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Teikoku IPA - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Teikoku IPATeikoku IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%


Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-10-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clean refreshing IPA at Moniale 2009. Grapefruit colour with a little white head. A good bitterness, though high IBU and aggressively carbonated. Moderate hop aroma. Overall, a good taste, melange of hops.Like a 1.5X IPA. Malting gives it it uniqueness, its there and makes it drinkable though not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:25:41 | More by Sammy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

360ml bottle. I missed this the last time around, so glad to finally take a crack at it.

This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with a tumultuous tower of thin, cake-ish, foamy white head, which leaves some broad sudsy blobs of lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells quite surprisingly of split-pea soup, very vegetal in that specific memory of my earlier days, and really very little else, save some middling earthy, leafy hops. The taste is toasted grain, more dry green vegetal matter, a very subtle citrus hoppiness, and a further generic herbal character that just seems to pile on.

The bubbles are fairly low-key, the body a tame medium weight, and generally rather smooth. It finishes with that legume character still looming large, amongst a semi-sweet grainy malt, just as surprised as the rest of us at its bedmates.

Huh - I was expecting so much more, given the Yankee-leaning ways of this brewer. What I got, though, was something altogether off-beat, and really nothing near an IPA of any known stripe. Drinkable, but only because I'm hungry, and soup sounds pretty good right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 05:21:18 | More by biboergosum
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of an order from Slowbeer.

Incredibly carbonated, it's all I can do to prevent a good 8 centimetres of head forming on the pour. Body is a nicely hazed reddish amber colour, almost hue enough to be a Red Ale. Head is huge, but crackles and sinks until it's a manageable two fingers, leaving anarchic lacing in its wake. Quite light bodied, but that's not unexpected. Looks very tasty.

Nose is fresh with American hops, giving it a very classic US style aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. Slight dustiness to it as well, which may signify a slight lack of freshness, which is maybe to be expected having purchased it here in Australia. But there's certainly some big, cold and aromatic hop characters despite this. A very good nose.

Taste is light, but pleasant, with a noticeable hop flavour through the mid, that has dried out by the back. It doesn't really have a pronounced bitterness, but given that this is low-gravity IPA in the scheme of things, it probably couldn't have supported a whole heap more. Otherwise, we have pleasant sweet citrus characters, and a mild malt body to cushion everything. Feel is very smooth and slick.

A very nicely balanced IPA, and one which gives a good indication of the style as a whole. Carbonation is a little too high, which hurts the drinkability, but only slightly. Flavour-wise, it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 08:01:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

360ml bottle poured into tulip 2/6/12

A hazy brownish amber that looks thick with just enough clarity too see slow moving bubbles feeding a very well sustained two fingers of beige head that leaves a few patches of random lace

S faint citrus with lots of caramel and a little nutty milk chocolate? this smell makes me wonder if they put the wrong label on the bottle

T a little IPA shines through in the mouth with a little rind and very faint pine but still pretty average, from a fresh shipment but tastes like a very old low booze IPA at best

M fairly full bodied with decent carbonation and a little caramel covered citric rind on the finish with no booze detected

O somethings not right with this picture, has some bitter rind but other then that I'd never guess this was an IPA

Not sure what's going on here, whatever it is IPA's not really crossing my mind. I'm wondering if this one sat on a hot boat for too long or if they mixed up the labels. This one's not my cup of tea and my first underwhelming experience with Bairds

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 06:49:20 | More by wordemupg
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange colour with massive tan head, fluffy and marshmallowy on top. Lace clings to the glass beautifully. Retains well. Does everything well.

Smells lovely: nice citric tang with tangerine, grapefruit and kaffir lime leaf. Mint and a hint of leather in there as well. Broody, spicy twist on an otherwise highly appealing fruity aroma. Yum.

Taste dips into great IPA territory, with nice salted caramel base overlain with spicy tangy fruit notes. Grapefruit, lime, pink lady apple with nutmeg, cedar wood and a nice resiny hop finish with distinct citric oils. Tasty, well constructed IPA. Hops star, but don't hog the spotlight from the other talented players.

Smooth enough, with a bit of body behind it. Bit too much pull on the back, but otherwise pretty great.

Wonderful beer and the best I've had from Baird. Tasty, complex and exciting with a big, impressive hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:45:48 | More by laituegonflable
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows fruity hops with notes of passion-fruit, peach and pine. Also lots of sweet caramel underneath.
Similar flavours, the big surprise though is the toasty and bready malt characters. The hops aren't quite as complex as the nose suggests, mainly showing pine characters.
Carbonation is pretty full on, could be lower.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 09:29:12 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all my bottle states that this brew is 6%ABV anyways this brew pours a murky copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy two finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is mandarins,toffee,lemon zest and piney hops,it has a fullish mouthfeel which is nicely carbonated and has tastes of tangarine,pineapple,mango,caramel,toffee and finishes with a soft hit of piney hop bitterness,overall a nice AIPA that could drink more than the one of cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 14:06:16 | More by ADZA
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Popeye's in Tokyo.

Amber colour with a sparse off white head, which left some lacing regardless. Big west coast aroma goes long on the hops, but has the malt to balance it. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon lead off, with pine complimenting them and caramel reeling things back in and providing a touch of sweetness. The flavour follows through faithfully, but with a bit more malt forward sweetness than I expected. Again citrus and resin assert themselves early and bring a great level of bitterness, which is ably balanced by caramel and toffee, which lingers in the finish. Where this beer really excels is in the mouthfeel, which is everything you can hope for from a cask. Its smooth and full, with a wonderfully deep texture that shows Baird know how to make a great cask.

This is a very solid IPA, and I was lucky to enjoy it on cask and relatively close to the source.

Serving type: cask

10-13-2008 20:53:06 | More by bobsy
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 360 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed rustic copper colour, tall spongy beige head with lasting retention.

Dry caramel malt on the nose with equally dry spicy hops, mild citrus character.

Bready, mild caramel malt up front in the flavour, dry spicy hops that have a more prominant citrus character towards the finish, and becomes more herbal in the aftertaste already.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, quite thin for the style, slick texture, low carbonation.

Runs more along the lines of an American Pale Ale than an IPA, pretty nondescript all around, this would be a pass the next time around.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 20:40:33 | More by IronDjinn
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this IPA at Popeye in Tokyo (on tap).
Re-reviewed 6-24-03 after another sampling at Popeye.

This IPA poured a cloudy, amber color with off-white foam that clung to the glass and left lace. The smell was modest: sweet malt, faint hops with hints of citrus and oak. The taste was dominated by floral and bitter hops with a nice balance of malt. There was a hint of fruitiness from the hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, yet crisp and clean, and hoppy. The body was medium with a dry finish. This was a very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2003 07:21:14 | More by UncleJimbo
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 360ml bottle with a BB of March 2013 (in Italian). I think the ABV is stated as 6% (most of the writing is Japanese). Acquired from the Brewdog online shop. The image on the label makes me think of a robot samurai.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a gigantic head of creamy off-white foam with excellent stability; this eventually settles to a surface layer. Tons of lacing down the glass. Aroma of sweet malt with a generous dose of aromatic hops. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, pine, biscuits, caramel and earthy yeast.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a nice aromatic hop character and a bitter finish. Notes of bitter pine and faint citrus, underpinned by caramel, biscuits and yeast. A mild herbal quality and slight sourness linger in the background, along with a dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of bitter pine and malt.

A decent American-style IPA - nicely constructed and balanced. The only let-down is that the aromatic hops don't seem so pronounced in the taste compared with the aroma, which takes depth away from the flavour. Still, tasty and drinkable - if availability and price weren't factors then I'd probably have this again. Worth sampling.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:25:07 | More by jazzyjeff13
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very hazy swampy orange brown, tower of off white head retained extremely well
S - grainy and peppery, some herbal and musty aromas, but all very subdued
T - peppery and resiny hops up front, malt backbone of grain and light caramel
M - decent carbonation, a bit on the prickly side, mild bitter finish
O - its an okay effort, but I would not place this as an IPA if it was a blind test, has more of an ESB character, so it loses points for missing the style, plus its only slightly better than average in general

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 03:38:23 | More by joemcgrath27
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another draft selection at Beer Revolution in Calgary.

Golden copper color, short head of fine bubbles. Good foam retention that tleft a spiderweb of lace. Fresh hop aroma, more on the herbal or leafy side than grapefruit or pine.
Nicely balanced flavors. Lots of hoppiness that stood up against a firm malt base. Rich and flavorful, with out the hoppy bitterness taking over too much. Medium towards full body, and
easy to drink.
Excellent pairing with our meal.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 20:33:45 | More by BigBry
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange/amber colour with a wavy, foamy head that is off-white in colour with tingers of brown in it.

Fruity pine aroma that has a strong hop character and is laced with a solid helping of both spice and bitter notes and is somewhat sour right at the end.

Strong hops to begin with along with mild pine notes and a nice, spicy flavour. There is some definite fruity flavours in the middle, mainly darkert summer fruits and possibly berries along with a further helping of spice.

Medium with a smooth mouthfeel and plenty of spice throughout. There is some bitterness towards the end and the alcohol content doesn't seem to be hidden well at all, this one seems a lot stronger than the 6% abv. suggests.

Not your typical IPA style beer here and not really one I would class as an America style IPA despite what various sites online say. It wasn't a bad beer but I felt the alcohol content could have been better hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 13:33:42 | More by flyingpig
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Naerhu

Japan

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Two centimeter width of off white head on a dark opaque orange body.

Aroma: Citrus and marmalade

Taste: Several minutes of long lasting fine bitterness. Orange rinds, and dark long lasting caramel. There is something very juicy about the hoppiness of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Mild refined bubbles and creamy mouthfeel

Drinkability: This is quite a yummy brew. This IPA is supposed to be between the US and English styles, but it is way, way too hoppy to be an English IPA.

This beer is about four bucks a bottle, which means that even though this is a great beer, there is no reason to buy it regularly when, Rogue's Bruttal Bitter, Rogue's American Amber and Anchor Liberty Ale are available for a full buck less a bottle (in Japan).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 01:10:21 | More by Naerhu
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at club popeye, this was amber in color. citrus, pine, and caramel in the nose. taste follows suit with a big malt sweetness and prominent hop bitterness rounding it out. big in body for the style with a nice creamy mouthfeel and carbonation. a revelation after drinking macro lagers for a week in japan.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2008 03:02:51 | More by MrMcGibblets
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joecast

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Happy to try a new brew from Japan. Had some good stuff from there previously.

Has an orange tinge to it and add the bottle conditioning for some light sediment floating around. Retention is amazing. The off white head sits at 1cm high and has not moved.

Classic citrus on the nose. Not too strong but recognizable. In addition it has some grainy malt and a touch of yeast and alcohol. Pretty nice.

Well, what have we got here? Great balance between malt and hops. And the weighting of hop flavor to bitterness also is spot on. Now when I say balance, I mean for an IPA. Definitely hop forward but not so much that it would put off non-IPA fans. Well, ok. It probably would.

Very happy with that. Would love to see it on tap somewhere. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 09:52:29 | More by joecast
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful big bubbles pop out of the tight, off-white cream head, which sits around for quite a while. Color is frosty, semi-opaque copper orange. Smell is a muted Baird Beer red fruits, not as prominent as the others: light cherry and light whisps of alcohol.

Taste is a basic fruity caramel malt character which is quickly taken over by the bitterness of the hops and flushed around by the carbonation. Light strawberry fruitness returns to mix in with the aftertaste. Not as hoppy as I expected.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium carbonation and a creamy texture. Very drinkable and far from being an overwhelming IPA. It's refreshing to have a good IPA in Japan--and this one is especially refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 15:28:18 | More by donnebaby
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tjd25

France

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A soft creamy head, although irregular, fades into a nice white collar, on a beautiful opaque copper color body. The smell is sweet and fruity, with more of a citric aroma than other Baird beers. A bit wheaty. The hoppiness is quite immediate in the taste. It leaves the sweet notes far away. Citrus, grapefruit. Still hints of smoke and chocolate. The mouthfeel is good, smooth and round. The hoppiness is round; a bit chewy and long lasting, but not overly thick. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 15:38:41 | More by tjd25
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juju7

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, slightly hazy witha rocky head that fades quickly. Malty caramel nose with some obligatory pine hoppiness and a hint of fresh grass. Not an overly exuberant nose but nice. An approachable IPA, very much malt driven put enough hop bitterness to keep most happy. Good booze.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 06:18:48 | More by juju7
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hand pump at club popeye

a: deep red/amber w/ a smidge off off-white head

s: flowery and piney hops first followed by sweet fruity medium roasted malts

t: not an IPA punch of hops by any american standard; warm caramel malts are predominant; although there is still some of the piney hops in the finish; very buttery

m: smooth and creamy (thank you cask)

d: an interesting caramel malty take on the IPA but not an IPA for hop lovers

Serving type: cask

05-11-2008 04:07:22 | More by hoegaardenhero
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from a random liquor shop in Nerima, Japan. Poured into a Baird pint glass. Amazingly complex and mystical appearance, moving as a gradient from dark at the top to light brown at the bottom of the glass. Lots of layers to the scent coming off this -- very hoppy with bits of caramel, nuts, and possibly blood orange. Wonderful taste without any notes of sourness or bitterness in the throat, and no excess gas. Overall, this is one of my favorite Bairds i've tried, especially bottled. Get this if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:52:24 | More by shigg85
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davidchollar

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty, clear copper body with a little bit of carbonation. The head is really notable; Big fat, thick fluffy and off-white, huge wallpaper. After a while, a big swirl of the bottom 5th, this beer takes on a significantly different appearance. Thick amber with a dense head. Baird Beer's Teikoku IPA made for 3 pours of gorgeous beer!

Massively malty and almost equally hoppy big nose on this one. Strawberry caramel. A little toasty and really juicy, the nose is totally appetizing. At 6% it's not strong, but it's very tasty! An IPA unlike anything else I've tasted that was produced in Japan. Unique enough for me to immediately want to get it again. Good stuff. Definitely recommended at least for comparison between the very few IPAs available here in the J-heezy.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 13:22:42 | More by davidchollar
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distantmantra

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a straight Baird pint glass.

A: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a gigantic head of white foam. Holy foam Batman! I know how to pour a beer, but I still ended up with 4 inches of foam. Looking through other reviews, this doesn't seem to be an isolated issue. Lacing is thick and soapy in nature and sticks around long after the beer is gone.

S: The aroma is that of fresh hops with hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Toasted malt, bread, honey and caramel are also present.

T: Hops are noticeable but they mellow out. Notes of pineapple and passion fruit are detected along a nice mild hop backbone to finish this one off.

M: This IPA has a very crisp mouth feel with light body and an oily hint.

O: This is a really delicious IPA on the lower end of the ABV spectrum, but the carbonation on this sucker is out of control. It's worth seeking out, but don't pay too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:28:33 | More by distantmantra
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jbowers56

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper red colour with a nice 2 finger head which then fades to a creamy looking layer. Very nice looking beer.

Citrussy, peppery hops jump out at the nose. Also a fairly nice toasty/caramel malt presence. The hops really do dominate the nose of this though in a very cool way.

Not as aggressive on the palate as I might have hoped. Definite citrus notes are there from the hops as I would expect and some piney-ness that maybe came across as spicyness in the nose. Malt backbone is there and keeps the hops in balance. A little toastiness maybe from the malt but I've just got over a nasty cold so im really having trouble with the subtleties of this to an extent. Maybe a mistake cracking this particular beer open right now even so im enjoying it very much.

Carbonation is a little more prickly than I'd like for the style but that's a minor fault.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 07:33:35 | More by jbowers56
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Teikoku IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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