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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by morimech on 09-27-2014

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Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of JamesMN
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 7/16/15.

Appearance: Awesome can art. The beer is medium caramel in color with some clarity and also hop sediment. Poured a dense off-white head that quickly dissipated. Looks quite different than when I've had it on tap, darker and tepid looking from the can.

Aroma: Resinous pine and that signature citra funky mango. Smelled the most explosive right after I cracked the can open.

Taste: Huge bitterness throughout paired with soft caramel notes from the malt and a bouquet of hop flavor. I'm not sure the ratio of mosaic to citra or additions but I'd bet on a large quantities of finishing hops. While the obvious comparison is to that of Abrasive, the main difference is less perceived sweetness and more raw bitterness. The hop flavor ranges from resiny to juicy fruit gum. The finish is smooth followed by a last burst of bitterness that fades in the aftertaste while bringing back some of the fruitier hop notes. If I didn't know that this was 7.2% ABV it would be difficult to guess. While it doesn't feel like a big beer there is a heat on the back end that pairs nicely with the dying bitterness. Another excellent beer by Surly.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body. I always find it to be over carbonated on tap, but it has about average carbonation for the style when given a healthy pour from the can. Good drinkability, but it's hard to resist the flavor so that's a given.

Final Thoughts: I was very surprised and happy to see this on the shelves. The $16.99 price tag is a bit much but I understand citra hops are not cheap. I will say that the appearance and mouthfeel leave a little to be desired but the flavor and aroma speak for themselves. I assume it will have rotating availability so I look forward to each new batch. Would I drink it again? Yep.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

among the best ipas i have ever had. it has something so special about it, and although this might be offensive to some, i found it decidedly east coast in style. it has all the features of something like an abner or something lawsons would do, this might as well have come from vermont. glowing hazy orange color with a tall white head, you just know by looking at it thats its the same type of ipa, raw and juicy, just how i like mine the best. then you smell it, and oh man, its an explosion of fresh pineapple, melon, lemon, citra, mosaic maybe, maybe even some nelson, its just fruit punchy and insane. the thing that i find amazing here, is that the taste is even more developed than the nose. so often in these types of beers, the flavor never lives up to the smell, they get washed out and messy, but not here, all of that tropical hop brilliance comes on, and lasts forever. the pineapple is the dominant note here, especially in the finish, and there really is hardly any bitterness at all. i could drink this all year and not get bored with it, which might be the ultimate compliment for any beer coming from me. its s juicy, my mouth waters for it after every sip, and i find my glass is gone way too fast, owed in part to its soft medium body and sparkling carbonation. among the best i have ever had, and for all the beers that were under expectations here at surly, the very fact that they made this one makes them one of my favorite operations in the country. what a beer! easily worth the hype that surrounds it. stunning.

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Photo of ramay86
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful balance of juicy citrus and sweet marmalade on the nose. Intense pale fruits define the palate. It finishes dry but every flavor lingers... much to my delight.

This is my desert island beer. Absolutely phenomenal in every regard.

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Photo of RBCBrams17
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into a snifter

Appearance: This brew was a beautiful hazy golden orange color with a lingering white head. Nice sticky lacing clung to the side to the glass as I drank.

Smell: Loved the aroma on this one. Tons of ripe fruit, citrus, some pine, and some earthy dankness. I absolutely love the Citra and Mosaic combo, they go very well together. Faint sweet malt and yeast esters linger just under the wall of hops.

Taste: Absolutely awesome! There's a nice bitterness up front, but not aggressive. Tons of citrus flavor, more orange to me than grapefruit. Some pineapple and mango too. The Golden Promise malt lends a nice sweetness to underlie the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and carbonation. This beer has an almost creamy texture to it.

Overall: One of the best standard IPAs I've ever had, reminded me a bit of Focal Banger, though its been a while since I've had that. IPAs just don't really get any better than this. It's everything I want in the style.

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Photo of inkdemention
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pineapple and mangoes !!! This is soooo juicy . The balance of bitter is perfect. Super light malt backbone that let's the hops shine ! This is a hopheads delight. I hope this isnt just a seasonal brew. Well done surly.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. I think you know what this is. If not, please see knittingadvocate.com.

The pour is liquid orange pulp with a head that falls like a sack of quartz, leaving behind fiddly white patterns skulking along the surface. Nose is very citrus & mango forward, leaning into a mucker of tropical fruit baskets. Pretty nice.

Todd the Axeman is one of those beers that I have to block the pedigree in order to savage it fairly. The tropical hook in the nose is still present in the taste, but the minimal carbonation flattens out the flavor profile, & not in a good way. Big peeled mango, razor-sharp bitterness, grapefruit, mild pine sap. Big malt sweetness that cuts the hops, but the bitterness makes a Vanilla Ice-style comeback to dominate the finish. Too heavy to drink much of.

I guess I’ll be that guy: I’d take Furious, Overrated, Abrasive, & several other local IPAs over Todd. The lack of bubbles might be impacting my enjoyment. A good beer, but not worth the price & I recall it being much better on tap.

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz Can
$16.49 4-Pack
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen

Canned: 3/31/16

A touch of haze runs through the Axe Man while the body runs toward the pale golden side of the spectrum. The carbonation is tiny and running to the surface in streams from what seems like every surface of the glass. The foam is dirty white and a little on the soapy side, bubbles of all types, growing to a finger in height on the pour. The foam dissipates rather quickly to a thin skim and leaves behind some patchy lacework here and there. A good looking beer.

This beer can be smelt from feet away. As it's cracked the hop profile fills the room. It's dank off the bat with big resinous notes and a big funky parmesan cheese character. This whole thing is quickly followed, and actually overtaken, by citrus zest and tropicals in the form of pineapple and mango, a touch of tangerine as well. The citrus zest is pretty bold yet softly sweet. All this over the top of a pale malt, barely noticeable base maltiness of sugar cookie.

The flavor profile is much like the nose. It seems to me there is a decent variety of hops used in this beer but they all seem to work well together. It's dank again upfront but not showing much of the cheesiness. The middle is loaded with big tropicals; mango, pineapple mostly and, although not tropical, tangerine. The finish is mostly citrus peel, orange and grapefruit, some candied most pure. A little bitter aspirin on the swallow. The malt base is sugar cookie pale and a base for the complex hop profile. Very good beer.

The body is silky smooth with a soft carbonation. Moderate in weight with a growing bitterness that runs along the sides of the tongue from the get go and really takes hold on the swallow. The bitterness eventually grows to a touch higher than moderate and while the finish is juicy upfront it dries up quickly, accentuating that lingering bitterness.

Todd the Axe Man is a damn fine beer and that much can be told from the second the can is popped and the hopping fills the room. While it's hugely hoppy and brightly bold it is in no way tough to drink in quantity. It sits right in that 7% sweetspot for IPAs. While the price tage is rather hefty, I'd pick this up in a heartbeat before I'd pick up any other overpriced Surly 4-Pack, Wet comes immediately to mind.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Surly taproom. 10 oz. pour in a chalice.

Appearance: Color is a bright golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A juicy and dank hop forward smell with a big scent of citrus fruits. Big upfront presence of citra hops with hints of passion fruit, orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, pineapple, and apricot. Also some floral and earthy hints behind the citrus. Soft pale malt presence with hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good juicy smell.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a very ripe and juicy hop forward taste with a big presence of citrus fruits. Upfront juicy taste of citra hops with notes of grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, and apricot. Earthy and floral notes with some pine. Backing of pale malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A really good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and juicy with a drying finish. Very smooth with no sign of the alcohol.

Overall: Another top notch IPA from Surly. Very citrus dominant with a nice smooth body for such a hoppy brew.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Picked up a can of Todd at Zipp's yesterday after having Todd on tap about 3 weeks ago.
I was absolutely blown away when having it on tap at Surly.

Canned was also amazing - but not as much of the hazy color. Pours a beautiful darkish orange and the aroma is what draws me in. Unbelievable huge citra, mango and orange notes.
The taste is just as good and the nose hits with malty sweetness and excellent hop balance. The malt lingers and the hop stops a bit before that.

Best IPA I have ever had from Minnesota. Unreal.

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Photo of DrunkAl
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, bout 2 weeks old when I first tried it. 16 oz can. yellow. Big bitter hop aroma. Some tropical fruit under, pineapple, mango.. Fresh bitter hops. Juicy and sort of a pallet wrecker. Definitely high bitterness for the style. Damn good stuff. this is bigger and more flavorful than most IPAs. Bordering on a double. However, this is currently the 25th best beer in the world. Don't think it's that good. In fact I passed on grabbing another $17 4 pack yesterday. Little expensive for a single.

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Photo of MCImes
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Citra bomb. Close to sue, Zombie dust, and the other single hop Citra beers. I dont like citra centric IPA's too much, but everyone else sure does! So if you love citra, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of Jetlag767
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped over at Surly to try a few of their local brews. This American IPA was exceptional, possibly due to its freshness, but smooth a a nice hop balance nonetheless. A top brew for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

What a great New Beer Sunday (Week 656)! I warmed up/tuned up during the Viqueens/Stillers game today with several Surly beers that I had previously reviewed, but once I got up a good head of steam, The CANQuest (tm) kicked into gear & I really began to have a good time.

From the CAN: "Beer to Shred Your Face, In a CAN"; "Fresh Beer, Drink It Now"; "The Axe Man Cometh"; "Amager Brewery n Denmark named this beer after our head brewer and metal guitarist, Todd Haug. They collaborated to make an IPA with hop character as intense as a thrash metal guitar. Golden Promise Malt provides a blastbeat background to the screaming citrus noted created by overdriven amounts of Citra and Mosaic hops. Pour this in a tulip glass and let the aromas and flavors assault your senses."; "Artwork by Simon Hartvig Daugaard".

Upon Crack!ing the CAN open, it revealed a brimful craft CAN. Oh my! This, coupled with the fact that it was a 16-fl. oz. CAN, led me to CANduct a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed a bit of its own accord, but an in-glass swirl raised two fingers of foamy, soapy, tawny head with decent retention that left behind nice sticky lacing. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an onslaught of piney, resinous hops backed up with caramel malts. Phew! Was this a DIPA? Warming, tropical fruit notes began to join the party, but it still smelled like a DIPA. Mouthfeel was full, thick & creamy, like a dollop had been ladled onto my tongue. It felt dangerously close to a DIPA. The taste was riotous with everything from pine resin to caramel to papaya, mango and guava plus coconut (like it was Bourbon Bbl.-aged) as well as some fusel alcohol heat. Whew! This was no playing around. Double phew! I was starting to feel as though an axe had been taken to my skull. They CAN call this an AIPA all that they want, but it drank like a DIPA, IMHO. It burned in my sinus cavity, it ripped & stripped its way across my poor, bruised tongue, taking no prisoners & laying waste to any weak or dead taste buds in its path. It even set off a fiery acidic path in my esophagus that I had not felt in a while. Finish was hot, dry & dangerous. There is no other way to quantify this bad boy.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Passed a goblet of this at the Surly tap house in Minneapolis.

L: Pours a beautiful bright, hazy straw color with an inch-and-a-half of white head that lingers for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation where you can see through at the edges.

S: Big, bright citrus and floral hop notes. Some bubble gum and freshly cut grass. Biscuit malt notes underneath. This is a beautiful bouquet.

T: Incredibly tasty IPA. There's really bright citrus hops right in front, mingling with the biscuit malt underbelly. Grapefruit, tangerine, cut grass, and bubble gum notes follow. There's a bit of clear alcohol in the middle, but you really don't sense it much--surprising for an ABV this high. The close is delightful hop bitterness. It's more clean than sticky, but it definitely lets you feel the bitter.

F: Medium-bodied and expertly carbonated. It's smooth and creamy but also bright and bitter in turns. This one went down a lot easier than I thought it would.

O: I try a lot of IPAs. I'm a big fan of citrus bombs and pine bombs, but I also enjoy Belgians and more traditional West Coast and Midwest varieties. That being said, this might just be the best IPA I have ever tasted. It's really that good. You would do well to go out of your way to try this one on tap. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of mckag001
3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure if I had an old one or not, but out of the can it was orange with an unfiltered look not indicative of a West Coast IPA, so not sure where they got that one from. Reminded me a lot of OTWOA by DC Brau.

Taste: Too malty. Again, not West Coast.

Can't see how this beer achieved a 99% rating. An almost perfect score with IPAs like Building 8 or Societe out of SD and about 50 others that should rank well above.

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Photo of ELS
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer didn't wow me. After reading many great reviews and hearing about the big additions of citra and mosaic hops I was looking forward to a world class IPA. It's good but certainly not in my top 10. The smell is excellent with big citrus and mango and the first taste is more citrus/mango flavor but then the dank bitterness hits and it just doesn't leave my palette with a clean finish. It lingers and I'm not digging it. I'm glad I tried it but wouldn't seek it out again.

Just had a second can of Todd. I can't explain it but this beer was much better than the first Todd I had. Maybe my palette was off? The taste was a good punch of mango and citrus that had a much better finish than the first beer. I'm adjusting my rating accordingly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it comes to Surly and IPA, there's no shortcuts allowed. Greatness will be achieved. And it all comes down to Todd, you know- the axe man to see it through. Beatings will continue until morale improves!

But those beatings probably let up a little with Todd The Axe Man which pours a hazy golden amber color with dusty silt settling, and while casting a loosely knit cap to greet the rim. Its bright hop bouquet is eye-opening- illuminating with citrus and tropical fruit and the herbal dankness that reminds us of the similarities of hops and cannabis. Fragile sweetness of light caramel and honeysuckle soothes the early palate before the onslaught of hops set in.

As the middle palate unfolds, the hops come spewing out- pink grapefruit and tangerine strike the tastebuds first with a quick follow of pineapple, dragonfruit, mango, lemon and peach. Shaking its early sweetness, the beer trends dry in order to let the hops shine. Becoming more and more bitter, the final frame is one of fresh grass clippings, citrus peel, and that herbaceous leafy cannabis charm.

Medium-light on the tongue, the beer's dry taste and texture proves to weigh effortlessly on the mouth while the taste tightens; circulating around the smooth hop bitterness and its deeply resinous grip. A long aftertaste of citrus peel and pine resonate deeply and expanding with bitterness.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.62/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow am I an anomaly on this one. I think it's fine but not outstanding. Fruit bowl aroma but it also has some less pleasant qualities too. A bit of sweat like and hints of skunkiness.
Quite cloudy with a white head that settles out rather quickly, esp. for style.
Complex flavors, but as with the aroma, not all are that pleasing. Fruit for he hops and mild to moderate and growing bitterness, which isn't too bad. Heavier malt than most.
Rather thick for style and moving towards a cross between IPA and DIPA. Almost chewy. A bit lower on carbonation, which is fine.
I don't know. Just something isn't striking my fancy on this one. I'm not inclined to search this out, esp. at this price.

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Photo of jonhorn
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz. can:

Appearance: orange, cloudy. Poured without a significant head
Smell: fruit, orange / citrus, pineapple
Taste: citrus, pineapple, and hop.
Feel: low carbonation, oily, slick in the mouth. Clean, crisp finish
Overall: Great IPA. Good balance, great flavor. I don't have great access to this beer - got it in a trade, but I will definitely look forward to having it again.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Surly. The color is beautiful, glowing, slightly hazy orange with a white head. Smell is fantastic tropical fruit. Taste is perfectly balanced bitter and sweet citrus and tropical fruits.

This is the best IPA I've ever had. A truly incredible experience. So flavorful, yet crazy drinkable. I had to go back for 4 more glasses.

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Photo of Jslay013
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To be far, I am very spoiled by having relatively easy access to Trillium, Treehouse, and the VT IPAs. This is rock solid, but is not in the same class as the aforementioned. Outside of TG, though, there is not much better IPA-wise available in MN.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ranks up with Abrasive and BA Darkness as the best beers I've had from Surly. The combo of Citra & Mosaic is a proven winner, but it needs to be brewed with the right malt base. This is not quite on par with some of the Trillium brews, but it's damn good.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at DLD15.

Orange-yellow body, nice one finger white head, although this was a plastic cup pour. Smelled like oranges, grapefruit in the truest sense; very grapefruity without much grainy sweetness. Awesome. Tastes very similar, mild-moderate resinous and grapefruit rind bitterness; overall tastes like grapefruit hops. Fair amount of pale malt sweetness, but not too sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but there is plenty of flavour to bring it through. Not too bitter, very drinkable. Overall a very juicy IPA that impressed me quite a bit. I will have to agree with everyone else and say that Surly needs to can this beer, STAT.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip. The nose jumps out at you. Beautiful fresh hops. There are waves of citrus flavors and even a little pine to my taste. It drinks like a big DIPA to me but has a nice and easy finish. If you like Abrasive this should be in your ballpark.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. Pours mostly clear. Not all that hazy. Aroma is of both assertive and sweet hops. Green, bitter-smelling, potent hops along with some blended tropical fruity hops. Flavor is interesting because the first sip demoralizes my bitterness sensors. It's got such a bitter initial zip. Then once my buds are blown into an abyss of confusion and massochistic sadness, all the sweetness and tropicality of the hops come out and dance on my tongue's vanquished soul. Lots of squished citrus, pineapple, nectarine and mango. The dank and grass slithers in and out of my mouthpiece. Finishes with a fruity sweetness and maltiness that tames the mouth dragon. Medium bodied. Reminds me of a grouchy, spiteful and diminutive Abrasive Ale. Very good! Thanks Todd?

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Todd The Axe Man India Pale Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 2,468 ratings
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