Autumnation (2011-2012) | Sixpoint Brewery

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Autumnation (2011-2012)Autumnation (2011-2012)

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by beerdrinker4life on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an imperial pint

An orange body sits underneath a mountainous yellow tinged cap. Decent retention with mild lacing. No visible carbonation.

The nose of of spicy, earthy fresh hops with nutmeg, ginger and pumpkin underneath. An interesting aroma. Think harvest ale meets pumpkin ale.

A good dose of spicy, earthy hops attack the palate. Nutmeg and pumpkin come through the middle but the ginger really stands out. The finish is fairly bitter with large amounts of spice and a lightly sweet pie crust flavor.

The feel is medium with very light carbonation, nearly flat.

As a pumpkin ale, this is unique and deserves some praise. As a harvest ale (ipa), not bad. It has a nice hop profile but the nutmeg and ginger are a bit of a wild card. Either way, this works for me. Nice job.

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Photo of musicforairports
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden-orange. Nice head, minimal lacing.

Doesn't really smell like much--a bit of an herbal or earthy quality, maybe.

Flavor is juicy and complex, but not really in a good way. Herbal, earthy and spicy -- presumably from the wet hops, pumpkin and spices, but I can't really distinguish any of those things in the flavor. It's not a bad flavor, per se, but it doesn't taste like either an IPA or a pumpkin beer to me. I see this differs from some other folks.

Medium mouthfeel, juicy and very lightly carbonated.

I've liked Sixpoint on tap before very much, but this is the second time their cans have let me down.

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Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color; the modest head didn't hang around for long and left only a strand of lace

Smell: The pumpkin and ginger come through nicely in the aroma though the hops have a very unusual earthy character

Taste: After the beer warms, the pumpkin flavor is discernable, up front, but the spices and hops together combine to take over the flavor profile from start to finish; the aftertaste is medicinal

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting, but ultimately unsuccessful, to my palate; I don't mind that this is not a traditional pumpkin beer but the spices and the hops really clash with one another and the aftertaste is really unpleasant

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy cans, aawwww yeaaahhhh!

Pours a large almost 3 Finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing over slightly hazed reddish copper orange color.

Nose has fresh wort aroma, sweet malts and toasty malts, slight earthy juicy reddish malts, light hops with a floral and bit earthy and bit of fruity juicy hops, all followed by light spices.

Taste is complex, lots of various malts, reddish and light toasty, juicy sweet earthy malt flavors, and some light gingerbread spices. Hops bring a light bitterness, some light juicy spicy hops, bit earthy. Ripe frit and hops come to mind. Light pumpkin flavor that only really comes out after all else fades. Finishes quite biter and astringent, dry and naggingly bitter, and even slightly briny, tough to finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall starts nice with nice malts, hops, spices and fruit, complex and tasty, but finishes very bad.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yeasty orangy brown color with some golden highlights. The head is minimal, settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is hoppy with a fresh hop smell. Kind of like when you just open a bag of hop pellets but just not as strong. The hop profile is buddy with a hint of orange. There is the typical sixpoint musty yeast aroma which is coupled with a light spice, which I assume is the pumpkin spices.

The taste actually starts off with the pumpkin spice, bit of ginger, nutmeg and allspice. This is quickly overtaken and crushed by the hops. The hop profile starts off buddy with a hint of orange but transitions into a piney/resiny flavor. Some musty and powdery notes from the yeast.

Moderate body with crisp carbonation. Starts off sweet but finishes with a resiny bitterness.

I reviewed this beer as if it were a harvest ale, not a pumpkin. I thought the hop profile was very good. As with most sixpoint brews, I could do without the yeastiness. Definitely worth the purchase and a good additional to any fall lineup.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper orange let's call it. Decent head. Great retention, and a good deal of laceing. Aroma is of fruity, citrus hops with hints of pine and spice. This is a full bodied beer with some carbonation.. Taste is of spice,grapefruit and orange peel. Nicely hopped through out,with maybe some pumpkin in the finish. If you're looking for a triditional pumpkin ale this is not it. But whatever it is, I liked it.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a hazy dark orange/copper (looks like fall) - a beautiful head that laces well before settling to a seafoam rest. Brooklyn consistently has beautiful heads on their beers.

Nose is mostly citrus hops - I don't know if I'm stuffed up, but it was pretty mild overall.

A sip is bitter orange peel, light spice and tingly carbonation. Perhaps the slightest touch of pumpkin in the malt, but this - as others have mentioned - is planted more firmly in IPA territory. There was an odd, almost metallic element lingering at the finish that I didn't terribly enjoy.

I'm not sure it fits its own bill - not a bad brew, just unusual bitterness for a "pumpkin" beer. A wet hopped IPA, sure. Not my favorite Brooklyn by any stretch.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can served in a tall glass beer mug.

L - hazed copper color with a creamy off-white head that stayed as a thick layer leaving clumps of sticky lacing.

S - 800 lbs. of wet citra hops makes the aroma extremely hop forward.

T - I taste some spices upfront but then the hops kick in and take over finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a very good beer although this is more of a harvest ale than it is a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of bierdabbler
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited to pick up this new release from Sixpoint, only took four stores to find it.

As previously told by a friend, this is more of a seasonal IPA with hints of pumpkin.

A- Good look, dark, orange color, decent size head with low retention.

S- Yum, as I love all my Sixpoints, great whiff of hops, and this one with citrus, too.

T- Slight spice taste, with more orange (fruit) flavor than pumpkin.

M- Comes strong and creamy with decent staying power and no aftershock.

Another great, easy-to-drink IPA from Sixpoint, but if you are looking for true pumpkin beer for the season I would suggest looking farther down the aisle.

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Photo of BizzyQU
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy burnt orange, "vanilla ice cream" kind of head going on here, great contrast.
S - Oranges, I expected more pumpkin but the citrus is coming through pretty strong
T- Although this is billed as a pumpkin ale it isn't, well not first and foremost. This an "Autumn IPA," and it is a great one. The hop flavor is incredibly fresh and is what comes through up front, the autumn comes in as a nice pumpkin/spicy finish.
M - Very crisp, not overly carbonated or thick, good on a warm or cool day.
D - Very tasty especially for a hop head such as myself, and it disappears pretty quickly, abv of 6.7 and 68 ibu won't hold you back.

This is a beer where you need to think of it a little differently from a "pumpkin beer" this is an IPA for the fall, and is pretty great, as it warms the other flavors come through more, but for the most part it is an incredibly fresh IPA with an autumn finish.

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Photo of funkel81
2.29/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this is a pumkpin beer? i don't know about that...tastes more like a Duvel than it does a Pumking or a Pumpkin Head. it's not bad necessarily, just not at all what I was expecting and i really did not enjoy it.

oh well, maybe the stout that's coming out will be better...

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Photo of rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy orange hue with a one finger light tan head that faded to leave a nice slight cloud with a small halo.

A - Sweet malts, light pumpkin, some subtle ginger, and more importantly big wet, juicy hops. Great hops (light citrus type aromas).

T - Wow, this certainly is a new take on the style! Malty sweetness and light pumpkin flavors along with the usual spices (ginger, allspice, etc.). There is an excellent hop finish. Bitter citrus hops (orange peel) on the finish. Somehow it all works together.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation, with it nice and crisp. Stuff is super drinkable.

O - Really enjoyed this beer. Good pumpkin beer and spices with light ginger tones, all combined with great IPA flavours make this strangely addictive.

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Photo of uustal
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pumpkin colored hazy orange with some brown in there as well. Two-finger off-white head. Mild hop aroma. Mostly pine. Tough to get anything else out of it. Flavor begins with bittering hops. Pine and earthy variety. A hint of fall spices blends nicely with the hops. Hard to differentiate from the spiciness from the hops and the fall spices, but you do get a bit of ginger and cinnamon. A little sweetness, which I'll attribute to the pure pumpkin flavor and some citrus hops finish this one out. Tough to find the pumpkin flavor, but it does add to the beer. Dry mouthfeel, especially at the finish. Very interesting brew. More of a Fall IPA than a pumpkin beer, but an ambitious and tasty number.

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Photo of silentjay
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty clear standard copper with a large, billowy white head that recedes quickly yet laces pretty well.

hoppy and spicy aroma. lots of bitter orange peel, definitely getting the ginger, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg, but thats behind the hops and ginger aromas. its odd, but it works.

bitter citric hops with a bit of funk and definite ginger flavors. pumpkin spice doesn't come out until later. This is more of a pumpkin IPA. you do get a bit of real pumpkin flavor, but I don't think many would notice it too much if they were handed this beer blindly. fresh, wet, dank, and bitter hops give way to ginger spice, then it ends bitter.

light to medium bodied with slight carbonation and a resiny feel left on the tongue from the wet hops.

not my favorite Sixpoint offering, and definitely a different take on the style. But I like it.

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Photo of dmgnyc
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Couldn't wait to try this. Everything else Sixpoint has put into a can has been exceptional. And the pour here is nothing short of gorgeous - beautiful burnt orange with a thick one finger head.

I generally associate pumpkin ales with pumpkin pie filling in a can, i.e. spices, clove, sweet pumpkin, etc. Most of them have a tendency to be cloyingly sweet, and I was thinking Sixpoint could bridge the gap between the sweet and bitter. They got the latter down...., this is bitter, very hoppy, really more of an IPA. The can is saying there's ginger, but I can't really taste any....just getting mouthfuls of bitter hops resulting in somewhat of a metallic, astringent mouthfeel on the back end (maybe even a hint of hot dog on the nose?). A little harsh.

I could drink a 4 pack of Bengali Tiger or Righteous Ale every day for the rest of my life, but this isn't one I see myself returning to too much. Might be curious to try it on tap.

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Photo of JoeBloe
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok - I muscled my way through the 3rd can of this 4pk - I was eager to grab up Sixpoint's fall seasonal - the first one I drank directly from the can on the go,after having a few other beers, not knowing it was a pumpkin/spiced ale and after the first sips I thought there was something wrong (besides the fact that I was drinking directly from the can with a tainted palate) - I didn't like this beer at all,metallic and onion-ey - shades of 'the Gubna' - the 2nd can a few days later yielded the same taste results, with the 'metallic' aftertaste very prominent under my tongue - I just finished the 3rd can, poured into a pint glass - aroma was fine, but in the taste department I was getting more 'onion beer' than pumpkin beer - I really like the other offerings from this brewery but this one's a miss...

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy orange pour, huge fluffy white (With just a hint of orange) head. Retention is excellent and lacing is everywhere.

S: Smells like a hop bomb IPA for sure. Super citrusy with just a hint of peppery spice.

T: Very hop-forward with lots of citrus. Quickly turns bitter and spicy in the middle. Can taste a hint of delicious spiced pumpkin in the aftertaste and for a while after that. As it warms the pumpkin comes out stronger and stronger. Great transition - not unlike a great imperial stout as it warms up.

M: Medium mouthfeel but quite creamy. Smooth.

O: Definitely an interesting take on the style, never had anything like it. It smells a lot like an IPA initially, but tastes way too creamy to be any IPA I've ever had. The pumpkin flavor is excellent and I love how it starts out very subtle in the aftertaste and slowly takes over the beer as you drink it. Amazing especially once it warms up a bit.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

I haven't been this intrigued about a beer in a long time. A wet-hopped pumpkin ale? Yes, please.

I never thought I would see a beer that deserves a "5" in appearance, but I always thought it would have to be a stout with perfectly milk-chocolate, marshmallow head. Nope, it's this one. This one is orange, virtually the color of the can, hazy, with nice carbonation and a replenishing head. Just gorgeous.

Aroma is a blast of hops with the crack of the can. After the pour and as it warms, a lot of spice comes through, and the hops virtually disappear. This beer has an interesting evolution as you drink it.

There's a lot going on in the flavor. The funky, musty wet-hop flavor suits the harvest beers well, and it's nicely married with some pumpkin spice here. Again, there's an evolution of flavor- hops when it's fresh out of the fridge, and more sweetness and seasonal spices as it warms. There's a lot going on for sure.

This brew is almost creamy, which I guess is appropriate for the flavors. I'm wondering how the flavors would mesh if this was brewed a bit less cloudy and with a little more of a clean, crisp mouthfeel.

This wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but this brew is fairly groundbreaking. I'd love to see more experimentation with the standard pumpkin ale.

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber orange with a white head
S: mainly smell citrusy hops with a hint of spice
T: upfront citrusy hops, pumpkin and ginger liners in the background with a gingery spicy finish
M: tons of tony bubbles effervescing on the tongue, thinner body
O: boy bad and definitely not what I expected as a fall beer. As mentioned in previous reviews, this is more like an ipa than a falk seasonal brew. Definitely a welcomed beer as I'm not a huge fan of most pumpkiny fall style beers. Great job sixpoint

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy deep amber with a nice fluffy white two finger head.

S - A nice spicy aroma. Smells like fall in a can. I get the ginger, pumpkin and cinnamon. Sweet hops too.

T - The hops stand out but you also get the nice pumpkin and spice notes. The ginger and cinnamon are very present.

M - A nice medium body mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - It's tough to call this a straight up pumpkin ale. It feels more like an IPA. This has over taken Dogfish's Punkin as my new favorite fall seasonal brew. Sixpoint nailed this one.

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Photo of jbuddle
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Calling this a pumpkin ale is slightly misleading - this is a hoppy "autumn" ale with a hint of pumpkin spice. I would call it a straight up IPA.

A: hazy dark amber with an off white creamy head. Nice lacing and overall a good looking fall beer.

S: fresh pungent Citra hops really stand out. I can get a slight hint of some maltiness, and just a touch of pumpkin pie spice, but it's all hiding under the hops.

T: not overly bitter (68 IBUs) but a nice citrusy punch that lingers for a long time. I mostly taste hops, but I can just pick out subtle pumpkin spice. There is a roundness to the flavor that is very enjoyable and keeps me coming back.

M: This is where it shines - the pumpkin gives an incredibly smooth, creamy body while not being overly full-bodied. It is an IPA, but the pumpkin does wonders. Maybe a little too much carbonation for me.

O: Will be my go-to fall beer. Thank you Sixpoint, glad I live down the road and can get this easily.

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Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i picked up this beer in nyc after last weeks sixpoint launch in the dc area i had to go out and find this they have rapidly become my favorite brewery

ok i poured this into my pint glass at my hotel and it was marvelous. nice amber beer kind of like the color of a pumpkin! red and orange and with a beige head on it :-)

taste oh soo good it really reminded me of a nice ipa beer but thats what it is according to the can, not really a pumpkin spice beer but more of a harvest ale beer, that's cool :-)

mouthfeel was a nice medium to full upfront but then the hops came in at the end and cleaned it out

overall i loved this beer and sooo much better than those pumpkin pie tasting spice shakes i usually had i hope to see this in DC real soon! :-)

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this was an unexpected surprise on the shelves today when grabbing some brews for a trading partner. first seasonal in a can from sixpoint.

best by march 12 2012!

a - cracked the can and filled my E snifter. nice and murky orange/tan, same color as the can. thin foamy bubbly head with semi sticky lacing. head hung out for a while.

s - cinnamon spicey sweet hops. a bit belgiany, reminds me of bengali a bit. a bit of pumpkin, but nothing like most of the in your face pumpkuns, more ginger than pumpkin.

t - interesting. pretty bitter. pretty piney. nothing really in the nose shows itself in the flavor. mostly just spicey and peppery. it was pretty intense at first, but as I got into it I got more of the nose, but as far as pumpkin beers go, this one seems to be lacking the pumpkin. if this brew turned down the bitter and upped the sweetness it might hit the mark a bit better for what I look for in a pumpkin beer.

m - good carbonation, medium to light bodied. goes down easy and once you get over the spicey bitterness there is a pleasant after vibe.

o - overall I am a big fan of sixpoint and drink their other brews regularly, but this beer can't hold a flame to other pumpkins. it isn't a bad beer and catches the seasonal flavors a bit but everything seems to be washed in a bitter hopness that seems to clash. overall I probably will pick up other sixpoint four packs over this one, but am definitely glad I tried this and will certainly give it a shot on draft if I see it locally.

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Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin beer in a can, alright! I got an email today from Sixpoint about this beer - 800lbs of fresh Citra hops shipped overnight, etc. Expected to see it show up maybe in a week or so but low and behold it was in at the Craft Beer Cellar!

Hazy orange, big fluffy white head at first, then big soapy bubbles

Smells potently of delicious fresh hops right from the crack of the can

Tastes really like an IPA to me and certainly not your typical pumpkin beer (overspiced, etc). Some spiciness in there that almost reminds me of a saison - perhaps that is the ginger and "spice" noted on the can. The fresh Citra hops are really nice, there is something about the wet hop that is notably different although I can't quite put my finger on it here. I don't taste any pumpkin but then again, it's such a delicate flavor it's no wonder it gets lost in a beer this hoppy. I'm aslo getting some of the malt character

The mouthfeel is nice - the carbonation seems kind of low after a while and there is a slickness, which I suspect might be contributed by the gourd.

Autumnation is a really welcome addition (and a nice alternative to the typical) to fall seasonal beers - despite being far from what one would expect from a pumpkin beer, and in the form of a pounder no less!

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love Pumpkin beers. Love hops. Wet hopped pumpkin? I must be in heaven.

Poured deep amber. Lots of haze. Thick head. Mpungemt spice and citrus aroma. Maybe ginger in there too.

Taste is intense and aggressive hops. Real thick resin. Big bite upfront then crashing intense in the end.

Pungent herbs and spice wipes palate clean. Little graininess in the mouthfeel.

I think this might be my favorite pumpkin beer I have had.


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Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 426 ratings
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