Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by klewis on 07-03-2007

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

Above average DIPA. Good aroma, good, no a great bittereness. Grapefruit colour with a little, though bubbly head.IBU 80-90 in taste as it is drinkable, rememering we are doing an assault force of DIPAs, and the malt is at the end, though lists at 160.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of brown sugar, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus fruit, citrus zest, and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between sweet brown sugar and citrus forward hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and orange, maybe a little darker. Head is white and fluffy, decent retention.

Aroma is powerfully grapefruity. Lots of hops, only a little malt, no alcohol.

Taste is bitter and fruity but balanced and controlled. The malt presence is stronger in the taste than in the aroma. Nice all around.

Medium body, medium/hight bitterness, plenty of CO2. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as an amber color with a foamy white head on top that had a nice lacing to it. The smell of the beer wasn't quite as floral as I was hoping for, it had a hops on the nose but they were much more earthy than citrusy. The taste of the beer was similar to the nose. I wish that this was a little bit more of a brighter IPA instead of a muddy earthy one. The mouthfeel was decent on this beer, it had a good amount of body but nothing too exciting either. Overall this beer was good if you like the Eastern style or English IPA's. For me, I enjoy the Western ones more so this one wasn't really going anywhere with me.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has a mixture of citrus, floral and pine resin aromas from the hops.
T: Like the smell, the hops dominate the taste and flavors of pine resin seem to stand out in particular. Advertised as 168 IBUs, there is a high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: Although this beer is very hoppy and bitter, it’s relatively drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything I've had from Hoppin' Frog has been very good thus far. That ride continues here. The beer begins with a brigt amber-chesnut color with bright clarity, fantastic head formation, retention, lacing, and legging. An impressive look. The aromas are a beautiful blend of caramel maltiness, orange rinds, candied cherries, pine-floral-citrus hop juiciness. Flavors of the malts, fruits and hops are all there in force- making a nicely blended backdrop for hops. The hop flavor rides just behind the malts, but bite hard in the back of the throat and amplify an alcoholic taste that boarders on harsh and astringent. Texutres are very heavy and leaves some unattenuated malt syrupy textures. Alcohols and hops help to cut the sweetness, but create a harsh fusal sensation in the back of the thoat that promises heartburn later. All in all, this is a good example for the style. Although some age will help to round out the alcohols, the hops will fall into a more timid, herbal state. If I can find another bottle, perhaps I'll do just that.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Resinous aroma with plenty of grapefruit pith

Taste: Forget about the malt as the grapefruit flavors assault the taste buds from the get go; it just builds from there, with some pineapple and floral sweetness that appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One wild DIPA for the hop heads; quite an achievement

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramel malt with some astringent and bitter hops. Taste is also a mix between some caramel malt with limited sweetness and some astringent and dry bitter hops. I would have better appreciated this beer had more citrusy or floral notes been discernable. Medium body with good carbonation and no alcohol tasted. Not bad overall but still far away from some of the top beers from this style.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ton of suspended sediment slowly swirls in the direction of the pour. Dirty reddish amber tone, sheets of lacing in the glass.

Rich resiny hops, candied grapefruit comes through in a big way. Strangely a touch of sterile gauze wafts in, but doesn't stick around. Vegetal hop aroma.

Lots of pale malt flavor, as it sits, the hop element becomes less bitter and pretty agreeable overall. Mainly grapefruit with a few random pine needles jabbed in it for good measure. Savory bitterness in the end, mild spice that can't be positively ID'ed. Some sort of mustardy notes come in toward the end. Alternately fruity and herbal.

Full bodied, but still retaining a pleasant drinkability. Worth the price of admission. 168 IBUs...and i'm 129 years old. I would try this next to Dreadnaught, Goose IIPA, or similar for a good head-to-head battle.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with burgundy hues. It had a small, foamy, white head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled very sweet with orange peel, some grapefruit and nice pine notes.

T - It tasted of sweet bubblegum, hoppy pine flavors. Plenty of citrus flavors with mild grapefruit tartness.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a dry finish. A medium bodied DIPA.

D - This is a really nice Imperial IPA. Despite its strength it was fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of oline73
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet from the strong malt backbone with an aggressive hop bitterness. There is a slightly odd earthy smell that I can't quite place.

Taste: Follows from the smell. There is a malty sweetness up front, but it gets covered up quickly by the intense hop bitterness. The flavor seems to be quite earthy with some citrus notes as well. The finish is bitter from the hops, but also from the alcohol. This one is a beast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really intense beer, the name fits. The bitterness in the finish seems like a run away truck. Could have been refined a bit. Not bad, but I don't need another.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam with a reddish tinge. The body is a clear, red-copper color. The head settles quickly, leaving thick strands of lace.

S - Fruity pineapple and mango hops with some pine and mint undertones. A substantial note of toffee and caramel malt is looming behind the hops.

T - Fruity pineapple hops with an equal proportion of resinous pine. Big notes of sweet malt with caramel and toast mixes with the hops and highlights the pineapple character. Big hop bitterness comes on in the finish and coats the palate, but isn't quite enough to overwhelm the very sweet malt.

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

D - The hop character is really very nice, especially in the aroma, with lot of fruit, but enough pine to keep it a bit earthy. Despite big bitterness, that is unfortunately a bit asprin like, the malt is so sweet that it cannot be balanced out. It is odd to come across a big, bitter DIPA that is cloyingly sweet, but this one is. Kind of a mixed bag overall, great hops character, but just too sweet. If they would dry it out a bit and smooth the bitterness down, this could compare favorably to Hopslam.

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Photo of oberon
2.59/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A friend of mine here in Greensboro thinks this beer is the one all be all and shared a bottle with me Sunday night.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep clear amber/bronze with a half finger slight off white head atop,great clarity and hue to the beer.Whoo man the aromas are borderline harsh,just wicked resin with a bit of caramel base but the hop onslaught is wicked in not such a good way.The 168 IBU's is just overkill on the palate,its dry as all get out and bitter to the hilt,wicked pine resin and alcohol make you wanna grab a glass of water and chug it.Iam a full on hophead but this is overkill to the umteenth degree,sorry Brian I told ya I liked it but man that stuff is harsh.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, mango, orange rind, pineapple, floral, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, mango, pineapple, toast, and piney spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, pineapple, caramel, toast, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a farly creamy, slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a brilliant clear ruby red with a medium size foamy off-white head that left some very nice lacing down the glass. This is a great looking beer. Aroma is the fresh smell of hoppy citrus and pine with some deep underlying notes of sweet malt. Some slight heat also comes out as it warms.

Taste is a lip smacking fresh blend of citrus and resinous hops. This is nicely balanced by a beefy yet smooth caramel malt backbone. Hop bitterness lasts well into the end and mixes with some slight warming alcohol to provide a pleasant finish. Mouthfeel is a nice chewy medium body with good carbonation.

Wow, this is another stellar beer from Hoppin’ Frog, that was bordering on West Coast Double IPA territory at some points. Very nicely done, with a fantastic appearance, bold flavors, and a nice thick body while still remaining incredibly drinkable. It’s great to see a Double IPA this good coming out of the Midwest and now available in PA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from nlmartin courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with floral hops and fruity citrus with some caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness, then a strong citrus sweetness follows. The malt character is not too heavy, but is hearty enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

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

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a long time. So far, after having this beer and BORIS The Crusher, it appears as though Hoppin’ Frog Brewery does the big beers very well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warmly glowing red-orange-bronze with turmeric colored trim. This is a beautiful DIPA that could easily be mistaken for an American barleywine. The densely creamy crown looks like orange-caramel mousse and also looks to be full of hop resins due to the impressive amount of glass coverage that has occured so far.

The aroma doesn't ease off the accelerator for one second. Although it's difficult to believe 168 IBUs, I suppose it is possible. In any case, the beer smells like it's chock-a-block full of both caramel malt and C-hops. I get tired of describing DIPAs noses as brown sugar, grapefruit, orange and pine, but that's what's in here. I think I'm gonna like this one.

Mean Manalishi walks a very fine line. On one side of the line is too much caramel malt and on the other is just short of too much caramel malt. To clarify, that's with respect to flavor, not body. Thankfully, it isn't anywhere near the gooey, sticky mess that some DIPAs tend to be.

In spite of the 'toasted bread slathered with melted caramel' flavor of the malt, the 'citrus pith on steroids' flavor of the hops is able to punch through with authority. While those competing (yet complementary) flavors go toe-to-toe, the sweetness of the former is no match for the scathing alpha acid bitterness of the latter. This stuff isn't called *Mean* Manalishi simply because it sounds cool. Which it does.

My wavering on the all-important taste score is now officially over. There's so much juicy, buzzsaw-like hop flavor in every mouthful that I don't know how the final score could ever have been in doubt. There's no question but that MM is Ohio's hoppiest beer. For once, the words 'extreme', 'assertive' and 'intense' aren't mere marketing malarky.

No alcohol is appreciated. I'm not sure how it could be given wall-to-wall hop resinousness. Drinkability is directly proportional to one's hopheadedness. This bomber is going to obliterate my taste buds for the remainder of the night, but that's a tradeoff that I'm more than willing to make.

The mouthfeel might be a fraction lighter than the style average. That isn't a negative in this case because it keeps things moving smartly along. This is a 'begs to be gulped' beer, not an 'asks to be sipped' beer. The fact that I wouldn't want it any lighter or any heavier is reason enough for the above score.

I continue to be delighted by the deliciousness coming out of Ohio's second best brewery. Mr. Karm creates big beer for big beer lovers and does it exceptionally well. I always make sure to grab a handful of Hoppin' Frog bombers when I get back to the Buckeye State. I might have to make it two handfuls this time. Mean Manalishi means business.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one in a trade recently, but have had it before. Very nice twenty two ounce bottle that was served chilled in a pint glass. Consumed on 08/27/2008.

The pour was one of the best I have ever seen for the style. Rich dark amber color with a ton of orange highlights mixed in throughout. Tond of haze and a nice two inch foam top that never wanted to settle. The bottom of the glass was riddled with sticky foam once i was done. Really very well done here for sure.

The aroma was tons of sticky, resin like hops all the way. Oodles of pine aroma, mixed in with some rich orange and tangerine. Sight hint of a sweet malty base around here as well. The flavor here was much of the same. Rich pine hops, sticky with a resin like flavor and a good bready and biscuit like base to it. Nice balance here, but still way leaning towards the hops in terms of a definte direction. Nice medium feel was morethen adequatly carbonated and the alachol was soo well hidden, I plowed through this one much quicker then I should have,

Overall this was a solid beer. On the better side of the IPA's I have had as of late. I would have no isse at all with trying this one again sometime soon. A very solid offering that I would love to get ahold of again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Hophead101, cheers Greg!

Pours a chill hazed chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Some floaties at the bottom of the bottle, very good head retention & lacing, huge chunky clouds of lace cling to the back of the glass, you can almost see it turning into sugar crystals in front of you

S: Resiny hops & breadyness & apricots

T: Resiny hops, breadyness, leafy hops & dryness up front, plus whispers of alcohol. A touch of plums & apricot as this warms, then a bunch of resiny hops & toffee. Finishes dryish, with leafy hops, apricots & pears, caramel, piney & grapefruitty hops. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation & nice balance, skews fruitty

Drinks very easy for the style & abv, a solid DIPA

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a copper color with a one finger white head . Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very floral with citrus and grapefruit present. Taste has the citrus and grapefruit flavors you expect from a DIPA but also has a strong malty and caramely backbone to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I've had 2 of these 22 oz beers over the last few months and enjoyed them both.

Overall a good east coast DIPA that has a strong malt presence much like a lot of the east coast ones. I enjoyed it but not something I will have shipped to me again, if I could buy it in my local store I might buy it occasionally.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a strong orange hue. The head is beige with lasting power. Spotty ring lace on the glass. (Interestingly, the lace become thicker as the beer went down.)

Milder hop aroma than I was expecting, still it is fresh and citrusy. The alcohol is present in the background as is the malt base. Pretty well balanced for an extreme beer.

In terms of lasting presence, the swallow reminds me of the Altoids' Curiously Strong Mints; the hop bitterness goes on for minutes. The brew starts off in neutral but quickly slides into a bitter chew. The alcohol is surprisingly muted. The body is solid.

I am trying this beer the day after I tried their superb IPA. I prefer the "single" version. If one is inclined to the edges of taste, this may be a treat. For me, I find this to too extreme to enjoy regularly. As a one off, it's still a treat.

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Photo of Jason
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bomber.

The appearance is a tricky one, at one point my pint showed a clear reddish amber color but after about 8-10oz poured out the particles on the bottom of the bottle rushes into the rest of the liquid. Now its cloudy, nearly turbid with small bits of sediment that does not want to settle to the bottom of the glass. Half decent head retention.

Big pungent and sharp hoppy aroma of the rind from a fresh peeled grapfruit, spearmint and wild flowers with a hint of caramel malt in the back of the nose.

Sharp bitterness from the hops cuts deep, luckily it has a lot to cut through. Creamy full body with a solid maltiness that screams caramel and a little bit of toasted malt. All of the malt gets beat back down and the drying hop bitterness takes over. Grapefruit peel, tobacco and black tea from the hops. Finishes dry and overly bitter and astringent.

168 IBUs ... hmmm, your tasted buds can only handle about 80 IBUs so this is aiming for overkill and that is what it ends up being. Its so hoppy that it masks the mildly solvent alcohol for the most part. Keep the sediment out, tone down the bitterness and focus on more hop flavor and this would be a great DIPA. Great to try once but this ends up being a taste bud killer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/12/10 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a ruby red color with no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus, hops, bready malts, a bit sour.

t - Taste follows the nose but more hops. Citrus hops, fruity hops, some pine, and bready malts. A little bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent IPA. Some nice cirtus hops in the smell and taste. Would give another shot.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

This arrived with a finger of light-tan head with decent retention. Color was the deepest amber that I have ever encountered with NE-quality clarity to boot. Nose was slightly sweet, tending more towards malty, unusual for the style. Mouthfeel was medium with a fantastic hops presence on the tongue. Finish was really hot, accounting for my suddenly husky voice. More!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks decent, leaves a slight sticky lacing. Aromas consist of citrus, candied fruits, and alcohol. A bit astringent and unpleasant. Very hoppy, but off kilter. The aftertaste is sweet and syrupy. Lots of bitterness, especially in the finish. This brew does not measure up to the many great DIPAs out there. I'm glad to have tried it, and while it was drinkable, I won't get this one again.

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 635 ratings.
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