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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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721 Reviews
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Reviews: 721
Hads: 4,012
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 207
Gots: 670 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Reviews: 721 | Hads: 4,012
Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze with an off-white head, bit of retention, some lace.

Huge aroma of pine, grapefruit rind, dried mango, candied pineapple and sponge toffee.

Assertive bitterness, piny resin, grapefruit rind, mango, papaya, sponge toffee, hint of biscuit, some alcohol warmth but it's surprisingly clouded by the plethora of flavour.

Perfect attenuation. It has a crisp, dry finish without any alcohol burn. Plenty of hop acidity.

Overall, a really great brew. Definitely among the best of the DIPA's.

I really need to try this back-to-back with a Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful crystal clear light copper with a great almost two finger off white creamy head that fades to leave lots of sticky side lacing and a nice creamy thick blanket.

S - Lots of sweet, sticky malt aromas here with some very light pine resin.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of those sweet malts with light pine bitterness. There is alot of hops on the end for sure, and it would probably mess up your taste buds for future beers. Just pine bitterness and lots of sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA. Nice carbonation, alcohol isnt too noticeable. Goes down easy.

O - Overall, I'd say this is a palate wrecker, but for me its also kind of a malt bomb. And malt bombs are something I really dont care for in my DIPAs. Wish this was a bit more citrus or pine heavy to drown out the sweetness.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grassy, citrusy hop nose with some graham cracker and fresh cut grass. Pours brilliant copper amber under a 2” off-white foam cap. This is a very creamy beer – it enters with a hint of big malt and caramel but then a big grapefruit rind bitterness blended with a little quinine turns the malt around. Medium full body and carbonation. The carbonation is very fine.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle popped on 4.16.12 and poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a light tan, huge head. Great retention.

S - Pine, floral, tropical fruit.

T - Grass and pine heaven.

D - Good carbonation, a light to medium body, with a bitter finish.

O - Smells awesome, the taste loses some of the citrus, but is still good.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from the Bistro DIPA fest. Bright orange hue, minimal head. Not cask, but lacking carbonation, could have been the end of the keg, had it towards the end of the day.

Citrus aroma, moreso than grapefruit, comes off orange or tangerine. Uber hoppy, duh. Very bitter. Perfect malt pairing, just a notch under balanced.

I've since had bottles of this, it seems to go back and forth descriptor wise between a barleywine and a dipa. I prefer it fresh, and subsequent batches (like even the Toronado BW fest) have been heavier malt wise at times, but then the last one was lighter and more dipa tropical fruit edges to it. Either way, drink asap on the first one to decide where you want it to go from there. Good with or without age.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with an inch off-white frothy head that sticks around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (tangerine, orange, grapefruit) and pine hops, and a bit of caramel malt. However, I don't pick up quite as much citrus in the taste (as compared to the aroma). Mostly I taste a lot of bitter pine hops, along with some citrusy hops (mango, grapefruit) and a little caramel malt. There's a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's lick and creamy with good carbonation. Overall I think this is a good brew and I'd buy it again in the future. $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - from bevmo la quinta ca for 3$

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricot, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with lots of hops. It also has a sugary apricot flavour with a hint of pineapple and some grapefruit and oranges. It ends with a sweet and quite bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - It definitely has more hop bite that the regular green flash or even the DIPA green flash. I really enjoyed it and would probably pick it up ahead of the other green flash varieties. The hoppiness ranks up there with SN hoptimum in my books.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a small, creamy, off-white head. Nice lacing.

Pine resin and wood with plenty of sweetness, dank Simcoe hops, cat's pee and some overripe tropical fruit. Alcohol and malt sweetness are definitely here as well.

Big bitterness with lots of resinous piney hops. Some fruitiness but it is a little subdued. More bitterness comes in with a touch of sweetness from the malt. Almost a little harsh.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Quite good.

A nice DIPA which lives up to its name. Plenty of bitterness but it lacks a bit of finesse as the hops are very piney and lack some good floral character.

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Photo of Brad007
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had heard good things about this DIPA. Pours a nice medium copper with a one-finger head into my glass.

Subdued notes of grapefruit in the nose. Doesn't seem very bountiful at this point. Hmm.

Taste is a definite slam dunk of hoppiness. Acidic citrus notes mix with malt that's slightly charred. It all comes together so well in my mouth.

Lingering alcohol warmth and grapefruit notes make up the finish. Enveloping bitterness. Hop head's dream.

Check it out. Not sure if my palate will recover so soon.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a deep copper amber orange color. Produced a really nice cap of white froth with great retention behind it. Some lacing left behind. Some froth still remained with my last sip!

(S)- Its actually quite dry and resin-like from the massive hop level. At the same time, some good sweet caramel malts peek through with subtle hints of citrus fruit.

(T)- This really is a hop bomb, but a nicely complex one that showcases alot of what hops can do. You get plenty of the dry resin-like flavor, but also bits of pine hidden in a vibrant citrus profile of pineapple, orange, and lemon. The malt backbone is there, but just in a supporting role with a subtle sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a great balance to it overall. I definitely get where this gets its name, but it is not completely over-the-top. The hop level is massive and does get a bit bitter as it warms, but it has a really nice range from dry, to sweet, and fruity.

(O)- I really like this one, particularly going into it with no known expectations. In a style that I tend to quickly get bored with how many examples are out there, this is a nice surprise.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

edit: I now see this brew has been bottled 12/17/12 making this over 5 months old. Guess that really does make the difference for an IPA...

A - An impressive 1/2 inch of sticky rocky head atop of a quite hazy colored amber brown beer. Not bad.
S - Not as piney as I figured which is kind of a relief, citrus and melon hops dominate with a mild bit of sweet malts to the balance.
T - Ok this has to be old because it's hardly bitter. In fact I am kind of digging it since it has a nice bittering hop to woody sweeter malt bill. I want to say it's like a barleywine but that's simply not true. It does have some hops clinging to the palate so it does have some edge. Reminds me of ruination...
M - Light to medium dangerously drinkable despite the age. Not bad.

Overall not that I regret picking up a whole six pack for 10 bucks this is one drinkable old DIPA. Not notable alcohol taste and great balance of hops to malt make for a very drink able brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orage with great head and lace on top of a strong piney, citric hop aroma that has little sweetness to it. Taste is more of the as I thoroughly enjoyed the strong citric, piney hop character and it is balanced, which I found odd as for a DIPA that is smooth, relatively speaking, to drink and not a total tastebud killer I find that I can't really pick out any discernable malt presence. Finish is very crisp and strong thanks to carbonation and ABV although not a bleeder. This is a beer I really enjoyed yet one was enough for me.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The smell hits you the moment you open the bottle: A massive shot of hops, along with a lot of citrus as well.

T: Tasted exactly like a West Coast DIPA should taste: Massive amounts of hops, citrus (grapefruit), a little malt, and piney quality. ABV% is barely noticeable. A complex and enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent, well made, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant copper with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, resin, fresh cut grass, and catty hops form the aroma. Very tropical fruit-centric.

Flavor reveals slightly sweet caramel malt initially, with undertones of tropical fruit carrying into the fairly resiny and bitter finish. Pineapple juice and mango dominate the flavoring hops, with a hint of lime countering the malt sweetness.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Nice tropical fruit notes. It's more bitter than most dipas. Unfortunately a little too bitter for my palate, but the flavoring hops were delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark orange, with a one inch head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite herbal and earthy, lots of pine, and some citrus. No malt aromas at all.

The taste follows suit. This bottle is slightly old, so some sweet malt flavors are shining a little bit, but it's still quite the hop bomb you'd expect. Lots of earthy pine and grapefruit flavors, sweet but spicy. Very dank and herbal. Searing bitterness.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, miraculously stays dry. Low carbonation.

Incredibly hoppy beer from Green Flash, but what do you expect from these guys? Manages to stay drinkable, despite the barrage of flavors.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lightly cloudy marmalade hue. Head is creamy light the head of a latte. Head leaves more lacing than would be expected from its stature. Head also retains.

S-Absolutely wreaks of citrus flesh. I prefer my IPA/DIPAs citrusy before piney in regards to the hop bouquet. This one truly pleases me. Like ripping into a clementine. Ripe and supremely fresh. Behind the citrus is a nice grain and bread combination. Don't be fooled however, this is one of the most citrus-specific noses I have come across.

T-The citrus is blatantly the flavor forerunner. Also there is an excellent backing of floral, grass, and pine hops. The bread and grain help to balance this out a bit but this is hoppy for days. The flavor is not as course as the name would suggest but it is plenty bitter. The shocking part of this brew is that the flavor is incredibly savory. Palate Wrecker? More like Palate Pleasure (BOOM!).

M-Bitter but not as bitter as I was expecting. Resinous and creamy. Carbonation is prevalent but the bubbles are small. Nice feel; the body is not as heavy as anticipated.

O/D-First off, I must say I only bought a single bottle (12 oz.). The single was over $4 and a 4-pack clocks in at about $15. That is quite a ridiculous price. Regardless, this beer is extremely delicious. This is my style of DIPA. I do not know if I enjoy this than their West Coast IPA, but this is unquestionably one of the better DIPAs I have had is quite a while. Shockingly citrusy.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer was in the parking lot of Captain Lawrence a few years back, when Green Flash sent a keg of this to NY by mistake. I remember being pretty impressed with it then, let's see what I think of it now. $8.99/bomber (ouch), hopefully it's fresh.

A clear copper with a dense, creamy off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great looking DIPA. The nose is nice and aggressively hoppy, dank, resiny, weed-like with pine aromatics. A little alcohol is noticeable, along with a mild caramel presence. A moderate bitterness is perceived as well. There is some candied citrus character as well, particularly oranges? Very nice.

The palate is pretty excellent. Big, bold, resiny and mildly sweet, this does make a strong case for its name. Bold pine and grapefruit, with less weed than the nose would suggest, this is wonderfully resiny and bitter, juicy, mildly fruity and nicely palate-coating. Some sweetness is present, but really, this is a wonderful example what a mindfully bitter DIPA should be. The sweetness is a little more than I like, though. Medium-light in body with mild-moderate carbonation, this feels pretty great on the palate. Bitter, resiny, hoppy finish with a mildly green hop character, this is pretty excellent. The sweetness is increasingly noticeable as I work through the bomber, not enough to make me slow down, but enough to be noticed. Recommended, especially if you can find (more reasonably priced) 12oz bottles.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, chucks

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, glowing orange-amber body, minimal white film.

smell: bright citrus - sugared grapefruit rind, pine resin, boozy caramel malt

taste: 150 ibu's : lots and lots of hops - bitter red grapefruit, pine resin, thick syrupy caramel malt, honey, spicy. I mean - I enjoyed this but hope it represents an outlier because we really don't need 150 ibu DIPA's. The bitterness is extreme and the hops stick to the palate for hours

mouthfeel: sticky sweet, high bitterness, spicy alcohol

overall: fierce and abrasive - worth a bomber

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Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours amber-ish with a frothy, off-white head that leaves thick chunky lacing on the glass. Nice tropical nose with mango, pineapple, and a heavy caramel backbone. Tastes are bold with tropical notes of pineapple and mango, grapefruit, caramel, tea leaf, finishes bitter & dry. Mouth-feel is creamy & drying, a bit resiny; alcohol is present and warming. Bitter hops linger. Overall, I really enjoyed finally having this one, and it lived up to expectations! Definitely recommendable.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dank, but this is one that probably shouldn't be bottled. I've had it in that format a few times, and never felt it lived up to the name, and this is no exception. Resinous, malt sugars, moderate bitterness. The bottles are just not really notable, even buying them from a cooler at a bottle shop with high turn-over, like I did with the bomber from The Bier Stein in Eugene.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.5% ABV

A - Shimmering clarity allows the beer's gorgeous deep honey golden color to shine beautifully, capped by a well-retained ivory head that splatters lace all over the snifter.

S - Green Flash is known to make some hoppy beers so I wasn't expecting to be surprised by the aroma but this beer legitimately smells like straight-up hops. I've grown hops for three years now and the aroma that comes off Palate Wrecker smells like your hands after you've spent two hours plucking the sweet little green buds from their bines; bright citrus, deep gooey resin, all the things that make a hop head rejoice! The best part about the aroma of this beer is that Green Flash knew exactly when to put the brakes on because the finish starts to get that overly hopped, dank rubbery smell.

T - Palate Wrecker's surprisingly gripping resinous aroma fades into a tropical fruit-laded bomb of caramel-coated honeydew melon, sticky mango, and freshly juiced grapefruit with a small squeeze of lemon oil and sprinkle of lemongrass on the finish!

M - Incredibly smooth for the level of IBUs one might perceive to be in this beer, Palate Wrecker has big balance from it's sweet malty base, a la 9.5% but, it goes down well and finishes with a lingering earthy dryness compliments of the bitter hops.

O - There's hoppy beers, then there's Palate Wrecker. Upon smelling the beer I immediately considered my palate destroyed but Green Flash balances this tropical hop bomb with so much sweet malt that the smooth body and bitter finish even out for a wonderfully drinkable experience!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a translucent honey gold with a creamy, three inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch cap embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Thin, textured clusters of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit good adhesion. Nose expresses citrus rind, light, candied fruit, ethanol, an earthy character and honeydew melon. Taste follows nose; however the alcohol somewhat over-asserts itself, masking many of the qualities present in the nose. Finishes with a light, lingering, earthy bitterness that gradually dissipates between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly oily texture and an even carbonation level. Overall, I have to say that I enjoy my DIPAs with a little more sweetness and tropical fruit; however, this was definitely a solid brew and worth trying.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip

They finally bottled this, awesome! Pours a slightly hazed auburn color with some copper hues. Tuft of slightly off-white head rests on top, leaving plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Bursting nose with intense grapefruit and citrus tones. Almost abrasive with some pine resin and light fruity sweetness. Bready malts with alcohol warmth.

Bitter and dry on the tongue up front with an explosion of pine and grapefruits. Some lighter citrus flavor attempts to cut through, only to be overwhelmed by the burning hop presence. Malt backbone lurks in between the bitterness with a momentary splash of sweetness from caramel and toasted bread crust. Finishes bitter and hoppy with some boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the palate with dryness. I'm happy to see they finally bottled this one - it's a great example of extreme hop presence and bitterness, even if it's slightly unbalanced at times.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange, solid cap of dense white foam, good retention and lacing. Huge notes of tropical, citrus and floral hops - grapefruit, orange, mango and light pineapple, moderately sweet malt base stands up nicely to the hops but dont interfere in the bouquet. Taste brings juicy and fruity hops with a little more earthiness, malt is lightly sweet and notable in the taste and play with the hops nicely. Fuller side of medium bodied, oily creamyness, lingering bitterness. Solid dIPA with big hop presence and a malt backbone to stand up to it.

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma has floral, dankness, pine, orange, grapefruit, along with a sweet bready malt.

The beer comes strong and is aggressively bitter. There is lots of floral hops, a tinge of garlic flavor, but throughout the beer is very green and leafy, almost like used up tea leaves. It almost tastes of a cooked leafy vegetable. It's not a bright green flavor, but substantial and leafy. There's a dankness with a big bready malt that is not very sweet. The finish keeps going one with "greeness" and pine.

A well made beer that hides its alcohol quite well. Unlike a fruity West Coast style of DIPA, this plays on those green and pine hop flavors. Even if it's not one's preference, this is a great beer to have around.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.