Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgium IPA and to be honest I had no idea what to expect.
Poured a lemon yellow clear liquid topped with a finger of small, tight white bubbles that melted to a sticky ring in the glass.
Aroma is the first surprise. Distinctively Belgium in yeast but an added soft earthiness and some sweet citrus. Really unusual and nice.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy as well as tingly from lots of tiny carbonation.
Taste is another surprise. Soft Belgium blonde notes with soft and sweet pale malts greet you initially then give way to nicely bitter citrus hops...not west coast kind of bitterness, but fresh and clean bitterness. I'm also catching a hint of some spices here...corriander and cloves mostly.
Everything about this bottle is bright and fresh tasting.
If this is indicative of the style, I like a Belgium IPA very much and will have to seek out more.

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Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light golden yellow with a thick foamy head that descends to a thin foamy cover.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt, spices, fresh-cut hay and tropical fruits.

The taste is lemony-orange citrus. Clove spiciness. Sweet with a balancing bitter hop kick. Alcohol present, but soft. Dry finish.

Creamy and velvety smooth.

A wonderful blend of Belgian yeast/malt and American hops. Spicy, bittersweet. Unique and delicious.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml brown bottle corked and caged. Poured into a modified tulip it forms a chunky, loose, white head. Retention is outstanding. Golden body with medium sized carbonation. Tasty looking.

Smell is of spices and light fruits. Kind of a mix between a belgian pale and a tripel....in the nose at least.

Tasted very spicey, dry and full of hops. Soft and fairly light up front but then theres a humongous zap with the combination I just mentioned. First the spices, then the fruits and huge cleansing snap of hop bite. The taste lingers into the aftertaste and is a task to clean this baby up but eventually you'll be ready for another pull. Patience. As it warmed there was a more hefty load of cloves and it became a bit sweeter but to be honest it needed some of it.

Notes: Excellent. A great new style and this is a shining example of it. Bring on more fresh versions and it will be purchased in this household.

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Photo of meadhead
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

strong noble hops of pepper and grass
yeast ester spice -
slight clove and fruit patch
good bitter finish
with slightly sweet malt
all comes together
to form a nice call

pours a straw rich yellow
with a nice foaming head

smells of the yeast spice
phenol hop bread

mouthfeel is balanced
with a nice carbonation

drinks exceptionally easy
for the ABV situation

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Photo of Kendo
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Caged and corked. The cork slides off very easily -- pfffft -- from this 750 ml bottle. Into a Duvel tulip it pours. The body is light golden with a BIG 3-finger fluffy white head. Excellent head retention as lots of bubbles rise to refortify things. In fact, a 1-finger head stays throughout most of the experience, with a meringue-like pillowy clump in the middle of the glass. Lots of foamy lacing sticks to the glass on the way down. Nice to look at in a lot of ways.

S: Floral, spicy and a bit funky. Something fruity in the nose that I can't quite place; I finally settle on apricot. Some yeasty cloves too.

T: I expected a more juicy jop profile having read about Hildegard's Pacific Northwest inspiration. It's far more crisp and dry than American hop-bombs. Early on I can taste that Belgian yeast and a grain-like malt sweetness. I don't really think I sense the alcohol in the taste (though it is felt in the belly pretty quickly), but then I did note a "bite" of black pepper. There is a definite hop presence, but that presence is a woody, grassy, lemony raw bitterness that lingers as a somewhat tart taste, bringing to mind green apple skins. Burps are spicy.

M: Light-to-medium in feel. A general spritziness -- along with the hop bitterness -- makes it feel dry, clean and crisp.

D: Good, especially for a beer of 9.5% ABV. The second glass went down more slowly than the first, however.

Notes: I wrote down "Like a Duvel on 'roids" and in some ways I think that's a decent description.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a Westvleteren chalice from an 11.2 ounce bottle. Poured a murky/hazy golden straw color. A good inch and a half of bright white, dense, bubbly head formed. Somewhat quickly dissipated into a thick pillowy lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles streamed up from the bottom of the glass. Smell was almost fruity. Candy sugar, tons of malt, and a mild hoppiness with rich yeasty notes. Taste was comparable. Sugary sweetness, smooth mild hops balanced nicely with a smooth maltyness. High carbonation that left a little burn on the tongue. Seemed a little thin and light in the mouth. Very well hidden alcohol for being 9.5 percent abv. Decent drinkability but almost too carbonated for me. Not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of mynie
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 bucks a bottle at Rock Island Brewing Company.

Pours darkish red with a very, very nice head. I actually held it up for everyone at the table to see. This is what a head should be, I said. It was really nice.

The hops were there, but not really in the IPA sense. Not even in the Belgian IPA sense. These were pretty much straight up spice, with only a hint of bitterness cutting through the candy sweet belgian yeast and malt. Pretty good, but uneven.

Tastes like it smells: pretty good, but uneven. The yeast and malt are very brownsugary sweet, and if they were cut into more sufficiently by the hops it'd be great but instead the hops serve only to compliment them.

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Photo of mnstorm99
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz Bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Nice light orange, white head that hangs on to the glass with some good lacing throughout
S - Sweet, Spicy I didn't notice moch in terms of the hops very subtle. kind of a week aroma.
T - Good sweetness, with a hint of hops, expecting more in terms of the name, but a good spicy sweet belgian flavor, nothing overpowering
M - Good malty feel in the mouth, touch of spice left on the tounge. A little over carbonated though
D - More drinkable to me, compared to many other Belgians I have tried, as it isn't as sweet as many of the others.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at just over fridge temperature in a tasting tulip. 750ml bottle, corked and caged from 2006 with the lasered I.D. tag 07LE. Incredible amounts of sediment at the bottom of this specimen.

Appearance- Upon releasing the cork, the head rises up the neck of the bottle and begins to creep out... the massive chunks of yeast that were just moments ago resting are now somersaulting inside. In the glass, we have four fingers of monstrous head that implodes over time into a marshmallowy grave, leaving behind a masterful weave of spiderweb lacing. Pale gold, the beer is absolutely *littered* with large yeast particles. An enigma, I'm not sure whether to kill the appearance completely based on this fact alone.

Smell- The weighted use of Magnum hops dominates the nose, showcasing a full and almost stale hoppy aroma. Unfortunately, there are no complexities to enjoy here... definitely an unimpressive showing.

Taste- First, I must say that the chunks of yeast stumbling across my tongue is a big hindrance to this tasting. I have taken good care in not disturbing the bottle and pouring carefully... but still it's a real factor here. Spicy, with a subdued but forceful hop profile. There is a nice Belgian introduction in the first few seconds of entering the mouth, distinctive and enjoyable... but then the hammer falls and America's Northwest sinks all chances of balance and elegance. It simply doesn't work here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- At first, this beer was drinking almost to perfection... creamy, slick, and responsive. I'm now halfway through the bottle one hour later and it's lost most of its carbonation and, consequently, its interest. You must be gentler than usual with pouring this one, as not only the yeast plays a role but so does the aggressive head. A challenge to review, and maybe more of a nemesis to just relax and enjoy.

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Photo of kajerm
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Map Room. Pours golden and surprisingly clear, with a finger and a half of white, slightly lacing head.

The aroma is light continental hops and some mixed malts-- shockingly little Belgian character. I didn't pick up much candi sugar or ester character here, and the herbal hop aroma was noticeably lighter than some of the other Belgian IPAs I've had.

Tastes like it smells, light malts and noble hops with almost no bananas, spices, or candi sugar. This is really neither Belgian nor an IPA, and as much as I trust the Map Room, I have to wonder if the keg is old or if the beer is really just this timid.

Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, and brightly carbonated.

Drinkable, I guess, but (at least from this sample) not worth drinking. I love Belgian IPAs, but De Ranke XX Bitter and Houblon Chouffe both much better, much more interesting examples of the style. Everyone's raved so much about this beer that I feel obligated to try it again (maybe in a bottle), but so far I'm not impressed.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urthel Hop-It pours a golden yellow with a huge white head from a brown 750 ml bottle. The aroma is hoppy and so is the taste. There is a huge hop flavor, but it's definitely different than the typical American IPA. The noble hops definitely are a different twist than I'm used to in an IPA, but it's quite a pleasant twist. Recommended.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color with a large fluffy white head. The aroma is beautiful with spices flying around everywhere and a nice display of hops as well. Upon the first sip, the flavors just explode in your mouth. Much like the aroma, spices dance all over the tongue and the hops are there to give it an extra punch. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted brew that is extraordinarily drinkable despite it's high ABV. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times, most recently on tap at Max's.

The beer pours an impressive brilliant gold color, just a bit on the light side. Absolutely fabulous head retention and lacing, very creamy looking . On the nose one gets a bit of leafiness, spice, citrus and sweet Belgium candy. Very complex on the nose. On the palate, the beer starts off as your rather typical delicious Belgim blond. It's light and sweet on the palate, but with a gripping mouthfeel. Then the hops kick in.... big time. One suddenly notices this huge avalanche of hops on the back palate, and all of the sudden the beer tastes very dry. It finishes very crisply, and is very clean on the finish.

This is just an excellent beer, one I am always happy to see whenever I see it on tap.... whether on the left coast or the right. Just a very solid beer.

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Photo of techdiver
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with huge fluffy head that dissipates slowly.

Great hoppy aroma with malt for a pleasant balanced appeal.

Taste is well balanced for an IPA. Hops, of course, most notable; with a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation.

Great drinkability, my first experience with a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall, corked 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Home.

Tons of head immediately into the pour, nearly half the glass. Color is a golden straw. Head begins to settle after a little with nice tight bubbles and thick Belgian lace. I noticed a huge amount of yeast sediment - didn’t think I disturbed it that much during the pour.
Aroma is both sweet and spicy. Familiar Belgian ethers combined with fruity/resin hop scent.
Sweet honey/fruity flavor typical of a Belgian tripel, but has a good mix of spicy, peppery hops. Not overwhelming in either direction, very good mixture of the styles on the beer spectrum. Finishes pretty dry.
Mouthfeel is thick and fully coating. Not overly carbonated.
Fairly drinkable.

All in all, good Belgian IPA. Not as exciting as I had anticipated or hoped, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard this beer is only for export to the US, but I still bought a bottle in Holland.

A golden yellow beer with a lot of carbonation and a thick and stable head.

Smell of resinous, grassy raw hops which pretty much dominates the smell. The yeast adds a nice fruitiness and malts are way in the back. There is something slightly oxidized in the smell.

Taste is pretty bitter, but not as bitter as expected. The hops are mostly present in the aroma, resinous, grassy hops. Malt comes through more than in the smell. This cannot be called balance, because the hops still dominate the taste. The yeast gives the beer it's Belgian character, a fruity and spicy hint, remiscent of Belgian yeast. Body is quite thin and there is this oxidized taste again.
A nice Belgian tripel on steroids, I was not blown away.

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Photo of Phatz
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with this beer. I have sampled it several times but this bottle all to my self gave me enough perspective to properly review it. Thanks again Adam

Allowed to warm and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden color. Translucent. Huge head in my tulip glass. Massive heavy lacing. The carbonation is intense and aggressive in it goal rapidly reach the top and fuel the head.

Smell: Grassy hops, lemon and a light pale malt aroma with a biscuity sweetness.

Taste: Sweet and yeasty with a grainy malt base, pineapple, and a Belgian malt, sugar, fruity taste and a big grassy hop flavor and an orange rind bitterness. There is a warmth from the alcohol but little flavor coming through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is extremely big fluffy. The aftertaste is long and sweet, and eventually, after the sweetness fades a lingering dryness is left on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable beer for 9.5% ABV. I enjoyed one 12once bottle and I easily enjoy a full 750 ml bottle.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Braudog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Green Leafe Williamsburg: Bright golden with a gluey white head. Spicy on the edges with an undertow of hoppiness. Doesn’t come off quite right, but a fun experiment. Re-rated from a corked/caged bottle on 4/15/2007: Poured 100% white foam head and still erupted from the bottle for a while. Aroma is oddly like smoked sausage. Drinking thru the whipped cream head, I get the same basic impression as before; like a Belgian golden ale with an addition of American style hops. I’m upping my rating a bit ... this is good stuff.

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Photo of barleylegal
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

insane pour. this beer pours foamy goodness with very good lacing. smells of coriander and citrus with a hint of pine. tastes the same as the smell. it is like a cross between titan ipa and duvel. very different. could only drink one bottle but would never turn one down. never pass it up if you have the chance.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from my sister as a birthday present and I can say with confidence that it was greatly appreciated. Nice looking bottle that almost seems worth the price of admission to begin with. I was amazed at the amount of head the pour produced.
Using the recommended Urthel glass which I got with the bottle, it was almost impossible to pour the slightest amount with an immense amount of carbonation going up. After a tedious pour, this thing had the most fluffy, creamy white head. Cloudy and golden in color leaving some sticky lacing.
Interesting smell considering this is my first Belgian IPA. Spicy hops with some earthy, fruity undertones. I can't explain it but it's not a bad thing in my nose's opinion.
Definitely a Belgian taste with a smaller American influence. Seems like a tripel with some hops. Sweet, spicy, hoppy, it's all balanced pretty well and is nothing my tastebuds have come across before.
Slightly dry mouthfeel as expected. It's always interesting when you feel like you're pulling a beer through an inch thick layer of frothy cream. More gentle carbonation accompanied by a slight alcohol burn which is actually more noticable after swallowing than in the mouth.
I shared this bottle and enjoyed it thoroughly, so I'm sure I could handle one myself. While a Belgian IPA is not my drink of choice this one seems to be very drinkable. Recommended, for sure.

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Photo of rousee
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful gold color with a thick lush alive looking head--just about perfect looking as the head retains extremely well with an amazing amount of continual carboanation. Thick lush merengue pie like lace remains on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is that of wood with some barn like essences too. Nothing akin to horseblanket or anything like that but more of a outdoorsy rustic scent.

Taste is an initial sharp prick of hops followed by a floral middle and finishes dry and crisp. Elements of honey and some vinous quality is noticed also. There is also a good amout of alcohol heat but it is concealed pretty well as it is felt more in your chest than it is on your palate.

The mouthfeel on this is really cool. The head retains so well that when you sip it your lips touch this nice soft foam head and it is quite pleasant. If it wasnt for a slightly chalky mouthfeel on the finish I would score a 5 here for sure.

Drinkability unfortunately cant be scored too highly as this baby is 9.5 % --I would say its better than average for a beer of this magnitude.

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Photo of Brewfan
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle shared w/ Cooperrip.

Huge bone-white head. Rocky and foamy with great retention. Once it did fade, it left behind a DNA strand patchwork of lace that was still on the glass the next morning.
Murky yellowy-orange body. A bit cloudy but clean.
Musty hop nose. Earthy slightly sour background like over-ripe apples.
More sweet on the tongue than hoppy. Fruity, musty apple funk. At 9.5%, the alcohol is hidden nicely behind the spicy and slightly hoppy yeasty sweetness.

Rather dry, and EXREMELY drinkable. Nice combonation of styles.

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Photo of mhaws000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy yellowish orange with huge amounts of head that overtake the glass and dont dissipate. Left a thick almost meringue-like head that repeatedly stuck to the end of my nose. By far the most intense foam I have ever experienced

S-I really start to see the combination of styles come through here. The sweet honey banana notes of the Tripel combined with the spicy florals of the hops.

T-Sweetness of a typical Belgian is obvious but not dominating like most belgians. The hops have come through and are bully themselves into the picture to create a much more interesting taste profile. I dont really notice much alcohol considering the 9.5 ABV

M-Fairly light and crisp except for the fluffy creaminess that the ever-present head creates with each sip.

D-Very good. The combination of the two styles creates a very interesting blend in this beer. As a huge fan of the American IPAs I really enjoyed this one. All of the delicious hoppy bitterness but displayed in an entirely different way than I am used to. Not a beer I would go for very frequently and a casual drinker probably would not enjoy it but it was a very enjoyable and interesting choice for me.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/23/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info noted, but it is an '06 release.

Appearance- Cage comes off and no less than 10 seconds later does the cork fly out knocking off one of my pans from my hanging pot rack. I still have not found the cork yet. The color is a lemony yellow and orange mixture. Wondring if the head is supposed to grow continuously for over ten minutes after the pour. Infected? Wonderful looking pock marked tight small bubbled white head and chunky lace.

Smell- Let to warm the smell comes out much better. 45 degrees doesn't compare to 55 degrees. Fairly yeasty and somewhat bready or biscuity. Classic Belgian pale ale scent with some white pepper and other spices. Hops are there, but not as much as expected. Light lemon scented fruits are also present.

Taste- Ahh, the hops are there. Lots of saaz hops as it kind of tastes like a cross between a imperial pils and a belgian pale ale. Seems more sugary when drank cooler and more bitter and tart when had at room temp. Good amount of peppery flavor with some powdered sugar.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as thought it would be. Left to warm it almost has a lighter carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste that lasts just long enough.

Drinkability- Gave this fairly high marks because it's only the second Belgian IPA I have had and liked it a bit better than the La Chouffe offering. Great flavors..very well done.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I split this bottle with Stopper. Poured at cellar temp into a snifter I get a cloudy gold color with creamy bleached white head that rests as a surface layer that leaves some tight lattice as I drink. Aroma is light and fruity with white grapes and pear but also a little boozy. First sip reveals an average body with slight syrupy texture and very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet and candi sugar is prevelant but does allow for some general fruitiness and a fairly bitter finish in the middle. The finish is lingering sweet fruit. A very easy drinker with no hint of abv.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.93 out of 5 based on 855 ratings.
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