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Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Watermelon AleThomas Hooker Watermelon Ale

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 20.51%


Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
The light and crisp Ale has a hint of watermelon essence resulting in a very refreshing thirst quenching brew.

Our Watermelon Ale is sure to please a variety of palates lending itself to being the perfect summer treat.

(Beer added by: Hojaminbag on 09-08-2008)
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: The beer is a light pinkish gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of watermelons, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with strong and sweet watermelon flavor that is followed by light but bready malts. The hops presence is very mild and there isn't much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty if you like the watermelon flavor, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, I'm not usually a big fan of most fruit-infused beer but there are several others out there that are better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 01:21:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. I has a light pale malt scent along with a wonderfully fruity watermelon aroma. Yes, it's weak and watery, but the watermelon aroma is pretty damn refreshing. The taste, however is quite weak an devoid of character. It has a light pale malt taste along with a dry, artificial watermelon flavor. It goes down quick and easy with a thin, watery finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is your basic commercial fruit beer. It's nothing to get excited about, but it's enjoyable on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 21:45:49 | More by WesWes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this one into a pint glass, it was a pale yellow color. Very clear looking body with a soapy white head. The aroma was pretty nice actually the watermelon was subtle enough that you could still pick up some of the malts in the brew. The flavor of this beer is good at first when it's right out of the fridge and still cold. The watermelon isn't overly sweet at that point and is kind of refreshing. As the beer warms up though it starts to get a little funky, This kind of turned me off from this brew. The mouthfeel was super light and highly drinkable for summer time. Just drink it fast.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:35:22 | More by Knapp85
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Okay, even before I smell or taste this one, I am dubious. Open mind, I remind myself.

The beer looks nice. Good head, decent lace. Golden-amber color, cloudy.

Think Sweettart when smelling this beer. Quite candy-like--it also reminds me of the taste of children's aspirin. If I were blindfolded, I would never guess that this a beer.

The taste is an improvement from the smell. Still, it is closer to soda than a beer. The body is appropriate.

First thought, I'd place this beer in the Fruit category. Secondly, I cannot detect any watermelon. A clear miss in many ways.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 21:05:39 | More by smcolw
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear pale straw color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong watermelon nose and flavor is almost sour watermelon. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 22:21:16 | More by jdhilt
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like it when Hookers have watermelons! Let's get to the verbiage so that I can continue this further.

From the bottle: "More than a mouthful"; "Strangely refreshing"; "Ale with Natural Watermelon flavor".

There is a school of thought that says that more than a mouthful is a waste, but it all depends on what one is trying to accomplish, especially with a Hooker. I always feel refreshed after some strange and watermelons can go a long way towards a good time.

Right after my cap popped, I went with an aggressive pour so as to get my money's worth. I promise to be more gentle after this. I had a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention and the hazy, fizzy lemon-yellow color of the beer put me in mind of a silhouette of a lemon meringue pie. Nose really smelled like watermelon, not Jolly Rancher chemically-produced esters watermelon! I should not laugh, but I just could not help it. This is amusing in its strangeness. Mouthfeel was soft and the watermelon flavor was not as in-your-face as the nose had led me to expect. Instead, it seemed to be tempered by a biscuit malt taste which was the right way to go. This could have been way too sweet for enjoyment, but instead, it took on a light bitterness at the finish, reminiscent of biting too deeply and getting a taste of white rind instead of pink flesh. I liked it, but I am more inclined towards other fruit, so one was probably enough. Tasty, sure, but more of a novelty than something to sustain me.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 22:55:43 | More by woodychandler
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a transparent light orange with a small white head that fizzles out into a mild cap. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of Watermelon Jolly Rancher candy...literally, the first thing that popped in my head.
Taste is of the obvious watermelon, along with a touch of nutty grain and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, easy going down, and lip smacking.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2009 14:37:12 | More by weeare138
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale, lemon pour is translucent with a dirty bread white head that was skim thin and quick to dissipate not leaving alot of adjectives or interest to write home about. Faint visible carbonation. meh.

S: Watermelon, more green flesh then red pulp. Smells like watermelon jolly rancher, artificial, though label claims otherwise. Moderate awareness.

T: Soda like flavor, rather shandy, the melon is there, but more green melon, and again jolly rancher like, sweetened type malting and dry. Candy like, artifical watermelon, dont care what the label says, with some cough syrup like dryness on the swallow.

M: Some carbonation, but quite mundane, light medium body, light syrupy with a warming of watermelon cough medicine.

O: Overall a novelty beer, i prefered 21st admendments take over this. Not something i would drink in multiples, as im guessing this is what it should of strived for, a crisp, lightly fruity like experience, but comes off artificial and rather candy like (jolly rancher). Not something i would find refreshing nor crisp even on a hot summer day, gimmicky. It is what it is, but like mentioned earlier, 21st amendment did a somewhat more respectable job if you must partake in the novelty aspect.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:51:42 | More by beerthulhu
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 09/09/2009. Bottle. Pours a light pink/orange with a small white head. Aroma is incredibly fruity and sugary. It actually reminds me of a strawberry Starburst, although I suppose there are some watermelon notes too. Very aromatic; you can smell this thing from a mile away. Flavor of the same strawberry/watermelon Starburst with a touch of wheat notes in the finish, although it is primarily a sugar/fruit bomb. This is not very beer-like although I can't say I didn't enjoy it. However, it does become harder to drink as you attempt plow through it. Interesting, that's about all I can say.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 01:59:42 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a loose, quarter inch, off-white cap that revealed tiny ringlets as it dissipated. First impression of the nose is a watermelon jollyrancher. Taste was much more muted in the mouth and less sweet than suggested by the aroma out of the bottle; however, I feel like there's some artificial sweetener coming out somewhere in the mix. Mouthfeel is light and lively. This brew goes down easy, but the residual aftertaste kills it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:01:35 | More by Jwale73
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on May 16, 2010. The pour was a pale yellow with a thin fizzy white head and limited lacing. The aroma of watermelon is noticeable as soon as the pour is complete and overpowering above everything else. A little light maltiness in there as well but it is really the watermelon scent that is going on. The mouthfeel is of average texture but also kind of creamy. Watermelon takes over the taste with a very thin and slightly dry hoppiness at the end. This is probably refreshing on a hot day but since I am not a big watermelon fan in the first place it is hard for me to reap praise on this one.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2010 01:33:07 | More by puboflyons
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rudzud

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up on a whim at Julio's to complete a "mix a six" pack, wish I hadn't.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear yellow pour with a fizzy half a finger head that rapidly faded to leave light white swirls.

S - Watermelon jolly rancher.

T - Sweet, fake watermelon jollyrancher flavour followed by some wheat and typical ale notes. Way too fake and too sweet.

M - Starts off with nice, high carbonation but quickly becomes lackluster and thin.

O - Just an average "watermelon" beer. I keep trying these hoping to find one I'll enjoy but nothing has really brought watermelon strong. Always the fake aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 04:53:21 | More by rudzud
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, pink straw , 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: watermelon jolly rancher, a bit of wheat

Taste: toned down watermelon jolly rancher

Mouthfeel: drinks like a watermelon would eat--big sweet start that mellow down as you approach the white rind portion, can feel the carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: Not sure if I am a fan of watermelon ales, but this one certainly hits the mark. It is good for the watermelon fruit style. A bit sweet for me, I think I could have one maybe two max.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 13:18:12 | More by tigg924
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billab914

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It was a pale golden yellow color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Decent head retention to it as I drank it.

The aroma immediately reminds me of a pink starburst. The watermelon is definitely very present, but I seem to get a little strawberry to it as as well. It's sweet and almost candy like. The more I drink of it the more the pink starburst analogy seems to fit.

The taste is also pretty dominated by the candy like, strawberry and watermelon extract flavor. Again the pink starburst flavor is there, but more up front. I do get some pale, grainy malts in it as well that at least lets me know I'm drinking a beer.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average. Overall it was light and refreshing and could be drinkable on a hot day. I found it too sweet overall though and the fruity flavors seemed very fake and extract like. The pink starburst flavor was a little strange, but the pink ones are my favorite at least.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:16:57 | More by billab914
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a one finger white head. The head faded fast to leave only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of a watermelon aroma. It is somewhat artificial, but not too bad. While the watermelon is dominating, there are lighter notes a wheat nature as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty wheat flavor. A wheat is a light background flavor for the watermelon flavor to sit upon. The watermelon starts out sweet and light and gets more intense in flavor toward the middle of the taste. As the taste moves on further it loses some of the watermelon sweetness as some light hop flavors come to the tongue. In the end a mildly sweet yet rather potent watermelon flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Te body of the beer is on the light to average side with a higher level of carbonation. Both are good for the sweet taste of the beer.

Overall – For a watermelon flavored beer it does have good watermelon flavor, but overall it is something I wouldn’t go out of my way to get.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:39:08 | More by Darkmagus82
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Boto

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ brewery. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. It pours a hazy pinkish color, with a small white head on it. The aroma is pretty much a love or hate thing. As others have said, it smells like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. This leads you to think the flavor was going to be a bit over the top. That turned out to be a wrong assumption. What is here is a very drinkable refreshing beer. Only a subdued taste of watermelon in a very crisp and refreshing beer. Watermelon isn't quite my thing, but this is a pretty good hot summer day beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 13:27:31 | More by Boto
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thomas Hooker- Watermelon Ale

A- Light copper brown with a small but solid head. Ringed lacing along the top of the pint glass.
S- Light sweet watermelon with carmelized grain malt.
T- Light sweet grainy malt with hints of watermelon and grassy hops.
M- Sweet and malty. Sugary with an earthy grassy hop finish.

Overall- Definitely crisp and refreshing in a hot packed bar. Nice maltiness, for a watermelon ale it had some backbone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 22:41:05 | More by NJpadreFan
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Here is all that Thomas Hooker's website lists about this beer:

"Watermelon Ale

Style: Ale

The light and crisp Ale has a hint of watermelon essence, which is accented with colorful hues, resulting in a very refreshing thirst quenching brew.

Our More Than A Mouthful Watermelon Ale is sure to please a variety of palates lending itself to being the perfect summer treat."


Now on to my personal review of this beer, which I found on-tap at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA.

Served in a pilsner glass with a golden body and almost no head.

I can smell the beer before it even gets to me, and when it does the entire table smells of watermelon. Pretty pleasant actually.

Taste is a different story. That strong watermelon aroma translates to overly-sweet and artificial tasting watermelon flavor. There is a weak malt backbone underneath the flavor, but not enough to balance out the watermelon flavor. A thin and watery mouthfeel.

Too sweet to be very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2008 18:15:53 | More by Hojaminbag
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a single in order to try my first 'Watermelon Beer'

A-Pours a very light golden blonde with nearly no haze. Small fizzy head appears then fades to a tight white cap. The lace is unreliable and light.

S-Yikes! This one smells exactly like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Nearly overwhelming aroma of sugary, artificial watermelons. You really must focus in order to find any beer aspects behind the watermelon. Light grains and malts behind the candy flavor.

T-The taste is very odd. Not really hitting the right spot. The flavor of the watermelon is much more watery. The underlying aspects of the beer are more noticeable. Overall, intermingling of the flavors do not work well together. Thank god I didn't get a six pack (even though I wouldn't dare).

M-Oddly sticky. The body is heavier than expected. Just doesn't go down well.

O/D-Not a fan of this at all. Quite nearly a drain pour. Flavors do not mix correctly. Feel is off. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:28:26 | More by VelvetExtract
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I should have heeded goodbyeohio's warning. I'll listen next time Jim. A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's. Poured into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear copper color with a thin layer of off white head. Smells and tastes like artificially flavored watermelon hard candies (jolly ranchers, which I fucking loathe), watermelon blow pops, some sort of lightly toasted grain. Oily, thin watery body with light carbonation. After swallowing, the flavor vanishes. Don't waste your time or calories on this abomination.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 04:30:16 | More by ClockworkOrange
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium yellow with a foamy white head. No lacing, slight retention.

I smell watermelon rind and some thin jolly rancher candy. Some malt, but hard to find. Some mineral. Note: this is not overpowering in the fruit dept. Not horrific or over the top.

An ok balance of lighter malt and grain with the watermelon fruit. A bit artificial, but not overpowering. The malt, with light bitterness, tries to fight through. You get some grain, but that is about it. Finishes fairly clean.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Eh. I wanted to try it. Kinda ok, but barely. You'd get bored (or sorry) if you had a six. In the end, I can read a label. You get what you get. Better than some, worse than others.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 22:38:35 | More by OtherShoe2
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Not a winter beer for sure, but cleaning out the back of the fridge.

pours light orange copper with fizzy white foam that settles out. Punchy watermelon smell. Jolly rancher watermelon candy taste. Medium carbonation. The fruit taste is present throughout. Simple ale, dominated by that fruit flavor. Unique for sure, and not half bad for a novelty beer. But one is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 15:44:14 | More by KTCamm
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far333

Connecticut

2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear apricot colored with streams of fine bubbles rising up to a bright white head of foam that quickly sizzles away.

Sweet aroma of some bready malt and yeastiness and a heavy dose of Jolly Rancher.

Very faint flavor, watery, notes of watermelon rind and grass, some floral highlights. Not too complex.

Thin and watery mouthfeel, but tingly in the finish.

Low drinkability for me, I suppose there are some people who would love this, and it probably serves a purpose and a market, but not for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 23:48:37 | More by far333
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Drew966

Florida

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thomas Hooker More Than a Mouthfull Watermelon Ale pours an orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a definite watermelon aroma, almost jolly rancher like and absolutely no normal beer like smells. The watermelon flavor is a little more subdued than the aroma, but is still fairly strong. Ale was used as the base (most fruit beers seem to have a wheat base) Not too bad, but I probably wouldn't drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 22:49:27 | More by Drew966
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield, Conn. in a Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a pinkish, copper amber color with a very thin head of carbonation. Not much action going on in the brew, and the retention was pretty poor.

S: You will definitely get a big, sweet noseful of watermelon. Outside of that, some light herbal hops and bready notes can be detected, but the watermelon masks it almost completely.

T: Taste, surprisingly, did not reflect the aroma. Not entirely, anyway. Definitely a watermelon flavor, but more candied, like a Jolly Rancher. There's some slight citric bitterness and crisp, malty flavors, but mainly, just a slick, sweet, candied watermelon flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little sticky because of the unnatural nature of the watermelon extract.

D: I suppose it'd taste better in the summer months, but even then, this brew doesn't have the drinkability to be a good beer. If the flavor doesn't get to you, then the powerful watermelon aroma probably will. I'd pass on getting this one again.

I was told at the brewery they started with the blonde ale as a base, then added watermelon extract during conditioning, therefore changing the flavor, look and smell. It's interesting, but way more artificial watermelon flavor than I'd ever want.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 03:38:22 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Thomas Hooker Watermelon Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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