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Harpoon White IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon White IPAHarpoon White IPA

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very good

328 Ratings

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ken Hermann has taken our exploration of – and adoration for – the IPA style in a completely new direction. With notes of orange peel and coriander, the soft mouthfeel reminiscent of a Belgian wit, and the hop additions of Simcoe, Citra and Cascade, he strikes a delicate balance between two disparate styles while showcasing the characteristics of both. It’s a refreshing take on a new style, and we hope you enjoy it! Cheers.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-24-2012)
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Photo of Grugalug

New York

4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy straw-yellow color. Leaves about half a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Audible sizzle from carbonation.

S- Piney and resin with surprisingly intense citrusy aroma, primarily pineapple and orange. Slightly floral but just incredibly bright and complex all at the same time.

T- Hop bitterness up front with the pine and resin, finishes with strong pineapple and orange along with a subtle sweetness.

M- Light-bodied, very well-carbonated, and very refreshing. Everything you would want on a humid summer day.

O- Incredibly refreshing, bright, and drinkable. I am not a hop head and being only 45 IBUs this IPA is very approachable. If you aren't big on more hop-forward IPAs you have to give this one a try. Honestly, I don't understand why it's not rated even higher. Just a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 07:22:54 | More by Grugalug
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this was from the barrel series #43 bomber

audible sizzle from a soapy white foam cap, paler than straw but not an albino, a sparse assortment of carbonation lightly populates the interior, lacing is ok, a nice enough looking brew

mild nose, some light dough notes and some faint hops, pretty subdued

taste etc...
one of the strangest carbonation signatures I have had in some time... in a good way, it is prickly and light but definitely makes itself known, a fresh flavor of mild citrus tempered with mild sugar, mild bitterness and just a clean over all finish

my review does not seem to do this beer justice, while I would not call it great it would be a great go to when out dining or at the bar, easy drinking, has a pleasant character all the way around, damn smooth drinking brew, if you see it out on tap, grab some, I think this will be a nice addition to my summer brew lineup as a change of pace, nicely made.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 05:35:56 | More by Ego
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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA Spiegelau glass. The Long Thaw IPA written on the bottle.

A slightly hazy but mostly very clear and bright brass dark lemon and light grass green body. Lots of fine fast rising carbonation, that creates a good big four finger head, very bright white and shampoo soapy retention.

Interesting nose. Kind of floral and earthy, quite green with some hinting faint citrus pith like bitterness in the back. Big woody cedar notes on this which really comes out of nowhere. Kind of unexpected, very different, quite fun. Solid and enjoyable.

Palate is real different. Light and very bright tasting. Bright light juiced quality of citrus orange, lots of tropical kiwi and bright sharp fruit skin. Good oily light finish, with some juicy character but much airy and softer texture, with a hint of tight carbonation. Lots of citrus mid palate play, with tropical punch fruits and lime and kiwi. Good controlled bitterness a well.

Overall I am really not sure what to think of this so called "white IPA" beer style of late, but this one is very unique compared to others I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 23:39:37 | More by smakawhat
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle in to Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass courtesy of Sam Adams!

Anyway... We had singles of it, so I figured I'd give it a shot to be able to tell customers how it is. The appearance is hazy yellow, 1 finger white head, plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, all nice aspects of a White IPA except points off for zero lacing. Aroma seemed very faint to me with hints of orange and pineapples in there somewhere if you searched for them. The flavor outweighed the scent by a long shot -- nice burst of tropical fruits and a firm but not overwhelming hop bitterness, lemons or limes in the aftertaste. I feel like there's a sort of tartness or sour flavor that lasts on the tongue but since no one else said that I feel kind of crazy. Pleasantly surprised by this offering from Harpoon, I could see myself buying a six pack when the weather starts getting a bit warmer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 05:18:15 | More by RummyRedbeard
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an off orange color and has a two finger head.
S - Citrus and a bit tropical, yeast.
T - The taste is similar to the smell, noticing pine, orange peel, spices and fruit.
M - Medium body with a finish on the dry side.
O - Its an easy going IPA with nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:03:12 | More by patpbr
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New York

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy By dating of 04-15-14

Pours lighter near golden amber, under a slight lite khaki head, that does leave behind a fine film, thin collar and some low strands of lace. Final pour is heavily clouded with yeasty sedimentation.

Nose is perfumey with some dull tropical fruit also chiming in.

More citrus on the palate, with limes and pineapple coming into the party. Piney hops softly add to the finish.

Respectable and easily approachable white/Belgian styled IPA. Worth a try

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:30:16 | More by Billolick
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass, best by 5/15/14. Pours a dark yellow, with a two inch fluffy white head that leaves behind some webs of lace. Smell is clove, mango, oranges, fresh cut grass, and some hints of banana. Taste is all of that, a nice pucker of grapefruit that hangs on the tongue a while. Body is not quite medium, great amount of life, a little dry, and easy drinking for sure. This is a solid beer, I love so many of the cross breed's. Toss extra hops in any beer and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 17:30:48 | More by SawDog505
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon The Long Thaw White IPA has a thick, off white head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, with lots of brown, powdery grit suspended throughout, and a some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, tart, citrus, white bread, and hop oil. Taste is the same, with some nice, mellow, copacetic bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Harpoon The Long Thaw White IPA finishes mellow, wet, and highly drinkable. No alcohol shows up. Overall, I think for the the price, $1.59 for a single, it’s a beer not to be passed up.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 14:56:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

just poured into a glass.

serving type. glass, with wide rim to allow appreciation of the aroma.

appearance; thick head slowly settles to a fair amount pretty even lacing, carbonation isn't very visible, a little cloudy. color is tan/orange, but I'm not great with colors.

aroma; wonderful. the smell is definatly not just vague citrus but an obvious orange with a sour tang.

taste. nice, i haven't had many IPA's yet, and this beer kind of reminds me of several other pale ales i have had. the initial taste is a bitter citrusy hoppines that ends in a slightly fruity, dry finish, with a touch of spice. a lot of people mentioned coriander but I'm getting cloves. i would have liked a bit more fruitiness like the aroma suggested but still a pleasant IPA.

mouthfeel. i personally like the carbonation to last on my tongue for a little longer but the dryness is nicely balanced with the smoothness of the beer upon swallowing.

overall. a solid, refreshing beer that also has body , and might serve as good training wheels for somebody looking to venture into IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 04:16:32 | More by SteveB24
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4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. has Freshness Date.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Large white head with good retention. Lacing is
moderate and slightly sticky.

S: Wet hops, yeast, spices, fruits and citrus. Great overall aroma.

T/M: Heavy citruses and bitter hops. Smooth, medium bodied feel. Yeast and
spices come in and complement the hops. The finish is bitter and dry.

O: Harpoon has created a very complex and satisfying Belgian IPA.


Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:16:26 | More by mnrider
Photo of DFlynn

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just got this into the store this week. Opened the bottle to a great smell of hops mixed with citrus. Poured into a chilled pint glass and the smell got even better. Small white head and a cloudy, orange/ copper color to the body. Taste of hops hit first, then the citrus and spices take over. Finishes nicely tangy and tart at the end. Very refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 13:54:13 | More by DFlynn
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North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - cloudy, hazy orangish yellow with some sediment floating around; huge, soft, foamy, white head that has great retention

S - straw, faint clove; very faint aromas

T - orange peel, citrus, pine, herbal, straw, peppery

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice White IPA. This has an intense citrus character similar to their UFO beers, but this has a nice, herbal, piny hop character that rounds out the flavor nicely. There is good balance and drinkability here. This is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 01:28:54 | More by tdm168
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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So today is my birthday and we ran by our local Costco to get some beer to bring to a friend's house. Bought a case of Harpoon and tried to share. They were drinking PBR and would not partake. Enjoying my third beer of the evening and really enjoy the white IPA. I can taste the orange described on the front page of the beer but cannot taste the coriander. Come to think of it I don't know what coriander tastes like. The beer is a little "hoppy" but I tend to like that. I will definitely drink this beer again. Inexpensive but good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 00:58:23 | More by Eeroomnhoj
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4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a spiegelau IPA glass, the brew pours a clouded pale golden color with a rich 2+ finger cap that is slightly off-white. The cap fades leaving a webbing of stringy lacework on the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger of yellowish stained cap back to the surface. Perhaps I misunderstood the meaning behind the "white" aspect of this brew as I let the sediment creep into the glass and it is evident with chunks stuck in suspension that come to rest in the bottom of the glass.

The smell of this brew is citrus-like with notes of fruity rinds like lemon moreso than the advertised orange peel. Some herbal hop component leads the way after the citrus and mild fruity tones fade away. Overall the composition of the aromatics is quite nice blending back and forth between fruity and herbal with a mild grainy quality providing a supporting role throughout. As it warms up, the nose on this gets a bit weedy to grassy, not bad.

Tasting this brew provides a bitterness front and center that is mildly rindy and zesty with the flavoring of grapefruit, oranges and lemon that blends into more of an earthen to herbal flavor of hoppy bitterness. Again a mild grain presence is felt faintly suggesting wheaty sweetness to contrast the oily bitterness of this brew. It has a solid balance and plenty of character to take in. The blending of white ale citrus character into this IPA was done very well.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The feel is lively, uplifting and very easy drinking. The IPA portion of this "blended style" is much more focused than the white aspect. Having never had a "white IPA" before, I was not really sure what to expect. I think this was done pretty well and would not mind trying other examples of this if given the chance. Thanks again Matt!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:04:05 | More by stakem
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4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this from the IPA Discovery sampler case, poured chilled in a cervoise.

The color is peach nectar with hazed wheat beer look and thick tan cream with fine bead and good retention. The smell is great a mix of orange and tropical fruit with light spice ester from the yeast and mild hint of tangerine zest with a light floral accent. The feel is great smooth resins in the hop texture combine with light peppery spice and smooth wheat adds a light body with moderately high carbonation and moderate bitterness with semi-dry finish.

The flavor is great it has the orange zest and slight tangy citrus from the hops with a mild pine accent and slight tropical taste with yeast adding a light peppery phenolic element and wheat giving a gentle tanginess which adds to the citrus from the hops. Overall I loved this all the best elements of an IPA combined with the belgian Wit style a very nice hybrid from Harpoon!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 14:10:48 | More by Slatetank
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3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA as part of a mixed 12-pack.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head deflates rather quickly down to an even skim, with leggy lacing. Aroma is earthy yeast and citrus hops.

Taste starts with sweet pale, citrus in the middle, and sedate pine hops character feathers into the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice brew, too bad label says it is limited.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 20:54:16 | More by ppoitras
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New York

4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful, glowing golden orange with tiny bubbles flowing up. White head that leaves sea foam like rings.

S- Citrusy Hops all the way. Refreshing smell like an orchard.

T- A solid, hop forward taste that lingers. Fresh, bright hops.

M- The wit comes through here. Champagne like carbonation with a smooth wheat mouthfeel. It works for this beer.

O- This one surprised me. I'm not a huge wit fan though I enjoy a good Belgian. IPA's? Who doesn't like 'em. This is a perfect melding of the two. I picture my self on a tropical beach, drinking these down all day long.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 23:38:13 | More by CapH
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon White IPA pours out a hazy orange color with a tiny head that laces well. The aroma is big on citrus hops that are very well rounded by the Belgian yeast. The taste follows with a very nice hop character for the style that actually works with the yeast as opposed to against it, as tends to happen with Belgian IPAs. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability goes. As far as Belgian IPAs go, I actually like this one. It's basically a solid IPA with just a little bit of Belgian character.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 17:38:15 | More by shand
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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours like a cloud set before the rising sun ; its both glowing and foggy. A thick, white dollop of fluffy cream sits atop the brew. It leaves wiggly and spotty scars along the glass-line.

S-A bright combination of citrus, spice, wheat and tropical hops. The citrus mixes with the coriander notes quite well. The cracked wheat hugs the surprisingly vivid tropical hoppiness. Enticing.

T-The flavor delivers too. Hops are citrusy, tropical and even a bit floral. The wheat keeps everything in context. Sprinkles of spice accentuate the more dynamic flavors. Very bright, very vibrant.

M-Drinks incredibly easy. Moderate bitterness. Feels juicy then it dries out. No booze.

O/D-This Harpoon brew is stellar. Quirky and complex. This is one of Harpoon's best hoppy offerings. This one should be a year-rounder.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:09:02 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Enjoy by 05/15/13. I am.

Partly hazy. Golden orange body. Lighter edges. Tall, frothy, cobwebby, bright white head. Great lacing. Tropical fruit juice malt base aroma. Plenty of citrusy notes. Grassy strawberry and light banana-yeastiness. Nice.

Toasted grains and herbal bitterness up front. Hops become peppery and spicy as sweetish fruit juice malts fill in. Slightly tropical with a bit of strawberry and banana. Grassy, herbal, slightly citrus hops into the finish. Lingering spiciness and Juicy Fruit. Medium to moderate body. Another nice IPA iteration from the Harpoon mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 22:57:45 | More by alexgash
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle...golden, honey color with a crisp white head...some lacing left on the glass

S: Sort of a yeasty dankness up front with some spicy and citrusy hop notes as well...coriander, pepper, lemon zest...a lot going on here...

T: Citrus (grapefruit?) and yeast up front...mild hoppy bitterness throughout...the two distinct styles are definitely there but neither is overpowering...

M: Crisp, clean with a slight tartness that sorta works...not overly carbonated...smooth

D: Very complex brew, and I have to say its pretty damn good...Both the Wit and IPA styles are so distinct that it almost clashes at times, but is still so interesting that you can't put the glass down... Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:16:20 | More by Goldopelgt
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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy golden color. The head is white but small. Carbonation appears light and gentile.
Aroma is quite pleasent with scents of Beligum wits and thier corrinder and yeasty spiciness.
Hops are in abundance with a peach and apricot aroma.
Taste leans quite a bit to the wit side, spicy yeast pale malts and corrinder come through nicely. On the other side the hops that were so enticing in the aroma are absent in the taste except for a mild bitterness towards the end. Drinks smooth soft and clean.
I think it's a pretty desent beer and easy drinking. Has summer written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 11:25:04 | More by micromaniac129
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wegman's Dewitt NY for 6.99$

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, peach

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit mixed with some peach/apricot. It ends with a slightly dry yet fruity and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Doesn't really taste like a Belgian IPA (as it's listed as on BA) - but regardless it's a great beer. Reminds me more of a APA with some nice fruity notes. I'd buy a 6 pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:36:53 | More by spinrsx
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the IPA Mixed 12-pack
Enjoy By 05/15/13

A: Pours a cloudy and sediment ridden golden color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head

S: Belgian yeast, very fruity with notes of orange zest and lots of citrus rind. Has a little coriander as well, but not much. Light floral hops come through as well, but I suspect some of the citrus is also coming from the hops and not just the yeast

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with bitter, pithy citrus rinds and a tad of the orange zest. Mellows out into some fruitiness and light malty breadiness. Finishes lightly spicy with coriander. Bitterness also lingers

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky from the yeast

O: A nice, refreshing take on the white IPA. Plenty of fruity and citrus goodness with quite a bit of bitterness. Quite easy to drink as well. So far, this is a nice pack of IPAs. Onto the black

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 19:34:24 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle best before 5/15/13 poured into a Harpoon IPA pint glass. Bottle part of new "IPA Adventure 12 pack."

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice sudsy two finger head. Good sticky lace and solid retention.

S: Definitely get bright floral aromas mixed with some, sweet citrusy fruit. Also getting the yeasty belgian character with subtle spices thrown in there.

T: Sweet citrus fruit, getting a lot of tangerine and sweet grapefruit like flavor, fresh floral hop. Solid bready malt back with light spice undertones. Finishes a bit dry with a very subtle bitterness. Super refreshing brew.

M: I'd say light end of medium body, carbonation is medium as well. Smooth feel with a light prickly feel.

O: One of the better beers I've had from Harpoon and actually pleasantly surprised by this one. Very refreshing beer, prefer it to the regular IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 16:50:27 | More by Dools9
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