Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled June 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear golden hue that produced a good fluffy white head with good retention behind it. Some tiny bits of lacing left behind.

(S)- A big resin-like pine dryness up front with plenty of lime citrus with a twist of pineapple. A light honey sweetness.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A big resin-like pine dryness up front with lime and pineapple.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very very much a hop forward beer with massive pine resin and citrus. This actually gets rather bitter as it goes on; very very bitter!

(D)- A fun beer that I enjoyed in a style often overlooked by the more popular American DIPA. Fits the style it is in well, but gets really bitter the more I have of it, but its still enjoyable.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split during the Spain world cup final

appearance: light, bright orange body - thick foamy white head - a touch pulpy

smell: odd aroma - "a sweaty sock filled with smarties", but perhaps not - grapefruit rind, bitter citrus

taste: very deviant from the english ipa - well pronounced bitterness from grapefruit zest and peel, sugary, caramel malts, strange but very enjoyable

mouthfeel: cask-like, pulpy

drinkability: good

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is pale in appearance, grassy, bitter, and dry.

It poured hazy pale straw with a tall white head that quickly dissipated leaving one weak skinny ring. It looked like a hefe. The smell and flavor were subtle and earthy, dominated by grass and pine. There was a strong bitterness with a long-lingering dry finish.

With the heavily bitter feel, Emperial IPA leaves a strong impression; however, there isn't much flavor. Stone makes several great year-round ales and IPAs (e.g., Ruination and Arrogant Bastard). Among that company, Emperial IPA isn't much of a celebratory ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg - served chilled in a snifter.

A - A peachy colored ale w/ thick bone white cap which has a creamy appearance and holds well. The bead is very fine and the clarity is translucent. The lace sticks to glass in haphazard pattern

S - The smell while pleasant is also a little peculiar with hints of pear and musty pine esters the alcohol is evident and has a mild floral/herbal element

M - The feel is good, but the fruit and tang of yeast and subtle acidic tinged hop texture shifts midway to a warming and intensely bitter sharp aspect. It isn't that I didn't expect that considering Stone Imperial IPA's but it lacks subtlety the carbonation is moderate and sweetness is low with a moderate astringency level

T - The flavor is pleasant and mildly fruit w/ notes of golden apple and pear and mild herbal English hop flavors which seem slightly piney too. The flavor gets more peppery and the alcohol gradually comes forward with a very sharp bitterness which lingers into a very dry finish. The taste is like an English ipa pushed and molded to fit the American Imperial Ipa mold, it loses some of the English character and seems salty it is so bitter toward the end

D - The drinkability is average for me - the flavors start ok, but the intense bitterness doesn't help the overall character of the beer to me. I would say give it a try, but as I mentioned in the taste it is really lacking the English character and is an American Imperial IPA in English Ipa clothes - the bitterness seems to be more the focus than actual English hop flavor

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Photo of Briken
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with sunny edges and good retention but little lacing. Very earthy, cut weeds/grass aromas. Pure earthy hop taste up front, like I would imagine putting a hop flower in my mouth with a bit of the vine, too. Earthy and peppery with no malt flavor to speak of. However, once accustomed to the bitter, earthiness, an odd sweetness, not unlike wheatgrass comes through with a bit of alcohol and balances out the hops. Then, the peppery, earthy hops come back, more subdued but linger on a bit longer. Strong carbonation lends a semi-dry finish some help.

I for one am happy to have an IPA with some different hops for once. I can understand some people may not like the earthy flavors but I really like them. An absolute gem for those looking for a different IPA flavor but definitely not for everyone... like Gubna.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting offering from Stone. Not what I expected at all from an IPA and you might have to set aside some notions regarding IPA's to appreciate this product.
750 ml bottle. Pours a light gold, slightly hazy appearance. Smell is quite restrained. No piney resins, just a subtle citrus tone.
First impression is actually about mouthfeel, rather than taste. An interesting prickly, effervescent sensation on the tongue, followed by a spicy, almost peppery feel. Bitter on the finish, but the moderate citrus notes and almost sweet aftertaste helps balance this. Piney, resinous tones in here too, but not overwhelming. Dry.
Pretty drinkable due to the moderate carbonation level.
Not sure I understand this well. I will certainly buy more to improve my education.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a slightly hazy golden ale with a dense, bubbly white head that fades to a thin film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It has a hoppy aroma that seems grassy and sweet; floral and spicy with a note of citrus. It has a smooth medium body with a very dry finish that leaves the tongue a little gritty. It's quite bitter. The balance is a little top heavy. It tastes herbal and botanical with a note of juniper. There's a slight syrupy sweetness to it. It's not bad, but I wouldn't identify this as a Stone ale in a blind tasting.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/2 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours an amber, murky-golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells very weird. Got some earthy malts and manure. Not enjoyable at all.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, sweet fruity hops, citrus, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a nice beer except for the smell, which was awful. I asked several other people who ordered it as well and they all agreed on the smell. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy copper color with a nice white fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

Tangeriney citrus notes with light caramel malt.

Taste is the same but with a much more bitter finish. It has the same tea like flavors a lot of English style IPA's have.

It has a very thin body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. And very dry finish.

Moderate drinkability.

Good beer, but I'm not too keen on English style IPA's though this one seems to have a lot of the good stuff.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the Stone 11th, 12th and 13th Anniversary Ales so when I heard this one was launching, I was stoked.... This brew was interesting to say the least...

Pours a very cloudy pale yellowish golden with a thick head of white and lots of active carbonation throughout... Almost hefeweizen-like in its cloudiness... Swirling the glass throughout renews the fluffy head and keeps this one looking great...

Very floral hop aromas abound here with an earthiness that is both unusual and surprising... There is a hint of maltiness here but this ones all about those noble hops and the abundance of floral character that they provide... Very characteristic of the style...

Upon the first sip of this brew, the extremely bitter hop assault that immediately punishes my palate brings to mind a brew that I fell in love with the first time I had it: Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. Can't believe no one else has mentioned this in their reviews... The brutal punishing hop bitterness coats the tongue and palate and won't relent whatsoever. Superbly hoppy, this one won't let up throughout even as it warms... Very different from anything Stone has produced thus far but I'm digging the hell out of this offering... Not at all your typical American IPA although its hopped like one albeit with noble hops... Its a masterpiece of brewing in my opinion...

I know I'm in the minority on this one but I could care less... I downed 2 bombers of this one tonight and if I had another I'd crack it as well... Lots of folks didn't get what the Stone crew was doing with this one but I did... An amped up version of a traditional cask English IPA... I'm super impressed with this one and I'm going to take the advice given on the bottle and age a couple to see how it progresses...

Superb brew... Highly recommended...

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one is a beautiful orange in color with a light and fluffy head that screams of delicacy.

Smell - The hops are light and very fresh, sharp but easy on the nose. This is a complex and refined hop aroma that is hard to describe. It is very non-traditional and as I understand it made with British hops. There's a kind of citrus, fruit-like character to the nose but not the big orange or grapefruit that you find in a lot of American IPAs. It's not a hop monster like Ruination but more like if you take the lightness of a good British hopping then "Stone it up" about 100 degrees then there you have it.

The balance of the nose is near perfection and would be even more interesting with a year in the cellar to grow the malt a bit. Right now though it is still properly balanced if a bit on the hop side. There's a classic ESB-type of yeasty note to the malt base and a bit of sweetness that is again very pure and natural.

Taste - This travels true from nose to tongue. The hops seem more floral here and mate squarely with the sharpened ESB yeasty notes. The sugars up front are incredible and really not like anything I've had before. It is a very pleasant sugary kind of sweet flavor like sugar water.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer leaves its mark. It's borderline medium-bodied and not at all heavy like an American DIPA but OMG is this thing bitter. This is more bitter than any other Stone beer that I've had and is so dry it will make you scream uncle a few times. This is self-generating revenue here as every sips just makes you want to take another one.

Drinkability - I am a big fan of creativity and this is just amazing. It is so different yet so good and really was a very daring project that IMO could not have been done any better and certainly not by any other brewery. In almost every other case when an American brewer of "big beers" takes on a non-traditional style and beefs it up it is a holy mess, but here the folks at Stone showed why they are the top brewery on the West Coast.

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Photo of mwa423
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear golden color with tons of billowy white head that refuses to die. Almost too much head.

S - Smells very earthy, dirty hops, almost like marijuana.

T - Tons of taste, tons of hops, both traditional english bitter hops, but also some floral west coast hops. Once the hops pass, there is a smooth and rich malt flavoring that chases the hops down and leaves the dirty hoppy aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight bite. Drinkability is going to vary, I'm in the mood for it, but if I wasn't expecting it, I would probably really hate it.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this at ACBF in Boston 2 weeks ago, only a 2oz pour. But now I found my first bottle in Columbus, $6.99, and I'm gonna buy a lot more of it. The best looking Stone artwork to date, including the gargoyle from Stone 10th but this time with a cool parchment colored background.

The beer is crystal clear, a light orange shade of copper with a huge pillowy and rocky foam and big chunks of lace on the glass. The aroma is earthy and floral, pungent kick-ass hops. Apparently Kent East Goldings, Boadicea, and Target based on the bottle description. Mitch Steele and company kicked ass with this formulation.

The taste is strongly hoppy, no malt balance in sight, just loads of English hops. Peppery and spicy, floral, a little chalky and turing bitter in the aftertaste.

Delicious, like I noted above I'll be getting lots more. My favorite Stone Anniversary beer.

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz into Piraat tulip.

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow with a frothy two finger bright white head. Great lacing down the glass.

S - Orange, belgian characteristics are present with bready, yeasty with some grapefruit on the nose toward the end.

T - You can taste the claimed 100+ IBUs. There is smooth citrus up front, orange present. Soft malt present thanks to the English style.

M - Cheek puckering bitter. Medium carbonation, medium body. Dry.

D - A slow sipper in my books but very nice after a hot summer day at work.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 two ways, poured into a deschutes globe. Reviewed 7/5/2010.

Ar: Fresh hops, light floral, herbal, spicy, mild citrus, great hop aroma, alcohol

Ap: Fine haze straw, creamy head, great retention, lacing

T: Earthy/herbal hop, good bitter end, light floral, fresh hop, clean pale malt, lightly sweet in balance, nice lasting hop bitterness, helps dry beer out, light alcohol, hints of candy sweetness

M: mouth coating resin, medium fine carbonation, light alcohol warmth at end

O: good and unique, i like a good us ipa more but good

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a big Free The Hops Snifter

A : Strong pour gives a finger high bubly off-white head. Strong orange color, very murky, can't see through it at all.

S : Fresh hops, a citrusy quality with spices, mild sweetness.

T : Rich bitter hops up front, with a powerful grassy flavor. Small sweet yeasty notes that dot the tongue. A dry, crisp finish.

M : Very pleasant tingling as the bitterness sets in. Medium body. A long aftertaste of hop.

D : I quite enjoyed it. As a English Emperial Ipa (er... imperial) it offers something unique.

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Photo of nlmartin
1.49/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Another year has gone by and its time for yet another stones anniversary beer. I must admit up front I wasnt stoked for an English Style IPA. However being the Stones fanboy I am I had to have it when it came in. The beer was served chilled and in an Imperial Pint glass. As a wise man once said, "Hey Ho Lets Go!"

Appearance: The body of the beer is peach to honey coloration. The head of the beer is off white and quickly resolves into a thin foam.

Smell: Herbed pine hits my nose. Thin bready maltyness supports the hops.

Taste: I think I just licked a grass filled herb encrusted whicker basket. I swore I had a bit of citrus the other day but none to be found in this bottle.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light. The beer gives me a sense of creamyness to the mouth. Very low carbonation noted. Perhaps this is an attempt to get a cask feel. I was gob smacked with dryness on this particular bottle. This beer is not worthy. I like the idea of experimenting with beer styles and ingredients. This is kind of like an off flavored ESB. Hoping next year that the old arrogant bastard returns to form.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off - kudos just for trying this. A DIPA with English ingredients - because curiosity calls.

Hazy golden/ light amber color with a frothy white-ish head.

Aromas and flavors of sharp, earthy, somewhat metallic hops.

I couldn't pick up any malt flavors because it was so sharply earthy and metallic pungency.

medium-full body, and slides down well with a little sloshing in the tummy though.

Sharp earthy mineral finish.

Overall I didn't really enjoy it, but I appreciated the showcase of Goldings hops gone overboard, because it reminded me that these hops in moderate balance are wonderful in classic bitters, milds, etc.

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Photo of 7ways
1.55/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Dammit, I was so excited about this beer, right up until I poured it. Looked weird, pale and milky and raw like The Bruery's Mischief on tap. And the smell was RAW and old. Like something that's been souring under a leaky washing machine over the summer months.

Then I drank it.

Well, at least it felt like a beer in my mouth. But that thing under the washer? Yeah, it was a tangerine. The hops? I don't know how that happens, but it was like sucking on an old unpeeled tangerine. I didn't expect bright citrusy American hoppiness, but what a weird twist. It's aimlessly bitter and too dry and acrid and alcoholic. My friend's first reaction: "it's pointy". Well said. After suffering through a few more gulps (not sippable) I suggested that it tasted sick, like ill. Not infected in the fun way, more like cancer of the malt. She agreed, and said that the aftertaste was like bile. Again, very well said.

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Photo of biggred1
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed blonde with a sudsy white head that leaves a few scraps of lace on the glass. Herbal would be one way to describe the herb in particular comes to mind. Dank and resinous smelling with mint, bongwater, lemongrass and toasted grain. This is a strange tasting beer for sure, herbal hop bitterness and citrus fruit with cannibus and some fresh bready yeast. This one finishes dry and bitter. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden if the 8.9% ABV is accurate. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. An easy drinker if you can dig the funk, I do.

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Photo of mentor
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a solid finger of light yellow fine head over a cloudy orange straw liquid. Smells pils hops, oranges, lemon, grassy rough cohumulone, woody english hops, and light bright lemon esters.

Tastes fruity english hop flavor (oranges, woody) with flat hop bitter (comes across as waxy). Liquid has some thickness but the malt washes away quickly due to the hop bitter and a fine rising carbonation. Dry as soon as the beer leaves the mouth leaving a stinging (from alcohol) aftertaste and a medicinal hoppy flavor hanging around unpleasantly. This beer is *not* drinkable. Md body and md carbonation.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I have to say after the first sip of this I was taken back, but it grew on me. Poured into tulip, hazy golden with nice white head and good retention and nice lacing. Smell is very bitter, dry hops. Almost foul but not quite, a slightly sour citrus smell with some dry malt. Taste was again, odd at first. The first sip knocked my head back, definitely different than an American IPA or any other Stone beer. A very dry, bready malt combined with some bitter sour hops is an interesting combo. A very slick, velvety mouthfeel with an fresh hop oily residue left behind, along with some bitterness again. Overall a good beer. Not my favorite of their last couple anniversary beers but different and welcome.

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Photo of KeefD
1.53/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that stuck around for some time and left some good chunky lacing on the glass. Aroma was strangely Belgian-esque upon the first whiff. Earthy, like a damp basement, some lemon and light sweetness, herbal hops. This is an English IPA? I don't know what the hell is going on with this beer. The taste is throwing me for a loop. It's bitter, earthy, dry, and has a strong solvent alcohol flavor coupled with bandaid and powdery yeast. WTF? No sweetness in the taste whatsoever, incredibly dry, almost harsh finish. Ugh... Mouthfeel is drying, bitter, and just not good, needs some body and sweetness to balance out the awfulness of the hop schedule. I like bitter, but I want flavor. This is alcohol, medicine, and bandaid. Fuck me, this is bad.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale straw color with big sticky white head. The nose is hoppy, but earthy, skunky, and weedy. Not sure I'm a huge fan. Do I smell piss? Taste, though, recovers a bit, with some spicy hops laid over a sweet biscuity malt. It's nicely balanced for what it is, though "balanced" in a more American way. Smooth and full-bodied, the feel was spot-on. A good drink, the spiciness of some of the hops in the brew did slow me down and kind of put me off a bit.

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Photo of muskabeatz
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't done a review for a while. Got to drinking this beer and thought this would be a good time to get back to reviewing.

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

A- Pours a pale, slightly murky orange hue. Fluffy white head plumes above the rest of the beer, dissipating fairly quickly and leaving some patchy lacing.

S- A nice burst of floral hops, backed by a zesty citrusy hop presence. Very lemony. Also get some bready yeast, and sweet malt in the nose. Just a slight twinge of alcohol.

T- Not the juicy hop presence that would be expected of an American DIPA, but still retains a bit of the zesty, lemony hop profile. Nice big surge of spicy, bitter hops, supported by a bready maltiness. I really like the mix of the bitter, piney hops, and the sweet bready malt. Really gives this beer a nice finish.

M- Has a nice chewy, bready mouthfeel. The kind of body I would expect from an english style DIPA. Excellent carbonation level throughout.

D- An intriguing beer that definitely gets better as it goes. However, it doesn't really leave you screaming for more at the end. Possibly a bit to full bodied to be a "very drinkable" beer.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 773 ratings.
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