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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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894 Ratings

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2011)
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Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Soft red-orange amber with a deeper hue. I wish I could've collected more head, but it looks to-style.

Soft tropical fruitiness with a fuzzy peach skin note that I like. Clementine, nectarine, and ruby red grapefruit. Juicy with some tannic acidity. Very fruity with hops and yeast. Nice and crisp with a light pomme note. Great IPA note, no matter the particular sub-style.

Very tangy with familiar American hopping (Cascade?). Tropical notes of guava and nectarine. Maybe, starfruit. All with a tangy tangerine note. Musty Belgian yeast strain is contained by bitter hoppiness and floral textures. Tangy middle. Affirmed bitter outro.

Slightly grainy texture to the body. Carbonation is pretty big. Not a winner in this department.

Very good Belgian IPA that I could easily enjoy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 13:15:39 | More by thecheapies
Photo of brurevu


3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: The beer poured an opaque orange that persisted throughout my tasting. The aroma had the signature Belgian yeasts with a bit of hop which is true to the style. The taste started with the sweet Belgian flavors that gave way to the bitter hops on the back end with a nice creamy mouthfeel. It was a great beer that was true to the style and was a great introduction to Clown Shoes. I will definitely be trying more of their beers in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 17:15:37 | More by brurevu
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hops and caramel nose, flavor is a balance of pine hops and caramel, some bitterness at finish. $2.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 22:44:06 | More by jdhilt
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a short off white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: heavy Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pine hops, floral, caramel

T: heavy bitter pine resin mixed with yeasty notes, finish is dry and heavy hops

M: medium bodied with higher carbonation

O: very bitter hop flavors, little malt sweetness to back it up

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:24:30 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of eddocron


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from bottle. Cool label.

Poured with small head, white with thin lacing. Appeared dark amber-gold, slightly cloudy.

I felt the aroma was fantastic - orange citrus, some malts and hops.

Taste was great - definitely could taste the fruits and spices, hops present a bit but not as much as expected, and sweeter then I expected. matched the aroma quite well.

Mouth feel was a bit thin I thought, but did not bitter. High on carbonation side.

This was an easy f=drinking Belgian IPA, but not what I would expect out of that style of beer. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 20:33:21 | More by eddocron
Photo of santomark


2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark gold/orange color. Mild white head, slow retention.

S - Bready, mild hoppy, a bit citrusy.

T - I was expecting more of a Belgian style to this, I was really expecting this to give off that classic coriander and orange bursts of freshness; however, this was not even close. Very subtle notes of fruitiness. Nice breadiness. The finish is very good, it has this bite that for some unexplained reason will leave you wanting another sip.

M - For such a light bodied beer, it is abnormally carbonated, it has enough to leave that coke on a warm day feeling. Finishes dry leaving you wanting to have another sip.

O - I think brews like this are a great advance in perfecting the Belgian-IPA's; however, this beer was confusing. The Belgian and IPA styles were not harmonically blended. This brew seemed to be working against itself rather than harmoniously working together. It was mild on the hops, the Belgian style, the everything. All in all, it definitely is an average beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:41:34 | More by santomark
Photo of Mitchster


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

$2.29 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. brewed with "Soft but complex malts, Chambly yeast, sweet orange peel, Columbus, Amarillo, and Centennial hops"

Pours out to a slightly cloudy delicate pale golden, forming a growing spongy bone white head with superior retention and lacing, thanks in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs or so. Bottle conditioned, highly flocculant layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. The nose is all about the skunky weed. Lots of MJ on top of that distinct Chambly belgian yeast strain. No orange peel or coriander noted in the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, very light bodied despite the 7%. Taste opens with the skunky hops front and center, followed by a yeasty tartness. Again, no orange peel or coriander in flavor. Some suggestions of fruit from the yeast. A little bit of hot asphalt/burnt rubber towards the finish. Finishes dry (light bodied) but not astringent (hops). Bitterness is mild to moderate. Clean finish in the mouthfeel.

This is a decent beer, but when it comes to these belgian style american brewed hybrid wit/ipa's, I keep wanting more orange and coriander. Cleanly brewed with no off-flavors and pretty well balanced though. Well brewed.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:49:13 | More by Mitchster
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 29 April 2013, this 12 oz bottle was poured into a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Body is hazy, orange-brown in color with a small head that soon reduces to little more than a ring. Lacing is on the light side. Some sediment coats the bottom of the bottle even after a full pour.

Smell: Hops are prominent and contribute both herbal and citrus qualities, but some Belgian yeast and a solid bready malt base are also apparent.

Taste: Lower end of the hoppy spectrum for an IPA. Fruity, but towards the lower end of the fruity spectrum for a BPA, and less fruity than the aroma suggests. Nutty; mildly bitter; a trace of yeasty funk. Well integrated and balanced yet has moderately high complexity.

Feel: Medium-light bodied with crisp moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Should appeal to anyone who likes the idea of a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 23:22:29 | More by chinchill
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District of Columbia

3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Pours a clear, bright copper orange with a dense cream colored head, with long lasting retention and thick clumps of lace. Bitter floral and pine nose, Belgian yeast, bready and orange. Very sweet flavor of orange juice, bubblegum, lemon, pine bitterness, bready malt and buttery. Not quite a Belgian or an IPA or a Belgian IPA. Not bad, just generic.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 18:30:07 | More by yourefragile
Photo of Lemke10


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very intrigued by the description of "Belgian-style IPA." This pours a golden amber color with a foamy beige head. There is a mixture of citrus and hops in the aroma. The taste starts out as a yeasty/banana Belgian ale but finishes with that classic IPA bitterness. Very interesting and well made.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:56:29 | More by Lemke10
Photo of andrewjraab


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Cloudy orange pour with four fingers bubbly white head that reduced to one inch and maintained.

S. malt forward, hoppy, orange peel, brown sugar.

T. Belgian yeast, strong bread flavor, crackers, bitter and dry finish.

O. Solid and fits the style well. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 21:15:05 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of nsheehan


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tramp Stamp
Clown Shoes
12oz to libbey Belgian
7% ABV
Belgian-style IPA
Bottled on 03/08/2013, bought ~4/3/2013

A – Translucent, tiny bit clear. Not hazy, just absorptive. Burnt orangey-copper. Low head, dissipated kind of quickly.

S – A bready, woody, sweetness from the Belgian yeast and sugar (assuming Belgian sugar). Some plum and pepper. Wet grass and nip of pine with citrus. Slight buttery popcorn smell (diacetyl). Smells awesome though. Has both Belgian ale and IPA smells distinct and balanced.

T – Get a little bit of the buttery popcorn, kind of muddled. No clear Belgian or IPA flavors on first two sips. A tiny bit of Belgian bready sweetness, with strong wet grass and weak plum. Pretty woody, wet grassy; no citrus til the aftertaste.

M – Light-medium bodied, dry finish. Soft, a little tingly, slightly cozy.

D – Was stoked on the smell but the taste didn’t hold up. Going to let it warm for 10 more minutes.

Let it warm 10 minutes.
S – Butter, wood, wet grass, a tiny bit of bready sweetness and lemon zest.
T – Taste follows smell now. Still not very Belgiany and no pine.
M – Softer, a little thicker- medium bodied now.
D – Overall loved the smell, but the taste never lived up to what I whiffed… so the beer whiffed. It’s good but not excellent.
3.75, 4.5, 3.75, 4, 3.75.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:36:42 | More by nsheehan
Photo of BradMacMullin


4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Newburyport St Trattoria. Had a few pints in fact. Nicebheadbon this beer with a mild lacing. Had a mild floral smell with hints of caramel. Surprised by how much I liked this beer. It has a great balance of malt with a great blast of hops. Not overwhelming, just balanced. Healthy carbonation throughout made it a quality drink throughout. Very good beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 02:02:01 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of tectactoe


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Rustic amber body with some toasty copper highlight thrown about. The whole thing is a bit muddle, though it allows quite a bit of light to shine through, albeit highly obscured. Not much of a head, surprisingly for a Belgian IPA, really, rather there's only a wispy white skin that traverses the top of the beer and bunches up a little bit at the border.

It's hard to pull much out of the aroma at first, because it's unfortunately underwhelming. I thought maybe it was a bit too cold, which I'm sure it was, but even warmth didn't hand over the amplification that I was expecting. Lightly hopped (for an IPA especially) with very timid notes of citrus and mild grass and herbs. Yeast is more prominent in the form of faintly sweet esters and a finishing waft of bubblegum.

The taste is a bit better, at least in terms of sheer force. Lightly bitter on the back and sides of the tongue with each sip, as the tide of mild pine, leaves, and grapefruit peels rolls in. The hops seem to open up a little more on the palate, as does the malt bill; some toasted and buttered bready malts counter the hops with a pinch of mid-palate sweetness.

Yeast flavors remain tame until most of the finish, where some banana esters, very, very faint spice, and a bit more bubblegum finally peek their heads above the water. Bitterness is still present on the back of the tongue by the time you've swallowed, but it's a pretty mild and low bitterness overall, more akin to regular pale ale levels of IBU. The body's a bit thicker than you'd expect, which is actually a good thing; good carbonation and a smooth, sharp mouth feel.

Nothing off-putting or offensive with this one, but it's largely forgettable. There's just not a whole lot going on, and there's nothing really new or exciting happening. It's easy enough to drink, but whenever you're in the position to purchase this, there's likely something equally or more enjoyable that will be available as well. No real redeeming qualities, but not bad by any means.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 16:10:42 | More by tectactoe
Photo of MikeWard


3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Looked outstanding, almost clear copper body with 3/4' white medium head. Lots of carbonation going on. Not much lacing, but head did retain reasonably well.

Smell was sweet, floral, and yeasty.

Taste was decent, floral and yeast came through very well, quite refreshing.

Mouth was a bit on the thin side

Overall, a pretty decent offering from Clown Shoes. Not something I would rush to the store for, but cetainly would not turn down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 01:16:01 | More by MikeWard
Photo of chefhatt


3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this on National IPA day,
I poured this it has a burnted orange color body with a small white funky head that lays down quickly to a thin lace. The aroma has a some pine hops notes to it but not much else.
The taste is sweet upfront followed by some bubble gum and yeast notes and finishing off with a nice pine on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very nice smooth, leaves a little aftertaste on the tongue. Overall this is a really good beer and show off the style quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 02:05:47 | More by chefhatt
Photo of StoutHunter


3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp a couple days ago for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. Clown Shoes just entered the Michigan market and since this beer caught my eye I decided that this would be the first one I would try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I'm sure it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label and name is a little cheesy, but it doesn't look bad and it's certainty eye catching. It poured an orange/amber color that took on more of a darker amber/burnt orange color with a finger and half worth of very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, i have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium bitterness followed by some pretty noticeable Belgian yeast aroma that has a real light funk aroma in the background that shows up just enough and it works well with some bubble gum Belgian yeast aromas. Up next comes a nice fruity hop aroma, there's a nice mixture of citrus and tropical fruit aromas with no one fruit sticking out most, they blend together to make a great fruity hop aroma that works well with the yeast. Towards the end I get some sweet malts and a slight earthy aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the Belgian yeast worked nicely with the fruity hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of Belgian yeast, there's some typical banana and bubblegum flavors with a nice light funky flavor in the background that makes for some nice complexity. Up next comes the hops which have an even amount of floral, citrus and piney hop flavors that work nicely but a little more citrus flavors wouldn't hurt. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness followed by a Belgian yeast and piney hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer I thought the balance of hops and Belgian yeast were pretty good.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little refreshing, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had enough Belgian yeast aspects and hoppy aspects to represent the style nicely, and I thought the slight bit of funk in the yeast worked really well and it helped make this beer a little unique. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not filling, a little refreshing, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a couple of these especially on a nice summer day. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance they were both pretty good with the aroma being my favorite. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hop profile in the aroma wasn't more similar to the taste. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for this style, it does a good job of representing the style and I enjoyed it, I would recommend to anyone who likes Belgian IPA's. All in all I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it made for a good first impression of Clown Shoes, it was just an all around nice beer and I will for sure be checking out more of their beers, good job guys this is a pretty enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 03:43:26 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of superspak


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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, unreadable bottle date code. Pours very hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, banana, clove, pepper, floral, light pine, caramel, biscuit, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA! All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:22:51 | More by superspak
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes - Tramp Stamp, poured into a pint glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy hazy amber brown with a good sized soapy head that retains slightly. Lacing galore.

Smell - Brett funky blast, some sweet malt, piney hops.

Taste - Malt, then brett to the chin, then pine hop bitterness to the teeth. Not as subtle as others of this style, not as smooth, a bit over punchy.

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter on the back of the tonue, brettanomyces sour as well, puckering. Drinkability is just OK, booziness is low but that doesn't give you any reason to enjoy this brew.

Overall - This is just OK, I get what they were trying to do but it tries too hard like InBev or something, I dunno. Not my cup of tea, a far cry from a masterpiece and not much testament to the Belgian style. Thumbs down, would NOT recommend. Unbalanced as hell.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 22:40:41 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of MistahBeah


3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber. Not much head but decent carbonation. A tad of lacing. What little head there is is an off-white layer of bubbles

Aroma: Musky Belgian yeast. Spicy pepper and oranges. Sweet butter and caramel. Some earthy floral notes

Taste: Spicy and yeasty throughout. Pepper and coriander. Orange zest. Floral hops hit somewhere in the midpalate and linger. Some oily pine. Some buttery diacetyl. Slightly above average overall

Mouthfeel: Slick and a bit flat. A little sticky

Overall: Not too shabby but nothing I'd rush out to get again. I love Clown Shoes but they have a dozen other brews I'd pick over this one if given the choice. Regardless, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:13:18 | More by MistahBeah
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4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to have Clown Shoes in MN.
Poured reasonable aggressively and ended up will big full darker head. Semi-cloudy golden amber. Great stamina on the head and dripping lacing.
Fresh hop aroma with nice Belgian yeast spiciness - pepper, fruit. Nice.
Pale malt forward with immediate push of hop flavor with some excess of oiliness. Moderate to less dryness and finishing bitterness, esp. for style. Some fruit flavors and an overall pretty complex presentation. Nice layer of hops left on the teeth. Moderately light feel with heaviness more after carbonation has abated.
Overall a satisfying drink. A slight nudge for the hop oil excess (but it is limited and doesn't prevent it from being approachable).

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 16:32:34 | More by garymuchow
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District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Love the beer's name, but could use a bit more carbonation. An above average beer. One that I would be willing to drink again, but not on my buy list.

A - Amber, clear, rocky 2-finger off white head, average lacing.

S - Yeasty, some malty sweetness.

T - Hoppy IPA with some sweetness.

MF - Light to med body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:54:30 | More by Sludgeman
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours hazy dull golden with a thick white head and plenty of visible tiny bubbles. The beer smells of toasted malt, Belgian yeast, mild citrus, and some spice. The taste follows the nose. I get some nice citrus flavor with the malt and some of spice. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is a little dry. The drinkability is pretty high. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:08:05 | More by acevenom
Photo of Knapp85


3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a deep hazy orange color with a white head on top. The retention is thin but the lacing looks really nice. The smell of the beer is a bit earthy, some subtle latex aromas as well. The taste has more of a latex flavor, earthy malt comes through pretty strong, there is a subtle orange flavor as well. The mouthfeel is carbonated and smooth. Overall it's a little disappointing, it had potential but it just doesn't hit the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 00:17:38 | More by Knapp85
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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a small head.
Nose shows herbal hops and spicy Belgian notes along with orange blossom and light sweet malt.
Pretty aggressive flavour. Some spicy Belgian notes and earthy, herbal hops before a little malt shows up to be swallowed by the assertive sharp bitterness.
Too much carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 09:09:40 | More by CrazyDavros
Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
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