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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone RuinTen Triple IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you'll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You're welcome.

Added by ehammond1 on 06-14-2012

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep auburn with a two finger orange white head. The nose is the best part of this beer. Pineaple, tangerine, pepper, passion fruit, lavander, grapefruit, lemon, cough syrup, there may be infinite notes to pick up. I feel as if I drift in between dimensions with each whiff into worlds in which I am drinking versions of this beer containing separate hop bills. How else could one beer have so much complexity? Next comes the taste. The taste is the best part of this beer. It is somehow perfectly balanced. I say somehow because this li'l devil is hopped up as shit, and somehow, the malt profile is so deep and robust, that it is able to hold its own against such an aggressively bittered beer. It's like Draymond Green knowingly taking a backseat to Curry because even though he knows what he brings to the court is of equal importance, he does not have the flash or star appeal of Stephan's shooting. Up next is the feel. The mouthfeel is truly the best part of this beer. It is thick and oily. It coats your mouth and sooths your soul. This mouthfeel has the body you want from a Russian Imperial Stout but the slick oil quality that an ipa requires. They play together. No one is the superstar. Like the first and second violins in a Bartok string quartet, neither has importance over the other. In summation, this beer is good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

big thanks to scott for hosting a mini-tasting and pulling this treat out. this beer has eluded me as LI got royally screwed on this one and apparently not even 10 cases made it to LI and it flew from shelves the minute it arrived. I had no issues securing any of the uber limited founders or GI beers, but this stone offering is the one that got away...and definitely lived up to the hype.

a - pours a semi transparent orange with a generous few fingers of head.

s - smells aweseom. fruit bouquet. resiny. dankness.

t - taste is phenomenal. heavy handed hops, but beautifully balanced with sweetness. sticky and dank.

m - feel is great. wonderful sweetness dancing with bitterness.

o - overall, i am very impressed. this is a hell of a beer. shame it is so hard to get locally. really wish i could have more of this, but i'll take my pour and savor every sip.

edit - managed to land a few bottles in NYC!!!
bottle

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Photo of estlinska
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Stone Ruination IPA shaker on principal. Pours a deep, coppery orange with a slight haze to it. Two fingers of pure white head with copious, tiny bubbles towers over the beer with lots of bubbles rushing up from the base of the glass. Lacing is abundant. The nose is dominated by piney and citrus hops, but has a surprisingly sweet background of sweet, caramely malts. The taste, rather surprisingly comes very malt forward, and then bam, the hops hit in the back end. They are lots of citrus and pine, grapefruit. The palate is chewy, malty, full, with a long-lasting bitter finish. Overall, I was very surprised at how much of the stage the malt takes in this beer. I would actually say I like the original Ruination more, but this beer is damn fine. Damn fine indeed.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a golden orange color and forms a 1/2 inch eggshell colored head that slowly reduces leaving a nice lacing.

The aroma is solid with a primarily grapefruit and pine hop scent that has a sappy/resin hit. A hint of alcohol and not a lot of malt presence.

The taste is again that great hoppy blend of pineapple sweetness and pine rawness, combined wih just barely enough malts and bitterness at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. Velvety texture with a nice dry finish.

Overall, I think this is a great beer. It is a solidly hopped beer with great flavor and aroma combinations. Well worth it if you can get it.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stone RuinTen IPA (Formerly 10th anniversary Ruination)

200th review! Glad it was a worthy brew for it!

Look - Poured into two Dogfish Head IPA glasses as a bottle share this poured a clear filtered copper with an amber hue. Sports a full foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace, retains some, and leaves chunks and rings of lacing. Great looking brew.

Smell - Extraordinarily pungent bitter hops similar to the oniony Summit ones used in some of the West Coast brews I have tried, but there are definitely more than just that particular flavor. Deep citrus resin behind that. Slight malt tones provides the higher ABV.

Taste - Malt is there in a nice wave with some sweetness, then hops ride in super bitter nice blasty IBU as well as an alcohol kick, then they slowly ride out but wreck the palate on the way out.

Mouthfeel - Sits slightly dry and not overly boozy, which is extremely well done. Remarkably drinkable. More light-bodied than medium-bodied. Again, extremely well done here.

Overall - What a fantastic brew from Stone, we went and picked up another one the next day. Ballsy and bitter but well blended with a touch of sweet, an absolute decimation of the palate.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at iTap-Soulard for St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

Pours a bright dark copper with some slight haze. There is a dense light creamy colored head that forms and has some sticky lacing.

Aroma is intense. Sweet and boozy with monstrous hop resin notes that are intense and delicious. Strong grapefruit and tangerine and even some sweet pineapple notes. Malts might be there with some caramel and slight grain notes.

Taste is impressive. Intense hoppy brew. Citrus notes with some grapefruit and strong orange notes, both sweet and citrusy. Sweetness is definitely prominent in the taste. But mixes well with some intense hop notes that destroy the palette. Yummy. The booze is prominent and I can definitely feel it a bit. Great resinous and sticky body with some nice dry finish.

Overall. Stone nailed it with this brew. Delicious and well crafted. Intense and devastating hops that really put your palette out for a rest but that is so delicious that you can’t help but want more.

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Photo of nickfl
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - A really strong, green hop aroma of pine and sweaty hops with some bready malt in the background. Smells like a handful of hop pellets.

T - Sweet malt and huge loads of pungent, pine hops up front. More pine and sweaty hop in the middle with toffee and bread malt character. Finishes with overwhelming hop flavors of pine, orange, and pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow. This is the hoppiest beer I have ever had. More than Pliny, more than hopslam, just ridiculously over the top. I could smell the hops as soon as the cap came off the bottle and it only got stronger from there. It smell more like hops than a handful of actual hops does. It also comes across as slightly more drinkable than regular Ruination since the extra malt and alcohol helps balance the saturation level of bitterness. Absolutely worth trying and while I know this won't ever become a year round offering I would certainly buy it again if they ever make another batch.

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Photo of Moose90
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bottle into a tulip glass
Best By 09/11/13
Tasted 06/23/13

A – Pours a bright clear copper color. Head is vigorous and poured over, unexpectedly so. Once it recedes it leaves a nice thin cream colored cap on top of the bright copper liquid below.

S – Woah Stone, aggressive, bitter, juicy, piney, melon, grapefruit. Sheesh! A lot going on here, but what really smacks you is the bright grapefruit and melon notes. Delicious. IDGAF about whatever malt notes may be here, just bring on the hops!

T – Very nice, a clean and sweet entry leads to a bitter and crisp encore. Notes of melon, bright lemon, and grapefruit here. This is quite bitter and makes you pucker up to a certain extent, like biting into a lemon or a grapefruit. Some notes of pine also make a foray. Complex, but tends toward the sweet and sticky side of the spectrum for this style.

M – Drinkability is high on this one, for being a DIPA this goes down way too smooth. It has a nice, long, lingering finish, that is quite dry and bitter. This is very nice and easy drinking. Lots of flavors still develop on the finish.

O – Was wonderful last year, and is great again this year, this is similar to Enjoy By, for sure, but this one is sweeter, and lacks the peppery notes found in the Enjoy By. Wonderful beer here again Stone, thank you for pumping out ridiculously delicious and easily attainable IPA's.

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Photo of kots84
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Deep amber with a off white head.

Smell - hoppy citrus pine nose.

Taste - Big grapefruit flavor with hop present. As it warms up I am getting the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - A little dry but really nice. Light carbonation.

Overall - Amazing ipa for any hophead. Get it before it gone.

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Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Excellently crafted IPA, Pours a hazy amber with silky head, excellent lacing clings to the glass. Aroma smacks you in the face with hoppy spiciness. Taste bites the tongue, slightly puckering bitterness. Still smooth and drinkable. A work of art.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into some glassware , a golden dark yellow color with a 2 finger head and tons and tons of lacing that just sticks to the sides of the glass all the way through the drink

Wonderful smell , all hops and not picking up on any malt , picking up on some pine , citrus and earthy hop smells , really makes your mouth water

Very hop forward and then the booze kind of kicks in a little and the malty taste sneaks in towards the end of the drink. Very tasty

The mouth is just about right on this beer , not too thick no too thin and just enough carbonation

Overall another great beer from Stone , this is the one brewer that continues to impress me beer after beer

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Photo of GilGarp
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served chilled into a pint glass.

Ruination's Tenth is a hazy golden orange with thin white head. It's tight and dense with some lace left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is big and hoppy just as expected and just as it should be. Huge grapefruit and citrus like nothing else I've had.

Flavor is very intense. In fact, I think only the Younger is stronger in aroma and flavor. It has some sweetness up front from the huge malt bill leading to its 10%+ ABV. But the rest of the sip is pure hoppy goodness. So strong, so bitter, and so hoppy. Rind and pith and all that is bitter in a piece of citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. No balance really, whatsoever. It's big and bitter and that's it.

Overall a really special double IPA. Hopefully it will not just be a one-off but at least we will always have Ruination. It's the grandfather of double IPAs.

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Photo of MLasoski
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this in stock to be honest, couldn't wait to try this one.

A: A murky and copper body, no floaties, no visible carbonation. A 1/2 inch head dissipated quickly as I returned the bottle to my chiller.

S: I notice a zesty pine smell and it's very fresh. I'll agree with previous posters in its comparison to Hoptimum.

T: Straight up awesome! It's everything I want in a DIPA. This is up top with my favorites. I wish they would make this into a permanent offering. I get the citrus, I get the strong pine, I get the incredible amounts of hops.

M: It was a bit chewy; however, let's be honest, they used 5 lbs of hops. Still incredible. Hops, hops, and more hops on the palate. It is definitely ruined.

O: Gotta be honest, Stone did an amazing job on this one, worthy of a notable anniversary. I wish I could get more.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. The Drink By date is mostly rubbed off but I think it reads 08/28/13

A- Pours a rubyish amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains nicely before slowly shrinking to an 1/8 inch head. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Glorious aroma of hops that's so fresh, I feel like I just stuck my nose into a bag of hop pellets. Somehow earthy and citrusy at the same time but intense all around. A bit musty and there's an alcohol fume that's noticeable after a few short sharp sniffs.

T- Bitterness is restrained at first as the grassy, wet hops contribute their complex flavor but then the bite sinks in hard and doesn't let go. The alcohol is remarkably restrained letting the alpha acids strut their stuff without any interference. The malt is there but just merely to keep the hops in check.

M- Very sharp but in the best of ways with a lingering bite. Medium carbonation and a surprisingly hefty body.

O- Even with the high expectations, this is one awesome DIPA. Dangerously drinkable as well. Pretty much everything you could want from the style

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding ale from North County SD. makes me want to move back! I'll leave the detailed reviews to the advocates below but I'll just say this one is top notch.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in Pint Mug

Appearance: light red, amber with a thick heavy off-white head. Looks highly carbonated.

Aroma: I smell a huge hop presence in this one very piney and lemony.

Taste: This is truly a hop explosion to my palate. I can definitely taste the citrusy piney hop presence from the Citra Hops and the Centennial Hops and it is bittersweet. Piney and citrusy, a hint of lemon, It's pretty well balanced. Citrusy and piney towards the front of the palate, sweet in the middle from the malt presence, leaving it bitter and dry towards the end. I can't taste the alcohol at all. The hop presence is overpowering. I love it.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonated with a dry finish and sweetness.

Overall: This beer lives up to its expectation. This is my favorite Double IPA. I need to buy a case of this and a shirt! I wish this was offered regularly all year long enough said.

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Photo of southeastmat
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A bright, hazy orange. Nice head on the initial pour and fantastic lacing. Almost sparkles.

S: Wow. Great stuff here. Piney resin is subtle with some huge tropical notes and hints of grapefruit. As it warms, the alcohol comes out and there is a bit of booziness.

T: Giant hops. Pure Stone through and through. But also I'm surprised by how drinkable it is. Goes down smooth for a DIPA. Easily top three DIPAs I've had. No question.

M: It's not syrupy but there is some heft there. And, this beer really covers your entire palate - it hits all the notes.

O: The best one-off DIPA I've had. Hands down. There are seasonal releases that top it, but in terms of a 'celebration' beer, nothing I've tasted comes close. Stone continues its traditon of continually raising the bar. Excellent.

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Photo of bstave
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A- Poured brilliantly translucent copper with nice white 1 finger head.

S- Smell is big citrus and pine hops with nice subtle malt character.

T- Taste is HUGE hops with a nice malt backbone to balance it out to a degree. The hops are still the main character here. EXCELLENT!

M- Mouthfeel is nice for the style. Not a lot of heat to this for the 10.8 ABV.

O- Stone nailed this one. It is BIG, BOLD, and DELICIOUS. I can't wait to find another bottle. Picked this up in Oregon as it hasn't arrived in Washington state yet. Find it!

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Photo of turnerk3
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours quite an exquisite golden hue with quite a miniscule white head. It may be small but it leaves a lasting impression on the glass.

S: The astounding aroma of hoppy goodness is quite amazing. It's quite a nice floral, piney essence with minimal malt sweetness coming through.

T: Personally I think the three letters "IPA" should be changed to "HOP" and this is a perfect example why. Amazing burst of hop flavor coats the palate in quite a delicate way considering the 10.8% ABV. Surprisingly, it is the sweet malt flavor that initially comes through. It is quickly, and let me emphasize QUICKLY, replaced by the stupendous hoppy flavor.

M: I was quite flabbergasted by this brew. At first the stickiness that most high ABV brews have is the first impression received. However, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it goes from monstrous to very well mannered. For 10.8% there is relatively no alcohol sensation, which is profoundly impressive.

O: Stone Brewing is one of my favorites, and this only helps to validate my reasoning. This brew delivers a perfect, and quite delicious, example of the DIPA style. Well done.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love how floral this stone brew is. It has a softer mouthfeel too, considering how hoppy this monster is. Smooth isn't the right word, but maybe luscious? Never said that about a triple IPA but I think this one hits that nail on the head.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ordered from Beer52, and poured to a regular kitchen glass due to lack of proper beer glass. Drank on a tasting that had so far Founders Backwoods Bastard, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard and Brooklyn American Ale. Note, this beer was bottled on November 2015, totally NOT FRESH.

A: The appearance is bit hazy with a yellow-y and orange body with a white head that vanishes quickly but leaves nice lacing.
S: The aroma is a perfect round shape of malt, pine and citrus together, all in the same strength. Very good tone to it.
T: This taste is one of the most wonderful things I've ever had even though the beer is to be TOTALLY NOT FRESH. On the start of the sip, you can taste the sweetness of the malt that when you start bringing the beer back to the throat starts to be a bit more bitter to each half of inch it crawls on mouth. In the end, it ends a bit bitter with a touch of citrus and hops, while the citrus profile is present in the sweetness, in the transformation, and in the end. It's totally great, amazing, incredible.
M: The mouthfeel is great, the bitterness is high but nothing harsh, nothing like a kick, more like a friendly touch. The density is great as well.
O: Best. Stone. Beer. Ever.

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Photo of Kerfluffel
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Light bronze in color with perfect clarity. Off white head, tight bubbles, nice retention and persistent lacing.

S: Aroma of dank hops just dripping with pine resin. Strong and bitey. Notes of citrus and earthiness. I can't get enough of it.

T: Great flavor. Caramel malts provide a great platform for the intense hop character. Notes of caramel, toffee, grass, pine, lemon, white pepper, biscuit and a strong bitter finish that lasts a few seconds long and into the next sip.

M: Medium body and subtle carbonation that I think is spot on.

O: Fantastic, couldn't have asked for anything more. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of ceolach
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first beer in a while that has made me forget how much I miss having Heady Topper freely available to me. Heady is like the girlfriend who did things to you that you will never forget and makes every girlfriend after her have to live up to her amazing talents.

This 10th Anniversary Ruination from Stone is a hop lovers delight and makes you say fuck you to Ms. Topper but you know damn well if HT came to visit you'd do whatever it takes to get yourself a taste. Stone is one of those company's that just makes great beer. I can't imagine what it would be like fresh on draft on the west coast.

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Photo of Topher78
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a golden color with a fingers worth of a white head that left great lacing. The aroma was of citrus and pine. The flavor profile was dominated by citrus and pineapple with numerous tropical fruits in the background. The mouth feel was sticky and finished dry and bitter.

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Photo of brock146
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Amber in color with a white head that laces the glass that I poured it into.

Smell - Sweet pine, tropical fruits notes, sugary carmel

Taste - Smooth balance of malt and hop profile. Earthy pine flavor of the hops mingles with the toasty caramel flavor of the malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Sticky. Somewhat thick but not too viscous.

Overall - Can I have another please? :-) Very, very, tasty beverage.

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
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