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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,679
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,705
Gots: 487 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9.5% ABV 99 IBUs - A hophead’s dream beer. This Imperial India Pale Ale has an opening salvo of mango, peach and citrus hop aromas that sit atop a pronounced caramel malt backbone. Although Dreadnaught is a strong and intensely hoppy ale, its complex flavor is both smooth and memorable.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001)
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Photo of Estocker


3.58/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-hued amber color. Not much head, retention is average.

Smell is not as strong as I expected, I hope this bottle is fresh. Unfortunately there is no bottling code or date. I feel underwhelmed. There seems to be some fruitiness happening, but I can't decipher what it is because it's beaten down by the alcohol. A little malt is present as well... My guess is this bottle is 3-4 months old, although I'm not sure because I've never had it before.

The taste is very disappointing coming from such a renowned beer. I'm getting a very strong alcohol taste that is overpowering most of the hop flavor up front. The middle is better, some of the fruity hops come into play. The end is creamy and well-blended, leaves a nice aftertaste.

Not one of the best DIPAs I've had, despite it's status. I hope to try this again with a proven-fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 05:20:39 | More by Estocker
Photo of surlytheduff


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

Cracked open a bomber that I had just recently received in a trade. Drank from Duvel tulip. After a rough pour, the beer settled down with a dense finger and a half of frothy eggshell-white foam. The foam settled in somewhat quickly, leaving moderate lacing on the glass. The beer was a honey-copper color, with trace streams of co2 bubbles racing upwards in the glass.

The smell was intensely filled with citrus notes, particularly grapefruit. It was like someone had placed a hunk of freshly peeled grapefruit rind under my nose. There was a spicy/peppery pineyness to it as well. A slight bit of sweet maltiness was present.

Tastes from the first gulp matched the nose squarely. It was like taking a bit from a bitter grapefruit up front, then the sweeter tropical citrus flavors come into play. There is a very pleasant sweet maltiness, and it finishes with a mild hop fueled bitterness. The beer is very creamy and feels luxurious in the mouth, has a medium body and a lingering bitterness. This was a very well crafted DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:02:39 | More by surlytheduff
Photo of OakedCanuck


4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into MS cervoise. from notes

I have been wanting to try this one for a while and boy am I glad I did. This hazy orange-tangerine coloured elixir pours well with a nice white rocky head and sticky lacing. The smell is a bouquet of citric fruits with noticeable piney hops. The taste is amazing, tonnes of fruits, peach, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit. The sweet, yet mild malt, is in the background but supports well. Medium mouthfeel with amazing balance. This beer rocks and I would love to drink as many as I can! My favourite from Three Floyds, so far!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 20:35:43 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with 12many, big thanks Patrick. Clear gold pour, rather thin white head, lots of lacing. Aroma is very citrusy/fruity - pineapples and grapefruit absolutely beautiful nose. Taste is very bitter but is well "balanced" by the malty flavors too. Palate is one of this beer's strongest points - Smooth and silky at first - it lets the fruity flavors develop before ending in a well carbonated, dry, hop kick in the mouth finish. I don't like IIPAs very much, but this is a work of art.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 16:24:39 | More by Luk13
Photo of unclejimbay


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on a rare beer night tasting with some BA friends during September 2010. Thanks troywhittaker for bring and sharing this rare find for us FL folks.

I need to take some more detailed notes on this one ate a future time, but here is a high level review for my future reference.

Appearance pours a copper orange color with a fluffy head and impressive lacing.
Aromas of the full hop spectrum. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, spice. Tastes as it smell with a solid hop bitterness and equal maltbackbone with solid caramel malt support.
Full bodied mouthfeel for an IPA, the malt support shows through in the full body.

Look fwd to trying this one again, enjoyable for sure, often described as very citrus hop profile, I look fwd to researching this again on a future fresh tasting.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 17:54:27 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of CampusCrew


4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: golden with a solid head retention

smell: very bold and assertive hop presence. pine and citrus

taste: nicely balanced dipa. one of the best. unsure how fresh but tasted so.

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full bodied IPA,

drinkability: I would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 22:11:42 | More by CampusCrew
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: clear orange-amber color, one-finger white head quickly falls into a thin cap, good lacing.

S: grapefruit, more grapefruit, and even more grapefruit, also mango, peach, and orange blossom.

T: the mango and peach mingle with the citrus notes up front, and then the middle unleashes a torrent of Texas ruby red grapefruit and sweet, biscuit-like malt, the finish is grassy with pine undertones.

M: medium bodied, oily, moderate carbonation, very drying, bracing.

D: this is a very tasty and balanced Imperial IPA, and ranks up there with the very best of this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 18:35:27 | More by Erish
Photo of JLeege


4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a clear golden to copper color with a chunky 2 two finger head. Good retention and good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell- Hops fill the room upon opening the bottle. Lots of tropical fruits and citrus hops. Some pine notes when you stick your nose in it, but it is mostly citrus and floral.

Taste- Citrus hops on the outset, with a small caramel malt backbone in the middle. Finishes fruity and bitter. Notes of peach, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit... It is not super dry which is nice, bitter yes, but still juicy in the mouth.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy. Not too "oily" like some DIPAs can be.

Overall- Great DIPA. I would put this up against anything out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:28:29 | More by JLeege
Photo of cpetrone84


4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear dark golden orange with a creamy white head leaving a decent lace on the glass.

S-light notes of caramel and doughy malts up front but very faint as the hops dominate. Tons of citrus fruits, plenty of grapefruit, notes of mango and tangerine. Hop explosion and still has notes of malt body.

T-the taste is just as good, this has the malt presence with notes of resignous piney hops, the citrus takes over and doesn't let go. pineapple, tangerines, mango. This is good stuff!

M-medium body, very creamy on the palate, syrupy feel to it, the body isn't as huge as the sticky feel would imply. rather juicy with strong carbonation and a crisp semi dry finish and a light to moderate bitterness.

D-hop explosion with hints of balance but no where near detracting from the juicy citrus flavors. the bitterness is there and lingers slightly but it is lighter and not over powering at all. great stuff, I do enjoy a dreadnaught!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:39:58 | More by cpetrone84
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to a Samuel Smith pint glass

Acquired in my first trade with Joel6615. Thanks again Joel, got to try a lot of amazing beers that are even hard to get in San Diego.

A: Pours an apricot-orange with tight carbonation and forms a sudsy, cavernous, 1-1/2 inch head in the pint glass. Retention is phenomenal - as it slowly recedes, thick, layered lacing is caked on the side of the glass.

S: Starts with a big whiff of tropical and citrus esters and honey-sweet malts. The alcohol jumps right out at you, carrying the layers of scent. As hoppy as this beer is famed to be, the nose carries huge malt character.

T: The hop blast immediately meets your palate with bitter, citrusy grapefruit and layers of tropical fruit. Lots of subtleties in the front of the sip including mango, peaches and an earthy tea-like hop-bite. The sweet malts quickly balance things out and they're equally prominent. Strong notes of honey and buttered sweetbread are big enough to handle the hop onslaught, and the alcohol is right there to spice things up. The brew is balanced, bold and delicious on your palate - it finishes this way with little lingering residue.

M: Rich and full-bodied as any good DIPA should be, but the ample carbonation really lightens things up - even more than anticipated. The beer is far from over-carbonated, but it's a lot less sticky than expected.

D/N: This is exactly what I was hoping for and, given the hype, expecting. A full-flavored, layered, complex but balanced DIPA that has a similar hop profile to the many samplings you'll find along the West Coast. Went down way too easy given the ABV, but that's what happens when layers of flavor are nicely aligned. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 08:55:38 | More by rand
Photo of Betmore


4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught poured a more yellow than red shade of amber with a very thick white head that eventually dissipated into a soft cap of foam. Lacing was pretty impressive.

The aroma is literally making my mouth water. Besides loads of grapefruit and orange rind, I'm getting peach, pinapple, pine, and plenty of bready malts to sweeten things up. After a few sips, I notice an earthy funk towards the end of the bouquet. Its not a bad thing. Its just something I've never noticed before. If anything, it just adds to the complexity.

I've had this beer several times before and its always a pleasure. This time is no different. Playing along with the aroma, bales of juicy citrus and pine hops integrate with buckets of sweet biscuity malts. I absolutely love the balance here and I can't say that I've had a better tasting IIPA. Don't get me wrong, pure bitter hop bombs have a place in the beer world. I love a face full of bitter from time to time. But this provides that with the added bonus of an unbreakable malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is just right. Its not quite as sticky as I like my Imperials to be, but thats a very minor detractor.

Drinkabiltiy is tricky on this one. Theres no way I could session this due to ABV, however, the flavor wouldn't hold me back a bit. One bomber is a walk in the park.

If you like IIPAs, get some. Drink it. Smile.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 06:45:26 | More by Betmore
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lovely golden straw color with a big foamy head that sticks around. Looks great!

S - Big citrusy aroma with a touch of sugary sweetness. Not quite my ideal aroma, but damn close.

T - This bottle might be a bit old. Hops are not what's overwhelming here. It's a bit of tomato juice, the same sugary sweetness from the nose, and then some grapefruity bitter hops. Not bad, pretty complex, but not what I look for in an Imperial IPA

M - A bit astringent, creamy feel. Interesting.

D - Each sip begs for another.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:47:54 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of Soonami


4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA is actually a Double IPA and a BA top 20 beer. The beer when opened smells like tearing the rind off of a plump florida grapefruit. The beer is a orange-red amber with a good tuff of soapy white foam that clings and stays. The smell is very fruity with citrus notes as well as other more delicate notes like pear and mango. The beer is enamel stripping bitter and it coats my mouth and tongue like microscopic fiberglass shards. There is plenty of malty caramel sweetness, but it's a bit too much with the clinging bitterness that it makes for an unpleasant aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good with fine, soft carbonation but this is difficult to drink much more than the 7-8 oz pour I got from a bomber split 3 ways.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 06:26:38 | More by Soonami
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright orange color with a white head a even lace.

S- Smell of peach and mango tones with hops and a caramel malt in the background.

T-Taste the hops and mango and peaches not to much of the grapefruit bite very well balance and a sweet caramel malt in the background. Invites me to keep taking sips.

M- Moist a little on the semi-dry side but with flavors that are not so bold and strong but very noticeable and with the malt aftertaste it's not to bad works pretty good.

D- Overall this IPA is up there as in terms of taste with the nice tropical flavors other then just the strong grapefruit bite that I normally taste in other ipa's. Seem there's a cool balance with flavors and even though I like my ipa with very very little malt but this works well. All should try this beer once.


Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 09:55:16 | More by SamuelJackson45
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to crushedvol

Pours a copper orange with a huge, frothy head which retains very well. Plenty of carbonation and curtains of lacing around the glass.

A strong pine aroma fills the room while pouring. After a deeper breath, some tropical fruit and malt sweetness mix in. Apricots, citrus, and faint pineapple are all there.

The beginning is an absolute hop explosion of oily pine with a slight juiciness. Heavy grapefruit citrus with some invigorating zest and orange follow immediately. A smaller malt backbone with touches of caramel and toasted bread hides towards the middle with some sweetness. Tropical fruit pokes through towards the end before another splash of piny hop bitterness and a dash of warm alcohol.

Medium to fuller body, decent carbonation, some dryness in the feel. which doesn't linger too long. Pretty drinkable for a 9.5% DIPA, and the flavor profile is aggressive, yet incredibly well executed. This is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 04:32:44 | More by xnicknj
Photo of MrDanno96


4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was about six months old when I had it, so take that for what it's worth.

A: Pours a nice copper color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Good amount of foamy lace sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: A nice dose of sweet malts mixed with strong pine aromas. Hints of citrus mixed in as well.

T: A lot of caramel malt sweetness upfront transitions into a bitter hop finish. The finish features nice notes of earth and pine.

M: It's on the full side of medium body. Nice and smooth with subtle carbonation in the finish.

D: A really well done DIPA. I'm not sure it makes me want to run to Indiana to get more, but very tasty. I will reserve final judgment until I have some fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 19:37:10 | More by MrDanno96
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this bottle last weekend with CooperEllis, a solid BA who finds a way to get me passed out every time we review beers together. I'll have to bring that up some time. Maybe today when we do it again.

This beer pours a murky bronze/amber that produces a great susaining head. A tasty head too. The smell is of strong citrus hops, with a touch of malt. It tastes the same way, with a strong hops presence throughout. But it's not too strong, and the entire beer is well-composed. A truly smooth IPA.

Mouthfeel is solid, as there's great carbonation and the body is solid. It's a drinkable one, but without a doubt imperial, so be careful. Or figure out how to blame your drinking buddy for pouring you more.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 19:25:15 | More by afksports
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. Very tasty. Got this one as an extra from a much more experienced and generous BA in a trade. Thanks for this one Drabmuh! Been a want of mine for a while.

Pours a yellow-amber with a little bit of haze to it. Nice fluffy 2 finger off white head, with solid retention and some decent lacing. Smell is amazing. Huge tropical fruits, with juicy grapefruit and orange, and some lemon. Only a hint of pine.

Taste is nice as well. Again, tropical fruits. Orange. Juicy grapefruit. Lemon and pine in the background. Actually starts off with a slight sweetness from the grain bill, which gives way to the delicious hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 14:10:37 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared as an extra by extremely generous BA Wadsey. Thanks again, Clint! Poured into a tulip.

A - a beautiful apple juice golden color with a 1/2inch fluffy white head on top.

S - a ton of floral and citrus hops dominate this nose, with some wheat and maybe a hint of honey.

T - BOOM! A hop explosion wakes up my palate with delicious dry, tangy awesomeness. It smooths out in the middle and finishes with more hops as it's swallowed down.

M - great carbonation and a ton of flavorful hops are making my mouth very happy right now.

D - a delicious IIPA that I would definitely drink more of if it were readily available here.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 23:54:34 | More by GabrielM
Photo of despainmakesbeer


4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light brownish orange color. High thick head, 'two finger' as most prefer. Lacing continues nicely down the glass (ky ale snifter) very hoppy aroma. Nice citric combined with piney, bright and floral aromas. Taste just as bold as it smells. Grapefruit, slightly lemony and piney flavors. Bitter dry finish as expected, but leaves you unsettled wanting another sip. Very fresh and
drinkable for the level of beer, could definitely sneak up and get you if you aren't careful. Great all-around beer, which is to be expected of three floyds, they never disappoint, an also as usual, the artwork for their bottle is just as awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 07:27:10 | More by despainmakesbeer
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4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was a hazy orange color, with a very thick and creamy, two-finger tan head. Moderate carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was citrus, caramel, pine, wood ad mango. Aroma is fantastic. You can almost taste it. Fortunately, I'll be tasting it in a minute.

Taste was big bitter hops, caramel, some citrus and wood notes. I think my tongue just got beat up by a gang of hops. Very nice flavor overall.

Long, bitter finish. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel and pretty dry overall.

Excellent beer. Well made and delish.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 05:32:50 | More by drumrboy22
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4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

It's taken me way too long to try this brew. It pours a slightly hazed bright amber topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises honeydew, watermelon, pine, sweet caramel, and mandarin oranges. The taste starts off with a small sortie of sharp pine and mint flavor fighters, which then dovetails into a mild carpet bombing raid by slightly minty caramel bombers. The lack of hop intensity leads us to think this may be an old bottle (without dates, we'll never truly know)...or that people are imagining hops that aren't there. Still, despite this, it is a pretty nice flavor. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a dry, kinda sticky feel. Overall, a solid DIPA, not one of my favorites but one that can still hold its own against many challengers.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 04:47:50 | More by TMoney2591
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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to taiyed for bringing this to the party so that I don't have to buy it myself.

I first must say before I plug in all of my notes here, that this beer is past it's prime and I don't know what date it was from. That having been said...This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy white foam head. There is still a wonderful piny aroma mixed with the citrus of oranges and lemon. The flavor still has some bitterness from the hops, but the general flavor has long since left the building. I shall assume the age is at fault for the balance that exists between malt and hop here. This beer is pretty good on the palate and drinks well. A good beer if you can get it, a great beer if you can get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 08:32:45 | More by Vdubb86
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4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light transparent orange with light whight head. Smells hoppy and sweet. Tastes nicely hopped with sweet fruity aftertaste, really grabs the tastebuds!! Orange citrus flavor, lace sticks to the glass nicely. OMG the hops and sweet citrus is a perfect combination. Bitter. Excellent IPA. This is a favorite for me would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 01:16:38 | More by Frothboss
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4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark orange/light red color. Thick two-fingered head that last quite awhile in the tulip. Brilliant, slow moving carb bubbles. The lacing is sticky with this one...every sip reveals where the beer has been on your glass with a solid (not broken up) ring around it.

S- Grapefruit aroma initially....all tropical citrusy smells really. Wonderful.

T- Pungent hop profile. "Fresh." Sweet caramel malt...mouthwatering dankness. This is the stuff beer legends are made of. Boozy enough to let you know you're not drinking God's tears, or maybe you are. Dank the dark lord for this beer...I know not what that means but I meant every world of it!

M- Rich, creamy. You know, all the good mouthfeel adjectives.

D/O- Normally I deduct slightly on DIPAs in this category but the alcohol is so hidden and the beer is so delicious I think a lot of people would try to take down more (2? 3? bombers) than they should. Wow. Hats off to Three Floyds...my favorite style of beer, this is the best DIPA I've had thusfar...so does that mean this is now my favorite beer? It just may be.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:38:31 | More by Duff27
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