NetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

NetherWorld Cascadian Dark AleNetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #296
Ranked #20,373
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
NetherWorld Cascadian Dark AleNetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
Notes: Formerly known as Flying Monkeys Netherworld India Pale Porter.

35 IBU
Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 232 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour looked more towards a brown color, however, once in my nonic pint glass, the color leaned more towards a black color with dark brown to red hues along the side. A beautiful eggshell white foamy finger and a half's worth of head softly died off. Lots of fairly thick foamy lace.
The aroma had fairly sharp citrusy to orangey rind-like bitter hops rolling into a beaut roasty coffee beans and grounds with a nice dark chocolate nibs underscore. Subtle piney hops even further underneath.
The flavor started off bitter running through a blend of piney hops to citrusy/orange rind-like character. Mild aftertaste of roasty coffee tones and citrusy to piney hops.The
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Sturdy carbonation and ABV. Mellow crisp bitter citrus rind and pine in the finish.
Overall, nice American black ale or CDA depending who one talks to. I'd have again. Only thing I'd change is possibly getting the color closer to a full black appearance.

Mar 09, 2019
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Proteus93 from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from a dated, written review:

A: Pours cola brown/black, topped with a long-lasting, light tan head. A quarter inch of foam remains a couple minutes after pour.

S + T: An interesting malty nose and flavour. Almost a hint of vanilla in the aroma along with perhaps a bit of chocolate. Chocolaty flavour, with a very nice touch of hops. Hints of coffee, with a little note of tobacco box. This is a very nice tasting beer.

M: There is a creaminess to the mouthfeel, which is complemented by the carbonation.

O: An excellent beer, which surprised me. I'm very fond of this brew, which seems very well balanced and crafted.

Dec 25, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well, I'll be a Flying Monkey! I walked into Silantra the other day to scope out what was what when I spied this mischievous looking beer. I am stoked to sit down with the monkeys.

From the bottle: "Embrace the Darkness!"; "Normal is weird."; [under the cap] "I've decided not to have kids. The kids are taking it pretty hard." Haha.

I Pop!ped the cap on this brand-new, fresh bottle & let go with a heavy-handed pour, raising three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention. Would you please go away so that I might have a sip?!? Nose smelled like a fire in an evergreen forest - loads of pine along with smoky roastiness. The lacing that developed was simply daunting. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste immediately let loose with a burnt/charcoal/smoky maltiness cooled by a pleasant & welcome minty, pine-y hoppiness in my mouth. IMHO, this is a flawed style from the perspective of a self-described, self-avowed hophead such as myself, but at least the dark malts were not as overwhelming as they usually are. I would not want a steady diet of this, but it was better than many. Finish was dry, but was it from the malt, the hops, or both? I just like my hops immediately discernible, not blanketed by dark malts.

Oct 30, 2017
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Billolick from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, Bottled Oct 18, 2016 etched onto the neck of the bottle....prolly why the hops seem kinda muted...oh well

Pours very dark brown under a lasting mocha cap, puffy and leaving a thick collar, low sheeting moderate thicker stick on the glass.

Moderate roast and definite dark toast on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, roasty/toasty/malty/bready, with some caramel, maple, darker malts and piney, bittering hops seriously drying out the back side...old school dark IPA. Worth a try

Aug 26, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a chalice: color is dark brown with brown edges, head is tan, bubbles are fine, head lingers with a good top and laces the glass sides.

Smell is roast, coffee, chocolate, and then some coming hop in the form of pine and earth.

Taste is similar to the aroma with roast/chocolate/coffee malt flavor then light bitterness, not quite a black ipa/cascadian dark ale as the coffee/chocolate and lighter bitterness but still good flavor and execution.

Mouthfeel leans a bit dry with low carbonation.

Overall a good beer, lighter roast more sweetness than other dark ipas.

Aug 05, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery "Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale"
12 fl oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLD JAN/04/2017" and sampled on MAY/18/2017
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Note via stream of consciousness: Upon popping the cap I can smell chocolate. I'm not sure if that's good or bad for a "Cascadian Dark Ale", although this used to be labeled an "India Pale Porter" where it would have fit just fine. So let's pour it... very dark mahogany brown that appears black in the full glass. The short head of tan is pretty dark. Decent head retention so far. Back to the aroma I definitely get chocolate and I'm not really finding too many hops. There's some light pine to it, and a light bit of citrus, but I was expecting to find a little more. There's some coffee to it as well, which is nice. On to the flavor... exactly as the nose suggests with a hint of caramel to the malt and clearer hops. They remain pretty much just pine and citrus, which I feel is mainly lemony, but there's also a kind of a tea-like note ~ not sure if that's hops, or malt, or a combination. Nicely balanced, not too bitter, but it finishes dry and some residual bitterness remains in the lingering aftertaste. Easy to drink. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. It's not a head-turner but it's certainly solid.

May 19, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a medium height tan head. Notes of roasted coffee, pine resin, citrus hops, chocolate, roasted malts. Medium body, medium to high carbonation and a roasty and hoppy bitter-sweet finish.

Dec 20, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. After dinner. My new favourite american black ale. Great balance between roastyness and hoppyness, with a very moreish dry finish

Oct 30, 2016
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janubio from Spain

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown reddish colour, with a small head that fades soon, leaving some lace. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, resines. Medium body, roasted malts palate. Carbonation is OK. Taste of coffee, chocolate, pine, malts. Good.

Aug 14, 2016
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BNLTandem from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - dark mahogany brown, barely translucent w/ a nice resilient foamy top.

Smell - clean, piney hop note

Taste - more pine, pleasant bitterness,

Feel - little bit thin, but not boring.

Overall - This is not a session beer for sure, bit it could fool you into thinking it was.

Aug 05, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a brownish color with copper edges and over a finger of head. The nose is primarily roasted malt but there is a trace of hoppiness underneath. The roasted malt and hop profile blend well with the roast edging out the hop bitterness.

Jan 08, 2016
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ADicerni from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. Pours a dark black brown colour with a coffee and cream colour head. Some lacing on the glass.

S. Aroma is more herbal hops with a little malt.

T. The flavours are a mix of smokey roasted malt and herbal hops. Sort of almost burnt caramel and bitters. You may taste some alcohol too. The finish is more bitter than malty but long.

F. The mouthfeel is heavy and crisp. You can feel the foaminess of the carbonation in the back of your mouth and it's real creamy.

O. Overall I did really enjoy this beer. I love IPA's and this is very near to a black IPA. IBU is a little lower than a true IPA.

Dec 17, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color. Auburn highlights show through when held to the light. A decent sized head sits atop the beer.

The aroma is hoppy, but not obscene. Malts, citrus hops, and dish soap also poke through in it's smell. The smell gets maltier the more it warms.

The flavor is overcasted by a mild citrus rind hop flavor. Finishes dry and earthy.

Thinner bodied than expected. Decent carbonation throughout. A decent beer, but not anything extraordinary.

Dec 02, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Great dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted bread, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted bread, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, resinous/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent black IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 21, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color with thin head with short retention.
Nice hoppy citrusy aroma with notes of grapefruit, licorice, caramels, lots of dark fruits and fresh oranges.
Citrusy and roasted flavor with notes of coffee, dark fruits, grapefruit, mild pine and resin, charred wood and cocoa. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Balanced and mellow Black IPA with roasted, coffee and dark fruit flavors that do not predominate much over each other. It can be a good entry point for beginners for the style.

Oct 02, 2015
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Jetulio from Spain

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... Black beer with foamy head colour off-white of 2 fingers aprox Aroma............... strong chocolate aroma predominance with a touch of roasted malt Taste........ Some roasted malt notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth all the time. Mouthfeel........... medium/full body and soft carbonation Overall............ a very recomendable dark ale, plenty of aroma and flavour.

Aug 31, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No visible bottle date. Paid $2 for a 12 oz single

It's a very dark brown/light black with ruby red hues. Large pillow like fluffy tan head.

Aromas are full of chocolate, heavy roasted malts, ashy, and a slight hint of a blaack pepper like spice.

Taste pretty much follows suit. Tons of charred malt grains, dark chocolate, a slight spiceyness that comes across like rye, and some orange citrus hops. Aftertaste is vert ashy.

Great texture. Very creamy and full without being heavy.

This beer reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald porter. I can see where some people might not find enough hop presence. Admittedly, it is probably 60-40 in favor of a american porter, but I still think this is one of the top 3-5 black ales I have had so far. It could lose the peppery flavor in favor of some hops possibly.

Aug 12, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in Columbus Ohio.
Pours dark but clear mahogany with a durable tan head.
Mild malty aroma strengthens with warming. A faint hint of spices.
Flavor: about equal doses of hops and malts. The malts have sweet, toffee and dark roasted grain aspects.

O: recommended.

Aug 03, 2015
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jsurfs82 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wanted to love this beer but unfortunately fell a little short. I love that they follow the original nomenclature of Cascadian Dark. Good on you Canadians. This beer is a tad lighter than some in the class but has the sticky lacing and roasted aroma and flavor. Nothing really stands tall in this beer. Everything is there to dial in to the style but the body and finish are just a little lacking. This beer almost seems like a ploy to grab attention from those whom are still unwilling to appreciate this amazing style of beer. Either that or it could be fresher or its just that damn hard to nail this style down. Only a couple have done it for me that being Sublimely Self Righteous and Wookey Jack. And I did enjoy Uranus :)

Jul 29, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vivid. Bright. Lively... Or, at least that's the way that the rest of the world sees the American IPA. But the crazy cats at Flying Fish see it a little differently. They see a bright beer with a dark side.

Netherworld "cascadian" dark ale harks to the cascade hop growing region as the bold grapefruit and orange peel scent that are synonymous with west coast IPA comes alive yet is in stark contrast to the deep bark-brown opaqueness and whipped mocha head that catches the eye. And then siding with the sense of sight, the taste layers on the burnt sweetness of toffee, chocolate and caramel... at least, at first.

Because the middle palate shows tremendous development as the charred sweetness of toast, toffee and chocolate drop off and the earthiness of coffee, roasted walnut and burnt embers take their place. On the flip-side of balance, the vibrant and racy hops deliver on their promises of grapefruit, orange and mango before turning toward bitterness and dryness to close.

With sweetness being a distant memory, the skelaton of malt remain in their toasty, roasty linger and their roast-derived bitterness. Likewise the hops turn deeply resinous with freshly torn pinecone, grass clippings and a fleeting glimpse of hemp. Like IPA, the hop bitterness outlasts all other trailing flavors with a coffee-like aftertaste briefly in tact.

Jul 29, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a rocky, tan colored head. Good retention and lacework, the beer appears like a hopped up black ale. Aroma of cascade hops, some citrus and semi tropical west coast elements from other strains are available also in the smell. The taste is firmly bitter with just enough roast to counter act. Really nice execution, strong hop flavor and oily resins left on the palate. Full bodied with ample carbonation and slight creaminess before the drying hop bite sets in. Pine and grapefruit with coffee and pinch of cocoa. Hoppy and well rounded, this was a very good beer.

Jun 09, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye while I was looking for some new beer to try and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks really nice, it's got a great design to it and it's very eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on more of crimson color when held to the light with one and a half fingers worth of creamy and bubbly medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of citrus rind, grassy and floral hops aromas with no single hoppy aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight doughy aroma that goes right into the malts which impart some nice roasted malt aromas along with some grainy and light sweet malt aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma and it's what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with malts being the first to show up this time and they impart impart the same roasted malt and grainy aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are just a little lighter. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast which leads into the hops which impart the exacts same aspects that they did in the aroma, but it's a little lighter this time. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that lingers just for a little bit with a pretty hoppy and slightly roasted aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Black IPA, but i wish the taste was more like the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, pretty dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice Black IPA, it had almost all the aspects that I look for in the style, but in the end I wanted a little more out of it, the aroma was pretty nice and true to style, but when I got to the taste all the aspects seemed noticeably lighter than they were in the aroma and I wasn't a big fan of that. This beer had ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, a little crisp, pretty dry on the finish, not filling and the taste doesn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me since I don't really have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it's a good looking Black IPA. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, I just wish it was bolder. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I might try it again if I knew it was really fresh. I can't say I would recommend it, but if you really like the style then it might be worth a try. All in all I thought this was a solid Black IPA, but nothing stood out about it and I didn't find it to be too memorable. It's not a favorite Flying Monkeys beer and it's very average for the style. Nice job guys, but with some work i think this could be a pretty nice Black IPA.

Mar 27, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at the Winking Judge for birthday type celebrations. Served in a standard pint glass. Re- reviewing this for my 550th full review, it was good before but maybe it's better on tap?

Appearance - a very dark cola brown, nearing black in color. A very small film of head was poured and it receded into a thin wisp of foam rather quickly. Dark opaque and ominous.

Smell- the best of both worlds, some light roasted characteristics namely caramel and molasses with a full bouquet of citrus notes as well.

Taste - pretty much like the nose, a bunch of roasty flavours, just a touch of bitter coffee before the hop bomb drops with a brief explosion of citrus fruit. That is then followed by a reversion to molasses and other malt flavours.

Mouthfeel- smooth reasonably light bodied and just a bit of prickly carbonation to top it off.

Overall - a very good beer with rich flavours and a good balance between the roasted aspect and the hoppy aspect of a black ale. Definitely worth a shot. A fine beer for my 550th review.

Feb 07, 2015
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Brenden from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is quite close to black, completely opaque though not with a heavy body. The head is a solid brown one a full finger in height with good retention, thick and fluffy. Lacing is sturdy ad fairly thick as well with some good stick.
The smell is primarily hoppy with lots of raw leaf, citrus and wood. A bit of roast is in there, but not to the fullest effect.
The taste follows with a bit more dry cocoa into the finish, but it also develops a very slight astringency as it goes. It actually fits fairly well, and never gets too harsh, but it's just a bit noticeable.
The body is medium with a good mix of crisp brightness and roasty, powdery dryness. It has a nice creaminess rolling through that adds a lot of sweetness.

Nov 20, 2014
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RyanPollock from Canada

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

wow! I really enjoyed this. At first the taste is very bitter but it quickly reveals a dark chocolate and coffee flavour. The hop taste is very complex and the mouthfeel is like drinking a dark roast espresso. The mild carbonation makes this beer surprisingly smooth. The taste is varied with each sip but overall, a very enjoyable dark ale that overs a unique experience. I have been very impressed with the beers i have tried from Flying Monkey and i look forward to what else they have to offer!

Nov 09, 2014
NetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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