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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1243
Reviews: 432
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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells like pumpkin, with some cinammon and brown sugar and alcohol. Light Orange colour, no head. Carbonation right up there as if club soda, but pumpkin taste right there, not sweet nor bitter. A good representation of this blooming style. Thanks for the hitchhiker, jpm30.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 05:04:18 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Glowing, jack-o-lantern orange with butternut edges. Pumpkin Ale is the perfect color for a pumpkin ale and is darker and richer than most. The three finger cap is palest ecru with a subtle infusion of palest orange. Too bad there's nothing remarkable about it. That, and the fact that there's very little lace, pulls the appearance score down a half notch.

I could smell the spices as soon as the cap was removed. The nose is nicely pumpkin pie-like and complements the base beer--a big amber ale--very well. While cinnamon and nutmeg are easily identified, the mystery spice is still a mystery (see more below). I've smelled better pumpkin ales, but not very damn many.

Given the ABV and the 'Special Release' designation, I was expecting something a little more bold. I'm not complaining though; this is still good beer and is one of the better versions that I can remember drinking. One of the most amazing things is that alcohol is next to absent on the palate.

I love the understated, almost honeyish, sweetness. Whether it's due to pale malt, caramel malt, pumpkin or butternut squash, I couldn't say. There isn't a huge amount of squash flavor, but there is a pretty big spice load. The website lists the spices as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The label lists them as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. My guess: ginger.

The mouthfeel is deserving of big beer status. It's firmer than it is soft, with a pleasing heavy silkiness and a supreme smoothness. A restrained amount of carbonation is the perfect match and keeps pumpkin spicy burps to minimum. Not that I mind pumpkin spicy burps.

I know that early February isn't the most opportune time to be drinking a pumpkin ale, but I figured that an 8.0%'er would hold up well being holed up for a few months. And it has. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is one of the best damn gourd beers that I've ever had. Thanks jpm30.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 16:46:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was able to pick up a twelve pack of this one. I had heard very good things and this was as solid as a pupkin ale as I was gonna get this year. Served cold, this will be my official review after drinking this one for a couple months. Consumed on 01/07/2009.

The pour was classic for the style. Rich light amber in color with a smooth and delicate looking carbonation that bubbled up from the bottom of the glass throughout. A nice touch of white on the top and it settled down lightly into a small broken crown,

The aroma was light, nicely spiced and full of grain. lIght notes of fresh hops bouncing around in here with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavor was very solid. Light grains, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumkin, and touches of light grass flavors. Really very well done. No hint of alcohol at all. I actually just saw this was 8%, what the hell, I thought it was like four. This was really well done and very sessionable. I had no idea how strong this was.

Overall one of the best, most drinkable pumkin ales I have come across. Not really anything bad to say here. Solid all the way around!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 03:46:47 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


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

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is your rather average amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: Lots of pie spice notes fill the nose. I get plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. There's a mild graham cracker malt note and rather than pumpkin, I get apples...

T: The apples are present on the flavor as well, but still not really any pumpkin qualities. The spices are the bulk of the flavors in this beer, and fit the same description as those mentioned in the aroma.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.

D: This didn't necessarily say "pumpkin beer" to me. It was much more of an apple pie beer, and a good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 06:50:33 | More by womencantsail
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pumpkin color with a two finger head though the retention was not particularly impressive as it quickly pancaked down to a film

Smell: Smells like a pumpkin rum pie, with all the pumpkin and spice elements (strong on brown sugar, cinnamon and clove) but a surprising fusel alcohol presence from the 8% abv

Taste: The pie spices dominate from the front end, with the brown sugar, cinnamon and clove elements overwhelming the pumpkin flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit on the sweet side for my palate as I prefer a bit more pumpkin flavor and a lower abv in this style

Thanks, Cresant, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:03:19 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep dark cloudy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon with sweet malt backbone is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin with lightly sweet malt backbone. All flavours are very well balanced with sweetness offsetting some of the spices so that nothing gets out of hand. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great level of complexity while retaining good marks for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 16:59:33 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Schalfly for making a worth-while Pumpkin Ale. Rarely does the world get to sample a hearty pumpkin flavor, a very well-made base beer, and spices that contribute to the beer without overpowering. This beer does all this-- doesn't seem too difficult. This beer seems to have a very firm Amber malt toastiness, sweetness, cleanliness, and crispness. The low (but detectable) hop rates make way for the pumpkin and spice variety to shine. The pumpkin delivers a creamy, earthy flavor very similar to fresh-baked pumpkin pie. Mild notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice decorate the beer without bringing undue attention to the frills. A mild buttery flavor also brings the beer into desert-range. This is all evedent in the aromas and flavors. The body remains firm, creamy, and relatively round; allowing the flavors to settle into a mellow finish of creamy-sweet pumpkin and caramel. This is likely the best Pumpkin Ale that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 03:22:18 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Poured into a snifter. Picked this up at Rick's a month or so back.

Color is a slightly-hazed orange color that is just a bit dark. A short white head with just a bit of lacing forms on the brew. The nose is fairly sweet with some nice pumpkin pie notes as well as a pretty good amount of pumpkin-pie spices.

The flavor is really nice with the sweet pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices really integrating together quite well. I couldn't believe that the alcohol was this high when I read it after drinking this one down a bit--it's not detectable at all. Feel is nice and creamy. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, one of the better pumpkin brews I've come across and I'm glad to try this one this season.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:22:17 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber and orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and spices such as nutmeg in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the pumpkins really stand out in front of the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces whatsoever of alcohol. The taste has a very good balance between pumpkins and spices but much more pumpkin flavors compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 17:55:07 | More by metter98
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

Clear, reddish orange color, slim white head.

Big pumpkin pith aroma, with nutmeg and cinnamon. Lovely stuff.

Smooth and solid in the mouth. Supple and satisfying. Medium bodied, plump with flavor but an ease to drink.

Good texture, great flavor. Is it 8%? I wouldn't have guessed...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 04:25:27 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big "Thank You" to diekia & Jayli for getting this beer to me. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pumpkin, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out quite spicy with flavors of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg that are quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel & pumpkin. There's a decent hops presence and a hearty malt character that provide a little bit of balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but kind of syrupy, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer but there are better ones that I've had in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 02:59:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


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

edit 2008/09: I pick up this beer every Fall, and manage to blow through a case. It's a very balanced and authentic pumpkin ale without the artificial ingredients & extra sugar.

Somehow this 6-pack has lasted since Labor Day, last bottle from Aug. 21, 2007. Seems like a fitting review for Halloween...

A solid inch of foam on a rusty orange body. It has a thick ring of lace, but i'm more impressed that it has head retention, compared to alot of Pumpkin Ales i've had this season. Pumpkin and cinnamon in the aroma.

Flavors of nutmeg, clove, blended in with authentic pumpkin as well. Not overly sweet or spicy. Fuller mouthfeel, somewhat dry finish due to the spice, would be nice if it were a little less dry and tacky. Easy to finish a bottle, I had several in a row when it was fresh in the bottle (2 weeks old). I'm guessing the shelf life isn't the longest, but at 8% it should last a few months, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 02:58:35 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a finger of cream colored head. A bit of lacing & zero head retention, really dragged this score down

S: Pumpkins & pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, allspice, & nutmeg

T: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, dryness & brown sugar up front. Spices start to dominate as this warms, cinnamon & nutmeg especially, plus some squashy/pumpkin notes as well. Finishes warming with nutmeg & cinnamon

MF: Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation & a nice warming sensation, expected a bit more malt depth though

Drinks pretty easy, the ABV is well hidden, but lacks the total package of say, an Ichabod, but I would certainly grab a sixer of this during the fall every year

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 04:15:13 | More by russpowell
Photo of drabmuh


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first pumpkin beer I had at a recent pumpkin tasting, it was OK, one of the better ones overall. Beer is dark orange with no head, low carbonation, no lacing, and the beer is clear. Looks kind of weird.

The aroma is sweet and spicy, almost a biting. Smells OK.

OK, it doesn't look cool or smell special but it tastes pretty good. Beer is sweet but not cloying and it has a nice cinnamon / nutmeg spice profile on a light bodied beer. The alcohol gives it a dry finish and a sweet start, I can't decide if these are good things or a strategy to distract me from the overall nature of the beer. Not my favorite beer but a decent pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 18:34:28 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zeff80


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a bright clear orange color with hints of amber. It ad a foamy, off-white, two-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, tons of nutmeg and some cinnamon.

T - Great blend of pumpkin and nutmeg gave it a nice bittersweet quality. The cinnamon flavor was understated but good.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - One of the best pumpkin ales. Certainly the best of the five that I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 04:34:59 | More by zeff80
Photo of jlindros


3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to erric for this one.

Fizzy head of almost nothing, semi hazy darker amber brown color.

Nose has plenty of toasty amber malts, reddish, pumpkin, canned pumpkin as well, some pumpkin spices as well, and a bit fruity.

Taste is loaded with pumpkin flavor, canned pie filling and a bit of the fresh stuff, amber toasty malts, quite a bit of spices, sweet brown sugar and syrupy malt flavors with a touch of warming booze, a bit of bready malts, a bit thick and over the top. Finishes bitter and tannic, spices and syrup galore, sticky finish too

Mouth is a bit bigger syrupy sticky, decent enough carb, hint of booze.

Overall meh, too much pumpkin, way too syrupy and sweet, spices on the high end as well, just over the top. It would actually be much better as a slow sipper with Thanksgiving dinner or desert.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 23:44:44 | More by jlindros
Photo of Knapp85


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

Poured out as a really nice looking clear burnt orange color. The head was white but it came and went rather quickly not leaving any lacing at all behind. The smell of the beer is really nice, it's got a good balance of sweet malt with spice notes. The taste of the beer is impressive, it's sweet with a light toasted note and the spices come in and make this beer an exceptional autumn experience. The mouthfeel is decent, it's carbonated and medium bodied, not too bad. Overall it's a very good Pumpkin Ale. very glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 19:14:20 | More by Knapp85
Photo of tempest


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

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade.

This is easily the best pumpkin beer I've had. Sure, there isn't a great deal of deviation within the style, but this left a great impression on me. Compared to the other big pumpkin beers like Pumking and Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin, this was richer in pumpkin flavor, while also being more drinklable. The taste is just a nice mix of pumpkin meat with dashes of spice and a mellow malt backbone. A must-try for pumpkin beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 19:59:58 | More by tempest
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

a - Pours a dark amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells exactly like pumpkin pie; smells outstanding. Also some cinnamon, spices, nutmeg, bready malts, and caramel malts. Maybe the best pumpkin ale I've ever smelled.

t - Tastes of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, spices, bready malts, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth body, and pretty easy to drink.

d - An outstanding pumpkin ale. It looks good, has a great mouthfeel, and an amazing smell. The only knock I would have on it at all is the alcohol in the taste. Will definitely be buying more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 22:43:19 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle. "Bottled with love on 9/10/2013" on the bottom of the front label. Nice-fresh, highly rated seasonal beer.

Pours hazed darker amber, very minor head, leaving some fine strands of lacing.

Nose has a good dose of pumpkin pie spicing.

Full flavor and full bodied, rich pumpkin notes, more typical spicing, but everything tastes and smells fresh and pungent here. Nicely done. 8% flexing its attitude, but exhibiting no boozy bite.

If ya enjoy the style, this is one to seek out and enjoy.

Gonna try to put some away for thanksgiving. Gonna be nice with Turkey day dessert and as a night capper.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:41:49 | More by Billolick
Photo of Zorro


4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and spicy with lots of pumpkin pie spice. Brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and clove are the strongest scents here. Lesser scents of vanilla and caramel with some wheat crust scent. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a really strong spice flavor. Strong clove and cinnamon flavors with caramel. Pretty much it tastes like pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is good.

Decent pumpkin beer not too sweet with lots of Pumpkin Pie spices.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:44:13 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to UncleJimbo for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden amber/brown color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is really nice, malty, lots of cinamon/nutmeg/spices, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice touch of cinnamon/nutmeg/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:13:47 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112


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
Photo of woodychandler


3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This parade of pumpkin beers is out of control! Every time that I think that I have opened my last one for the year, another one pops up.

From the bottle: "A Special Release, Pumpkin Ale is available for a limited time, with a new style every few months."; "Schlafly Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie."; "I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion - Henry David Thoreau".

My pour created two fluffy fingers of deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with filament-quality brightness. Nose was very sweet and spicy and since they were going for pumpkin pie, I would say that they hit the mark! The label mentioned "cinnamon, nutmeg and clove" and I was having a tough time discerning one form another. Mouthfeel was slightly viscous, syrupy and this was one of the sweetest pumpkin beers that I can remember drinking. It seemed dangerously close to diabetic shock in a bottle. Each successive sip was unrelenting in terms of its sweetness and I was feeling kind of overwhelmed. The finish was (finally) both spicy and sweet, but if I have railed against unbalanced in terms of spices, here was unbalanced in terms of malty sweetness. Whew! Definitely NOT my cup of pumpkin, but as always, YMMV.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:33:37 | More by woodychandler
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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a dark amber color with 3 fingers worth of rich yellowish stained to tan froth. As the cap fades, it leaves a webbing pattern of lacing effect all over the glass. The brew displays a brilliant clarity with some lighter hints of yellow to orange around the edges. A light swirl revives just shy of a finger of yellowish stained froth atop.

The smell is like gram crackers, mildly toasty with cinnamon and some earthy nutmeg. There is a bit of fruity almost perfume quality about this perhaps from the alcohol esters. More smells reveal a bit more depth to the earthen character that is mildly vegetative. When swirled, a mild note of sulfur and cheese is emitted.

The taste is mildly sweet with a bready character of grain, somewhat toasty with cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a mild nutty appeal to this along with a fruity to vegetative edge. More sips bring out some of that gram gracker and toasty appeal that was first introduced in the aromatics. It transitions to more earthy character with a mild herbal touch of hops that blends well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it is a well blended and nice take on the style. The spices here are really restrained and come out with just enough character to solidify it in the style. The touch of perfume edge that creeps out distracts just a bit along with the veggie edge that keeps this from being perfect in my opinion. Overall, it is solid and absolutely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:42:39 | More by stakem
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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