an American IPA. And that signature Nelson Sauvin earthy, vinous, almost oniony flavor. For me it's hard to describe, but I just know that I love it. The mouthfeel is oily and slightly chewy with a nice bitter and subtly dry finish. This is one of those unique beers that stand out in a crowded IPA market. These Kiwis are a force to be reckoned with!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 18:24:34 | More by beerdrifter
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours crystal clear copper color with a half inch of white sudsy head. ring after ring of lacing is left behind as this is drank down. smell and taste are very similiar, no surprises. lots of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and grass blend wonderfully to makwe one hell of an ipa. mouthfeel is medium to light. carbonation is spot on for me. a touch of oil in the body with a short lived dry finish. very well done beer. get one if you can. mouthfeel was marked down because it tasted like a burnt brown sugar note on the finish, just a little too strong of burnt flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:58:40 | More by match1112
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head made up of large bubbles which reduces to a small patch of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate notes of toffee malt sweetness under a strong presence of hops. I detect mostly tropical hops with passionfruit, papaya, and some kind of berry (maybe blackberry). There are also some light hints of grapefruit/citrus and pine.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell - there is a moderate amount of malt sweetness with caramel, toffee, and honey notes. Additionally there are lots of tropical hop flavors including passionfruit, papaya, and blackberry. There is a light note of grape as well as grapefruit/citrus. Very light amounts of non-lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly sticky/resinous.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and found it to have a great aroma and flavor. I like the strong hop flavors without a lot of bitterness. Definitely one to get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 00:56:24 | More by dbrauneis
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear gold-amber with 1.5 fingers of sticky yellow head.

Smell. Toasted malts and caramel, spicy hops and a little citrus ...lime and lemon.

Taste. Big floral hops, some nice toasted malts, tropical fruits, a little grass. Interesting and tasty hops in here.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, Medium-low smooth carbonation.

Overall. Really nice beer. Different and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 18:43:43 | More by Rutager
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Tasty Beverage

Appears a little darker than amber crowned with a slim, but persistent sticky head. Rings of lace stick to the glass here and there. Sticky tropical fruit aroma upfront...pineapple sweetness, oily resin, and subtly spicy floral and citrus. Fresh, green hops hit the tongue, though it's not at all overly bitter. Weed, citrus fruit, grass, and a touch of pine. Some alcohol pokes through, but plays well with the hops. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Despite the hints of alcohol, my glass was emptied pretty quickly. Tasty and green all around. One of those beers that kind of treads the line between IPA and Double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 17:22:15 | More by wedge
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Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/6/12

A clear light copper with some slow tiny bubbles feeding a two finger head that falls rather quickly and only leaves a few random patches of lace

S tangerine, passion-fruit, lemon, lime, some pineapple and canned peaches, very tropical nose but still has some malty caramel and a little pine, smells great

T not quite as nice as the nose but still pretty solid, much more pine and lots of lime rind, what I smell's still there but toned down just a little, some earthy tones on the finish

M medium bodied with just enough bubbles, a little grit left behind and just a little slick, slightly sticky on the lips with a nice bitter bite

O great IPA coming out of the South Pacific, no booze detected anywhere and very well rounded with a awesome nose

I would've listed this a single IPA and I'm rating it as such, I'll drink this again for sure even though its a little pricy in my neck of the woods. I'm pretty excited to try the other 8 Wired stuff that just entered Alberta, yet another welcome addition to the shelves here

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 22:59:43 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, a nice surprise to see the first Kiwi microbrewery available in Alberta.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden amber hue, with two bulbous fingers of silky foamy off-white head, which leaves a few aggressive whipped cream flourishes around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter citrus rind, acerbic pine resin, blended tropical fruit, earthy black tea, and lightly toasted, somewhat buttery, grainy malt. The taste starts with a strong pine and spruce tips bitterness, some sugar-free grapefruit and lime fruitiness, a few tropical fruit notes lending some subtle sweetness until the bready, moderately caramelized malt brings up the rear, which is more or less free of any alcohol intransigence.

The bubbles are a tad playful, but harmless enough, the body a decently solid medium weight, but with a slightly tacky cloyingness, one which precludes outright smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bitterness barely losing a half-step, the fruitiness and malt doing well to keep things between the ditches.

A commendable strike into the heart of the American IPA West, despite the label's protestations to the contrary. I'm not getting a lot of the proclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine characteristics, beyond a minor tic in this otherwise textbook (in a good way!) bitter hops/adequate malt archetype of the west coast Yankee way. Good on 'em for trying, but the ideal seems to just resist change.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 01:49:59 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, good amount of lacing down the glass. Smell is bursting with tropical fruits and bitter hops, berries, pineapple and orange, lightly sweet malts that take on a honey graham cracker scent, very inviting fruit scents dominate in a very good way. Taste is dry and bitter, hoppy throughout, grassy and lemony flavours, tropical fruit is there but not the all out assault the nose suggests, some biscuity malt is there to add some balance, dry bitter finish. Medium dry feeling carbonation, med body, lightly resinous but dry feeling all over. Very nice IPA, the aroma that this gave off was truly lovely would certainly welcome this or any other 8 wired offering for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 19:15:14 | More by peensteen
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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