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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of diechipmunk
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pourd a deep, rich, beautiful mahogany with 3 fingers of head in a tulip glass.

The arome was a really complex blend of hops, strong pine, earthy/mulchy and a little snap of grapefruit.

The taste was an eyeopener, I love hops and drink lot of IPA's, but I was not prepared for the deep, complex hop profile. As strog as the hops were, the malt backbone was ablt to balance it nicely without ever stealing the show from the hops.

I couldn't help but think of this as a mirror image of the English barly wines I love so much. With the BW, there is just enough hop bitterness to support the malt. In this case, the hops were the star, with the malt foundation contributing just enough sweetness to make Stone 13th Anniversary spectacularly drinkable.

I will by more to cellar on the way home today (along with any other Stone I can find).

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Photo of david18
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i wasn't sure if this was a new beer. Sounds like it is. I was very surprised to see this was consider a red/amber ale. It's nothing like any of the beers in that category. It's much like a couple of the previous dark dipa anniv. ales release by stone.

A little hot but the malt is oustanding.

Tried this again in a bottle and I think this is their best Old Ale yet. Not as strong as the double but more than the regular Arrogant, this beer has excellent color, flavor, aroma and drinkability.

I changed my rating from the original review above.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap 7/25/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus and a lot of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of floral hops that is quickly followed by a nice compliment of caramel & citrus sweetness and some roasted malts, creating a very nice balance. The after-taste is hoppy and sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of the imperial red IPA style, this is a great high-octane beer to drink for an entire evening.

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Photo of mdmako
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark dark mahagony color with a tan colored head. Muc lacing.

S - Powerful pine hops are backed with rich fruity hops. a Dark caramel and roasty smell are also present.

T - A initial sweetness is overpowered by the strong fruity and floral hops. A malty and caramel taste are present behind the ridiculous amount of delicious. A piercing bitter taste is left with the after taste of hops.

M - Thick and highly acidic with medium to low carbonation. Goes down smooth for what is is containing.

D - A wonderful beer that I enjoy unequivocally. Once again...Great Job Stone!

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Photo of wangbruins
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful dark chocolate brown with a two inch head that stayed put the whole time and wonderful lacing

S- Lots of dark fruit- cherries, grapes, and blackberries, as well as some coffee

T- Strong cherry flavor with coffee, chocolate, and a smoky finish

M- Thick but smooth, if that makes sense, with a very good aftertaste

D- Strong ABV but I'd put up with it to have a couple. Oh Stone, why do you make such great beer for such a short time?

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So Stone tells us it is literally "the hoppiest beer [they've] ever brewed." That's right, kids, hoppier than Ruination. Hoppier than anything you can possibly imagine. But blood red for an amazing malt balance. If i had to pick one beer to be pumped into my system intravenously, this might be it.

The aroma is like someone has surgically implanted hop resin in your nostrils. The flavor has a mountainous brain-busting wave of bitterness and alcohol burn popping with every drop of glorious flavor you can squeeze out of American hops, including (but not limited to) grapefruit, pine and tangerine. The malt is thick and sticky, providing enough balance to make the beer drinkable, but it doesn't even attempt to compete with the hops. The hops try to cover and overwhelm your taste buds, but the alcohol cleans them right off, and you're immediately ready for another sip.

Obviously, a perfect session beer.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle sampled last year shortly after release in OH. Review from notes.

The first whiff is all hops, perhaps more on the nose than any I've had the pleasure to sniff. Taste is ultra smooth, though. It is RED, as a taste! Weird to say that, but it's true. Bold, but great. Super hoppy, but with enough great malt to balance it. Aftertaste creeps up on you like a skunk..

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Photo of pourmeup
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep mahogany color with a light tan head, great lacing on the nonic pint, retained a head the entire time it was in my glass with no arousal
S- smells very sweet and floral, very green fresh smell, hops definitely come through on the nose
T- tastes unbelievable; floral, slight pine taste on the finish, has a great sweetness from the malt, finish is long and is to be savored
M- creamy texture, light carbonation, coats the pallet with flavor
D- very drinkable for the alc/vol, didnt notice the 9.5% until we were done

(two person review)

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Photo of yesyouam
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale is a dim, dark brown ale with a big, fluffy beige head that has oily bubbles and outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge, fresh hoppy aroma, like fresh cut grapefruit. It smells a little sweet and malty. It's pretty full bodied, quite smooth and bubbly with a dry finish. It's bold and bitter; citrusy and a bit grassy. There's a touch of sweetness and roastiness. It's a bit top-heavy with a grapefruit aftertaste. It's like an Imperial IPA with some nice roasty malt thrown in. It's a champion beer!

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Photo of HopHed
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A dark beautiful ruby red color that borders on a rusty red. A thick, two finger tan head, that dissipates into a beautiful lacing that hugs the side of the glass gently sliding down with each drink.

AROMA: Right off the bat you smell the hops in this big Imperial Double Red Ale. The first note is a very heavy citrus, nay grapefruit, scent. I am guessing this is from the Chinook Hops in the brew, but it could also be the Centennial that are used in the dry hopping. There is also just a hint of pine in there. The beer has a smell that can only be described as resiny, (forgive me) 'dank' and beautiful.

FLAVOR: BIG! This beer is all about the hops, and has just a touch of an alcohol heat. The first thing I notice is the wonderful hoppy grapefruit/grapefruit rind flavor of the hops come through. There is slightest malt finish to it that is, in my mind, almost as if it were an afterthought.

PALATE: There is no doubt that this is a full-bodied beer, and definitely not for the beginner, or those into 'fizzy yellow beers' as Stone would say. There is a good deal of carbonation to it, which I noticed from the pour, but it is not overly carbonated. It has a slight but very noticeable heat to it, which isn't surprising to me at 9.5%. The heat does seem to become more noticeable the further I get into the second half of the bottle, and the closer it gets to room temperature.

NOTES: I am a total hop-head. A freak for the beautiful bitterness that can only come from Humulus lupulus, the hop plant. This definitely delivers. For this special release, Stone hopped the brew at four pounds of hops per barrel, more hops per barrel than any other beer they've produced. As mentioned it is a big 9.5%, which you can feel. I was getting a warmth from this beer half way through the 22 oz. bottle. It is available as a limited release in 22oz. bottles, and (very) limited tap. I would love to find this on tap somewhere just for the comparison. The 13th Anniversary Ale was released 06/29/2009, and is available while supplies last, so you have to get it when you see it. I was going to buy a few to cellar, but wrote Stone after seeing a note on the label, "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009." When I received word back from Stone, this is apparently because the flavor profile cannot be guaranteed to last. They did not say it, but I am willing to throw out the guess that it is due to the amount of hops they are using in the beer, and the fact that the hop character is bound to mellow over time. All this said, I will be sad when I get the last drink of the final bottle of Stone 13th Anniversary. This was yet another great brew from the guys at Stone.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounces of course, poured into a Unibroue tulip. Took a while to get started because I had to dramatically pause for quite a while to admire the aroma resinating from the glass. A lot has been discussed about Stone's desire for people to drink this one fresh, even notating it on the bottle, I can only imagine it is because the smell is so breathtaking, it can never get better with age. I believe that the beer actually would be fine to age, but this smell can never be better than it is fresh and it is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The taste is certainly not a let down, the only disappointment is that this beer will be gone too soon. Awesome beer.

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber to a ruby red color, with a light beige head forming on top. The head starts at a half inch high then dissolving down to form a thick film on top. The aroma starts with fragrant grassy, earthy scents, followed by a floral scent. Then a touch of malty sweetness comes through in the aroma and finishing with a slight twang of alcohol tickle the nose at the end. A strong malt flavor at the front, then it gradually grows to the hops. The hops bring a plethora of flavors of grass, earth, pine, and grapefruit. A medium bodied feel, it then gains weight slowly as it crosses the palate. The cleansing sensation of carbonation hits the back end. This beer definitely brings the hop flavor, but the malt is there balance it all out. Great color, incredible aroma, intense flavors, makes not question where this beer came from. You are left to wanting more the whole year round.

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Photo of dickieb
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as dark as allot of stouts with some ruby red hues around the very edges. A 1 finger soda esque head and decent lacing. The smell is a fantastic array of darker malts with some pineapple and grassy hops. The flavor is like a combination on a barley wine and a hoppy amber. Deep malts with some barley flavoring and it feels like im chewing on a mouthful of cascade hops. The mouthfeel is that of a big beer, as is the drinkability. This is my favorite of the stone anniversary brews that i have tasted (from 9 on). I will drink as much of this as i can while its fresh.

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Photo of BigAl723
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Again, another July treat!

A: This beer is pretty dark. For a Strong Ale it has a nice dark ruby color that presents a beautiful frothy white head. Not to mention a fine lacing in the glass.

S: I smell something that resembles hoppy funk. It's basically like the smell of Arrogant Bastard on steroids. A bitter smell that let's you know, this beer means business.

T: Bitter and hoppy! To the max! Again, like an AB on steroids, but a taste that grew on me. The more I drank, the more I wanted. A fruity and earthy taste came through towards the end. Again, I want more.

M: Medium carbonation. Not much different than most Stone beers.

D: This baby is bitter! It doesn't take away that much from the drinkability but I could tell it was higher ABV.

Overall this beer is outstanding. No doubt it's worthy of being apart of Stone's "Anniversary" collection. I drank a bomber of this before an Incubus concert a few days before this review and let me tell you, I was hammered. Of course I was drinking a bevy of other beers before, but you get the hint.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep crimson with a white/beige head, sticky lacing and a swath of bubbles emitting from the depths of the glass.

S-Absolute hop. A stinging sensation on your nose, because of the sheer hoppiness of this beverage. Moist pine bark, the mist coming off of an orange as you peel the skin off, caramel, toffee and a rush of booze.

T- up front malt that levels into a universe of pulsating hop orgies with tawney port, cracked pepper corn, pine, mint, and victory in the background.

M- Lathery, suddy, the glass says it all, the head is stuck to this mother like no tomorrow.

D- This is the fifth time i've had this beer and the first time i've reviewed selling stone beer by far that we've ever carried as well.

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Photo of samie85
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep, opaque reddish-brown color with a two finger tan head.

S- Mouth-watering pine and grapefruit hop aromas up front with the slightest hint of caramel malt. Smells really fresh.

T- Tastes very similar to how it smells. Aggressive cirtus and pine upfront with a fade to caramel malt and then finishing with hop bitterness. There's a bitterness that lingers in your throat with this one.

M- Feels really oily and smooth. Some might argue it's a little under-carbonated but I think it's fine.

D- Definitely a sipper, but the alcohol is pretty well hidden. The warmer it gets the alcohol becomes more apparent. I'd be hard-pressed to drink more than a bomber of this, but I would definitely revisit this one.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep dark (not see through) ruby red color that boasts a creamy, thick, medium sized espresso crema colored head that has really good retention and very sticky, spotty, lacy lacing.

S-The aroma is BEAUtiful indeed. It wafts pungent pine hops to the head. Then as it warms, morphs into this strong caramel and toffee aroma that is so pungent! Wow... it's pretty straight foward, but good and pungent, like really pungent. Also as it warms, and with a swirl of the glass, I get a blast of sweet candied grapefruit, then when I looked for it, I also get lots of dark fruits underneath.

T-The flavor is much of the same with loads and loads of toffee and caramel malts and pine and grapefruit hops with some dark fruits underneath. Oh, and I can't forget the hop bitterness that punches you in the face. There is definentely a presence of alcohol there, which is to be expected. But it's not really hot perse. So it's not bad.

M-This is a huge beer with a creamy thick mouthcoating feel, that leaves any true beer lover satisfied.

D-I gave the drinkability a 3.5 only because of the abv and noticable alcohol presence. But it's not like it doesn't go down well, cause it does, but I don't think I could have more than one of these over the coarse of a night. I have to sip on this slowly, which is not a bad thing. I highly suggest getting this one if you can find it!

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Photo of mwa423
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tulip, little head with a dark angry red color.

S - HELLO HOPPPSSSS!!! The red sweetness is there too, and adds a lot to the smell.

T - Wow! Fanstastic blend of red spice and different types of hops that create a party in my mouth.

M/D - While mouthfeel isn't something I would usually drink, it is something I want to have over and over again. This is far better than 12th and really rocks my world.

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Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolate milk hazy redbrown, like riverwater. Opaque. Can't tell what the shit going on up in this.

Smells like lots of fruit, booze, alcohol and malt. No winey nodes, very little hops. Just a like a combination of a fruit smoothie, minced meat pie, and grandpa's fiery orange juice (only just the fire, no OJ).

I know it says right on the bottle that you shouldn't age this, but this is way more pleasantly complicated than the beer I drank on tap in September. It's like a wonderfully melted fruitbasket, the alcohol has gained prominence as the chocolatey malts have been dulled and all that's left is like the bastard progeny of a Dubbel and and an American strong

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Photo of beersujit
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is damn good..I haven't tasted this kind a beer since long time.... This feels like beer.... a original beer.. this beer made my day a better one. don't ever drink without any food.. first timer...have a snack ready before u drink this beer... i think u will love it as u go long with it. no way to start beer tasting with this,... but i love beer so I tried it.. its good

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a deep amber red, almost brown hued tone, with tan bubbly head receding to a mild ring with inviting lace...

s: as expected, a hops bomb explodes in your nose, accompanied by delightfully sour tangerine/grapefruit citrus notes...

t: the sweetness of the citrus does battle with the bountiful hops harvest, resulting in a taste overwhelmingly reminiscent to that of Arrogant Bastard.

m: cool, rich, smooth, with a proper carbonation balance to fight the explosion of hops...this ale is wonderfully refreshing on the palate...

d: i expected and half feared/hoped for an entirely exaggerated and obscenely hopped brew when I picked up a couple bottles of this at Total Wine...and while this is an excellent brew and entirely drinkable on its own merits, i find it a bit too similar to Arrogant Bastard to really say that I find it necessary to buy up every available case of this stuff before it disappears into retirement.

that being said, spend the extra couple bucks per bottle while its around so that you can say you were apart of the 13th anniversary hehe...welcome to adolescence Stone!


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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huzzah! Finally got to try this after trolling around huge for it the past few days here in San Diego. It's one of my most anticipated beers I've ever had, so needless to say I was super-excited to crack the bomber. Had the bomber in a pint glass served just below room temp.

Appearance: Beautiful. It pours out with pretty nice just off-white head the evens itself out pretty quickly, but the head is very, very worth having some of. Its color seems like a deep copper brown but when held up to the light, you see the rich cherry tones.

Smell: From the instant I cracked the bottle, it was all over the place. Immediate hops of different breeds, you can just tell in the way the aroma shifts from floral and citrus to pine and sweet. The malt, however, still holds its own, but this beer is all about the hops. Hops, hops, and more hops, and the smell is what I'd hoped for in more. It's a 5, and deservingly so.

Taste: Man, does not disappoint. If you like hops, this beer is prime. It's odd as it's not an IPA, but every bit as hoppy as one, and yet, it retains its nutty composure in the malt as a balance. But layer after layer of awesomeness here, and it certainly ranks up there among my tastiest beers I've ever had. I'd wanna drink it again before I say 5, but this is certainly pushing it.

Mouthfeel: Like a heavy red ale, which hey, it is. Creamy with a hoppy bite to it, with nice carbonation and good coating.

Drinkability: Easiest 9.5% I've ever had, and I mean that legit. I've had 7s that drank slower than this. The red ale style masks very well, and the hops cover for the alcohol pretty quickly.

All in all, I couldn't recommend this beer more to a hop lover. Thank you Stone for another really interesting and awesome creation, and I can't wait to drink this again tonight!

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Photo of TommyW
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, dark-red and brown with a tan head that has nice retention.

S- Citrus and tobacco from the hops but also some doughy notes from the malts and yeast.

T- Citrus, grapefruit mixed with some hop oil notes fade into the malty backbone with has some nice caramel malts and fruit flavors. The hops come back in on the end with some pine notes creating a bitter and dry finish.

M- Medium to full feel due to the strong malt body. With a good carbonation level.

D- The hops and high abv make this one a sipper for sure, but a very fine one. Despite the high hop level the beer is kept fairly balance by a full malt body. This one really is a treat.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA and split it with my brother-in-law. Poured into a couple standard pint glasses.

Appearance was a rich dark amber color topped with a thick off-white head which never fully faded away and left successive lace rings down the glass walls, kind of like tree rings recording my progress in polishing my share.

The nose was heavily laden with pine resins and grapefruit; very nice. Underneath were the aromas of caramel with hints of fruit and a touch of vanilla. However, the hops easily outpaced the malt bill here.

The taste was an immediate blast of hops oils on the tongue, scouring the tastebuds with pine needles and grapefruit peels. The malt platform of sweet caramel applied a decent counter to the hops but there was no doubt as to which element was in charge. A slight warming was felt at the finish courtesy of the high alcohol content. The feel was full, rich and creamy with the aforementioned alcohol burn.

Overall, a great brew from the folks at Stone. I only knocked drinkability due to the fact that the high ABV got me rocked faster then I would care for. Nonetheless; this is a wonderful beer, one I plan on getting again and heartily recommend.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard is one of my all time favorite beers, and this can best be described as Arrogant Bastard on steroids. Noticeably more hoppy than the aforementioned beer but still balanced (this isn't just a dressed up IPA), and with a slightly more alcoholic aftertaste (though not in an unpleasant way). Like Arrogant bastard, has a heavy mouthfeel but still very drinkable. I found this to be a highly enjoyable session beer, and probably goes into my current top 5. I drank the bomber using a pint glass, would probably use my delirium tulip glass next time.

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