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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1243
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rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%


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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

While pumpkin beers were produced in the early days of the American colonies, they were different from the pumpkin beers we know today. Colonists used pumpkin and squash as the fermenting medium, since malted barley was scarce. Once malt became more readily available, it replaced these alternatives to grain. In the 1990’s, American craft brewers reintroduced the style to the delight of pumpkin beer drinkers.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 09-16-2006)
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ALC82

Iowa

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer which appears / tastes to change slightly every year! I believe this was one of the first pumpkin beers I ever tried, and to date, is still my favorite. There are lot of things going on w/ this beer that make it a great try for people of many different tastes. I would recommend this beers as a must try to start out your fall season (every year!)

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 21:10:20 | More by ALC82
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Mohagany/red, dark but thinly translucent
S: apple, cinnamon, clove
T: fermented apples, clove, nutmeg, slightly dry finish
M: a hint of bite, but warm and homey, a bit like a mulled cider, creamy
O: Pretty good, it makes sense why this is one of the more popular pumpkins. It might be a little too sweet for me, like ultra-fine grown-up apple juice, but drinkable, especially in smaller quantities.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 02:12:53 | More by RandomExile
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours auburn with no head retention. Midway through drink, it looked more like a rise wine or bourbon. The smell has berry and plum notes along with the pumpkin spice notes.

My first sips were enjoyable, even though the fruitiness noted in the nose was just as present in the taste. The fall spiciness was nice, and perhaps the only off-putting thing was the obviousness of the alcohol.

As I sipped it more, it seemed to lose its effervescence and tasted more like it looked, like a fortified wine. Because it's "beeriness" faded, I rated it down. My initial tastes had me rating it about .5 higher. Maybe I had a glass from a bad keg.

I will have to mark this for a re-try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2013 22:07:07 | More by cjgiant
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Dapuma

Arizona

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is flat out the best pumpkin beer I have ever had, it tastes of pumpkin pie, without going over the top with sweetness

At 8% the beer has a punch for something that goes down as smooth as a light lager

When it is released get it, mail order it, do whatever you need to do to obtain it if you are a pumpkin beer drinker, as it will change your Pumpkin Beer Life!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 03:51:40 | More by Dapuma
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a taste on tap.

Appearance - pumpkin colored! decent head

S - pumpkin and mild standard pumpkin spices

T - Mild pumpkin and mild pumpkin spices. I have tried 2 other pumpkin ales, and this one is the most mild, also my favorite... that being said I have come to the conclusion that I don't really like pumpkin ales. Maybe because I only semi-enjoy pumpkin pie, imagine that! But this one was actually pretty good because the novelty flavors were kept in check. Still tasted like a beer, with spices added. Others I found were wayy overkill on the spices especially.

Wouldn't mind having one around the holidays.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 01:38:33 | More by TastyAdventure
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plaid75

New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin flesh and light spice.

The taste consisted of sweet caramel, pumpkin flesh and a light spice.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied pumpkin ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 00:08:00 | More by plaid75
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YardmanFTB

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The reputation for this beer is that it is the gold-standard of pumpkin ales. For the most part, it lives up to the hype. The color is a nice dark amber with an orange hue (from the pumpkin). The aroma is big and pleasant. The taste is smooth and enjoyable. The presence of nutmeg is a little too much for me, but that is the only complaint I could throw at this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 15:23:42 | More by YardmanFTB
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roger617

Indiana

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

On tap poured into snifter.

A: 4.0 Pours dark brown with 1 finger of white head the reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.
S: 4.5 Smells like Fall in a glass.
T: 4.5 It should not be 95 degrees outside with this taste in my mouth. I want to see red, orange and yellow leaves, pumpkins and Indian corn right now. This tastes just like a pumpkin beer should. Pumpkin, spices, and that lingering taste that makes you crave a full plate of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, more gravy, and football on TV.
M: 4.0 Smooth, silky, carbed well.
O: 4.25 Delicious. A great example of what this style should be. I will be getting more of this for the fall as I watch my beloved Indy Colts this Fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 20:50:35 | More by roger617
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy and very dark golden orange color that's almost brown with dark burnt orange edges and a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Steaks of lace left behind.

Sweet pumpkin pie aroma with a decent balance of pumpkin purée and autumnal spices.  Pumpkin seed, pie filling, nutmeg and vanilla along with cinnamon and brown sugar.  Subtle vegetal quality but more dessert like than earthy.

Medium body with a strong zesty autumnal spice presence that dominates up frot lingering over the sweet malts before a sweet pumpkin pie/dessert presence shows up in the finish. Peppery with ginger, clove and cinnamon followed by caramel malt, pumpkin purée, vanilla and nutmeg.  Interesting how the flavor profile changes mid palate.  Still tons of spice but more dessert like in the finish.  Only a subtle vegetal presnce but it makes it a bit more organic tasting than a pure dessert beer.  Nice balance of both approaches to the style.  Decently balanced but could be a touch sweeter.  

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 03:11:54 | More by corby112
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cousineddy

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a 11.5 ounce snifter at the schlafly tap room.

Appeareance: Pours a dark amber with 2 fingers of offwhite head, good lacing

Smell: Cinnamon nutmeg and spices. Sweet smelling without being overpoweringly so.

Taste: Wow, mom's pumpking pie in a glass, sweet but not too sweet. Best pumpkin ale ive had.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick yet very drinkable

Overall: A must try!!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 18:48:32 | More by cousineddy
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- darker orange amber than other pumpkins. Soft foamy head. Slightly hazy.

S- good pumpkin notes with a big hit of cinnamon and sugar. I almost had to do a double take to make sure it wasn't apple cinnamon. Great smell.

T- yes yes yes. This is the flavor that sets the standard. Big pumpkin flavor. Cinnamon and sugar and a finish that has a candy sweetness to it.

M- malty and smooth. Too easy to drink.

O- this is my leader of the pack so far. Awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 19:34:07 | More by stckhndlr
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wingzing85

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! What a great pumpkin ale! The overall appearance is a toasted orange color with about an 1/2" head. Smelled of pumpkin spice and nutmeg with maybe a hint of all spice. The flavor was perfect. Not artificial tasting like some other pumpkin beers I have had. It was delicately balanced for a robust and very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 17:24:51 | More by wingzing85
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pvo

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great pumpkin ale. Knowing that it is a pumpkin ale, one could assume that it is sweet, spiced, appropriate with hearty food, and has a great dark amber color. These are all true.

What separates the Schlafly pumpkin ale is its balance. The spices are there but not overwhelming; the alcohol is high but doesn't make the beer too sweet. Essentially, I would be excited to drink this on many an occasion, and that cannot be said for many pumpkin ales.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 23:30:20 | More by pvo
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprise find at Embassy Suites in Cool Springs.

Deep, dark red with paper white two finger head. Decent retention but no lace.

Nutmeg and cinnamon nose. Caramel malt underneath.

Caramel and nutmeg flavor. Lots of alcohol.

Thin body for style and flavor.

Nice imperial pumpkin.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 00:35:40 | More by beer2day
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lokiikol

Maryland

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft.

Color: clear, deep amber in color.

Head: thick, off-white, dissipates fairly quickly with light lacing.

Aroma: heavy spice, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps a slight clove undertone, minimal fruit or pumpkin notes. Smells inviting and rich.

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, with a slight carbonation.

Taste: light malt flavor up front, giving way to a medium spice aftertaste reminiscent of the aroma, and it lingers and entices for another drink. Pumpkin pie is not quite the right way to describe the balance, but it gets you in the ballpark.

Overall: I have had this beer style many times before, and I have not had another pumpkin ale that even approaches this one in terms of quality, balance, and taste. Despite being an imperial ale, it does not have the alcohol taste that usually accompanies such a distinction, and although the spices are pronounced, they are not overpowering nor the only character of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 21:12:55 | More by lokiikol
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challenja

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A deep amber orange, one hell of a good looking beer! Slight carbonation, nice small white head.

Smell: Wow. This is really sweet and spicy. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin puree and a huge smell of candied caramels and butter toffee.

T: This is what a Pumpkin Beer must taste like. Who ever brews beers must find the recipe and then mass produce this sucker and make millions! This is a slightly tamer but spicer offering than S.T PumKing. This one has more carbonation and has more cloves and Cinnamon running through out. Nutmeg is on par with Weyerbacher and S.T.

M: Medium bodied with a nice fullness that most Pumpkin beers lack, that is why this one is #2 all time in Pumpkin beers. One hell of a smooth creamy pumpkin spiced beer for sure.

O: This is my second favorite pumpkin beer of all time and my second favorite seasonal beer as well. I only wish I could buy at least 12 of them before they sell out in mere minutes at local craft beer stores. People call up to find this one much like KBS and CBS by Founders, and Hop Slam by Bell's. I guess I have to start emailing and bugging the hell out of them too, or maybe I will call my boy Jonathan at Hop n Wine because he is one of the major distributors here on the East Coast. The beer god's do smile on me from time to time. Seriously if you find it, buy it! All of It!!!! and then sell it on EBAY..

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 23:39:16 | More by challenja
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CrystalShipMS3

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lure's Bar and Grill

Look: Lacks head retention. Very light golden brown in color. This beer is much more about flavor than appearance.

Smell: Great pumpkin and spice. Not particularly aromatic but it still smells great. But the awesome flavor makes up for it.

Taste: It's a perfect blend of pumpkin pie and beer flavors. Not so pumpkin-y that you forget you're drinking beer, but the big spiced pumpkin pie flavors are excellent. Some alcohol flavor comes in but is maksked by delicious malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Like a fall day. It's an ideal fall beer.

Overall: It's my go to pumpkin beer. This is a must have.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 23:13:24 | More by CrystalShipMS3
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Independent in Seminole Heights, Tampa.

Pillowy white head of two fingers atop a cloudy, orange-amber body. Excellent lacing and head duration in the tulip glass; impressive beginning. Very spicy nose, with plenty of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and caramel. Just smells like Fall.

The taste verifies the smell and then some. It is sweet and smooth without being cloying, and the finish has just the right turn of bittersweet to counter any hint of cloying. The spice permeates SPA, but allows enough pumpkin, brown sugar, and caramel to blend in to make this like pumpkin pie in a tulip glass--BUT without the extract taste that some of the more pedestrian pumpkin beers provide.

So smooth that the strength of the 8.0% ABV remains hidden, SPA rivals ST Pumpking as the best Pumpkin Ales I have had the privilege to taste. Simply excellent, and is one of the very best that Schlafly, an excellent heartland brewery, has to offer.

Outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 17:50:22 | More by Gehrig
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Spider889

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington on 9/10.

This beer is quite possibly my new favorite pumpkin beer. It's very different from ST Pumking which is my other favorite. The real battle royale to consider though, should be this beer vs Elysian's Great Pumpkin. Someday...

A - A nice copper and burnt umber color with a slightly yellowed head served at roughly a finger or so high in a tulip.

S - Awesome, ohh yes. I immediately am thinking of fresh warm pumpkin bread. Sweet and sticky - with tons of ginger and spice. Doughy, mildly grainy nose, full of true pumpkin gourd aroma as well as cinnamon and loads of nutmeg and molasses.

T - Full-on pumpkin pie here. Right on. Some beers TRY to showcase such a flavor, and mostly hit near the mark with the appropriate spices, just in off quantity or usage. Schlafly hits the nail on the head here. Vanilla began to filter through the flavor explosion of pumpkin and spice eventually, too.

M - Smooth, rich, and velvety.

O - Like a slice of pumpkin pie. My favorite kind of pie. Damn you Schlafly for not distributing in Ohio.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 07:24:28 | More by Spider889
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CraftBeerDrinker

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

enjoying these beers one by one in bottle and then on-tap, starting with the local brewers. since this one is my favorite, i'm going to be doing two reviews to start out my beeradvocate reviews.

poured awesome off the tap with good head on the beer and has a dark body. tons of spice in the smell but then its seems lighter than pumpkin pie. the pumpkin pie is huge in the taste and is nice and strong. sweet but pumpkin pie all the way through! about to buy another 6 pack to save in my fridge for the family.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 03:55:32 | More by CraftBeerDrinker
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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

This is definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I've had. Not too sweet or spicy, it just hits the spot and drinks easy.

Had on tap at galaxy hut Arlington, VA.

Pours a clearer dark orange with a little small thin head and just a little lacing. Smell is a nice, sweetbread or pumpkin bread way. Sweet notes but savory and spicy with nutmeg and ginger notes, like pumpkin pie.

Taste also just like a heartier not super sweet pumpkin pie. Gingerbread, orange peel, cinnamon snap, some hop esters, and a soapy pub feel over the palate. A very nice balanced brew. Too many pumpkin beers are too sweet or super clove-y, this is not. Nice and a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 22:32:24 | More by Dreadnaught33
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paperbackfoster

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Head came up to three fingers before the bartender topped it off. Light, playful body carbonation. A deep orange amber.. pumpkin pie colored, I guess.

S - Pumpkin, obviously, with a surprisingly yeasty smell. The pie spice comes through, and the malt has a toffee sort of character.

T - Pumpkin rind is prevalent over light, toasty malts. My problem with this beer is still the spicing. Allspice, clove, and nutmeg seem overpowering - very much like a pumpkin pie when you dump way too much into the mix. I agree, this 2011 brew is better than it has been - my 2010 experience with it was horrible. But still, I wish the pumpkin stood out more than the spice. To this beer’s credit, I can tell that the malt and pumpkin are well balanced - it’s the overtones that get me.

M - Dry, almost gritty on the tongue. It does a lot to thicken the beer, but it also has that spoonful-o’-cinnamon kind of feel to it.

Overall - Still not my favorite pumpkin beer, but it is decent. I feel that I have to grade it as a specialty/novelty brew, and as such, it does do fairly well. But, to repeat myself, the spice is the issue here. This could be a great pumpkin brew, with a hefty portion of pumpkin rind and that toasted pumpkin seed quality balanced with the malt. The pumpkin pie angle just gives it too much winter spice for me to thoroughly enjoy, for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 18:23:08 | More by paperbackfoster
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had many times, bottles, draft, etc.

A - Pours a copper/rusty brown color, cream head, spotty lacing.

S - Pumpkin pie. Spices, creamy sweetness, burnt sugars, candy.

T - Pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, spices, well-hidden alcohol.

M - Medium, good carbonation, rich and smooth.

O - My favorite Pumpkin Ale...not just because I'm a StL homer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 15:36:34 | More by Sean9689
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery in a goblet. This Pumpkin Ale poured a burt orange color, almost brown....one of the darker pumpkin ales that I have had. There was a very thin head...almost none...it was a light tan...retention was poor and almost zero lacing. The aroma was nice a strong smell of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves are present. The taste of this ale is full bodied, has a base of caramel malt, pumpkin, sweet honey, squash and spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. This is a big beer, a sipper. Decent session beer, but its not something that I could drink a six pack of in a sitting. Not my favorite Pumpkin Ale- I prefer something a bit lighter- but It was not bad. Overall slightly above average

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 01:34:51 | More by GossageBrewery
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thekanna

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe in Dupont Circle, DC.

A: Gorgeous radiant pumpkin orange with almost no head, just a hazy sheen that hangs in patches above the body.

S: Strong pumpkin spice; I definitely detect cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Sweet malts and pumpkin bread.

T: Sweet pumpkin-flavored malts, strong pumpkin spice again, followed by cinnamon, a bit of vanilla extract, slight herbal hop bitterness, and some buttery diacetyls. Ahhh.... THIS is what a pumpkin beer should taste like.

M: A bit thin and under-carbonated.

D: Wonderful pumpkin brew, and definitely one that i'd be willing to use as a (slightly lower-quality) replacement for Southern Tier's Pumking, since that seems to sell out all too quickly where I live.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 03:34:22 | More by thekanna
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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