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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPASierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 1,057
Photo of lordofstarside
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz to a pint glass

Pours a pale gold with hues of straw and yellow, with a finger of white head. Moderate carbonation stems from the sides of the glass, lacing's okay, retention died down sort of quick

Smell's pretty balanced between the hops and malts. Citrus hops with some pine resin along with a pale bready malt with notes of caramel

Taste is close with the nose, again pretty balanced between the two flavor profiles. Mild citrus hoppiness with that Sierra Nevada cone resin, coupled with a very light pale bready malt

Feel is a bit light as is expected. Dry, sticky finish. No alcohol, pretty drinkable

Overall I guess everyone's hopping on the session ipa train, Sierra Nevada being no exception. Probably one of the weaker representations I've had though. That said, it's an okay beer

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Photo of mothman
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off white head that leaves a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Flavor profile: Pale malts, earthy and citrusy hops. Kind of piney. Grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Light to medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, an easy drinking ipa. I can see how they call this a session ipa if that is a thing. Not over the top bitterness and hop bomb.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/22/14 enjoyed 3/18/14

A- Pours golden amber and clear. A soapy one finger white head develops then recedes quickly leaving a light halo. Ample carbonation bubbles stream to the top of my glass. The lacing clings more than expected from such a light halo.

S- Dank pine zest, citrus notes, grass. Spicy floral aroma.

T- Starts sweet and dry but a spicy hop bitterness that the nose suggests joins in and quickly overpowers the malt sweetness. Pine, lemon, slight grapefruit. This continues to the end where a spicy black pepper aftertaste dryly finishes things off.

M- Extra light or nearly medium bodied, however you like it. Goes down smooth dry and easy.

O- This is my first go at this session IPA and I have to say that I like it. Sierra Nevada usually puts out some great brews and this is no exception. Great flavors and aromas accompany this well put together beer to make an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of jwc215
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a creamy white head that stays and leaves lacing.

The smell is of lemongrass - musty.

The taste is of lemongrass and floral hops wrapped around a honey-like - towards caramel-ish sweetness. Finishes dry with a slight metallic tinge.

It is appropriately light-bodied (to be "sessionable").

I don't really get the hop-forward character I was hoping for, though does have a grass character. It is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Packaged on 1/29/14 here goes a highly anticipated beer for myself...I'm a big fan of hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada. I got a call from wvsabbath to pick up his reserved case of this new to Pittsburgh offering, I said without hesitation yeah I can split that case with you. Pours a light pale copper hue with a big billowing off white head, forms a rocky dimpled textured head that floats well above the rim of the glass. Lacing is chunky and sporadic what a great looking beer out of Chico, CA. Aroma light grassy, heavy vegetal hop notes green onion/garlic combo for me in this one with pungent whole leaf hop herbal/dank qualities. As it warms a bit more light tropical hops hit the nares in a good way. Flavor has enough biscuit malt/bready character to stand up to the big hop additions. At 4.8% abv I could definitely get used to this beer as a regular in my rotation. Hops hit with a wave of bitterness and settles into a mix of cereal malts and hop dank bitterness, the earthy herbal notes come out with a bit of mary jane dank hop flavor but finishes dry and pretty clean. The magnificent malts show up with flavor more so than in other recently released California session IPAs. Well balanced hop up session IPA I'm ready for some more and I'm pissed to only have one more, I had to water one of my favorite local bartenders...Heath from Mad Mex earned himself a 3 way IPA sampler in the form of Nooner, Snow Wit, and Blindfold IPAs. Texture is moderately carbonated light to medium bodied, flows nicely slick but not oily textured. The beer drinks way to easily, this is great warm weather drinking IPA. Overall, I can't wait to try more of this year's Sierra Nevada releases, with the fresh hop series adding two new beers different from Estate, Northern Hemisphere, and Southern Hemisphere IPAs.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says PKGD 01/22/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before eventually falling to an 1/8 inch. Resilient lacing leaves a thick foamy ring behind.

S- Classic Cascade aroma with a bit of bready malt trailing behind. Smells a lot like Torpedo. Some hop mustiness.

T- Tastes a lot like Torpedo with that grassy, earthy hop character and firm yet manageable bitterness. A little bit less malt presence but there's plenty of flavor to go around.

M- Slightly oily with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- So, I get the concept of a session IPA: beers packed with hop flavor and aroma that aren't as strong so you can enjoy the hoppiness over a longer period of time without getting too swilly. However, I am one of those people who equates ABV with price (except, of course with lambics, Belgians, wild ales, etc.) so, if I were to see a 6-pack of Nooner sitting right next to a 6-pack of Torpedo and they were the same price and both were just about as fresh, I would pick the Torpedo. It's basically the same beer, just with a difference of ABV, hence the loss of points in the taste category.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale gold, good head of foam and lacing, slight carbonation.

Smell: Grains, light citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Biscuit, citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with signature hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Well balanced and tasty. They managed to cut back on the alcohol without cutting back on any of the flavor. I could see this replacing Bud Light as the default go-to beer at the local watering hole (if they ever offered craft beer).

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 1/29/14.

Hazy, bright brass with a white head and decent lacing.

Pine and grapefruit in the nose, but not very floral or pungent. A hint of biscuit malt follows through.

Light bodied with a very dry mouth feel.

Light malt and a drying bitterness start the palate with a wave of pine and grapefruit.

Finishes with a lingering dryness and fading hops.

Tasty beer but falls short of the hopping levels for even a "session IPA" . The aroma in particular could use a big boost.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant clean yellow-amber, with prodigious head of white carbonation. Thick, layered, ornate lace.

Nose is subtle -- citrus hops and a touch of the floral. Nice.

Taste is bitter grapefruit, both fresh and tart. Finishes a wee bit dry and bitter. Well-done and certainly enjoyble, but not my favorite session IPA.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange, golden and yellow that is ever so slightly hazed, 1 finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell - Juicy tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, orange, subtle floral aroma.

Taste - Juicy sweeter citrus right at first, orange, pineapple, mango. The middle brings forth a bitter grapefruit, and subtle zest of lemon, orange, and grapefruit combined. The end flavor is piny and retains the initial bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Bought this as a single bottle with a few other IPA offerings from Sierra Nevada. Glad I tried it but it has not become my favorite session IPA.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Navada Nooner

What a name . . . pfff !

Poured into pint glass

A: Nice, typical lookin' ipa

S: Like this one. Pine and sunshine. Yes, I can smell the sunshine (maybe just wishful thinking)

T: Piney, Yummy hops and a bitter finish

M: Smooth drinkable summer style sessionable ipa with good carbination

O: Good job S.N. ! Put this in a can and I'll buy more

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Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled 1/22/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale orange color, just shy of a one-finger head
S: Lemon, grapefruit, some light malt
T: More malt, again the lemon/grapefruit from the hops and a hint of florals
M: Light-bodied but quite crisp
O: A decent session beer but comes across a bit light, I probably wouldn't buy it packaged by itself

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I didn't much like this one in pretty much all facets of this tasting.
It pours a hazy golden color. The head is white and frothy in structure but in general looks unappealing.
The aroma is dank earthy hops that borderline stink then being earthy in smell. Light malts pull up the rear.
A dense flowing but bitter beer. Tastes more like a malt beverage of some sort. As the beer warmed there was a slight lemony aftertaste but it's barely worth mentioning.
Sierra Nevada makes good beer, this is not one of them.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a frothy white head that leaves good sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of grassy and pine hops.

Tastes of the grassy hops with some light malt touches. Hops lead off with grassy notes coupled with citrus and pine. Fruity notes come through with berries and apple. Malt sweetness comes through next with a little sweetness along with some grain and cracker. Finishes with some sweetness and a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA which manages to have plenty of flavor even with lower alcohol.

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Photo of TucsonTom
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great hop fix with a low ABV.

I'm on a search for very tasty beers with an ABV of <=5%. Nooner fits the bill.

The Centennial and Chinook give it that Northwest U.S. hop bite, and the use of the Torpedo ramps the taste up beyond what the beer's 40 IBU level would suggest.

Sierra Nevada says that it contains wheat and chocolate malts, which surprised me. It doesn't come through to me in the nose or the taste. But perhaps they contribute to a mouthfeel that is better than you'd expect from a 4.8% beer.

And to buy the 4-Way IPA 12-pack for $11.99 was most excellent! Thanks to Sierra Nevada for continuing to provide us with very good beer at fair prices! Today's upward price creep in craft beer is slowly losing me.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. PKGD 01/29/14.

Appearance: Pours a thin light brown/dirty water colored body with a light white head.

Smell: Aroma is metallic hops, slightly fruity and sweet malt.

Taste: Sharp bitter spicy hops, slight citrus, thin biscuit-flavored malts, with an overall watery flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decently full despite the watery taste, which is to be expected with a session IPA. Nice, characteristically Sierra Nevada aftertaste.

Overall: Just not a great beer. Harshly bitter and unbalanced. There is a reason why IPAs need a decent malt backbone. If Sierra Nevada dialed the bitterness back a hair, this might be a nice session beer period. Otherwise, I could not see picking this over the more balanced, and much more flavorful, standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I think I prefer Lagunitas Daytime in this category.

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Photo of grammodesguapote
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mason jar. Come out transparent dark golden color with a huge frothy head.

Nose is hay and pine, earthy overall and subdued.

Taste is balanced and subdued earthy hops and malt. Nothing sticking out at me. Very well balanced but no signature either.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not watery. Good carbonation.

A decent beer, my first "session IPA" but I would try another before trying this again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 4-Way IPA 12 pack box. Recycled bottle as there's 2 sets of number stamped. One indicating a 2013 bottling, the other, darker stamp, showing a Feb 8, 2014 bottling.

It pours a slightly hazy straw yellow colour that sets in with about an inch of foam.

I get a lot of pine and grass along with a berry like one's mentioned that from what I've read. ;^) Rounded out with a good presence of a buiscuty malt.

The taste matches the nose minus the fruity aspect. Nice tasty level of hop bitterness from the pine and grass backed up by that biscuit like malt flavour, and I have another tasty enjoyable Sierra Nevada beer that just happens to be under 5% abv.

On the high end of light bodied with lively carbonation, but not too much...very drinkable and a pleasure for me to drink. A well made brew, imho.

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Photo of rawfish
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber into a globe glass with copious amounts of head, three fingers at the pinnacle with pretty good retention and a nice coating of lace.

Initial whiff is honey grains and yeast. Very much like Sierra Nevada Pale with less citrus and pine hops. Hops are a bit floral with some pine mixed in but overall very poor showing for an IPA.

Pale malt base is bready with honey sweetness and some raw grainy notes, pilsner-like. Hops flow in herbal and with pine showing up late in the drink and carrying on through the aftertaste. Lingering medium bitterness with chives, pine and bready dough to finish.

Crisp carbonation with a perfectly sessionable body. Alcohol is not a factor and the lingering bitterness gives off the impression of drying. A clean easy feel.

Well, this beer sure is easy to drink but so are pilsners and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which have an identity unlike this beer which dabbles in IPA bitterness, pilsner/amber malt and not enough flavor or aroma hops. I generally like what this brewery pumps out but falls off the mark.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this in the 4way IPA mixed case, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is medium amber with very good clarity with fast rising carbonation visible with thick 2 finger off white cream which clings as lace with a fine bead. The smell is okay but has a slightly odd herbal aroma and an almost plastic phenolic yeast accent, but more of a piney overall hop scent dominates. The feel is very good with light body and semi-high carbonation with mild sweetness and semi-spicy hop presence with a light toasted malt texture in the background leading to a mostly dry finish.

The flavor is decent with some mild pine and herbal hops and slight malt with some light sweetness and toasted taste and mild citrus tinge toward the middle with some light yeast fruitiness adding to the generally balanced taste. Overall this is better than average with a hoppy flavor that is good but the dry nature of the beer makes the hopping seem a little too agressive for such a small beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally got the 4 way IPA 12 pack. Love me some Sierra Nevada.
A-looks like a lighter SNPA. Just a tad lighter in color, other than that the same appearance.
S-Very subtle, I think they should call SNPA their session IPA and Nooner their Pale Ale. More herbal than citrus, but theres citrus in there. Nothing mind blowing, but solid.
T-This could go head to head with Founders All Day, but its just a bit more subtle on the flavor. It is very good, but nothing to write home about. But actually, I think thats what they were going for. This would be great during the summer.
M-Ultra drinkable. Think SNPA thats even easier to drink.
Overall, its solid and well crafted, but would I pick this up by itself were it available? Probly not.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Straw colored with a tinge of copper. This pours with a minimal pencil head and leaves very little lacing.

S: From the moment, I poured this into my glass and could smell it, I knew that it wasn't what I was looking for and is nothing like Stone's Go To IPA. This has a characteristic smell to me that I have associated with standard beer, like Yuengling (what my Dad drinks). It just smells like a macro lager to me. I only get some pine, and that is when I am hunting for it. I got one whiff of something like a normal IPA, but it was gone in an instant. No amount of swirling would bring it back.

T: It just reminds me of a mix between Yuengling, Rolling Rock and only the slight hoppiness of an APA. This might be sacrilegious, but it just doesn't come across as an IPA and definitely not a session one. I will say that I haven't had their Torpedo yet, so this might be what a session Torpedo tastes like. A hint of pine hops here but that is not.

M: Mostly smooth with only a tiny phase of bumpiness. Normal mouthfeel, probably the best part about this beer.

O: I might just not like the style of Sierra Nevada's traditional IPAs. However, their beer camp black and red ones were both good. I mean I didn't like DevESTATEtion. To me, Bigfoot is their best DIPA (yes, I know it is a barleywine and I believe it is their best beer that they distribute). I guess it is good that it doesn't taste like what you would think of as a session IPA, but it is great in that it has normal mouthfeel and taste (just not one that I like).

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is three fingers high, eggshell in shade, and very sudsy in texture. Retention is pretty good, too. As the head fades, some minor patches of lacing are left behind.

S: It smells much like I'd expect a hoppy ale from SN to smell like - that is to say, it's loaded with floral, piny hops - but there also seems to be an increased hint of lemongrass compared to others. Malts are faint. Apart from a touch of soap, the aroma is very good in general.

T: It's bitter right from the start, with a strong lemongrass flavor. There are a faint touch of crackery malts to finish it off, and MAYBE a dusting of grapefruit as well. All in all, very simplistic, even for a 4.8% beer.

M: This beer is really light - duh - and dry. Since the bitterness is front-loaded on the palate, it doesn't have a particularly harsh finish. In fact, it's kind of creamy. It's not the most effortless drinker, but it feels good in the mouth.

O: Not bad. Having said that, it's rather bland. A truly great session IPA/hoppy blonde can mask its low strength quite well - the only thing this does to betray that is the creamy mouthfeel. Worth a try, but I wouldn't buy six packs of the stuff.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Light amber brew with a soapy looking finger of head. This settled to a dusting. Nice retention and lacing.

S) The aroma is light pine and grass. It's a bit floral/herbal as well. Some soda cracker too. Not a strong scent, quite mild really.

T) I didn't find the nose on this beer to be very citrusy at all, but I did get some white grapefruit in the flavor, and a touch of rind on the finish. This has pretty good balance.

M) Light bodied... It's well carbonated, but not over carbonated. Easy drinking... Crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish.

O) Pretty much like Torpedo Light... It's a decent warm weather beer, but I wouldn't go so far as to say, I gotta have this on hand for the summer. It was worth a try.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a mildly hazed, glowing orange color.head is a very well structured chunk of off-white head. Consistent blankets of lacing.

S-Aroma is a nice intensity for a session IPA. It's a very Sierra Nevada-esque aroma. The hop profile is different but it still has that clean, inviting Sierra Nevada maltiness. The hops are piny, grapefruity and even a little bit skunky and spicy.

T-The flavor really displays traits similar to both their Pale and and their Torpedo. It's hops are spicy and also taste like dry grapefruit, grass and pine. Cracker and pale malt. Has plenty of flavor punch to it.

M-Pretty bitter for its size. Great carbonation, and a light, agreeable body. Very drinkable. I put away my glass too quickly; can't even finish the review without a refill.

O/D-A flavorful, trendy take on the IPA. It's got that old school Sierra Nevada hoppiness. It's very agreeable and is a nice session beer. A nice addition to this mixed 12 pack.

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,057 ratings.
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