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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

8,722 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8722
Reviews: 2963
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An India Pale Ale style well suited for adventurous trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and an incredibly floral aroma.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001)
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into Tulip

A: One finger white head that’s supported by some mild to weak carbonation. Clear, filtered brew with a dark straw-golden hue, looks pretty light - has some light retention.

S: Mellow fruity aromas, tropical esters, with notes of earth. Mango, with remote spices, and subdued florals, tails of dry crisp pine. Bit of swirling provokes more tropical esters – papaya and smooth pineapple.

T: Fruity and mellow up front with malt presence that’s crisp and constructive. Mid mouth picks up the nose with earthy, fresh grass, mango, and other tropical esters carrying suppressed flowery flavor. The finish revitalizes the mild straw malt with the flavor of fresh pine needles and bitter natural sap. The pine and malt interactions yield a dry character that helps to transition the fruit facets into the after taste.

M: Well-bodied, light carbonation, refreshing, doesn’t leave too much after taste, and doesn’t over or under dominate the palate at any point.

O: This is a solid AIPA, definitely a contender for one of my favorites. Eloquently combines all elements that compose your ideal AIPA. Juicy style that is both refreshing and enjoyable to sip. I’m a big fan of the tropical fruit profile and centennial holds it down in my opinion. Winner.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2014 21:17:54 | More by ZagZagg
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dougfur

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orange color, pretty clear, with a decent head. The smell is classic; citrus, pine, floral with a touch of caramel and the taste follows suit. The smell is moderate, but the taste takes it up a notch. No one would ever accuse this beer of being overstated, but you don't have to search around for the aroma, or the taste. Mouthfeel is good.
Overall, this is one of the quintessential American IPA's. It's a classic, there's hardly a time when you wouldn't be happy to drink it and I'm really happy that it's made it into NY distribution!

Serving type: growler

01-13-2014 21:15:44 | More by dougfur
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TangTKE402

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured form a Boston Round growler into a pint glass. A nice, 1-finger ecru head appeared and dissipated into a thin ring around the outside of the glass. The color is golden straw in hue, and semi-hazed in texture. Really inviting.

S: Smooth and balanced, with a nice hop citrus blending evenly with an almost orang-juice sweetness. A mild malt character carries the smell through, with other notes of pine forest, wood, earth, and grass. Overall it's light on the nose.

T: Wow, this is not your standard-issue IPA, and yet follows similar flavor profiles. Some intangibles here that definitely kick it up a notch in my book. A nice, even-keeled taste in the mouth with a good hop/malt balance, followed by a slightly sharp swallow, and a bitter aftertaste. Smooth and blended the whole way, with no one flavor dominating. Tastes a lot like it smells. Flavor notes of citrus wedges dusted with sugar, flower petals, some great hop pine/floral notes right at the back of the tongue, and a light grain backbone. Superbly crafted.

M: Smooth, clean, and with just a touch of bite and bitterness on the swallow. It has all of the characteristics of a great IPA without leaning heavily on any one. Well-rounded, easy-drinking, and it feels great in the mouth.

O: This beer has all of the flavor of the IPA without some of the palate-crushing bitterness or harsh strength often seen. It's not a "big" IPA, but it's beauty is in its subtlety. Great flavors that are at times hard to place, but really a delight.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2013 01:08:32 | More by TangTKE402
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thadbme

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bells Two Hearted Ale

A: Pours a very nice looking golden honey with very little head. Mild carbonation on it. The beer is clear and not cloudy, you can see through it to some extent. Same color and appearance when held up to the light.

S: Malt and hops up front, with the hops being teh stronger of the two. Reminds me a bit of Dales Pale Ale that i've been drinking recently, but with a more subtle hop smell to it.

T: Well blended and smooth drinking beer. The hops are there, but are mild, and goes down easy. Has a good healthy bit of spice to it, but in a good way. This is the type of beer would be GREAT for a growler and drinking a lot of.

M: Medium body and mild carbonation

O: A good pickup for a growler. This would be a good pickup for a tailgate or drinking in large quantities as I did. Goes nice from a growler, but I suspect this beer is a tad more complicated than it tastes coming from a keg. Perhaps from a bottle you can pickup on some more tastes. I'm not disapointed with it one bit.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 21:49:28 | More by thadbme
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doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

80 oz growler poured into a Bell's tulip:

A - Cloudy golden amber with a good rich head that leaves decent lace.

S - Pineapple, lemon, metallic malt, pine, lemon

T - Malt comes through at the beginning with a crisp, clean citrus hop character that leaves a refreshing finish that doesn't overpower with bitter or sweet. A balanced class act!

M - Clean, consistent carbonation and a good bitter

O - A wonderfully sessionable IPA outing! Balanced, with good hop character that doesn't overpower but doesn't wimp out either.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2011 01:26:41 | More by doopydoogle
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PCampbell

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz growler into a pint glass. Shared the growler with a friend, but that's not important. Pours a nice golden/ caramel color with a creamy head and some nice lacing.

On first smell it gives off a nice floral and citrus hop aroma. A little bit of orange peel and grapefruit to go along with it. Has a very nice malt backbone that rounds it out quite nicely. The flavor is just like the smell: floral and citrus flavors and a bit of sweet malt in the back. Has a medium mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation.

A very well made, drinkable, refreshing IPA. Well worth tasting is you like IPAs.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2011 19:20:15 | More by PCampbell
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pumped/surprised they had this beauty on the growler station and for an affordable rate.!

Got a growler and poured up the first glass in a nonic tumbler. This brew has a remarkably distinct head unlike any other beer. The head is uncharacteristically frothy, soft, snowy almost. Kind of awesome, lacing chased me down the entire glass every time..

Smell is hoppy and alittle piney, but this beer offers some floral notes to it that sets it apart. Taste is of the hoppiness but more notably the floral notes.

Mouthfeel is cozy with that pillowy head and medium carbonation. Overall, this, i feel, is one of bell's best brews. I wish I was closer to try more, more frequently!

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

08-06-2011 11:36:41 | More by gatorbreath
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler in to imp. pint,Slight hazed orange goodness hue with a snow white head and good lacing.
Citrusy on the front mid and finish, awesome!
The citrus continous strong wih the right amount of golden bisciut.
Creamy sweet goodness, the carbonation is nice and soft. Medium mouthfeel.
This is a highly sessionable IPA, I love it.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 03:48:45 | More by welldigger888
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a 'Deadlift' glass from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in COLUMBIA, SC. Only 2 weeks old from the brewer! I can't believe I haven't rated this fresh yet!!!

A: Slightly hazy with a nice golden orange color. Thick white head with moderate lacing.

S: Big aroma of floral and citrus hops. Loads of grapefruit and pineapple. Mild sweet fruitiness.

T&M: Very smooth with a moderate body. Crisp and light pale malt. Mainly fruity, hoppy character. Slightly bitter dry finish.

This is not my favorite of the IPA's, but it is excellent and worth every penny.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 02:34:49 | More by cdizinno
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Glowing hazy orange body with a couple of fingers of creamy head. Decent retention with a good amount of streaky lacing.

Quite a floral nose, with some honeyish sweetness and citric notes. Tastes a little sweeter than advertised, with hints of vanilla custard at times. More non-citrus fruitiness- apples and white grapes- than I recall noticing before. Of course, there's a fair amount of juicy citrus as well. Not as much pine flavor or bitterness as I recall (probably need to retry the bottled version). A touch boozy. Moderate bitterness.

Overall impression: Perhaps there's batch variation, but this didn't seem to have the same "pop" I remember from having it on tap. Still, a very nice fruity IPA that's easily recommended.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 19:47:32 | More by PDXHops
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Drafting Room, Exton PA

A: Color is bright copper, think penny circa 1996. Two finger thick lingering frothy head eventually becomes lacy.

S: Upfront hoppy nose that you expect from an IPA with predominantly grassy, piney aroma and suporting citrus and floral notes. Complex but inviting.

T: Big and fresh complex hop taste, well calculated malt presence with semi dry and bitter finish. Well balanced.

M: Wonderfully effervescent, yet smooth and not over-done.

D: Good choice to start the night with, great choice to have another. 7.1 % ABV is well-hidden but certainly re-introduced itself towards the end of the growler.

Great name and label deserves mentioning.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2009 19:18:41 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh filled growler from a friend who found a way to import a keg to New York served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly clouded orange/yellow color with a off-white head that left streaks of lacing on the glass.

S - pine and citrus hop aromas fill the nose.

T - piney, citrusy bitter hops with just enough malt to keep my tongue from falling off.

F - medium bodied, somewhat slick with mild carbonation.

D - hell yeah!

Serving type: growler

11-11-2008 22:54:44 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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OStrungT

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow. It boasts a thick, fluffy, off white head with a slight yellow tint to it. It fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing.

This beer has a very pleasent floral hop aroma. I smell some citrusy hops as well. It smells slightly grassy.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Floral, with some citrusy zest. It has a very subtle sweet caramel flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down very smooth, leaving a floral aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. The flavor is great, and not aggressive, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: Thanks to Markgugs for generously hooking me up. The last time I had this beer, it was the first IPA that I enjoyed. I can see how it would have started me down the hop road. I love hops now. I rated this beer lower than I know it deserves because of my inexperience. Now I simply love it. My last review will not be deleted though since it was a valid review when I had a different taste.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2008 03:14:38 | More by OStrungT
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eepound2

Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer that I drink pretty regularly. One of my favorite go to IPAs. Pours a nice color and a decent head. The smell is very good, zesty citrus which is one of my favorites. Taste is very much full of those same notes as well. Always a good beer to drink

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 01:42:07 | More by eepound2
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AmyfaceNYC

New York

4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I flippin love this beer. Aroma is soft citrus/floral notes, but also somehow briny and evocative to me of the seashore or (as more appropriate for Michigan) a day out on the lakes. The mouthfeel is rather full-bodied for an IPA. Carbonation is not noticeable. Very little bitterness/dryness--just a faint note from the hops. What is amazing here is the beautiful balance between the malts and hops, and the easy drinkability that somehow highly rewards every sip. And again, I find this beer highly evocative--really reminds me of laid-back days in the great, wild outdoors. One of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:45:42 | More by AmyfaceNYC
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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

ah, what a gem. it pours a beautiful golden, orange with a fluffy white head of creamy bubbles. the nose is so full of slightly over-ripe grapefruit and mango - citrus zest and a lots of over-ripe apricot. i could smell this all day. the taste follows the nose but it is bright and bursting with flavor (this bottle is about a month old - the freshest i've had it) - a nice sweet malt backbone that gives a candied grapefruit like taste. also some pineapple. a bit of piney-ness as well and a little bit of grassy/earthiness to it. it goes down super easy. all in all this is a gem. i love this beer and wish i lived near where it was distributed. it was one of the first ipa's i had and remains one of my favorites. really wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:54:49 | More by jwchestnut
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HopHog87

Kentucky

3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Disclaimer: I'll probably get stoned for writing this review as it wasn't 100% favorable, but I'm just reporting what I drank. I understand that an IPA should be consumed fresh and that the bottle I had was old. Almost a year old. But I'll update the review once I get a fresh bottle/draft sometime.

Serving- Bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy copper top that swirled and tornadoed down into the bottom of the glass where it blended lazily with a light gold. Visible floating hop residue floating within. Took about 5 minutes to equalize and stabilize into one color. The separation had me concerned from the beginning as to the freshness of the beer. The beer is well carbonated. There is white lace all over the glass.

Nose- Subdued, earthy hops and malt. Nothing jumped out here or was very exciting. Again, this made me wonder how fresh it was and, to my dismay, I saw I had a bottle that was 9 months old! There were possibly notes of cider which, especially as a home brewer, got me concerned. The finish on the aroma was of warm apples.

Taste- Yeah, very earthy, herbal bitterness with malt. Some toasty bread in there and was pretty yeasty. At this point I'm bummed I got an old one. Everyone swears by this.

Overall- I think I did myself a great injustice by not checking the date on the bottle in the store. Normally with all the bombers I buy this is something I check. However, this one I purchased as a single 12 oz and it, obviously, had been sitting on the shelf a while. I believe this is a bottle conditioned beer as it had the hop residue and hazy appearance. I normally love this in a beer but this is an old IPA. No glory here. Overall it wasn't a bad beer, but it wasn't living up to its potential and certainly drank/smelled more like a pale ale than an IPA. I was disappointed. If this is what it really tastes like than I would not willingly seek this out again. If I get a fresh one sometime I'll be sure to update my review to reflect my findings.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:16:03 | More by HopHog87
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with white foamy head which sticks around, very nice bright appearance.

A nice sweet citrus smell, very mellow and inviting

Floral with a malt finish which lingers just long enough. Does a phenomenal job hiding the booze

Lively carbonation with a smooth creamy finish

Nicely balanced and very easy to drink, definitely will look for this brew again!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 13:32:56 | More by byronic
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tmbgnicu

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Arena bar and grill in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Happy hour drafts $3 and that includes micros and imports! They gave me a 10oz pour in a goblet. Having just finished a souther tier Choklat(also $3), it took a few sips to clear that rich and flavorful beer out of my palette and when it did, boy was I excited. Hops, not as much as in Hopslam(my only other experience with Bell's)which was to be expected, hit the nose and the tongue in perfect balance. An incredibly drinkable and savorable IPA. I grabbed a six pack the next day and look forward to my next one. One other thing, the draft menu at the Arena had this listed as 5.3% ABV, it's actually 7%.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 22:38:15 | More by tmbgnicu
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xungmound98

New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Hazy orange color with 1/2” of head that recedes to a soapy film on top, with some lacing on sides. Nose is orange juice, grapefruit, slight bitterness with some pine notes- mostly citrus. Little to no alcohol detected. Taste is citrus (on the mellow side, not extremely bitter) with some sugary malt backing and floral notes. Hops gradually coat the tongue, but not with as bitter a finish as other American IPAs. Medium carbonation, somewhat creamy texture. Medium-bodied with a nice balance. Overall this is a tasty IPA with understandably wide appeal.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:31:54 | More by xungmound98
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friendofbeer

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into non-labelled tulip glass on a sunny cold afternoon.

Aroma: golden, slightly hazy, less than an inch of white foam head.

Scent: slight floral notes, fresh grains

Taste: Floral hops, balanced nicely with malt attributes

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium bodied, not super sticky like some bigger ipas can be.

overall: every time i drink this beer I am reminded why this is one of the best examples of an IPA. Really well balanced, drinkable, and something new to enjoy each time you drink it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:13:38 | More by friendofbeer
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hoffhin2

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Medium size heads that lasts a while and an amber color
Smell: Very hoppy, and can smell the grains
Taste: IPAs are my favorite, therefore this beer has everything i want in one. Initial floral taste followed by a hoppy lingering taste.
Overall: This beer has been my go to for a while now and probably wont change anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 12:54:16 | More by hoffhin2
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LuvLagunitas

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange, moderate carbonation leading to 2 finger head. Looks good. Standard for an IPA.

S: Upfront and good amounts of hops. Very floral.

T: Quite floral in the beginning and then the bitter and slightly piney hops come in. Light malts ends it with a touch of booze.

M: A little less heavy than a normal IPA - medium with a bit of carbonation.

O: Very good, and in all honesty, its one of my favorites of the style. The bitterness isn't overbearing and is very well balanced. Quite smooth and session-able. If you want to try a good IPA, then check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 03:51:57 | More by LuvLagunitas
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W9820

Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bells Two Hearted is a beautiful bright gold. It has a sweet citrus smell I find somewhat understated, almost too subtle. The taste starts off meaty but gives way to the bitterness of the hops. It's light and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

I tried this beer years ago and, at the time, found it completely overpowering. As the years have passed and I've been able to sample more and more, I've come full circle. I can now appreciate this beer, and it's hops, for what it is...and excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:20:44 | More by W9820
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pkalix

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice cream head on top of a hazy dark yellow.
aroma is mildly of floral hops and adjunct (corn?).
taste.... definitely not a west coast IPA, but there does seem to be more flavor in these east and Midwest IPAs rather than the bitter slam.
overall, a very nice tasting brew with a little of the malt sweetness present that you don't get in the west coast IPAs until you reach the higher latitudes of abv...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 23:50:07 | More by pkalix
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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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