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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%


Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our American IPA gets its bold hop flavor from 100% American hops and its deep gold and full body from pale and crystal malted barley. A blend of Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hop varietals imparts AIPA with bitterness and prominent aromas of citrus and fruit. Our brewers select these hops on an annual pilgrimage to the hop farms of Pacific Northwest.

IPAs (India Pale Ales) were first brewed in England during the late 1700s for export overseas to British soldiers in India. To keep their beer from spoiling during the long voyage, English brewers fortified their traditional pale ale recipes with natural preservatives: more malted barley, for a higher alcohol content, and more hops. In recent decades, with growing appreciation for highly hopped beers, American craft brewers have revived the style, embraced it, and incorporated new hop varieties. Our Special Release IPAs further those traditions and showcase the distinctions of hops from different hemispheres.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: Vancer on 09-20-2009)
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bbkd3b

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body sits in the pint glass with a nice, orange hue and a small, white head that retains awfully well. Clear as can be with nice carbonation, not the best looker of the batch but certainly gets the job done. That's a good thing considering that the nose does nothing for me. The earthiness is overblown to create a pungent, unsatisfying scent without much to back it up. Not repulsive, but not impressive in the least.

Thankfully, its a completely different monster on the tongue. Smooth, easy body rests on the tongue with a refreshing kick of hoppiness. Flavors of grass, light citrus, and a sweet underbody hide any trace of that alcohol that might have snuck in through the back door. Drinking a couple of these would prove no challenge, which is surprising for the sharp hop character.

Overall/notes - None-too-shabby American IPA. Redeems Schalfly after the rather mediocre English version they put out earlier this year. Had this on-tap as well, and enjoyed it even more then, but never bothered to take notes. So it goes...

Worth tasting if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:53:43 | More by bbkd3b
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed in a snifter.

The beer has a soapy, white head that builds to a finger's width with a straight down the middle pour. The golden-copper body has amazingly clear clarity.

The nose carries dank aromatics: chive, especially garlic. Light notes of citrus do play around, mainly grapefruit in character. Malt is mainly held out of the way, mostly cracker-like in character.

The flavors of this IPA mimic the nose closely with more dank garlic and chive. Orange and grapefruit do come through, but not boldly. The finish brings a light, piney bite, with some more citrus. Again, malt is held well out of check, not easily discernible.

The feel of this beer is great: medium bodied, drying, long lingering hop bitterness.

Overall I was not expecting this to be such a dank hop forward IPA. The hops also play a huge role, not allowing for any kind of malt to take a foot hold in this offering. It drinks very well though, with a great heft and long drying finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 04:43:56 | More by Pintofbrown
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange tinted clear golden color, medium white frothy head.

Smell is bright citrus, mostly orange.

Taste also has that bright orange citrus quality, some lemon zest too maybe, it's almost acidic in the way orange juice is.

Another really good IPA/pale from Schlafly, not quite as good as the TIPA but still good to have around.

7.7/10

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 12:35:18 | More by AlexFields
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint sampled at the BottleWorks brewpub. Poured a deep orange color with nk away, some thin rings of lace left on the glass. Aroma of floral hops. Good malt and caramel flavors with a nice mix of citrusy hops to balance. Medium bodied, refreshing aftertaste. Overall, a decent IPA, just the flavor profile I was looking for.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 17:40:09 | More by BigBry
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It has a slight haze to it. On top sat an inch of off-white head.

S - I get some citrus and that foreboding skuny weed smell.

T - It starts out all nice with the citrus flavors. Then it slaps you in the face with skunky bitterness. I think this is a simcoe hops trait, but I am ignorant to specific hop profile save a few.

M - Moderate

O - This IPA does not represent the characteristics that I like. I don't care for the extreme bitterness and skunky taste. Call me a pussy, but I like the citrusy mid-western style IPA's. I am not saying this is a bad beer. Just not to my liking. If you like the real bitter skunk weed IPA's then this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 16:07:46 | More by buschbeer
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Bierwolf

Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Rocky off white foam that persists and after a little while reduces to a froth. There is no carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Very herbal with big, bold piney hops

Taste: Piney hops, apples and some kind of fruity aroma.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, slick and smooth with a long, hoppy finish

Overall: This was a very satisfying beer that you should enjoy over a period of time. Don't just guzzle this one down. Enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:50:04 | More by Bierwolf
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IPA1978

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Schlafly due the fact that all of their standard offerings (6 packs) are very mediocre. But I decided to give this a shot.

A- bright copper average lacing.

S- oranges, citrusy sweet dry hopped aroma

T- sharp citrus hops, light piney hops followed by malty sweetness. not so bitter more astringent but pleasent.

M-medium body and co2

O- this is the best Schlafly beers I have had. A good try for any IPA fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:10:54 | More by IPA1978
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thatguy3579

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Reddish-orange in color. Fairly clear. Lots of visible carbonation. Two in white foam dissipated quite quickly.

S: Scent is not overpowering. Mostly pine but also some citrus and earth notes.

T: Less aggressive than anticipated. Lots of lemon and pine. Some honey sweetness as well. Finish is alcoholic.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is a little lower than I would prefer for an IPA.

D: A decent, but not extraordinary IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 23:30:59 | More by thatguy3579
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice hoppy beer that drinks much more like an Imperial Pale Ale than a standard one.

The standard copper/golden hue shows bubbly carbonation that builds a fluffy white head, retains well, and with great lacing.

Aromas of citrus and hop resins fill the nose in a smooth and less dominating way. Crisp graham cracker malts work to balance the aroma but the hop contributions are a bit strong for that. Alcohol and esters give a unique complexity to the beer and is a bit of a surprise for the style.

Flavors balance quite well. Light and crisp malty, lightly caramel flavors are offset by citrus hop bitterness. Those citrus flavors show a nice blend of grapefruit, orange rinds, light acidity, and mild pine and hop resins. Alcohol flavors rise in the finish with light nail polish remover tastes and light fruitiness.

Moderately malty mouthfeel early, but the creamier textrues disipate quickly for a dry malty and smoothly bitter finish.

Although the hop/malt profile is balanced similarly in the way that is expected of APA's, the alcohol and body of the beer steps well into IPA and nearly DIPA strength. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Ale.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 07:57:38 | More by BEERchitect
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birchstick

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled with love on 5/17/2010

A - pours a dark amber color with a one finger head

S - smells dank/earthy/hoppy

T - the taste was a lot different than the smell. I was expecting juicy, oozing hops, but instead was immediately greeted with a bunch of bready and caramel malts. These were followed by a lot of sweet, grapefruit hops with a dash of grass. It is also a little hot. The more I drank this, the more the malts came through and seemed to overpower.

M - nice full body that goes down really smoothly

D - this is a pretty solid offering by Schlafly. It is a nice first bottling of the their AIPA. However, I think it could be a little less malty and a tad bit more hoppy. This is very drinkable on a beer to beer basis, however I think it is almost too hot to have more than 2 in a session without the alcohol dominance getting old.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:25:37 | More by birchstick
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BurpingtonDC

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from the East coast I hadn't heard of or tried Schlafly's brand until I stumbled upon their A IPA in a Liquor store on Capitol Hill.

A - Deep copper color, 3/4 " head with excellent retention and significant lacing down the glass

S - Sweet malty with citrus or pineapple tones.

T - Good and hoppy with a strong, sweet malty taste. Starts sweet, finishes very hoppy/bitterish. Pineapple, carmel accents.

M - medium body with a good degree of fine carbonation. Not overly active in the mouth but the bubbles hang in to the bottom of the glass.

D - Nice IPA, a touch sweet for me but thoroughly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 19:48:07 | More by BurpingtonDC
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orangish-amber colored ale, the tight-bubbled thick and creamy tan head is a product of an aggressive down-the-center pour.

Great citrusy-spice hop presence in the aroma. The promise of caramel and bready malts lingers in the background but sneaks through here and there. Nice balance in the taste. Hearty grainy malt flavor, hops are much more subdued but come through as a spicy pine flavor.

This is a big bodied, thick beer. Heavy and a bit filling. A nice hearty ale on a cool fall day. I could not see following this up with another, maybe one but it's definitely not a session IPA. Close to DIPA IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:15:49 | More by ZimZamZoom
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12-oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled in December 2012, but no freshness date to speak of.

Smell - Grassy, perhaps some notes of bay leaf or even black tea. Seems to be an underlying malty sensation as well.

Taste - Supported by an inherent bitterness throughout, the front is tangy with some citrus notes. The citrus notes evolve into a more distinct grapefruit essence with some coppery twang on the end from the higher ABV. Not bad tasting by any means, but I prefer my IPAs a bit more floral and aromatic.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a resinous feel but doesn't linger too long on the palate, which is impressive, given the everpresent bitterness.

Overall - A beer that was pretty good, but there are other American IPAs that I would probably reach for first, especially if picking up a sixer. If I was building a custom six pack, this might be a decent include to change it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 20:50:25 | More by LambicPentameter
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one at the Cod & Cask Festival at the Taproom - Drawn from the cask a medium yellow color and almost no head`to speak of ... only spotty lacing in the standard pint glass. Nose is slightly subdued, but there is a pleasant aroma of fresh hops going on here. Dry hopped? Otherwise, carameled malts, and citrus. Palate is similar to what the nose gives away ... a relatively tame IPA, at first blush, but leaves a very nice fresh hop character in the mouth. Definitely no hop-bomb, but very subtle and well-crafted. Mouthfeel is medium and the cask beer is served warmer ... 55 degrees or so ... leaving a smooth, floral and citrus finish. Juicy. I like this beer and it is only my second cask-conditioned ale experience. I'm definitely a fan and would come back for this one again. Enough hop character to satisfy without being harsh in any way ... very smooth and tempting with the fresh hop flavors and nose. Well done, I thought.

Serving type: cask

03-02-2007 02:02:14 | More by beerphilosopher
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

has a nice cloudy color to it with alot of carbonation, very little head though, smells good, floral and citrus hops are dominate, tastes good, but is better on tap, but i'm just glad to see it in stores finally. good ipa at a very cheap price, give it a shot if you see it in the midwest

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 04:31:32 | More by 1fastz28
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky dirty orange is capped off by a spotty and sudsy wallboard white head that was weak on the hold and lace. Nice suspension of yeasty matter of medium density saves this from average standards.

S: Weak aromatic appeal, light floral and shrubbery notes mixing with malted oranges and dry grains. Muted instances of sour tropical fruitiness. So far comes off below average by American standards.

T: Bitterness comes through a lot more so in the flavor then on the nose. Malted dry oranges with some semi-dry lemons and bready notes. Grapefruit with some sour tropical fruitiness (mangos, pineapples) appear midway while the finish is capped off by some dry hopped citrus notes coming on fairly strong.

M: lax, medium base at best, no carbonation but some malty appeal. Nice punch of flowery dry citrus parches the tongue upon the swallow.

O: Overall a weak, almost non-factor nose seems to be the archilles heal here to an otherwise pretty decent flavored ipa with a hoppy punch to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 22:59:58 | More by beerthulhu
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argock

Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 031813 on front of label. Gifted from my neighbor Walker.

A: Peach amber hue with healthy 1-2 finger eggshell head with good retention and loads of fine reticulated lacing.

S: It has a very earthy hops aroma with dank resin and mild pine and some light citrus. There is some melon and floral in there as well. The maltiness does not have much presence in the aroma profile.

T: The earthy, herbal nature of the hops dominates the flavor, and dankness is not really my favorite. The maltiness is lightly caramel but a little bready as well. The alcohol is a subtle cherry flavor in the background with warming. The hops have some floral and melon notes similar to the aroma but a lot more toward the melon and earthy herbal.

M: A very smooth drink with middle of the road carbonation and light-medium body.

O: A great IPA for those that enjoy earthy, herbal, grassy, and melon hop flavor. Not what I look for so not a world-beater for me, but a well made beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 04:08:49 | More by argock
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KI9A

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured nice orange-dark yellow, with a thin, off-white head.

S: Slight citrus, sweet malt.

T: I expected more of a hop-bite, but, I found a nice malt backbone, with a fair amount of a hop finish.

M; Lighter body than many IPA's. Clean finish, no real lingering bitterness. Very refreshing.

D: Easy drinker. Myself, not being a hop-head, but, at times, I do "crave" a bit of hops, this one is perfect for me to knock a couple back. Not too much different than their Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 12:07:34 | More by KI9A
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this one from my buddy Crabbicuss. Thanks a lot!

Poured a very nice cloudy golden color with an average amount of white head on it.

Smell is a little more malty than I'd expect but some hops are present as well.

Taste is pretty balanced. I'd like some more hop presence throughout. Good hop bitterness in the finish though.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Good easy to drink beer.

Overall a pretty decent IPA that I wouldn't mind drinking quite a few of. Definitely quite a few better IPAs out there in my opinion though.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 17:13:18 | More by richkrull
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scottfrie

California

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to HosP for sending me this one. Bottled 5/27/2011.

A: Pours a slightly hazy apple juice amber with a couple fingers of off-white head that faded into a fuzzy film that left a few patching of lace clinging to the glass.
S: Light notes of biscuity malt and a touch of caramel. Hops are full of citrus but a bit muted on the nose.
T: Moderate citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit, with a good dose of balancing malt doughy malt. Finish is a bit sweet and also lightly bitter. I get some mint and pine in there as well.
M: Medium body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and even carbonation.
O: A solid easy drinking ipa with a good sweetness to bitterness ratio. I wouldn’t mind knocking back a few of these. Thanks again Mark.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:11:16 | More by scottfrie
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a thick, fluffy and rather peristent buff-white head that leaves some good lacing. Hoppy aroma has a firm undertone of grapefruit and sour orange. Flavor is hoppy and fairly bitter with a solid sour citrus tone that seems to be equal parts orange and grapefruit and a tinny hint. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and edgy. Overall, not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 00:21:15 | More by Cyberkedi
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose if fairly attarctive, though I pick up a considerasble amount of sweet malt with the hoppy citrus in this beer. Flavors replicate the nose, and there's no denying that there is a considerable amount of malty sweetness in this beer. The beer has some decent hoppy bitterness as well, but the sweet cherry and candy corn flaovrs are a bit much. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slightly muddled, gritty finish. Drinkability is OK, though the sweetness in this beer, coupled with the fairly high alcohol, detract just a bit.

An OK IPA, but really one that is just not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 21:57:59 | More by johnmichaelsen
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spointon

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville the other day. From my notes:

A= Served in a 22oz tall wheat beer glass, this ale poured a bright orange-gold color with a 3/4" creamy white head. The head lingered a long time and left huge sheets of lace down the glass.

S= I found some sweet and biscuity malt aromas up against a fair amount of citrusy hop notes. Neither ran away with the aroma though, so I guess you could call it balanced.

T= This IPA was more malt forward than I was expecting, but pleasant nonetheless. The malts lead off with a semi-sweet biscuit flavor that faded perfectly into the juicy hops. Hop flavors were less bitter and more of the fruit and fresh green flavor type. Around midway I tasted an odd bit that I never could really pin down. Sort of a tartness that was out of character for a beer like this but not enough to ruin it either. Finish was dry and short.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a carbonation level and crispness that I found slightly too low for the style and my tastes.

D= Not exactly a challenging brew, but certainly a worthy one. Easily sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 05:10:25 | More by spointon
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange yellow with minimal head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, malts

taste: very malty, caramel, some hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: eh decent IPA. nothing special. Just another IPA tick.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:19:33 | More by THECPJ
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dar482

New York

3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pretty fresh at less than 1 month old.

The aroma has a wonderful dank sweet peach, tangerine, and mango. A good aroma on this beer.

The taste has pineapple and peach, a bit of citrus and a malt sweetness. The malt however hides the IBUS. This beer really lacks bitterness for an IPA. I prefer my IPAs with a bitterness and drying end. This really does not have that, despite being taste.

This is a pretty balanced and drinkable IPA, but lacking the bitterness and bigger flavors for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 06:48:39 | More by dar482
Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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