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Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 177
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 23.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 09-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Using 100% locally-sourced ingredients, this lager features hops grown by our Mom and Pop on the family farm in VT, and MA-born hops too. Malted barley and unmalted spelt and wheat provide the finishing touches for this all-local brew. A mild, earthly hop aroma mixes well with malty cereal notes. Not to be confused as an extra hoppy beer, this is a nicely balanced and pleasantly hopped lager.

13 IBU
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Photo of codysjb
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden Pale, small head that dissipates instantaneously
S: Wheat, summer, minor must scents
T: Watery, some mild wheat notes.
M: Little more flavor, wheat, some minor malt notes.
O: Easy drinking session beer but really nothing special. After having the cheaper IPL, I don’t think I’d ever buy this again as their other main beers are less expensive and much better.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mom & Pop’s Wet Hop Lager opens to a nose that is surprisingly balanced for a beer whose name focuses more on hops than malts. Breads and grains are perhaps the most noticeable aroma, bringing biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, floury baguette, rising wheat dough, and wet wheat stalks. The hops are a secondary aroma, but still add a pleasant and noticeable lemon, pine resin, and grapefruit rim to the breads and grains. There’s also a bit of brown sugar, and a smidgen of apricot and berry fruit esters. As a whole, the nose is very nice, speaking to a simple, but very well-made lager that has been meticulously balanced to feature the best of its ingredients.

On the tongue, the beer is more sugary than expected, with immediate brown sugar notes, as well as berry, orange, apricot, pear, and apple fruit esters. The sugars are delicious and sweet, and blend well with the (here, much lighter) breads and grains, which add floury baguette, biscuit, cereal, and light toast crust earthiness. The hops add touches of pine, lemon, grapefruit, and sweet rosewater, very nicely complementing the sugars and breads. The aftertaste is a lingering continuation of the main mouthful, but with slightly larger pine and grapefruit hop notes, and a plant-stem bitterness that is slightly reminiscent of dandelion stems. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent lager, being finely balanced and featuring an excellent and surprising array of sweet sugars and fruit esters, as well as fresh hop notes. This would make for excellent summer fare, being on the lighter, but very flavorful side, and would also make for an excellent introductory beer to someone unfamiliar with craft brews, as it shows the range of flavors that a good lager should have.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, topped with a couple fingers of thick and foamy bright-white head. This maintains a ½ finger or so of sudsy froth, leaving back sticky lace that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, leafy and earthy with a fresh citrus component to it. Doughy grains give the nose a tight twang across the back.

The taste is tart lemon, earthy bitterness and ripe green citrus flavor. A tight bready backbone really gives those hops something to bounce off of. The finish is dry and earthy with some light lingering must. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a tight, crisp and clean feel throughout that are equal parts sharp and creamy in the mouth. The hops also add a touch of underlying slickness as well which helps with the overall smoothness of this.

I enjoyed this more than I initially thought I was going to. The fresh hop character was well done here for the most part but I really think it was the clean and crisp Lager aspects of this that really drove it home. Well done.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager pours an extremely clear golden color with a moderate, white fizzy head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma reminds me of a pilsner. Slightly skunky with grassy hops and hints of light fruit (apple).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet pale malt and some bread. Grassy hop bitterness and a touch of skunk at the end. It finishes dry and once gone the grassy hops linger on the palate.

This is a very easy to drink beer with lots of pilsner character. Very well balanced.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the many generous extras from cbeer88...thanks man! Poured into pint glass. Appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow gold. Nice 1 finger white head forms and retains very nicely with heavy lacing. The nose features lemony hops paired with lager yeast and dry grains. Almost some Saison qualities working here. Taste is mildly sweet with a heavy flavor of lemon. Reminds me of Sorachi Ace hops. Some wheat character comes through with minimal bitterness. The flavor is very well balanced and has a clean finish. Body is a tad heavier than expected considering the ABV. Overall, this is an intriguing lager with lots of character. Not exactly a favorite of mine, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy beer with a golden-orange body poured into an oversized tulip. A creamy and silky white head forms to about two fingers and has decent retention.

S- Fairly standard lager yeast off the top with mild hops balancing. Herbal, floral and grassy hints with just a bit of citrus.

T- Laid back and very clean flavor profile with a base of yeast and light malt notes with an easy going hop balance. Yeast bread, light sweets, cracked grains, pilsner/biscuit malts and lighter fruits make up the backbone. Some hops give an herbal. grassy and earthy feel.

MF- The body of this lager is on the light end but it delivers a nice silky and creamy feel. Carbonation is moderately high but doesn't burn the palate like many other lighter lagers. A very small bitterness in the finish.

Pale lagers made with quality ingredients tend to be easy drinking and refreshing. Not the most interesting offering of their's but still satisfying.

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Photo of davey101
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

September 2012 vintage, 500ml bottle into a SA perfect pint

A - Pours a clear straw yellow body with a thin bone white head. Solid lacing and retention. Pretty much perfect appearance for a pale lager.

S - Cereal pilsner malt, sweet bubble gum. earthy hops and grass.

T - Similar to the nose with grainy pilsner malts and a sweet bubblegum/fruit finish. Lightly hopped with some piney and grassy notes. Mouth feel is crisp, dry, and lively.

O - Very pilferer like, but with a more pronounced hop presence. Tasty for sure, but I prefer Jabby Brau over this so far.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Sam perfect pint, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy sunny golden brew. Head is down to an uneven skim pretty quick, with average lacing. Aroma is earthy hops.

Taste starts a bit vegetal, sweet pale in the middle, with a rounded bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good. Only a month to two out from the Sept 2012 label date, but seems I was a bit late to the party on this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1580th Review on BA
Bottle to Spiegelau wheat glass

Bottle Dated September 2012
Thanks to Rudzud/Jlindros for the bottle

App- A very gorgeous beer in the glass. Top fading orange to yellow like a deep sunset hue with a big 3 finger fluffy white head that left a great trail of lace and cling. Had a good lightness in the center and looked very drinkable.

Smell- A bit of a malty grainy note with a specific lager yeast that I just dont really like, but the addition of the wet hops, turned this into a lighter aromatic beer with a good layering that drowned out most of what I dont like.

Taste- I will admit I am not a lager guy. I actually put on instagram, this makes me like lagers. Very flavorful with a good hop bite and a little bit of bitter to balance out the lager notes. Actually layered really well, a bit better than the nose to make this one very flavorful and thirst quenching while waiting for dinner. Not to take away from the lager notes but Jack's Abby does something unique and makes a lager a bit more palateable for me.

Mouth- A nice lighter body with a good crisp carbonation and a bit of wetness behind it. The lager notes are drowned out and leave a bit of a bready malty, bitter flavor behind.

Drink- Jack's Abby makes me rethink how much I dont like Lagers. Thats about it. They do good stuff.

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Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Julio's and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden hue with a nice one finger white head that fades to leave sticky side lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Lots of grassy hops and light yeasty bread. Solid aromas of a hoppy lagered beer. Nice light toasted (not really sweet) malts as well.

T - Hrmm..a bit too cereal/bready for my tastes. The nice grassy/floral hops are solid, but a bit too grainy for my tastes. I guess its a bit too "lagery" for my tastes.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, lots of carbonation here. Super drinkable.

O - Overall, this isnt my favourite Jack's Abby beer, but its still a decent offering. Tasty and well worth the price, like all Jack's Abby brews.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took me a little longer than I thought to get to sample this one. But at last I finally get to it.

Big creamy 1 finger fluffy head fades fairly slowly with some foamy lacing, over hazy golden honey colored beer.

Nose light wet hops, a little grassy, hint of tropical fruit and citrus like, little floral and aromatic, some light resin and oily hop like aromas, light fluffy golden malt, a hint of lager yeast fruity like additions and almost a lemony floral saison aroma.

Taste crisp to start, some bready biscuit malts, light golden malts, little hay and wheat almost pilsner malt, light grainy wheat saison like flavor, light lager yeast crispness and little fruitiness. The hops are light again, little musty resinous bitterness, light spicy floral hops, touch grassy, just a little fruity hop, some citrus and light resin, and just a bit of oil. Finish is dry and crisp, floral hops, airy, little bitterness, light lemony zest, little grassy lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall OK but not great. It's a decent base, but the hops don't seem to come through as much as they could, even for wet hops. The malt and lager base is nice, and the interesting light saison like twist is nice as well, but the hops just don't do it.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a gold beer. Head is small, bright-white, and drops to a tiny cap in short order. No lacing, no retention. Moderate carbonation from the pour.

Smell: Grass, hay, light hints of earthy and herbal hops. Incredibly mild and delicate hop profile. Slightly damp. Sweet pale malts, mild toasted edge. Some underlying roastiness, but it's buried. Big hits of cereal grains. Nicely hopped. More earthy than herbal as it warms. Touches of wheat brighten it up a bit.

Taste: Wheat and a slightly damp, hay, grass, earthy hopping. Almost comes across as a kristalweizen. Incredibly pale malts. Some underlying toasted edges. Grass and doughy malts. Some cracker-like malts as well. Nice underlying lager yeast. Mild estery notes. Some apple and pear.

Mouthfeel: Light side of moderate body. Crisp, clean, and slightly dry.

Overall: Hells yeah local lagers!

A nicely hopped American lager. Doesn't go too far any direction. Easy drinking, extremely clean and fresh. This is a drinking lager.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass. Thanks Michael!

A: Pours a lightly hazy glowing golden with a finger of bubbly white head that faded into a thin, long lasting film.
S: Light notes of lager yeast and dry grains. Hops are not very potent, but I get a hint of lemon. Chalky smelling as well.
T: Flavorful but light all-around. Toasted grains, lager yeast, hints of lemon, apricot and peach, with a clean finish and slightly spicy and earthy aftertaste. Hops ad
M: Nice and smooth full body for the style with a creamy and drying mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft and fluffy. Drinks very well.
O: A flavorful lager with a great mouthfeel. Jack’s Abby does it again. That’s SneezyAchew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head which leaves some blanketing lace. Golden color with a mild chill haze.

The smell is a blend of neutral bitter hop and an earthy, lightly sour, malt. Seems off to me.

The taste is better than the smell--there's a solid malt base with a touch crystal toastiness. The hop provides balance but not much more. The aftertaste is brief but pleasant. Very rich body with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow with a slight head. Skim retention. No lace.

Mild bready and yeast/raw wheat aroma. Slight citric note.

Pure clean lager. Light malt, light bitterness, bready middle, light bitter again in the finish. Lacks intensity but has nice clean flavors. Not super crisp. Solid well made beer. This would be great for pairing with food, but maybe for the wrong reasons.

Medium body, firm carbonation.

Very drinkable -- I could do these all night. Not intense or unique. Well made, middle of the road lager. Can't hate it; gateway beer to better craft brew. Will introduce to folks who I know that pray to the BMC gods.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium golden color with a bone white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of sweet and bready pilsner malt with a bit of a freshly cut grain aroma and a hint of floral hops to round everything out. The flavor is bready and pilsner like with a bit of cracker and sweetness that lets you know there's something just a touch different here. Spicy earthy hops provide a balance in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Another great lager from Jack's!

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Photo of stonermouse
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited for another offering from these guys. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours yellow, clear and clean. Slight lacing with minimal head.

The aroma is all lager. I detect a bit of Budweiser here, with a bit alcohol sharpness and a touch of damp basement. It's all mild and not as off-putting as it sounds.

The taste is not the hop wallop I expected, what with hop cones occupying much of the front of the label. This is a very standard, mostly average pale lager. It has a solid body, and showcases their lager yeast quite nicely. There is very minimal hop impression here. I detect a touch of banana and a bit of ricey-ness. I'd say if you want to sample what a good, solid standard lager tastes like, this is a decent representation. But it doesn't quite meet expectations.

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Photo of Dools9
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pours with a finger of soapy, sudsy white head. Color is a slightly hazy, dark gold. Nice lace, retains with a half inch.

S: Lots of earth, barley malt, cereal, and an overall clean graininess. Mild citrus lingers in the back. A very clean lagery profile, but not in a bad way by any means.

T: Bready, doughy malt upfront. Lots of toasty, cereal grain and a nice earthy, grassy, and mildly citrusy hop. Very clean and fresh flavor profile.

M: Medium, smooth body. Carbonation is good but not overly zingy. Its a very refreshing beer.

O: Another lager done right by Jack's Abby. Don't expect it to be anything like Hoponious Union however, this one stays a bit more true to the APL style. That being said, its a solid, clean, refreshing beer and one that might be a good intro to craft.

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Photo of pschul4
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to celticfutblclub for this!

A- Pours a dark golden with a good amount of head and lacing, lets go with a half inch

S- Immidiately declares that it is a lager, which is not a bad thing by any means. Lots of malts and just a touch of hops. Looking forward to tasting this one

T- Very interesting I'll give it that. Lager yeast and pale malts are the big hitters here. Tiny pick of hops in the end. I like maltier beers so this is going well with me

M- Super smooth, best part of the beer

O- Really glad I got to try this one. Nothing amazing but its a unique style

Thanks Alan!

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Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

September 2012

Read the description and the style here, people. Just because Hoponius Union and RIPL Effect are big hop-bombs and this is labeled as a "Wet Hop Lager" doesn't mean they're supposed to be the same beers. This is an American Pale Lager, after all. Although I was surprised by the first sip because I hadn't read the text on the side of the label, this is still a very fine brew.

A: Golden-yellow in color with a bubbly, tall, white head leaving behind no lace or retention.

S: Straw, hay, earth, barn, cereal grains, lightly roasted malt, and a hint of hops.

T: Similar to the nose. Cereal grains stand out but it doesn't detract from the beer. It's part of the style. Faint hop finish that leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

M: Properly carbonated, full of flavor, and a easy to drink. That's how Jack's Abby does it. Sure this beer doesn't stand up to a hoppy IPA or wet-hopped Pale Ale, but it's fine for what it is.

O: As far as the style goes, this is top notch. Recommended.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, hazy golden yellow with a fine head. Has a very doughy aroma with hints of lemon, mold, and bog. Lots of cereal grain in the mouth, bordering on rice cakes. The hops take a back seat here, and really compliment the maltiness.

It's a well made beer, though personally not one of my favorite Jack's Abby beers.

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Photo of Auror
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in September 2012 and consumed less than a week after it hit shelves.

Appearance- Poured with an abundant sized effervescent head that diminished fairly quickly to leave a very marginal halo of foam. Pale golden, no evident sediment

Smell- Dank hops, bread dough, pears, a bit of must, citrus notes

Taste- Starts with a bit of floral hops, which fade fairly rapidly into a decidedly sweet, bready finish. Almost no bitterness at first, but slowly builds as you drink and it warms. Fairly plain taste, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- Smooth in the mouth, but a bit thin in the body. Carbonation level is nice, just shy of prickly.

Overall- Although it's not labeled as such (that moniker belongs to Jabby Brau), this is one of the best "session" beers I've had. It's abv is pretty much right there too. It goes down very easily, and the as-you-go bitterness keeps the beer interesting until the bottom of the glass. This is the opposite of a sipper, I found myself continually taking gulps.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a beautiful bright white head on top. Aroma gives off a nice malty and slightly sweet grain note underlying a nice floral and slightly spicy hop note.

Light and crisp on the palate with a tasty cereal malt character thats balanced well by the fresh earthy and herbal hop flavors. Not quite as much punch from the hops as I would have liked but still a pleasant and very drinkable lager.

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Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh, bottle is dated September 2012.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a good sized fizzy white head. Fades away somewhat slowly, leaving moderate streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of sweet cereal grain and a bit of earthiness. A little bit of sharp sulfur in there. Mild and simple.

T: Fresh grassy and earthy hops mixes with more cereal grain. Sweet in the middle but a little bitter and drying in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, a little sticky.

O: A very mellow lager from Jack's Abby. It's very simple, pretty much cereal and some mild earthy and grassy hops. Similar to a mild english pale ale. Very fresh, refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured from a typical JA 500ml bottle into a rock art pint. golden in color with a bit of haze. white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing

s: skunky hop aroma, but i dont mean that in a bad way. you can also get some notes of grain in the nose

t: earthy hop flavor but not too strong (not supposed to be like it says on the label). still getting that skunky hop flavor but i enjoy it. its definitely not due to age or mishandling. it was bottled on september 2012. great complex malt profile. cereal like grain flavor. enjoyable and balanced all around.

m: well carbonated.

reminds me of a good euro pale lager but earned some extra points for all those local ingrediants. thoroughly enjoyed this one but could see how some may not. recommended if your a big lager fan like me.

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Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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