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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by fitzy84 on 07-15-2008

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77
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 77
Photo of jgasparine
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured from the bottle with a proteinaceous off-white head over a semi-opaque, well-carbonated, light amber colored body. The head was well-retained.

S- Very mild nose overall. Just a whiff of crackerlike malt (at best) and nothing more...

T- Crackerlike malt flavors up-front. On the mid-palate I get a very mild earthy hop flavor, but no hop bitterness until the tail-end of the finish, where this ultra-mild hop bitterness co-mingles with some huskiness. An overall delicate flavor profile that starts-out biscuitlike and finishes slightly dry. While mild on the palate, I am really digging this!

M- Medium bodied, slight texture from unattenuated sugar. Moderately coarse carbonation. No astringency.

D- This ultra-quaffable brew can easily go-down in quantities. I love what they've done here!

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Photo of Bubba83
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently got this as an extra in a trade with barnesy148927, thanks man!

Pours with a good three finger widths of offwhite/yellow head. The head looks pillowy in nature, and there are millions of tiny little bubbles rising up very quick through the glass. The body is a hazy sunset orange with shades of yellow. Like the color a lot. Head retention and lacing are great for the style.

Extremely floral nose of hop character. Grass is here too, and I almost smell a kind of belgian witbier type yeasty smell here too for some reason, but it's nice. Straw and bread can be found too beyond the surface.

Initially tastes like a fresh baked french bread loaf, but has a little more indescript malt sweetness in there too. Mid-range almost seems a little bit wheaty, and then finishes up with a nice flowery/spicy kick of hops. Not much citrus to be found, but maybe a little lemon.

Feels nice, really lively carbonation is smacking around my tongue, and it's keeping things nice and refreshing. Finish is pretty dry. Good body consistency/viscosity and head texture.

Overall this is a winner in the Pale Lager category. I haven't had a lager quite like this one before, and I'm digging it. It's on the heavier end of the spectrum for sure, and there's even a little alcohol coming through. First beer I've had from this company, but now I may seek out something else. How is the average a B? Maybe Arbitrator is onto something...

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Photo of DrJay
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite hazy, orange colour. Very high carbonation, which filled half the glass with eggshell coloured foam even with a careful, slow pour. A bit of clumpy lace. Nicely balanced aroma, with toasty and doughy malt, a bit of caramel, fruity and earthy hops, citrusy. Bitterness was balanced up front, but became stronger and more harsh in the finish. The flavour was citrusy to start, grapefruit, with malt sweetness kicking in mid-palate. These flavours fell away towards the end and didn't provide the balance the bitterness required. Carbonation was too high and didn't give it a crisp character. The texture seemed off because of this, and even a slightly creamy quality didn't really compensate. I was nervous about the carbonation from the pour and my fears were realized. I had more hope after getting a good smell, but things just didn't come together.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw-amber with a frothy long lived head. Head welled up into a sculptured cloud-like appearance. Laced the walls of my glass.

Very slight flower-like nose.

Flavor is almost that of a pale ale rather than what I'm expecting from a lager. Nevertheless its a nice palatable up front and center bitter hops with a light almost transparent "background". I wish there was a hint of yeast to flesh out the one dimensional hops only character.

Nevertheless the entire flavor makes this beer a definite summer-time thirst quencher served chilled. The ABV isn't so high that a pint will hamper one's metabolism.

Mouthfeel is a very cordial stance-- not particularly robust or "active", but a nice smooth "low-profile" character.

Drinkability- Given the ABV I can enjoy this beer without the adverse effects of the alcohol.

I like this brew. I will enjoy a few more pints!

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Photo of kbeals
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle came my way thanks to gn0sis...

A- Pours a dark copper color with just a touch of haze in it. Solid off white head sticks around and leaves some good lacing.

S- Good balance between hops and malts. Citrusy with a touch of caramel. One of the more well balanced beers I've had in quite a while.

T- Once again, very well balanced. Bitter citrusy hops up front rounded off nicely wtih sweet malts. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Prickly mouthfeel.

D- Easily drinkable. Low ABV and smoothness makes it easy to drink.

Thanks again, Eric!

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Photo of speter
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a rock-hard head (due to wheat). Unfiltered or not, wheat or not, the cloudiness is a bit odd, although well advertised on the bottle.

S: H&M claim to use only German Perle, Tettnang and Hersbrucker, but the nose is more citrusy (think American hops). There's also a hefty dose of Munich and Vienna malts.

T: Here's where the style elephant come in. The flavor is much more reminiscent of a pale ale than a lager of any stripe. There are kisses of esters without any hints of sulfur. Mind you, it's not bad, just not quite to style. (And if I were placing it, it's more of an American Dortmunder.) More sulfur hints, and it might merit a 5 for originality.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated. The aftertaste is a tad on the hoppy side, but again if this were considered an American Dortmunder, that might be a plus.

D: At 6.5%, it's not going to be a session beer, but I'd sure like another.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark copper, mildly cloudy, thick off white head with a bit of lacing
S - Strong aroma of lemon in the nose, citrus hops, yeast with some earth tones, biscuit maltiness, some light skunk
T - Strong malt up front, citrus in the body with a lemon finish
M - On the lighter side with a crisp feel to the body
D - Being unfiltered sort of gave this one some interesting character. A decent lager, and certainly easy to drink a whole 22oz in a session

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Photo of gfreed
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting approach to the lager style. Coppery-colored with a huge, stiff, summer-day-white-cloud head that simply wouldn't go away. (The head size may or may not have been caused by my dropping the bottle several days before I opened it.) A surprising amount of malt is present in the nose, plus a fat dose of sour citrus. Sharp carbonation cuts in immediately followed by a hefty dose of caramel and oranges. Alcohol is mild; bubbles are nice. This is closer to an APA or an alt bier than a lager. Another interesting approach from H&M. Well worth a try.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 ounce bomber bottled on Feb 06 2010. Sampled on February 23, 2010. The pour is a hazy rusty copper with a bit too much puffy white head...maybe three inches deep and nearly flowing over the glass. The aroma has a mixture of bitterness, grapefruit, apricot, and floral hops. As for the taste, I get an up front dorse of malts followed by a chaser of hops. This was not a bad beer but it did not blow me away.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is strong and fruity - apricot, grapefruit and orange. Warm and thick. The flavor is more like a smooth APA than a lager - grainy, fruity, with orange, grapefruit, and a lingering, deep citrus bitterness. The finish gives it away, though: crisp, slight, with a distinct sulfur tang. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Unusual and tasty, though I find it little cloying after a while, which lowers the drinkability.

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Photo of Domingo
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The style this beer is listed under isn't doing it any favors. This is a an American take on a kellerbier. I doubt it's open fermented or anything, but it's definitely an unfiltered urtyp lager.
Pours a really hazy khaki color with a lot of foam. Lots of suspended yeasts in this one.
The smell is pretty hoppy. Mild lager yeast, a hint of breadiness, and tons of grassy old world hops.
There's a really distinct fresh spearmint flavor that the hops are giving off that keeps coming back in each sip. Like other kellerbiers I've had, the hops really seem to thrive with the suspended yeast. In this case, I'm guessing they're hopping it extra liberally, too. A little bit of bready malt creeps in, but the hops and the yeast are the stars of this one.
Mouthfeel's thicker than I prefer and splitting a bottle of this was nice, but I don't think I would need a full bottle to myself.

Not bad, but probably not worth seeking for those who aren't kellerbier nuts. Still, you really have to respect what this beer is and what they were shooting for.
It's a neat idea that just wasn't directly up my alley.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber:

Pours hazed golden (It's unfiltered) with a fluffy/rocky large white head. Some patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is lemony, grapefruity, floral, slightly musty, with grainy and bready notes.

The taste is nicely hopped (citric- lemon/orange - and floral), though with a grainy sweet and underlying tart balance. Finishes refreshingly dry.

It has a creamy, but crisp, light-to-medium body. Dryness lingers. Slight alcohol shows.

Even with slight alcohol showing, it is very easy-drinking and refreshing. Hoppy, but balanced. Well-done! Reminds me more of a kellerbier (with an "American" influence...and a nice one at that!

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Photo of dsa7783
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison for a nice sale-sticker price of $4.25... Impressive appearance for this beer genre, with a giant foamy and frothy head that lay atop an apricot-colored hue with visible, rising carbonation present as well... Vibrant aroma replete with fresh citrus nuances... A bite in the overall flavor profile...
Good stuff...

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is golden and hazy. Quite attractive. A nice ivory head. Smell is of hops with some pine. The taste is very good. Crisp and hoppy. Some hints of grapefruit and pine, but there's not too much depth here. It's tasty and drinkable, but not very complex. Mouthfeel is good, although it's a little too carbonated for my palate. Overall, tasty and certainly refreshing and drinkable. Not stellar, but good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color with a large white head that quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, citrus, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are followed by a decent hops presence for the style and a touch of spiciness. The malt character is on the thin side but exactly where it should be for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer with some flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a hazy orange with bright yellow highlights, a medium sized white head clings to the glass nicely. Dank, earthy hops with a soft lager yeast note in the nose. Creamy at first, the beer leaves the quaff with a bright tingle from the carbonation. Caramel and pale malt sweetness lays in great balance from a generous hop character. Bottled 7/15, this bottle has held up pretty nicely. Would like to find this one on tap.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with TheManiacalOne, Thanks Mark!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clouded orange/gold color with a huge white head that hung in there for the entire glass and left globs of lacing.
Earthy aroma, like grass clippings after a day or two.
Taste is a bit earthy as well with some malty sweetness showing up near the finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
It was ok but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/15/09, enjoyed 11/10/09

Appearance - pours a hazy golden yellow. Much head at first, six fingers easily. Big bubbles on the edges but a dense pack in the center. Excellent retention, once the head dries out, I can pour in enough to where the crown is a good inch above the rim and resting nicely. About as nice as this style can get. I didn't swirl the sediment in but I guess you could for a slightly cloudier start.

Aroma - clean, grainy, inoffensive. A touch of citrusy lemon/orange hops as this sets up, nice!

Taste - good malt depth for an APL. Robust grain, rye-like in a sense. The hops create good balance. A little citrus, very little, resolving to a dry bitterness on the swallow. There is a slight return of a lemon twang on the finish. About the hoppiest APL I've had, it's good!

Mouthfeel - slick and very crisp, with an even body.

Drinkability - certainly sessionable, quite tasty too. The hops are big but not quite as much character as I'd like. Maybe more citrus character or back off somewhat on the whole. A great effort by H&M. Much thanks to Solan (RB) for pointing me towards this one while in Orlando.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright tangerine orange with a rapidly evolving and towering solid foam head that shot up 4 fingers high initially. The coloring was beige while the head calved forming a rocky, mountainous structure that clung to the sides of the glass walls leaving large clumpy patchings. Visible carbonation started out strong initially with a dozen or so jet streams of micro bubbles rising at a rapid rate all in unison.

S: The nose had a light fresh grassiness to it along with fresh celery stalks. Light overall in delivery it also featured a soft hints of dried grain husks lurking in the background adding a subtle dry graininess.

T: The initial flavor delivered a grassy hopping along with semi-dried orange peel citrus tones. Green leafy vegetative stalks of celery and a faint hint of chives gives this a herbal sense. Dried lemon peels appear midway through the experience as the finish finds a soft dried grassiness with a moderate fade leaving this beer on a fairly good note.

M: a good sense of carbonation with a playful tingle and a medium fullness. A dry bittering finish of grassiness teases the tongue with a medium strong sense.

D: good with a equally good enjoyability factor. Would make for a solid summer time drink. A hoppy lager worthy of a recommend and would consider purchasing this again.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 month old bomber. Pours slightly hazy gold with a lasting thick white head. Great lacing. Smells grassy and grainy, with nice hop notes coming through alongside pale malt. The hops are dominant in the taste; not only are they pleasantly aromatic, but they give a sharp, refreshing bitterness. Nice pale malt. This is easily the best American take on a kellerbier I've had--very good stuff.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Thick pillowy head is going nowhere fast, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is minimal and balanced. Taste starts lightly citrus, goes pale malt sweet for a bit, back to some tartness at the close coupled with a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability a little challenged by the tart and bitterness clashing some. Overall a nice drinker.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature."

--Thomas Kempis

Radiant tangerine with honey colored highlights. Munich malt adds a slightly darker color to this *pale* lager (that it didn't really need). The upper third of the pint glass is occupied by a wonderfully sticky chunk of foam that is yellowed bone in hue and is beginning to deposit small chunks and tattered sheets of lace.

The aroma is balanced between pale malt and musky-fruity hops. High & Mighty says that noble hops are used, but it smells like something English is in there as well. Fuggles maybe. I'm not sure if the above style is the best fit, but my tastes buds are always a better judge.

Purity Of Essence is well-brewed beer that doesn't come close to knocking my socks and/or shoes off. It's on the simple side and lacks personality, but then that's true of most of the world's pale lagers. The thing that saves it from mediocrity is a surprising amount of leafy hoppiness. The German hops make it taste... well... German. Or maybe Czechoslovakian, if Saaz are in the house.

Because my Munich malt detector is pretty sensitive, it picks up just a hint of the tell-tale toasted, earthy nuttiness. The hops are lemony and grassy, with an estimated IBU count of... 40ish. A ripe apricot fruitiness makes it seem as if ale yeast was used. The finish is bordline snappy and crisp, which is a definite plus.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the ABV and will be rewarded as a result. It has a sneaky light creaminess and stays buoyant all the way to the gently bitter end of each mouthful.

In the final reckoning, Purity Of Essence is better than Beer Of The Gods, the only other High & Mighty offering to have entered my glass. I wouldn't mind drinking this one again, especially if it was right out of the hopper. Thanks to damienblack for the bomber.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reagen1984 for this one. Probably should have got to this earlier - bottled October 29th, 2008. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Good looking brew here. A solid three-fingers of foam that stick around for quite a while and leave glass-coating lacing. Unfiltered golden apricot color that's slightly lighter at the edges.

S - The smell is potent - it erupts from the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. Spicy noble hops with pine and earthiness, pilsener malt, and some light fruitiness. How the heck did this hold up well for almost a year when some other hoppy brews are a mess after a few weeks?

T - The taste is a huge disappointment compared to the smell. Twangy lager character, mixed with light doughy malts, and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish that builds a bit after a few pours. Decidedly average - there's nothing off, but it's just not all that good.

M - A bit harsh on the carbonation side, but the body is smooth and medium in thickness. Clean finish without minimal residual flavor or feel.

D - The carbonation is a bit bloaty, even after half of a glass. Otherwise the minimal aftertaste and decent flavor make it pretty easy to drink. I'm under the impression this stuff is cheap - ~$5 for a bomber.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High & Mighty- Purity of Essence

High & Mighty finally made it to NJ. 1 of my favorite Mass. breweries.

A- Light clear copper brown with a huge frothy head. Thick chunky lacing.
S- Big pungent pine hops infuzed into a lightty roasted cereal malt.
T- Sweet somewhat light bready malt with a nice bitter oily pine hoppiness. Sweet buttery malt really shines through.
M- Light sweet creamy malt with a good dose of bitter dry hops.

Overall- Quit nice and easy to drink. $5.50 for a bomber, good price for a good beer.

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Photo of Bounty628
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purity of Essence has a very noble ABV coming in at 6.50%. The beer does pack a nice little punch especially since it comes in bomber bottles and the alcohol is allowed to shine through a bit during the tasting.

The beer pours a rather light yellow color that features a bit of haze when poured into the pint glass. There is a creamy, off-white head that builds at the top of the pour and that same off-white head turns into a nice off-white lacing that is retained from pour to finish. The carbonation is quite noticeable in this pour and dances along visibly despite the sort of golden haze within the glass.

The smell is rather unique when poured and there is a sort of sour malt nose mixing with a sort of grassy to grainy complexity. There is a hint of floral undertones at play within the smell that are accentuated by a kick of a certain sort of spiciness within the pour, as well.

What is perhaps the biggest surprise once the beer is tasted is the amount of hops that are packed into the taste. Though they were not highly up front in the nose the hops sure to come through in a big and friendly way within the taste. The higher ABV of 6.50% does come through in the taste and matches to a sort of earthy taste in a rather different way. There is a bit of the grassy nature noticed in the nose that also comes through in the taste but still the hops seem to really hold their own within the pint glass. This is a very different taste and is one that might not be enjoyed by all. To me it is a nice break from something that is overly traditional and the individualism expressed by High & Mighty in this taste is to be applauded.

Purity of Essence has a nice drinkability to it but is probably best served having one bomber perhaps with a spicy meal and then calling it quits. This is not a session beer and is probably best served as an "on-occasion" beer or when something truly different is desired. If you wanted to serve this beer with another beer, it would seem as though a big-IPA post Purity of Essence would probably be your best bet.

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85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.
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