Hop 15 | Port Brewing

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Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in 2002 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Pizza Port in Solana Beach, Hop 15 was imagined and designed by Tomme Arthur and Jeff Bagby. It was to be a celebration of 15 years of "Good Beer Brings Good Cheer." So there are 15 different hop varieties that are added to the beer every 15 minutes.

Added by comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Teresa's. Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger thick creamy white head, good retention and good lacing.

S - Big caramel, sweet malts followed by fresh citrus hops and whiff of pine at the end.

T - Similar to smell. Caramel malts followed by a blast of citric hops. Some alcohol is noticeable as it warms, and hops linger on the tastebuds long after the finish.

M - Medium body, perfect medium carbonation, prickly across the palate and sticky hop oils coat the mouth.

D - An easier drinking DIPA than some others. Hops are strong, yet aren't overpowering. A very well balanced brew that I want to keep sipping.

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Photo of GoApps
1.9/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Not good stuff. Too raw, too sharp on the alcohol. Neigh undrinkable.. and I love hops.

Pour was fine. Looked a ruddy bronze in color. Smell was interesting, but fine. Strong and hoppy. Not great but not bad. Piney and somewhat tropical

Taste was just so, so off. It was just harsh. Little hop FLAVOR, only bitterness and alcohol. It was like the terrible DIPA Flying Dog does.

I couldn't finish the bomber

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark hazy orange/copper/amber with little head of off white. A little bit of an aggressive pour got a good bit of head A little bit of lacing.

S- Hops, Citrusy and little floral, not as strong as i expected for a DIPA.

T- Very sweet and with strong hops. Can still taste the alcohol, a little suprising, with some much hoppiness going on.

M- Perfect carbonation. Smooth at first with a bit of a bite.

D- This is tricky, because this beer is 10% so you would think we that will limit the the ability to keep drinking it. However, it doesnt have the feel of overpowering alcohol

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Photo of jdense
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from West Richland WA Beer and Wine poured into Piraat tulip 3.17.10

Orangish amber, a bit cloudy, sloppy pour re yeast. Nose is bigass hop attack, citrusy up front with noble pines and floral notes toward the end, malt is subsumed by big hop bill. Taste is hopalicous, big hop hit, but finish isn't too bitter, mango, grapefruit, meyer lemons. Good effervescent mouthfeel, not too full. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for such a high ABV. IMO this is a triple IPA like Exponential Hoppiness, an exemplar of the over the top SD style IPA. Worth seeking out for serious hopheads.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber at BeerBistro...

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of foamy off-white head, which leaves spotty lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of grapefruit and pine hops, and subdued caramel malt. The taste is a good balance of strong West Coast hops and sweet caramel/toffee malt, and the big booze is very well hidden. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and somewhat oily, and it finishes with a flourish of resinous hops.

Way too tasty and easy to drink, for the punch it packs.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, orange-copper color with a somewhat small white head. Decent retention and leaves some pretty nice lacing.

S - Juicy, citric hop aromas dominate, leaning towards grapefruit. A touch of spicy and floral character to the hops as well. Subtle malt sweetness in the background. For 10% abv, no notable alcohol presence on the nose.

T - Big hop flavor all around, with juicy, citrus flavors most noticeable (grapefruit and tangerine come to mind). The hops are not one-sided though, and also lend some piney, grassy and floral flavors. Balanced with some sweet caramel malt flavors, although they take a definite back seat. Finish brings some spicy hop bitterness and leads into a citric and slightly piney aftertaste. Slight alcohol warmth, but it is really incorporated well into this brew.

M - Very resinous with a fairly full body and low carbonation

D - Considering its abv, the Hop 15 is very drinkable. Chock full of delicious hop goodness with enough sweetness to maintain a nice balance. I really enjoyed this one and will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber/orange with no head and a faint amount of bubbles coming up. Anything that comes up does leave lacing but this is as I suspected when I heard about the lastest batch being flat.

S: The nose is great, full of that citrus/fruity hop aroma I have come to love in a great DIPA.

T: The taste is a big bite of hops with a fruity tropical fruit flavor and then the grapefruit bittering hops take over on the finish.

M: The feel is where the flatness really kills this beer. It's nice and slick but the lack of carbonation really puts a damper on the rest of the experience.

D: This has all the right components for a great DIPA if Port Brewing could just get their carbonation issues solved. I'm marking this down due to the fact that I probably won't be searching this out till all the carb issues are long gone.

I don't see how a place can make such good beer and do so badly at carbing a bottle...

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Photo of Gorefiendus
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange, great color for a DIPA

S - Hops at the front, Malts in the back, and Alcohol hiding in the rafters.

T - Grapefruit and Pine. Some malt on the back end, not too balanced, but i like that. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

M - Nice, creamy and smooth.

D - If i couldn't smell the alcohol I'd give this a little higher. If i didn't know the ABV this thing would ruin me.

Overall a great beer. I would love to have it on tap.

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Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange/copper with an inch of foam that maintains pretty well.

Smell: Strong hoppy bite with malty sweetness coming through at the end. Hints of grapefruit and spice.

Taste: Grapefruit and orange flavors, bitter piney hops, caramel, and malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy

Drinkability: Very enjoyable and one of the more balanced DIPAs available. I will definitely be purchasing this again when I see it available.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy copper color with a very thin white head that subsided very fast.
The aroma is grapefruit and pine but there is some oxidation as well.
Nice and bitter up front the malt sweetness comes through in the middle blending with more tasty hop bitter notes. Nice and grapefruity yet the sweetness detracts from the balance. The finish is a hoppy-sweet lingering flavor that makes it a little undrinkable. There is a boozy almost hot finish and a low carbonation which would be nice on draft but a touch more would make the bottle a bit more lively and possibly sharpen the hops a bit too. Not a bad beer and definetly worth a try but I have had better examples of DIPA before.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a classic DIPA. Looks the part, thick orange. Amazing aroma, big hop citrus blast. Tangerine and grapefruit.

Taste is big and bold in every way. Malt, hops, bitter, alcohol, although that is muted compared to everything else. I wouldn't age these, I aged one about 4 months, not as good when drank within weeks.

Great mouthfeel, seems to get more bitter down the way. Decent price $6 a 22, for a high quality super hopped beer I guess. Have had some less than desireable tastings of this, quality control can be all over the map. Rate it much higher on the perfect samples, this is a cumulative score.

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Photo of Lunch
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased from Julio's Liquors in Westboro, MA into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (02/24/10).

A: Pours a nice, hazy, rather dark golden blond capped with a fluffy and creamy off-white head of about two fingers. Nice thick, patchy lace is left on the inside of the glass.

S: Aroma consists of citrus and piny hops along with some caramel malt.

T: After being slightly disappointed by Wipeout IPA, Port has really delivered here. Piny and citrus hops hit the palate first with some refreshing resin-y bitterness. Some mildly sweet caramel malt add balance. The flavor is extremely full and thick.

M: Fuller-bodied with mild and creamy carbonation. Rather thick and slightly sticky.

D: Good drinkability and the 10% abv. is hidden well, but some warmth is found and the flavors are rich.

Overall this was an excellent west coast DIPA from Port that comprised all of the elements that I like in the style. Recommended.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Blind Pig, and vertically tested with The Blind Pig's own Imperial IPA.

Two lush, fat, durable fingers of white froth top a somewhat cloudy orange-amber body. Dense lacing and the aforementioned duration leave me thoroughly impressed with the look. Bueno! Heavily hopped nose which seem rife with the might C-hops--very citrusy, very floral, very impressive. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and I'd swear some pineapple--just that sweet.

But the taste--and with the mouthfeel, this is where Hop 15 really separates itself from The Blind Pig's Imperial--is majestic, and thoroughly hoppy. The dense layering of 15 hops every 15 minutes works wonders in Hop 15, delectable, accessible, and completely amenable to hop lovers. Gritty, resiny but with an unmistakable smoothness, Hop 15 is majestic.

Probably the best I've ever had from Port, Hop 15 has the kind of ramped-up hop content that hop lover will adore and, if not not 15 different hops, the kind of hop density that The Blind Pig should emulate. Hop 15's malt is good and certainly present, but the brash hop-forward character it exhibits is just what I love.

A magnificent beer, one of the very best DPAs I've ever had. Sterling stuff.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Rusted orange (slight auburn redish tint). Very little almost non-existing head with essentially no lacing left over.

S - Lots of hops, particularly citrus and pine. A bit of caramel malt. The hops make this smell really fresh and the smell jumps out right at you. Also has some floral and other fruity hops.

T - A lot of hop flavors consisting of lots of citrus (grapefruit and orange), pine, other fruits (pineapple), and floral (roughly in that order of most to least dominant, with a bit larger gap between pine and tropical fruit). Decent amount of caramel malt sweetness also coming out (more than the nose suggests). Nice balance of bitter and sweet flavors with bitter winning out by somewhat sticking on the tongue/palate with bursts of sweet (both caramel malt and tropical fruit). Alcohol is quite present, maybe a little too much but not bad.

M - Medium body and quite creamy. Very low carbonation. Results with a faint cotton mouth feel.

D - Well ABV obviously limits this a bit, also the alcohol taste can get a little overwhelming. The little bit of drying also limits this a bit. However, this is easy to drink and goes down pretty well, also while it may be a little heavy on the palate, it isn't too bad for the style.

Notes: Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness (interesting that a decent amount of that comes from the tropical fruit hop flavors). Lots of mixing and good hop flavors. Really good and tasty, but doesn't strike me as something that would be incredibly memorable.

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured 22oz bomber into a snifter. Very little head that dissipates into almost nothing. Color is of a orangy/red color that I have never seen in an IPA before. Looks to be unfiltered and as I stare into the bottom of the bottle that is confirmed.

S - Scent is of sweeter fruit, not of much citrus but with a hint of orange and grapefruit. This may be a combination of carmel malt with the citrus that gives it this.

T - Taste is citrusy orange with a slight grapefruit type bitterness at first with carmel to follow almost immediately that balances it off but that bitterness returns in the aftertaste with not much alcohol bite. For a DIPA it's quite balanced especially being from the West Coast.

M - It feels heavy in the mouth that leaves a coating on the palate that just doesn't go away. It leaves you craving more.

D - For 10% there really isn't much alcohol bite at all and it leaves you wanting more so in my mind it is quite drinkable for the style and the ABV.

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Photo of Telix
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Look: Yellow/orange apricot, extremely cloudy and opaque, with a very very thin head out of the bottle that quickly dissipates to non-existence. It's honestly not super appealing to me, as I prefer clearer beers with visible carbonation.

Smell: A big nose on this one, very spicy floral with a subtle fruity sweetness, getting some jam aromas even. Appetizing for sure.

Taste: Great flavor - spicy, resinous hops balanced by a moderate and jammy sweetness that doesn't overpower them. The finish is surprisingly clean for the intensity of the flavors - very little bitterness left burning the tongue and very little of the alkaline baking soda flavors that have been upsetting me lately with imperial IPAs.

Mouthfeel: A delicious thick brew with good levels of carbonation makes for a nice big mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I like it, therefore it's drinkable. Very tasty, doesn't overpower your tastebuds, and leaves you wanting more. That's all I want out of an imperial.

Update 2/17/10:
Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: I don't know how my last bottle was cloudy, this one is a crystal clear gold on the pour. A small head formed and quickly faded away. Mild carbonation rises from the nucleation points. Raised to 4.0.

S: The aroma is still the same - a great spicy, floral, jammy sweetness. Considering changing to 4.5/5.

T: Same great flavors I wrote before, a great DIPA.

M: Ideal. Thick, chewy, lower on the average end for carbonation, close to a 4.5.

D: Super tasty and clean finishing. Very juicy and smooth... I always can drink more of this beer even at 10%. Raised to 4.5.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very cloudy, orange hues, half-decent head, almost no lace

S: hops, citrus, subtle floral

T: sweet and hoppy, warming alcohol. The alcohol is too present. I would prefer the 10% ABV disguised by a bouquet of hops and balance, which I fully expected from a DIPA utilizing 15 different varieties of hops. Also, the sweet aspect is slightly overdone. There is a lot of flavor going on, and this is a unique brew, which I find enjoyable, overall.

M: crisp, with a pronounced bitter, alcohol finish

D: the bitterness and alcohol keep this beer from attaining that next level. The sweetness becomes cloying after a few ounces.

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Photo of darthmiles
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hop head buddy of mine picked this 22 oz bomber at Whole Foods in Dedham, Ma. Very reasonably priced at 9.99.
Poured into generous 50cl mug from Crate and Barrel. The first thing you notice is the color, a cloudy dark amber with thick ecru head. A good portend.
A generous first draught gives you the expected heavy hops but its not overpowering at all. There are plenty of hints of malt as its going down and then the bitterness comes in at the end. This ale coats the mouth like a good DIPA should and just won't let go. A sublime undertone of alcohol is also present but it only adds to the complexity. I can heartily recommend this ale and I would hope it would become a regular offering from Port. A very worthy complement to a Saturday evening filled with North American Olympic medals.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 4, 2010). No 'bottled on' date. I bought this in Chicago, so there is no telling how long this has been shelved, or how much fading took place, if any.

Apparently this is called "Hop 15" for two reasons. First because they add 15 different types of hops every 15 minutes (I'm not sure for how long this happens). And second because the first batch was brewed in 2002, the 15th anniversary of the brewery. I like the concept, but I'm always wary of these arbitrary reasons to uber-hop or uber-malt a beer.

Eyes: Pours a soupy, rusty, hazy, brownish color, not exactly pretty, but it does look very sturdy. Two full fingers of very nice fluffy head tops it off. Some particulate settles to the bottom of the glass. Bottle conditioned or just thick?

Nose: Piney, sour citrus, and alcohol, by the smell alone I can tell this is going to be a hopsmash. While the smell is quite nice, the alcohol is a bit to evident here, the 9.7% ABV is usually difficult to hide with out malts, and I don't smell much malt at all.

Tongue: A tidal wave of hops bitterness hits the tongue, and doesn't let up. Each taste is a bitter pine, bitter burnt orange, and bitter grapefruit. The taste doesn't let up either. It's quite complex, but for me it's just a bit too one dimensional. Rather the beer has a few dimensions of hops, but not enough malt to support it.

Mouth: Resiny, thick, and alcoholic. After the initial pour, very little carbonation persists. A full minute after each sip I can still taste the bitterness.

Libation: This is a gargantuan IPA where the hops completely overwhelm the malts much more than most DIPAs, which is evidently by design. I like the concept and idea behind this, but to me this is just too much of an experiment to be world class. The bitterness is not well enough supported, and while we are talking negatives, the alcohol rears its head to often. I'm glad I tried it, and I enjoyed it, but I'm only recommending this to uber-hopheads.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

thanks to bradford and emily for this!
pours very light with a huge head that lasts
as long as the brew takes to drink.
smells citrusy hops mostly
very very bitter! love the taste of citrus and pine. the bitterness lowers the drinkability, but i am ok with that; i love this!

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Photo of troutmask96
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A monster Double IPA, Hop 15 was a much-anticipated sampling for me from the fantastic lineup of beers by Port Brewing. It doesn't stray far from other offerings of this genre, with high ABV (10%!), almost syrupy consistency, low carbonation, strong alcohol finish, and of course, hop wallop throughout. This one is a sipper, and not necessarily an offering I'd seek out again, but it a very nice brew nonetheless...

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Photo of jdg204
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been excited to try more Port Brewing beers after a great experience with Old Viscosity and this bad boy was definitely near the top of the list. The good folks at Abe's Cold Beer were kind enough to oblige.

A: Pours a cloudy, honey color with a sturdy, fluffy head that retains and laces very well.

S: Lovely blend of grapefruit, citrus, and piney hops.

T: Starts off with a nice blend of malty citrus and grapefruit which is then balanced really nicely with a piney, floral hop blast. Really robust flavors leave a nice lasting impression and an excellent after-taste.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Another winner for Port Brewing, I'm now two for two with this brewery. This is an excellent example of a DIPA and really nailed the west coast style, one of the best I've ever had. Even though the Eagles game I watched this brew with was a disappointing loss, I could not recommend this brew more highly. An amazing brew well deserving of accolades.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a nice white head, leaves excellent web-like lacing all down the glass. Smell is strong hop smell, pine and citrus. Taste is huge on hops, lots of citrus and bit of pine and floral-ness assault the palate. Reminds me of SN Celebration Ale on steroids. Alcohol is well-hidden, definitely wouldn't of guessed it was 10%. A good double IPA, but truthfully nothing really stands out except for I'd say is one of the more bitter ones I've had. That being said, I love a good double IPA.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pretty true orange color that is murky. a thin off-white head that didn't last long.
the smell is simply brilliant. a floral aroma just dominates the smell.
the taste is citrus, citrus, citrus, floral notes, a little caramel, and a slight amount of alcohol.
there is a sharp bite at the back of the throat, pretty good carbonation level.
its certainly a sipper of a beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow-orange body, bustling with carbonation, topped by four fingers of big loose micro-bubbles. Good lace forms quickly.

Huge citrus nose filled with grapefruit and orange.

Nice semi-sweet malt foundation, good dose of caramel. Juicy fruity then explodes all over the mouth. Bitterness builds at the back of the tongue, and crashes down at the swallow. Fruity overcomes bitter in the finish.

Nice medium mouthfeel carries this well. Drinkability? How is "what do you mean its all gone?"

Another big thumbs up DIPA from SoCal.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 90.9% out of 100 with 1,872 ratings
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