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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,214 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2214
Reviews: 1127
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002)
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a clear light apple juice color with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus/tropical fruits, and some citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is of toasty malt, citrus juice, and some floral and herbal hop flavors. A very mild bitterness quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a dry finish just like the can says. Overall, this is a good IPA with a nice balance between the malt and hops.

Serving type: can

10-11-2011 22:37:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bumblebee yellow-amber. The beer is perfectly clear with a small number of fine floaters that resemble grapefruit pulp. The head is impressive. It's huge, almost pure white, and remains mountainous in the center, while sinking at the edges. Multiple rings of delicate lace put the appearance score over the top. An excellent look!

The nose is all about Styrian Goldings hops, an aroma (and a flavor) that I've come to love in Goose Island Honker's Ale. There isn't much else going on, but then there doesn't need to be. (Edit: I'm not sure what the hop bill was back in 2004, but these days (2009) it's comprised of Columbus, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial.)

The flavor is dominated by citrus zesty hops, which is as expected. I'm betting that some variety of hop complementary to Goldings is used as well, since this ale tastes noticeably different than Honker's. There's just enough malt to do the job, but not so much that it ruins the hop-heavy balance of the beer (that's balance from a hophead's perspective). The mouthfeel exudes quality in all respects.

I'm sure there are better American IPAs out there, but there probably aren't too many of them. Avery IPA is the real deal and makes me wish that it was available in my area of the country. The label shows the shipping route from England to India. Pretty cool considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 16:19:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found myself up in Asheville last night, (Beerfly reviews forthcoming) and stopped in a fine little BBQ establishment on the strip. Ordered my beer before dinner, as per usual. Didn't know what to get out of the 75 or so bottles they had, but then I remebered I had not ever tried Avery IPA(I can hardly believe it myself). So I figured what the ell and ordered up a bottle. A very nice looking bottle came out, nice old style map on the front gave it a "worldly" look. Please and ready to start I dove in straight away.

Poured a reasonably clear, after some settling, orange amber color. Lots of visible carbonation. A very nice one inch white head graced the top of the glass. This faded in a couple minutes, receding into a thin film along the top that stayed with the beer till the very end. Nice residual lace in rings down the glass as the session went on. Had a decently thick appearence for an IPA and definatly looked the part.

The smell was a citrus and sugar hop bomb. Overwhelming smell of orange and tangerine overpowered just about everything else. A slight hint of sugar could be detected a well, giving it the orange popsickle kinda tone. Hints of grapefruit of pineapple bitterness could be picked up as well as the smell of fresh grass. Exactly what I would have wanted my IPA to smell like.

Diving right in my first impression was holy hops! Bigtime grapefruit and orange peel were so pronounced I could just sit there and smile. A touch of sweetness rounded out the initial feel with a dry bitter finish that left me yearning for another sip. Very clean and crisp feel, gave this the feel of a finished product and something that has been mastered. Great carbonation on the feel gave it the silky, rolling smoothness that I crave in a good brew. A tiny bit of a earthy, grainy malt tried to force its way through the full frontal hop assault. Very nice tasting IPA, quite impressed with the flavor.

Overall I have to give this one pretty marks. It really was exactly what I wanted at that time and did not dissapoint at all. It was your classic west coast hop bomb of an IPA, and that is something that I just love. Definatly a winner from Avery, a damn fine finish brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 14:18:06 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is an orange-ish color with about a finger's worth of white head and some streaks of lacing.

S: A good citrus note to the aroma. It's more of a rind/peel sort of smell, with some piney notes that provide sort of an oily, resinous character to the whole beer.

T: Though the nose lead me to believe this would be a very bitter IPA, it was rather controlled in this aspect. Yes, there is a solid bitter pine flavor as well as some grapefruit rind, but it's not overpowering. A mild malt character, but it's not really sweet at all.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation and a bit of bitterness lingering on the tongue.

D: This was a decent IPA, but it doesn't quite stack up with some of the offerings I've become accustomed to here in Southern California.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 01:42:43 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a decent head and considerable lacing

Smell: Malty aroma with lots of pine notes and citrus rind; a bit of apricot, too

Taste: Tons of citrusy bitterness, amost from the start, with just modest undertones of apricot fruit; at the finish there is a little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue but you have to be looking for it to notice it over the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing, a spry IPA for those who like their IBUs

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 00:09:29 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops with minimal floral or citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry bitter hops with some light caramel malt notes. Medium body with good carbonation. Not bad overall and pretty straight forward - I would have preferred more citrus notes and some floral notes but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 20:10:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sighting of this draught in Central KY. The beer is as impressive as ever. Pours a bright copper / orange color with a decent chill haze that never went away and superb, frothy head retention that was just off from white, but stood firm to the bottom of the glass. The aromas are a mouth watering blend of toasted barley malt and citrus hops. Flavors are full and juicy, comprised of light caramel, bready, orange peel, lemon grass, and ruby red grapefruit. A touch of pine, yeast, and tartness rounded out the brew. The trick here is balance -- of course the hops shine, but not without keeping in check with the strong malt backbone, and creamy texture. The beer never wavered from fullness and richness, down to the the bottom of the glass. Fantastic experience with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 13:54:27 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium amber-copper color with an off white head that leaves behind a tiny bit of lacing. Nose brings a good amount of citrus rind with a bit of citrus as well. Some amber and caramel malt in the background. Taste lays off the hop presence from the nose, bringing forward more balance and losing some of the nice hop integration that existed in the nose. Feel is medium with slight bitterness. Drinks pretty well and is one of their better non-sour offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:19:59 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly transitioned into a thin film followed by lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose as well as some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, citrus flavors dominate the overall taste, which has a moderate amount of bitterness. There are some hints of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 18:21:15 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an oh-so clear golden hue with a splash of orange that looks reminiscent of apple juice. The last couple of weeks have been nothing but stouts and porters for me, so it's refreshing to see some sharp, crystal clear colors for a change. White foamy head, but it's dieing fast! Some great lacing throughout this beer's final moments.

Smell: A fruit medley (pineapple, mostly) mixed with piney hop aromas. I'm not picking up much (or any) malt in the nose.

Taste: A light, delicate flash of malt followed by a rushing tide of hop bitterness with a long, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and quiet thirst-quenching. Medium-light mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. Not bad! It's got good...

Drinkability: While India Pale Ale is not my favored style, I'm really enjoying this, as its got just the right amount of hops for me. Definitely as sessionable as an IPA can be.

Thanks again, Avery!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 04:47:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light orange tinge with a light but sticky head,aroma is on the malty/fruity side with some soapiness ans grassy hop aroma that lingers.A nice balanced flavors in this one definent zesty hopiness but a nice malt backbone keeping this very nicely balanced.Not an over the top IPA wich is very nice,a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 23:25:28 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I can't believe I haven't officially set down my thoughts on this stuff yet. Go figure. It pours a clear golden-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sharp pine, strong grapefruit, and a kiss of mild honey. I have this sneaking suspicion that some hops have been added to this beer... The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit, complete with peel, stealing the limelight. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a somewhat simple, yet very tasty and satisfying, IPA. Good times.

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 00:48:54 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's India Pale Ale pours a yellow-amber body benath a full head of frothy white foam that holds well and leaves some nice rings of lace at the outset of the glass.
Citrusy, grapefruit-like hops appear in the nose along with some biscuity malt.
The mouthfeel is lightly crisp with a medium body and fine-bubbled, standard carbonation.
The flavor again delivers a splash of grapefruity citrus upfront, along with some lemon and chalky lemon rind, and a touch of pine as well. It's lightly honeyish and biscuity malt acts as a stage for the hops, and lets them keep the spotlight. It's well balanced by a solid bitterness that anchors it firmly without becoming obtrusive. It finishes dry with fading notes of lemon that turn to pine, and then disappear leaving only a very long lingering dull bitterness behind.
For fans of citrusy hops, this one's a winner!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 15:09:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium pale golden hue, with two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves a ring of painted lace around the glass. It smells of subdued orange and grapefruit hops, and a bit musty. The taste is tart, bitter, green, and grassy hops, which overpower the underlying mild caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the medium weight body is chalky and a bit filmy, and it finishes dry and grassy.

An ok American IPA, its balance skewed to the bitter/dry side of the coin.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 20:40:39 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, pale orange color, fine, if short, off-white head.

Aroma: bristling with pine, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Quite a bit of hoppiness in this nose!

Taste: fierce and fiery hop bitterness right up front on the palate, but much appreciated and quite delightful.

Body is about medium and of sufficient heft, although malt is a bit lean in this IPA, abd the hops continue to stand tall in the saddle throughout the drink. But that's what I like, li'l ol' hophead, me.

Relentless flavor, tasty, tasty.
Real humdinger of an IPA that I'd gladly return to, anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 13:29:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with hops bitterness and fruity citrus sweetness, with a touch of malt in the background.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops, then a nice balance comes from a hearty malt character and mild flavors of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, decent kick, it’s flavorful enough that you can keep drinking for a long time without looking for something else. This is definitely a beer that I would stick with for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 02:21:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft on special at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

Arrives in a nonic pint, slow upward moving bubbles make their way through the clear golden ale. Some lacing at first that doesn't stick around. Head dissipates in time as well.

Pale malt aroma, with a vague piney hop presence. It's a stretch to pull out that much, and this is supposedly a fresh draft sample.

Bitter hops up front, citrusy becoming herbal, and dry in the finish. As it warms, there's a cereal grain quality like puffed wheat or rice. Bleh. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, that isn't balanced by the taste. One-dimensional bitterness becomes tiresome halfway through. Alcohol presence doesn't help either, and soon enough, water is needed to cleanse the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 03:05:05 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours apricot with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Floral & lemony hops, some grapefruit, seems a bit restrained when compared to the bottled & draft versions

T: Follows the nose, slight mineral edge mixes with a touch of doughy bread up front. Caramel mixes with herbal & piney hops as this warms. Finishes with caramel sweetness & piney & herbal hop bitterness, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, creamy, subdued carbonation

Having this & Ska Modus available as canned options thrill me. I do like this better from the bottle,but this could be a freshness issue since I really don't know how to translate the date coding

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 01:38:01 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head. The aroma is great. It has a nice floral hop scent laid over a complex pale malt, etc. foundation. The taste is awesome. It has a very powerful floral hop character. It overshadows it's pale malt core. It drinks easy and finishes with a very bitter dry hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. It's full of hops, just the way I like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 02:14:20 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Churchkey in Washington D.C. Beer is yellow and clear. Much lighter than I expected. The head forms nicely, uniform, deep across the top, stark white, falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Smell is full of hop, mostly pine and some bitter citrus on the back end. No alcohol or malt character in the smell.

First off, drinkability really high, I'm really feeling this beer. There is some slight sweetness in the front and a lot of nice citrus based hop bitterness in the back. A little light for an IPA, thin mouthfeel, but overall a great example. Definitely a repeat for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 01:16:00 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Light orange with a white head. The aroma is grassy and citrus hops with a little bit of biscuit malt mixed in. A well-balanced aroma. The flavor is caramel malt with some orange citrus and grassy notes mixed in. Balanced flavor with low bitterness. The beer is a very easy drinker. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:57:00 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a golden yellow color with a two-finger, fluffy white head. It leaves nice lacing.
S - It smelled of citrus, hops and grass.

T - Hops, hops, hops! Also, a nice malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a nice IPA. Very hoppy almost like a Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 22:37:54 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice fluffy white 2 finger head appears and fades semi slowly over a crystal clear tan golden orange color. The head leaves a slight lacing and Belgian pillowy fluffy mounds as it fades.

N: Some nice tropical fruit hops, aromatic, some earthy bitter tones, the hops are there but still somewhat lighter. There's also some sweet malts, almost a caramel malt and touch of nougat, the aged hop aroma despite that this just showed up in the store today (no date on the bottle).

T: Tastes mostly as it smelled. Starts with some nice hops, tropical fruits, some citrus and orange, some earthy bitterness, somewhat bitter, not too heavy but its def pretty bitter. A little spicy hop character too. Again with the slight nougat aged hop flavor. All this blends with a slight crisp malt backbone, touch of crystal malts, and pale malts, etc. A good example of East Coast IPA despite being from CO. Hops and malts blended well. I also get a slight fruit quality, almost Belgian yeast fruit flavors.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: FInishes pretty bitter and very slightly astringent. It's got lots more spicy and earthy hops with a little bit of the lingering citrus and orange, and even a little musty hop resins late (with the astringency). The finish is very long too, and is pretty dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 03:22:48 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear copper color that is crowned by a good lasting beige head. Aromas of citrus and hops waft from the glass as I pour it. A light grassy hay aroma (but only the good aspects), there is a decent amount of hop aroma to this beer. It is well carbonated, and gets quite lively when swirled in the glass. Great malt flavor that accompanies the hoppy flavor and bitterness. A malty sweet flavor with hints of biscuits and caramel malts. Quite a lingering bitterness in the finish. A good solid IPA, not quite over the top, which is good because you don't always want that. There is a ton of balanced flavors in this beer. Both the malt and hops are competing for attention, though the hops are the definite center piece. Definitely drink this beer on the warm side of cool, it allows more of the flavor to open up.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 22:15:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a very nice golden color with a white head on top. The head retention and lacing were both very nice. The smell of the beer is very nice, lots of strong hop aromas with a subtle malt backbone. The taste of the beer has a great hoppy flavor. Lots of pine-like flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Overall it's a great IPA, easily available and well priced. Very good stuff worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:22:05 | More by Knapp85
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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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