Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye AleTerrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chefmikeanderson on 03-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 364 | Reviews: 67
Photo of Treebs
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle served in a Great Divide cervoise.

A: Pours a semi clear reddish amber color with a creamy, off-white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick film that leaves stick sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Definitive rye on the nose with some grassy and spicy notes to it. Light citrus grapefruit with some herbal and piney notes.

T: Lots of rye spice with a cracker malt sweetness. Grassy herbal from the rye I'm missing that distinct Mosaic hop character. It's all but faded at this point. Just a light piney note remains. The finish has this off-putting iron like quality to it as well.

M: Medium low carbonation with a medium body. Odd finish.

O: The hops have all but faded and the rye was too dominate. The off-putting metallic finish didn't help at all.

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a light mahogany color and poured a light tan head. A hoopy smell jumped from the tumbler so I knew what was next. Actually it ended up not being too bad. If you like a hoppy beer you will like this one. I do not really so I will not buy again. I do like a lot of other Terrapin products though.

Photo of One2Remeber
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Light mahogany body, dirty brown hue. Thin tan head, adequate retention. Darker than most red ales.

S: Above average Earthy, pine hops. Clean caramel sweet malts. Nutty caramel covered apple.

T: Metallic on the pallet and finish. Sweaty old fish. Not pleasant.

M: Lighter body, moderate bitterness.

O: Aroma is amazingly balanced between potent hops and sturdy malts. Taste is gross, very confusing with a distinct metallic (quarters/dimes) taste.

Photo of argock
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz brown bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark ruby red with 1-finger of rocky, oatmeal-colored head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: The aroma is strong with spring onion and honeydew melon with a lot of herbal earthy notes in the hops departments, which segues into the grassy, earthy, somewhat dirty rye note.

T: THe flavors of the rye and Mosaic don't work well together, as the herbal and melon notes of Mosaic disintegrate into a lot of oniony, earthy, dirty flavors, with just a little melony fruitiness in the finish. I would like to try a Mosaic beer on a lighter, pale malt background.

M: Fairly slick with medium body and low-medium carbonation.

O: A very disappointing first try of a Mosaic beer but I will try another. The earthy, herbal character of the hop is reinforced to a super-dirty, oniony weird flavored amber beer. An odd choice by Terrapin to go with a red rye beer to try to showcase Mosaic.

Photo of Weavah
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a lovely clear copper.

S: Sweet caramel and butterscotch on the nose.

T: Taste to me is somewhat disappointing. The rye doesn't come through as much as I'd like. It's got some subtle caramel and mild hop tang.

M: It's a little thin on the palate. But it does leave some residual stickiness.

O: I wanna really like these guys, but I've yet to meet one of their beers that blows me away.
Overall this is an ok example of a rye. Nothing magical. But at the price it's worth picking up. It's an easy drinker.

Photo of wedge
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pretty chestnut-red color with a dense, creamy head and solid sheets of lacing. Sweet toasted malt, spicy rye, and an oily hop aromas suggesting stone fruit and melon. Resinous melon and floral hop flavor balanced by nutty, slightly rye-like malt. Medium bodied and a little creamy. One is enough for me. I'd like a little more hop flavor from a beer with a big hop cone on the label, named after a hop.

Photo of tastybeer
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Deep woody garnet color with a nice bubbly beige head. Lace is shifting, spotty and stringy. Aroma is lightly sweet, crackers, rye, fleshy fruits, earthy, root veggies, crisply dry, dusty, melon, and a hint of white wine. Taste is pretty mellow. Hops seem to be at pretty chill levels. What is most noticeable is the rye character and steely dryness. Hop flavors that are there seem to be pine, melon, mystery berries, and peach. Mouthfeel has some nice qualities. Overall though a little more to mingle with the rye would be preferred.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy copper color. The head's about a finger high, with a pale khaki shade. It's also wonderfully creamy, though retention isn't fantastic. Good lacing is left behind, though.

S: Immediately, I pick up hints of grapefruit and berry from the hops. The malt backbone is fairly evident with its healthy dose of toffee, caramel, and rye. Aromatically, it's straight forward, but does a good job of showing off the rye, the Mosaic hops, and the red. Whatever that means.

T: It opens pretty malty, with toffee and rye notes intermingling with some piny dankness. I'm not getting much grapefruit, but there is a subtle suggestion of berries near the back end. Similar to the nose, it doesn't really blow me away, but the balance is nice and the Mosaic usage is fairly evident.

M: Good crispness on the feel, and good body, too. Maybe a bit too much body for me, but that's nitpicking. It goes down - if not quite as effortlessly as I like - pretty easily. Carbonation is gentle.

O: Subjectively, I'm not a fan of this style. Having said that, this IS a good example of a style I'm not particularly fond of. It's well balanced and shows off its advertised components well.

Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle; one of a growing legion of good beer people far & wide who think of me & rye in the same sentence. Which I encourage. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is a liberal mix of mud & clay, leaning more towards the latter. Opaque, with minimal carbonation. This is one of those beers that I almost pull something trying to get a good whiff - just not much here. Faint caraceml malt, maybe rye. Touch of citrus is the only body I can positively identify. Meek.

Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale; say that fast six times. Rye dominates the beer, bringing both the spiciness & the grubbiness into play. The hops in the middle come off as tea-like, herbal, with only a touch of pine. Caramel & moderate bitterness arrives as the rather tame party is winding down. I'll give it one thing: it's easy to drink. Half the bomber won't last long.

Though a one-off, this might be a very good option to introduce someone to ryes. Not terribly aggressive or assertive, it runs right down the middle while still retaining the character of the rye. Safe, approachable, pretty good. In other words, a Terrapin beer.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a deep clean amber almost brown in color, 2 fingers of off-white head leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. i'm gettin a strong soapy aroma off of this one. i've had 2 mosaic single hop (carton and toppling goliath) beers and neither smelled quite like this. soapy, sweet caramel, bready, citrusy. the flavor seems pretty bland honestly.. i'm not sure when this was released but i'm starting to think this sat on shelves for a while. a slight citrusy soapy flavor, grapefruit bitterness, rye bread. medium in body, moderate carbonation. this is not a very impressive beer, especially coming from terrapin. it seems like the hops are very subtle and somewhat faded. it was worth a shot picking up i guess.. but i'm sure would have been way different when fresh. the mosaic hop is very easily identifiable, i'm almost certain this is an old release and the hops faded.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a likable, deep amber-hued body with a short (and short-lived), light beige head.

Smell: Slightly earthy, grassy with some citrus, stone fruit, and a hint of mint leaf atop the toasted malt and grainy rye with a thin, thin sliver of caramel.

Taste: Toasted malts edged by firm, crisp rye. The light initial caramel sweetness is soon eclipsed by the accumulating hop bitterness. Hops yield some competing tastes, tropical fruits bouncing against peach puree tripping over mint oil (though, it's putting the notion of Orbit's Tropical Remix gum in my head). Low grassy, earthiness. Moderate bitterness. Fruity, bitterish. minty-spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Once Mosaic put the thought of Orbit's Tropical Remix into my head, it stayed through to the last sip, as well as the sourness felt for it replacing my beloved Citrusmint.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2014 bottle served in a lager glass.

A great looking ale, it is deep red-brown with excellent clarity and a creamy tan head that has great endurance and lacing.

Aroma: spicy, herbal and pungent.

Not terribly familiar with this hop variety but I get a clear impression that the rye grain is a great match for this hop. Simultaneously seems balanced yet very spicy. Impossible to separate the hop flavors from the rye flavors, excepting the tropical fruits. Spicy notes linger on in the hoppy aftertaste.

Feel: near medium body with lively, medium+ carbonation.

(revised with 12 oz bottle in July 2014)

Photo of wyatt13
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one in a surprise box from 67couple. Thanks a lot Jon! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my 7venth Sun tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep amber or hazelnut brown, with two fingers of creamy beige head. Bits of lacing stick here and there, rather than forming concentric rings around the glass.

S - A spicy fruit character dominates the nose, with deep caramelly malts and earthy hops fully in control. A pine hop character as well.

T - Taste largely follows the nose, but with the spice asserting itself even more. A very interesting hop, that isn't used as frequently as many others. Unique bite to the bitterness that is almost peppery. Some tannin aspects, like grape or berry skin.

M - Medium-bodied with a relatively low carbonation level. It really dries out the mouth after each sip.

O - I think this beer does a good job of showcasing what it intends to, the unique character of this hop varietal. However, I'm just not sure that I'm such a big fan of it -- perhaps additional hop complexity would have toned down this otherwise one-dimensional beer.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy muddy amber. Sweet caramel, earthy and spicy hop profile. Nice sweetness up front, lots of caramel, weird almost gum like flavor, sweetness offset by spiciness from the rye, herbal and spicy hop quality to balance as well. Touch of alcohol heat but deeply complex and very interesting. Would be fun to dive deeper into this beer but i'm having it with a sandwich and just enjoying it. Spiciness builds so does the alcohol heat but not in a bad way.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a dark, mostly opaque, amber with some nice red hues when the light hits it. A pretty small off-white head comes up after the pour, but fades to a film pretty quickly.

Smell is warm, toasted rye playing nicely with the cat-pee & onion aromas from the mosaic hops. Not a ton of hop presence on the aroma, but I feel like I can never really smell mosaic hops that much anyway.

Taste is sweet, grainy, spicy rye at first. At mid-palate the hops begin to assert themselves with some onion-grass flavor, and then by the swallow the mosaic hops really steal the show. The rye makes a tiny comeback on the aftertaste, but even that is dominated by the mosaic hops. Nicely choreographed from start to end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, and highly carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty good, and I'd drink it again, but I may not necessarily pick up a 4-pack every year. I know it's supposed to be a single-hop ale and all, but I feel like some citrusy hops would have rounded out the flavor nicely.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice, but by no means assertive, rye spiciness pairs nicely with the aggressive sweetness of the red malt found in this nineteenth volume of Terrapin Side Projects. Billowing around those elements is a slightly winey yeast funk, which—though it may be partially a result of this beer having aged about ten months after purchase—is not surprising given the healthy sediment that pours with this ale.

Still, despite the potentially suboptimal aging prior to consumption, the sharpness of the mosaic hops cannot be altogether held down, and this pleasing bitterness cuts across the other components of the flavor-profile to clean everything out as best it can; likewise, although mellowed, a clean quasi-sour florality peeks through too. Unfortunately, many of these notes have not been retained in the nose, which has—as aforementioned—taken on a boozy, wine-like carriage, due to the highly sweet malt content and the additional bottle-conditioning.

Having previously had a bottle of this Side Project in a fresher state, but having failed to take anything in the way of notes, I can nonetheless write that—though cellaring might not be ideal—at least some of the better qualities aren't utterly devastated by time.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of melon with a touch of citrus
Head small (< 2 cm), tannish, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing – none
Body medium red-amber, clear
Flavor – begins with melon flavors followed by rye spiceness. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.5625. Final weighted score: 3.7125
I wish I had found this earlier when it was fresher – although the hops are not bad at a year old. This is a pretty darn good rye IPA – flavorful with the hops allowing the rye to shine through. The small head and lack of lacing effects the score detrimentally.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a very small kahki head. Very creamy looking head and lots of lacing. Sweet citrus and pine aroma, though a bit faint. Flavor is mostly straight bitter up front. Turns into a floral back end and some caramelly malt flavor. Bit of spicey dryness. Medium bodied woth medium carbonation. A bit of lingering citrus. Nice red ale, nothing mind blowing but a nice beer.

Photo of tillmac62
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a very dark ruby background. However, the final pour from the bomber is almost opaque with flocculants. Full head and lacing that has very good retention. The nose is a bit subdued, but is toffee, caramel and biscuit over slight alcohol and dark fruit notes. The body is medium and somewhat slick with a normal level of carbonation. The flavor profile is complex, balanced and laid back - it's there, but doesn't hit you in the face. This quite drinkable ale begins with the flavors of the nose then flows to the spice characteristics of the rye and mosaic hops. Bitterness is almost imperceptible, but of a citric nature. The finish is clean, not quite crisp, but leaves no aftertaste beyond a few seconds.

Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from most recent road trip.. English style red ale. Generous head.Well malted, with hoppy finish. The hops are not at palate erasing mode yet a new beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability.Not as citrus hoppy as the aroma would suggest. Not a bad take on a red beer, though not the best I have had.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Freshly harvested from Hop Breeding Company LLC in the Yakima Valley, the hops used in Side Project 19: "Mosaic" came freshly picked from the fields of Perrault Farms, to our brewery, and into your glass. Known as hop HBC 369 before its official naming in 2011, Mosaic is the daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14) and a Nugget derived male. To get the best of all worlds from this new Humulus lupulus, we used 100% Mosaic throughout the brewing process to utilize all the flavor and aroma that this world class hop has to offer. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Rye Beer with a single hop Mosaic addition. Released in March 2013 as side project 19, this pilots Terrapin's first release with Mosaic hops, which have recently become a popular hop varietal to use in brewing. First available in 22 oz. bombers, this release is now scarce if available anywhere at all by the time of this writing.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served upwards of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick, creamy head of a caramel cream complexion over a deep burgundy red body, with high clarity and moderate excited carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is light and stringy. The appearance doesn't have any glaring setbacks and is actually quite visually appealing. 3.75

(Smell) This is a very enjoyable hop aroma, a citrusy grapefruit bouquet with tropical fruit undertones rounding out with a mild herbal and pine touch, it has high accessibility as well as a great deal of aromatic diversity for a single hop variety. Bitterness is moderate. The malt profile compliments well, there's a pleasing malt aroma to pair, with clean rye malt and medium toasted caramel grain for a subtle crystallized sweetness. Altogether it is a simple yet approachable aroma, led by the bright hop choice. 4

(Taste) The hop choice reveals a slightly more balanced hop character, with slightly less grapefruit and more enhanced floral, herbaceous and peppery hop characters, although there remains a significant tropical fruit profile to enjoy, and this is likely the most notable hop note to pick upon. Bitterness is medium at boldest. The malt profile is a bit rough around the edges with a note of grainy rye, husky caramel and a mild complimentary sweetness. Despite some expected complexity with specialty malts in this Rye-based beer, it comes off as a very quaffable ale, with an appreciated reasonable ABV devoid of any palate-wrenching bitterness nor cloying sweetness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a very mild thickness, a mild carbonation presence for just a touch of air, and a body that is light/medium for a Rye Beer and just shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet, while the bitterness is mellow, the malt bill reveals a moderate depth of character but keeps rather tame on the sweetness level. There's nothing here to prevent me from returning to try this beer in the near future, should the opportunity again arise. 3.75

(Overall) Whether you just consider this an homage to a newly test piloted hop variety or an exploration of how well tropical and peppery hop notes bond with bready and light grainy malt bills, the Terrapin Mosaic Ale is an enjoyable, if not too ordinary and underwhelming trial that explores the usage of a charismatic and diverse hop variety. I am overjoyed that Terrapin didn't push this beer's malt nor hop profile any deeper than where it stands. It's a great treat to see a side project that focuses on simplicity and drinkability through a well-crafted beer. Overall, It's a success- I could see Terrapin incorporating this hop variety into many more of their Rye-based beer styles with great success, even snuck into some of their award-winning mainstays, perhaps? 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Terrapin Side Project Volume 19: Mosaic Single Hopped Red Rye Ale

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark amber with a thick, off white head that has good retention

S - herbal, piney

T - dark malts, some rye, peppery, herbal hop character

M - medium bodied but thin at times, well carbonated

This is a bit disappointing. I was excited to try a single-hop beer with a hop strain that I never tried before. Unfortunately, this one just didn't deliver for me. The hop character is decent but not as forward as I would have liked. The addition of rye added some comlexity to the mild malt character. The mouthfeel came across as a bit thin at times as well. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but it's not as flavor-forward as I was hoping it to be. I'll pass on this one in the future.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy, Atl GA

A - A deep amber red, with no head and little sticky lace left on the glass. Rich mohogany.

S - Smeels great from the 1st crack off of the bottle cap. Hoppy! Smell is more pugent out of the bottle then when in the glass.

T - A nice hoppy rye taste, but rather mild. A rye amber ale with a nice hop kick.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

O - A good take on an amber ale. I am not a big fan of amber ales, but this has a nice twist with the rye and mosaic hops. I wish it had a bigger taste, maybe more hoppy. The nose is better than the taste in this one.

Photo of GPHarris
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was a dark reddish-brown color.
s - piney hops, rye spiciness, some caramel.
t - big juicy hops, rye, biscuits.
m - medium and slick.
o - good offering as this beer seems somewhat of a combo between rye pale ale (which i love) and big hoppy monster (which i also love). not sure if i'm just not a fan of the mosaic hop but this one falls a bit short for me.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA Glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours a beautiful ruby-bronze hue with good clarity, showing just a faint cloud of haze. The thick, frothy beige head rises high and recedes slowly, settling down into a thick, bubble-ridden topping and leaving behind fat rings of stickage on the walls of the glass as it falls away.

Tons of citrus pummels the nose (in a good way, of course), with big juicy notes of tangerine, citrus oil, and grapefruit all melding with a pleasant grassiness infused with fresh mint. A decidedly delicious and enticing welcoming.

Light-to-medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a prickly mouthfeel. On the palate, a solid malt backbone is laid in place from the get-go, rife with spicy rye and grain husk, showing itself as a bit earthy. The Mosaic hops quickly come into play and accentuate the earthiness with a grassy, herbaceous character that transitions quickly to reveal that, without even reading up on the hop varietal, Mosaic is indeed kin to Simcoe, with a bit of that hop's unmistakeable green onion character taking hold. Some grapefruit peel swings in around the edges to accentuate the hop notes; the moderate bitterness is accentuated by a bit of a chalky hit as it all falls to the back of the palate, finishing very dry with a lasting chalky earthen quality.

Fairly drinkable, but the Mosaic hops here, while astounding on the nose, do not seem to play well with the spicy-earthy malt backbone of the beer. For fans of Simcoe, though, I would highly recommend this beer, and kudos are certainly in order for one of the most gorgeous pieces of label art I've seen in quite a while.

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Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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