Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin AleFrog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head on a hazy copper with golden hue body. Aroma of brown sugar spices and pumpkin. Fresh pumpkin, pumpkin pie, no booze really, light brown sugar flavors hitch are very clean, not too sweet or sour. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty standard but many if these go overboard with the sour fresh pumpkin flavor but this one is balanced well with pumpkin pie sweetness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to recall1242 for sending me this one!

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one whatsoever. Smell is very spice forward with the cinnamon coming across as cinnamon flavored gum. I am also getting some minor malt and pumpkin aromas. Taste is of cinnamon gum right off the bat, followed by other pumpkin pie spices. Actual malt and pumpkin flavors are very subdued overall. This beer does have a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is just not a very good beer. All the components are average or above but all together this beer is too one dimensional with the overwhelming spice (especially cinnamon) smells and tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a big bold pumpkin beer, perhaps not the most unique in terms of flavor, but its also one of the least offensive big pumpkin beers ive had. it pours clear bright bright orange, moreso than any other pumpkin beer ive imbibed. couple inches of white head on top, but it fades fast. the nose features some allspice and fresh ginger, a tad lighter on the cinnamon than most. dont smell the pumpkin at all. pumpkin comes in the flavor, sweeter and roasty, brown sugary, buttery. its fall in a glass thats for sure, but the alcohol strength stands out pretty heavily. i enjoyed the aftertaste of this, where the spices continue to evolve. mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated i think, but on the whole, feels about right for what it is. a little overpriced too at 11 bucks a bomber, but its a tasty fall beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden copper color, almost has a little amber tone as well. The head was nice and left a good lacing down the glass. The smell was spicy, lots of clove and some other autumn spices coming off of it. The taste was nearly all clove to me. I wasn't able to get much pumpkin at all from this brew. The flavors just didn't seem balanced in this one for me. The mouthfeel was pretty good. The overall on this brew is that there seemed to be too much of one spice coming through which hindered my thoughts on this brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly faded away, leaving only some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices (allspice and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.)
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a good balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices. There is a light amount of bitterness and no noticeable sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although Pumpkin Ales have not been my thing, I must say that it is refreshing to have some quality ones on the market.

Frog's Hollows has a firm base beer (Pale Ale or Amber Ale with lower hopping rates) with caramel sweetness backed by fresh bread malts. Light toast early with a cookie dough middle and a crisp cracker-like finish. The pumpkin notes come through in the malts and meld well with the caramels and breads without giving the bland vegital taste that Pumpkin Ales usually give. Spices of clove and nutmeg are much more than just subtle and kinda take charge of the beer (a little more restraint here would have been nice). The cinnamon and subtle yeasty spices get lost in the mix.

I applaude Hoppin' Frog for using true pumpkin fruits and a quality base beer. They didn't need all that spice because the flavors that make this beer work are already there. This is definately not the grainy-sweet concoctions with harsh spices added and then pretending it's a Pumpkin beer. It is consistent across the board and that gives me a lot of confidence with the beer. This is pumpkin pie in a class and a joy to drink. A seriously fun beer.

Thanks Boatshoes!

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head that fades away while leaving a bit of splashy lace

Smell: Although the brew is spice-laden, with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar dominant, there is a bit of pumpkin underneath

Taste: Spices, up front, dominate the flavor profile, with vanilla and brown sugar overwhelming, along with the cinnamon and nutmeg underneath and ginger/allspice tagging along; the vanilla finishes up but there is very little pumpkin going on here as it is all about the spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the alcohol is well hidden, so is the pumpkin and this beer ultimately overwhelms with the spices

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sebastian for tossing this one my way as a freebie...

Contrary to popular opinion, this seems to have held up well over the last 6 months.

Deep hazy orange amber with super micro suspended sediment. Two fingers of foam that rise just to the rim of the Duvel tulip. It sinks back to the surface, leaving a few drips and spots on the glass. The skim stays unbroken for awhile.

Roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, cardamom, hint of bubblegum. I'm almost getting the browned crust in there too, and a hint of brown sugar sweetness. So far so good.

Full bodied and dry, some bitterness and light astringency, but not distracting. Spices linger in the finish, distinct nutmeg and cinnamon. It's a big beer, but still more drinkable than other overspiced versions of the style. Double Pumpkin is fairly balanced, with no indication of the higher abv.

The body has some slickness to it, like a hefeweizen. Reminds me of a weizenbock actually. Pretty nice, i'll look for this again in the Fall.

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Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head that fades away quickly.

Smell: Some pumpkin and malt, but the main element here is the spice.

Taste: Sweet malt and a mild bitterness balance each other pretty well. Some pumpkin and lots of spice. Nutmeg, clove, anise, and cinnamon. Spice flavor stays through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a really solid pumpkin beer. Lots of pie spice and well balanced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria. Opened at our pumpkin tasting.

Pours a moderate orange color with a fairly decent head that receded somewhat quickly. Nose is a bit overspiced, with a lot of nutmeg coming through in addition to other pumpkin pie spices. The taste mixes the spicing and the sweet pumpkin better, and also adds in a little bit of brown sugar. Medium body with good carbonation. Not the best pumpkin beer of the night, but pretty good overall.

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Photo of superspak
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours lightly cloudy bright orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, toast, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, bread, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, caramel, toast, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial pumpkin ale. All around well balance pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth the sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Iam not sure if I got a bad bottle but Iam gonna review it now and get another in the future,this was not very good at all.Poured a dull burnt orange with no head to speak of at all,just looked flat.Heavy spice in the nose with cinnamon,and clove being most prominant over mace and cardamom.Overly spiced flavors with cinnamon and cardamom being way overdone.I had high expectations for this beer,Iam not sure if its off, or really this bad.Just sweet boozy and overspiced.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear orange copper, with a ½ finger of eggshell-white foamy head. Retains mostly around the edges but sticks around with a rich look, leaving a strong cascade of spotty foam behind. Greenish pumpkin meat is very prominent here and has a nice sweet tang to from malts and spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, and allspice. There is a bit of a floral feel here as well, which gives this a fresh pop that nicely compliments the pumpkin flavor.

The taste is sweet and sticky with that green veggie feel from the pumpkin meat hanging on the outer edges. This has just the right amount of a zesty kick to it from those fall spices and a spurt of bitterness throughout gives this some extra zing in the mouth. Finishes with a smack of spice and leftover tang on the lips. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp feel up front that then gets a little more mellow and creamy towards the back of the swallow. There is some definite beef to this but the alcohol taste itself is nicely hidden, hanging with a warm feel on the breath and mixing with some lingering spice.

A most welcome new addition to the increasing number of Imperial Pumpkin Ales out there over the last couple of years, this one did a nice job of providing plenty of both pumpkin meat and spice flavorings, while most importantly, keeping the heat levels at a minimum. A full 22 of this did start to wear a bit on the palate after a bit however. I'd recommend splitting this one with a buddy.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium orange to copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and traditional pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.

T: This pumpkin beer is not sweet which is a pleasant surprise - there is a good strong flavor of pumpkin and spices, about evenly split. There is a light amount of bitterness and a bit of ginger spiciness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: The alcohol is this beer is hidden in the taste but there is a light presence in the mouthfeel - this is an enjoyable beer but definitely not sessionable due to the high ABV. I enjoy the fact that while I pumpkin beer, it is not overly sweet.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber - Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, darkened orange body with a head that totally fizzled out in the ten steps walked from the kitchen to my chair.

Smell: Aromatic spiciness carried aloft by wafting alcoholic tones with some subtler tinges of sweet-scented malt underneath.

Taste: Sweet bready malts inoculated with the usual gamut of pumpkin pie spices and a sliver of sugary caramel. A cumulative 'heat' on the tongue from the spice build up of ginger and such. I'm never really getting much in the way of actual pumpkin flavor. No apparent hop character or bitterness present. There's some slight booziness in amongst the spicy finish. Lingering piquant quality from the ginger and allspice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: It's okay, but, for me, it's definitely not the best from the imperial pumpkin ale patch.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."

--Henry David Thoreau

Glossy cantaloupe orange with honey colored trim. Several slow bubble streams lead up to a compact crown of foam that is midway between ivory and ecru. It lacks character and isn't exactly coating the glass. In the end, a few thin sheets of suds manage to stick.

The aroma was appreciated as soon as the cap was removed. It's pumpkin pie spicy, but doesn't have the 'oomph' that was expected given the ABV. Imperial pumpkin ales should be richer and more aromatic than this. That said, it delivers as well as most.

To be honest, Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale isn't the humdinger that my taste buds were hoping for. For starters, it's too weak in the malt department, which has implications throughout the flavor profile. More pale malt would have been the way to go. Other than the alcohol, this is the pale ale equivalent of the style rather than the DIPA equivalent. If that makes any sense.

The amount of sweetness is right about where it should be. As is the amount of spiciness, which is always crucial in a pumpkin ale. Bitterness is pretty much absent. There can't be too many beers of any style whose IBU counts (7.3) are lower than their ABVs (8.4%).

The spices listed on the label include cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove. It isn't easy to sort them out individually and there's really no point in trying. They work well as a team and deliver that 'liquid pumpkin pie' character that is the hallmark of the style. As the middle portion of the bomber gets underway... this is better beer than I initially gave it credit for. Scores will be increased accordingly.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite measure up. It's light enough to promote rapid consumption (not a good idea), but should have more creaminess and maybe even a little chewiness. ABVs this high come with certain expectations.

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale is closer to Single And A Half Pumpkin Ale. Even though it earns the same scores as the three other Imperial pumpkin ales that I've reviewed so far (from Southern Tier, Weyerbacher and Schlafly), it's my least favorite. Again, more malt would fix it right up. Happy (belated) Halloween.

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Photo of billab914
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured with a small white head that all but disappeared quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly the spices, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. A little bit of pumpkin aroma in the background. Taste is similar, lots of spices. Spices are a little too much for me, cinnamon is the main flavor I get. Would have liked to taste a little more of the pumpkin instead of the spices. Not bad but not my favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a noisy amber with a finger of cream colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Rich pumpkin & spice aroma

T: Follows the nose, more pice forward than pumpkin up front. Soe squashyness as this warms along with metallic notes, some picey notes too. Finishis with decent squashy/picy notes

MF: Sort of thinnish, subtle carbonation, a touch of boozey warmth on the edges. Thickens up a bit as it warms, not much

A good, but over-priced pumpkin ale, for these guys this is a let down. Give me Schaflys any day day, can almost buy a case for the cost of two of these bombers; in other word either these guys & or Roof BRos in Paducah have hosed me....

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich orange color was an absolute treat to look at. Some light haze and cloudiness to it, enough to make it look a bit thicker then I thought it would. A nice one inch head of white and fizzy foam came up over the top and settled down nicely into the glass leaving a good amount of side glass lace to mix around with the carbonation that could be seen streaking up.

The aroma was about as rich in pumpkin spice as you could possibly get. Huge notes of spices that just come whiffing up to the surface. This was an enormously good smelling beer. I swear if you could bottle the fall season, it would come close to this I am sure. The flavor was more of the same, rich in every sense of the word. Huge notes here of all spice, pumpkin, and hints of earthy grains. Tingling the tongue as it went down it was like a piece of pumpkin pie, which is about all that can be said

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant modest head that leaves plenty of spots on the glass. Orange amber color and cloudy.

Strong peppery nutmeg aroma. It's so powerful, the pumpkin is barely noticeable. I think there is also some corriander and perhaps something similar to dried oregano.

Dry malt start. This quickly gives way to strong white pepper and all spice flavors. The finish is very dry. The aftertaste is similar to pumpkin pie without sugar. The body is decent, but the carbonation is quite high. Overall, a very dry ale.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Two fingers of froth, stickage on the glass. Bright brassy amber clarity. Spiced nose, ginger and cinnamon come forward the most and tangle with the malt, pumpkin and alcohol. Smooth and slick full body. The beer shows its strength right away with a quick to warmth feel on the palate and lingering fruitiness from the yeast. Maltiness drops more breadiness than caramel. Ginger and cinnamon mirror the nose with remain dominant. Finishes semi-dry with spice and alcohol.

This beer flexes hard, yeah it has its pumpkin spiced side but the imperial side shows off a bit. I dig this beer a lot.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice somewhat transparent amber color with 2 inches of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. No rentention or lacing.

s - Smells of spices, pumpkin, fruity malts, bready malts, and graham crackers.

t - Tastes of pumpkins, spices, fruity malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and alcohol.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice pumpkin ale. Would have liked it to be a little sweeter but good none the less. Would drink again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

My first pumpkin beer of this season. Right on. It pours a clear amber-tawn topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, light clove, bread, pumpkin seeds, and caramel. The taste seems to accentuate the spices, blending them all nicely together in a buttery caramel shell. Then, an equally strong blast of pure pumpkin comes in, balancing out the spices and showing that this beer's name is more than appropriate. Damn, does this taste good! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda creamy feel. Overall, this is probably the best pumpkin beer I've ever had (other than TREAT, but I don't really put that in the pumpkin beer category). Get some.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: This beer appears an orange color and is for the most part, pretty clear. A slightly less than average-sized head perches atop the beer for a few ticks before leaving a few random traces of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is a big bouquet of autumnal spices. A blast of cinnamon and nutmeg followed by sweet malt.

T: As is often the case with pumpkin ales, I just find the beer to be too dominated by spices. I would much prefer to see the spices in a supporting role to the ale rather than overshadow it, which is the case here. Fresh cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way, followed by hints of gourds, sweet candies, and malts.

M: Thin to medium bodied with a moderately low carbonation level.

D: This is not something of which I would want to consume more than a small snifter. It might make a nice pairing with pie or cobbler on a brisk autumn day. A small serving goes a long way.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Amber body with a small, off-white head. Hardly any retention or lacing. Why can't anyone make a pumpkin beer with good retention?

Smell - Huge clove and cinnamon aroma. Really overpowering. I get the slightest bit of pumpkin in the back, but it's all about the spice.

Taste - Spicy start that really lingers throughout and overpowers the pumpkin. It's pretty one-note throughout. It finishes with a bit of pumpkin, but nothing like others I've had.

Mouthfeel - Easy to drink, despite being a heavy pumpkin ale. Medium high carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I wish it were creamier, but the lack of pumpkin flavor makes it just drop off.

Overall - The more pumpkin beers I have, the more discriminating I become. This tastes good, but it's just a cinnamon and clove beer. I want some pumpkin!

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