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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,391 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1391
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%


Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with 10% rye, but an APA at heart.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 09-09-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boutip (trade #6) clean refreshing well crafted rye. Big headed, well hopped pale with good prominent rye taste. A nice one. Neutral aroma, on the hoppy side. Lighter colour as expected.
On tap about 2 years later at Dunderbanks. Good not great.Lagerish, lacey.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 21:49:21 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Modestly murky orange-gold with a small number of fine particulates. The good-sized head is the color of rich cream, possesses a creamy texture, displays a micro-pitting surface and has admirable persistence. An impressive amount of lace complete a very nice appearance.

The aroma is chock full of juicy hops, Amarillo especially (sweet orange-grapefruit hop juice is the tip-off). Amarillo is in my top three, and may just be my favorite hop, but the rest of the hop bill is no slouch either: Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Fuggles and Magnum. I'm not sure that all five were necessary, but I'm not complaining because Rye Pale Ale smells much too good. I don't appreciate any rye in the nose, but then that'd be surprising in such a hoppy beer.

Delicious! A bedrock malt structure imparts body, sweetness and little actual flavor. In other words... it's perfect. There's an impressive amount and quality of hop flavor in this beer. It isn't hoppy enough to turn off initiates (although my hop tolerance is so skewed by now that I could be way off base), but is hoppy enough to satisfy the majority of hopheads.

The flavor profile is rich, deep and multi-faceted, consisting primarily of bittersweet citrus and sugary pine. It doesn't have the bright hoppiness of some IPAs, nor the brassy bottom end hoppiness of most DIPAs, but a good middle range, mellow yet forceful, satisfying flavor that is hitting the spot right now. I still love my Amarillo, but perhaps using five varieties of hops (and five varieties of malt) wasn't such a squirrely idea after all.

Try as I might, I can't really discern the rye in this beer. There may be a little rye spiciness on the finish, but without the knowledge that malted rye was used, I would most likely have never been able to appreciate it (I love the idea of rye in beer and wish more brewers would use it, but unless a significant amount is used in a hoppy beer such as this, it doesn't make much sense). The body/mouthfeel is medium to slightly more full with a lush smoothness that is more apparent because of the low level of carbonation.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a very good beer that possesses most of my favorite IPA qualities. It may not be for everyone, but I love it and wish I had a case at this very moment. And a second one for tomorrow. The terrapin/tortoise/turtle won the race, didn't he? A big Thank You to aracauna for providing.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 14:49:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was our offering for the First Freakin Firkin Friday at Barley's Taproom in Greenville,SC. The always wonderful Terrapin Rye Pale Ale was cask conditioned with Fench Vanilla oak chips, and then dry hopped with 5 ounces of Columbus Hops! It was great to see soo many people there. The expectation was for this one to last 2 hours, and it was kicked in 35mins! Glad I was able to get my two pints.

Casked was tapped at 6:00pm and I was licky enough to get one of the first pints that came out. Poured a nice hazy light amber with lots of carbonation. Initially had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy. Hints of vanilla and oak permiatted through and blended well with the terrapins naturally great rye pale flavor. A little thin on the mouth, I thought it would have come out slightly more robust then it did, but it afforded a wonderful long lasting dry finish.

This was simply stated an awesome beer. Extremely drinkable and could have easily put down 10 of these all night long. Would probably have gone very well with some pizza, as the Terrapin Rye is my all time favorite pizza beer. Our first Freakin Firkin Friday was Friggin Fantastic! I cannot wait for another and hope Terrapin will stop by again!

Serving type: cask

03-05-2007 22:54:17 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a medium amber color with a fluffy white head on top.

S: The nose is fairly sweet for the style with a fruity and slightly floral hop aroma. The rye provides a bit of spiciness, but it's not all that intense.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose with the malt being the more prominent factor. As such, the beer is on the sweet side with a fairly minimal presence from the hops. Again, the rye is well represented.

M: The body is on the light end of the medium spectrum with a crisp carbonation.

D: A bit sweet for my liking of a pale ale, but the rye helps to mitigate this a bit. Otherwise, easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:28:22 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head that leaves a ring of bubbles around the original fill point; just a touch of lacing otherwise

Smell: A whole range of hoppy smells is clearly present - grapefruit, pine and tangerine rind

Taste: Lays down a nice neutral malty backbone on top of which the hop flavors quickly perform a tap dance on the tongue - there is a slight hint of rye bitterness and spice along with the hops that is discernable by mid-palate; the finish is clean, but bitter, with a bit of pepper to give it some zip

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A nice twist on the APA style that is well worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 19:49:03 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured an hazy dirty yellow color ale with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of citrus hops and big malt is easily identifiable. Taste is well balance mix between big malt with some noticeable rye presence as well as a bitter finish with cirtusy hops. Body is above average and carbonation is a bit lower then expected. Another fine beer from this great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 15:30:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually like rye beers when the grain is correlated well with the hops. Both lend a bittering, that if designed properly, the recipe becomes quite powerful. This beer does it. A light malt / caramel aroma with citrusy / piney hops in the nose. Tastes less malty than aromas suggest, but the rye adds a light pumpernickle bread / yeast flavor that makes me not miss the timid malt base. The hops, with the rye, makes for an intensely bitter beer -- kinda hedges on grainy / astringet flavor and texture, but I'll give it the hall pass. Finishes with a fleeting sweetness allowing the hops and rye to persist. Though not the best of quality beers, I liked it.

From bottle, August 14, 2009: Thanks Freethyhops!

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2006 17:35:15 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light golden-copper color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings down some citrus hops as well as a bit of rye spice. The taste is fairly bitter with a good deal of citrus and hints of pine. A bit spicy. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation levels and some nice zest. Drinks quite well; a really nice hot weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:20:12 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a ¼-finger high head that died down but left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass and on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of pale malts and hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has hints of spices from the rye and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a tad shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and the rye spices up an ordinary pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 04:34:52 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I have a lot of free time... So, let's get another review down.

Appearance: Hazy, copper-colored body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Good, though somewhat reserved scent of earthy hops, fruity esters, and a delicate rye aroma coming through.

Taste: Subtle caramel sweetness. Grapefruit hop flavor imparting a low bitterness. The rye element adds a nice spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Not nearly as exhilarating as I'd like, but a solid American Pale Ale just the same.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2006 23:21:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock,NC with a jerk chicken pizza and it complimented it very well.Poured into a mason jar a light copper color with fluffy white head,aromas are quite hoppy heavy on the grapefruit and lemon rind with a touch of caramel underneath the hops.This beer is not heavy on the rye but its noticable on the palate just light sour note in the finish mainly the Pacific coast-type hop comes thru but a firm dry malt base keeps this quite balanced and quaffable.A pretty solid beer not over the top rye wise by any means and food friendly I wish I could get it here in Greensboro.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 13:24:32 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Confession: reptiles with banjos just have a hold on me, case closed, no explanation (well, beermail me and I'll give it out)...the one on this beer's label is a turtle with a straw hat, looking all countrified, probably plucking "turkey in the straw"...gotta love it!
Pours a hazy, golden/amber hue, with a full flush of foam on top.
Aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh and zesty.
Taste: nice. Creamy, with a citric bite. Has a gritty tang that I kind of like. Rolls handily along the tongue, smooth, easily quaffable, medium-bodied, wit a crisp smack on the palate...creamy, again...nice...I like this one, although it's not too complex, despite what the label claims..labels always lie, what can you do...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 11:05:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with almost no head and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops & rye grain, along with some citrus, caramel and spice.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of rye, citrus and caramel. I suppose the fact this beer is an APA and not a Rye Beer is testament that it doesn’t overdo it with the rye, like some other beers do, which I think is a good thing. There’s a strong hops presence that comes in next to provide a good balance but doesn’t overpower you with bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, if you’re in the mood for this type of beer this is a good one to drink several of.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 03:25:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 04/18/08, cheers Ding!

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Grassy & bready, especially as it warmed

T: Grassy, peppery grain, breadyness & a touch of dryness up front along with lemony hops. Grainyness, a bit of honey malt & crispness follows as this warms. Finishes with lemony hops, peppery crispness& some grassy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation & creamyness

Drinks very easy, the rye adds a nice drinkability/crispness. A great session APA

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 04:29:27 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful pale and rye malt scent that is spicy, yet blends well with the excellent hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale, Carapils, and rye malt flavor that goes down easy an finishes bitter with a nice spicy, bitter hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the addition of rye. It adds another layer of complexity to a APA. The hop character is outstanding as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:04:08 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is light amber in color and has a big soapy white head, large bubbles. Carbonation is moderate with largish bubbles. Beer is completely clear. No haze at all.

Aroma is spicy with a lot of rye character. There are some hops hiding in there as well. A very inviting and classic rye ale aroma. I like it.

Beer has a nice body, some bitterness on the backend of the mouth, a mild aftertaste of more bitterness. A little sweetness on the front end. The flavor is a little sharp and biting. Drinkability is still high and mouthfeel is great. A very interesting

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 20:40:19 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber/copper color with a one-finger tan head. Nice retention and minimal lacing left behind.

S - It smelled of rye bread and citrus - mostly orange. There was a mild roasted malt aroma, too.

T - Good bitter bite of hops upon first sip. This is a pretty malty APA with a nice rye flavor. There is a good citrusy kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good rye pale ale. I've really enjoyed the Terrapin beers that I found on my trip to NC.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 17:57:35 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hot spring day, and a nice rye pale ale. Lets see how it works, got this thanks to kkipple.

A: THe fluffy head rises up just to the top of my tulip glass, nice big 3 finger fluffy head. It fades slowly over a semi clear pale orange color.

N: Some interesting malts, quite a bit of the fruity spicy rye aroma, a slight spicy and mild grassy hop aroma, touch of citrus and pear.

T: Pretty dry and crisp. Some malts in there, toasty and pale, with a definite rye flavor. SOme spicy and fruity rye flavors, a slight juicy hop flavor too. Some bitterness with a slight grassy and spicy hop. A touch of fruit.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter with a little more bitterness coming out. Very dry as well. Some earthy hop tones with some spicy rye lingering. A touch of fruit and spicy, citrus hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 20:31:00 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isnt too bad, the beer pours out as a nice looking brew. A good head on it. The smell of the beer is pretty hoppy, the taste is a little on the weak side. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Overall I find the Rye Squared to be much better than this one. All in all this one was just a little light for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 01:50:58 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Month 9, Week 1 notched on label.

Pours orange to copper with a thin, lasting white head that leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.

The smell is citric - grapefruity with a subtle breadiness and pale maltiness. There a menthol touch.

The taste us citrusy/grapefruity with some pale grainy sweetness and tea-like spiciness. It has a menthol-like, dry finish.

It has a crisp, medium body that is pretty creamy/smooth.

The rye is very subtle, but it is only 10% rye malt, so not should be expected to be strong, which is fine here, as it is a solid APA, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 16:54:30 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber. Nose is kind of grain-ish. Flavor is bringing an interesting mix of rye and pale ale characters. The rye is definitely providing a bite. But I feel like it has been toned down by a hop presence in there. Feel is a slighly thinner slick thing on the liquid and the carbonation bites a bit on the tongue. Overall a nice brew. Hearty and a bit robust.

Thanks to michaeld23 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 16:44:32 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Taco Mac in Woodstock, GA...appears a copper orange hue while the head forms thick and frothy appears a slight off white and elaves even thick chunks of lacing with each sip. Aroma has a spicy rye component but mainly citrus grapefruit and grassy overtones create the hop aspect of this brew very spicy the hoppy flow is green and fresh with sweet bicuit malt tones balancing it all out what a great smelling pale ale. Flavor hoppy assertive but complex and original the Amarillo hops really leave their mark on my palate heavy grapefruit and citrus components with a strong bitterness and big flavors with spicy rye and moderate sweetnees from the biscuit malt presence very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate smoooth carbonation, slick and oily with some hop resins flowing here. Drinkability favorite beer while visiting the south it just left a mark on me and I could have drank it by the sixer great stuff it really sets the bar for Terrapin Beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2007 15:36:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a thick 3" head that lasts for several minutes. Nice lacing develops during the session. Slowly rising carbonation bubbles and the thick head makes this beer look great.

Smell: orange citrus and some grassy tones are the strongest tones, while hints of caramel are softer on the nose.

Taste: grainy malt sweetness, oranges, grass, and a decent bitterness make up a refreshing ale that sports a bit of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with a bit of graininess. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: it's wonderfully easy to consume this beer. Definitely find this on tap if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 12:35:49 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had very low expectations for this beer. First, it was an afterthought of the server after listing Bud, Lite, etc. Second, it is from the deep south which historically has not been entirely kind. (I know there are many fine beers, you just have to search a little longer.)

I am pleased to say that this an exceptional beer by any standard, well worth seeking out. It pours with a slight haze and a warm amber color. Thin head, but that would be expected in a restaurant. The aroma is light--mostly cream and hop.

The initial flavor is berries, cream and hops. Very high body with good carbonation. Excellent hop aftertaste. The rye, which isn't detectable, seems to give a strong dryness to the beer.

An excellent beer with a slightly unusual flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 22:41:56 | More by smcolw
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine looking beer from the start with nice white head and orange body. Big aroma right out of the bottle with apples and citrus before biscuity malts come in. Fairly fruity flavor with a decent bitterness. Very nicely balanced and a bit complex. This beer is certainly a winner. It's not the hoppiest, but its easy and interesting to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 00:47:47 | More by tempest
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