Horseheads IPA | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Horseheads IPAHorseheads IPA

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Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of floral hops and pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of citrusy hops but it quickly transitions to flavors of piney hops that persist and linger through the finish, although there are also some hints of tropical fruits that peek through near the end. A moderate amount of bitterness is perceptible along with slight hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pine resin hops in the finish lend some bite to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well and isn't overly bitter, which makes it rather easy to drink considering the heavy dose of hops. I enjoyed the blend of citrusy and piney hops in the taste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horseheads has delivered a solid American IPA that's really nicely done and very well balanced. This is the second beer I've had from this small brewery and I have to say I'm impressed.

Appearance: Golden body beneath a bright white head that lasts. Nice lacing. It appears orange in the full pint glass.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral hops over a gently sweet malt base. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and pine... the hops are bright and just resinous enough without going overboard, yet the malt still has an equal presence. That's too often lost in American IPA's, but this one is nicely rounded.

Taste: Following the aroma, the flavor blends the hops in with the malt nicely. It's not over-done in hop flavor or bitterness, and the subtly toasty biscuit character of the malt clearly comes through, rather than just hovering beneath the hops and acting as a spring-board. Balanced from start to finish. It may begin with hops turning to a blend of hop and malt at the start while it's cold, but as it warms it becomes much more equalized. Some apple-like fruitiness from the yeast also appears.

Mouthfeel: Decidedly dextrinous, but not overly done - still medium-full. Quite appropriate for an American IPA. Gently bristling tiny bubbles suggest that it may be bottle conditioned. Creamy with a slight edge.

Drinkability: The alcohol is surprisingly well-cloaked, but the bitterness will still build on the pallet towards the end of the first serving. The alcohol will also become apparent in the second glass, but hey, if it didn't it wouldn't exactly be an IPA now would it? Quite drinkable. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep amber with a nice white head that gaded leaving a ring of lace around the top. Smell was big time piney hops with lots of resin. Slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol were present. First impression was hop bomb, a little slick due to not being overly carbonated, but not a detriment at all. Really strong hop presence with nothing balancing this at all. Slight alcohol presence but nothing distracing at all

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Bomber care of pmsawyer, thanks Pete.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a hazed orange color with a white head of fluff that retains well. Lacing sticks with patches of lace all along the glassware.

Sweet aroma of grains coming across a bit caramelized but with a predominant amount of citrus like oranges and a bit of herbal/spicy aspect contributed by the hops.

The taste is malty sweet and overall just well balanced with a countering amount of hop bitterness that tastes herbal like the aroma led on. The alcohol is noticeable with a bit of a solvent taste to it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation. Quite drinkable with a lingering herbal bitterness that has minor malt contribution as it warms. Also noted is an increased "catty" taste from the hops as the brew increases to room temperature. Overall a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a DFH glass a nice hazy golden orange color, some carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some grapefruit/citrus notes. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, with some nice malt notes thrown in, lots of grapefruit/citrus notes. Medium Body, Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, would not mind checking other's from them.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an awesome pale malt scent along with a lovely hop nose. It's floral as hell! The taste is great as well. It's loaded with hops; a real hop heads' delight. The base is mainly pale malts, but it provides adequate balance. It goes down easy with rich, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. The hops really come out and bite you. Nice job Horseheads Brewing.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy burnt orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured am earthy caramel and piney hop.

The taste offered toasted malts, burnt sugar and a lingering piney hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced transitional beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium, cloudy orange color with a nice, fluffy two fingered head and very limited amounts of carbonation.

S - Has some mild grassy notes, some citrus dankiness, mild grapefruit aroma, mild amounts of oranges, and light crackery malt.

T - First taste yields a caramel, crackery, buttery malt that stays underneath throughout to support the generous hopping. Orange citrus, grapefruit, and lightly peppery finish. After the sip there's an orange citrus after taste in the mouth that leaves a coating and a moderate grapefruit presence that lingers for a few minutes.

M - Lighter side of medium body and is pretty crisp for a big IPA. Has a mild prickliness on the tongue.

D - Nice balance, not obtrusive in any way with no dominating flavors.

Was very enjoyable and I would buy this again. Nicely done and I'm very curious as to how this would taste off the tap with a really fresh batch. Cheers, Horseheads!

Update: 3-13-12 - Had on tap and had a similar experience, except with more intensely pronounced grapefruit bitterness.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage a few weeks back.

A: The IPA has a glowing golden yellow hue, crystal clear except for a stream of bubbles. A finger of white head on the first few pours are quick to dissolve away.

S: The nose is hop-heavy. Plenty of zesty floral citrus to go around. I was expecting something strong but was caught off-guard with the power of this one. Pale bready malts and that unique Horseheads aroma are also present.

T: The ale doesn't taste like an 8.1% brew. The hoppiness, floral and citrusy, a grapefruit and a field of fresh flowers. What a great combination. Behind the hops, biscuity pale malts and Horseheads house yeast flavor hang out. The booziness, hidden for so long, makes itself evident during larger swigs from my tumbler. The hops, star of the show, have an oily fullness that coats the palate during each sip, allowing the flavors to come out stronger. A good IPA.

M: The oily hops, citrusy strong, are vibrant and rich. A serious IPA from Horseheads.

D: The booziness is a little high and a little too present to really dig into the IPA. I'll nurse my bomber and be content with that.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Byrne Dairy in Syracuse by the fairgrounds.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head fizzes away gradually, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is citrus with a sweet undercurrent.

Taste starts with a quick shot of sweetness, which promptly cedes to the citrus, followed by bitter through the close. Long aftertaste of same. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is reasonably good as well. Wish depth of flavor had more to show for itself.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear medium amber with a fluffy white head. A thin white head remains throughout drinking and leaves a nice lacing. The nose is straight Simcoe goodness (white grapes and citrus) and a slightly biting alcohol. Once the beer is near room temperature a true harmony between the malt, hops, and alcohol exists. The mouthfeel is sharp and hoppy, but also possesses a rich sweetness that makes the beer drink more like a double IPA than in AIPA. The astertaste is all grape and citrus. Very tasty IPA that i'll definitely get again for $5/bomber!!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've made it a habit to pick up any new beers from Horseheads that I see, and since I like IPAs, I didn't make this one an exception.

Horseheads IPA has a very light, clear, golden body. Probably a little bit lighter than I would expect. A good bit of active carbonation bubbles move around in the body. It has boasts a giant off-white head that settles down to a finger-thick ring that looks a little bit soapy on top of the body. Only scraps of lacing are left, but there are quite a few scraps, and they are thick and sticky looking.

The aroma is a great one for an IPA; tons of floral hops attack your nose, accompanied by fruity, citrus flavors and a bit of bitterness. I can smell just a touch of pale malt, but it is small and planted firmly in the background, allowing the hops to shine.

Up front Horseheads IPA presents a bunch of fruity hops that are cut by a slightly bitter grapefruit flavor and some pine resin. That initial blast of hops actually makes up most of the beer; it has just a touch of pale malt in the background, and leaves a delightful aftertaste of hops.

The body is on the light side and the carbonation is on the high side, which makes me think that if the mouthfeel were adjusted a bit it would be an improvement for both the feel and the taste.

Overall, Horseheads IPA is a pretty nice expression of hops that is not complex, but it is still pretty good. I like it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: earthy, with tropical fruit undertones;

T: follows the nose; taste dissipates between mid-palate and finish; light grapefruit rind bitterness on finish;

M: medium bodied; somewhat prickly carbonation;

O; not outstanding in any way, but very enjoyable to drink;

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle smuggled back from Ithaca.

A: Really nice looking golden color. To say they do not filter would be an understatement. Tons of yeast floating in suspension. Poured with a quarter finger of white head with excellent head retention. Visible carbonation from my Ithaca tulip as well.

S: The nose is a little tight. A little bit of citrus with a touch of piney notes as well. The nose is a bit of a miss for me.

T: Reminds me of Flower Power in a lot of ways and that is a great thing. Nice malt backbone. The hops are floral with a little bit of citrus in there as well. A really nice and balanced IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium which helps drinkability but it did feel a little thin at times. The carbonation is right on spot though.

D: I went into this expecting a lot and got a solid IPA. I was really hoping to be blown away. Instead I got a solid IPA that would be a regular drinker if it were available in the area.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange pour with a quarter inch of bubbly white head on top. Great clarity and active carbonation throughout. Aromas kick off with lots of citric hops with a grapefruit accent. Bright and vibrant with some sweet pale malts bringing up the rear. Slightly herbal as well, the hops come through nicely here with a good mix.

First sip brings a wave of citric hops with grapefruit and herbal accents. Smooth with pale malts and a light caramel undertone. Good hop balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Goes down easily even for the slightly elevated abv. Somewhat creamy as well. This is a solid IPA from a brewery I've never tried before. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this one!

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Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has very little in the way of info. There is a website for the brewery where you can find info on the beer.

Appearance: The body has light orange amber color with bit of a hazy appearance. A two finger tall white head of loose bubbles quickly settles down to a very thin covering of foam. This head makes some nice lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma is big and bold with an intoxicating floral/citrus grapefruit bouquet.

Taste/Palate: There is a light malt base that adds some mild sweetness to the big citrusy grapefruit hop flavor that dominates the overall character. Its flavor is strait forward and tasty. The fruity/floral hops bring good bitterness late into the finish and hangs on the tongue. Body, palate and carbonation are in good balance for ease of drinkability and taste.

Notes: The Bright and juicy hops satisfies my hop tooth and give this big beer good drinkability.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours hazy orange with a lot of yeast in suspension. One finger of foam that fell pretty fast. Left some lace, a small ring and a thin layer on top. There was no nose. Honest! I glimpsed a nose then it disappeared. A brief moment of some tropical fruit and some caramel malt. As the beer warmed the fruit peeked out a little but was muddled and not crisp. It was mangoish. The malt became very sugary. Taste is lots of hop oil, resin, bitter that’s just a little biting and sweet, sweet malt. Lot’s of malt. So much malt and with all the oil it’s heavy. Some nutty flavor as it warmed. It drinks heavy and even sits heavy in the glass. There is no alcohol on the nose but as the beer warms it creeps on to the palate. Not well balanced and the mouthfeel is coarse. Finish is sweet, heavy and dry.

I am really surprised at this beer because the Pale Expedition Ale was fantastic and light. I can’t help but wonder if the fact that there is no freshness date means that the fruit and the nose faded. This beer was literally hop oily bitter sitting on top of sugary malt. Unsophisticated and awkward.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brass and almost clear in the inaugural use of my Horseheads Brewing pint glass. A slight white head develops, leaving some lace, while modest carbonation continuously generates from within.

Fresh oranges with some tropical fruit. There is a suggestion of suntan oil and malt.

Bitter grapefruit with some pine notes. The hop profile is somewhat subdued. There is a lasting bitter finish.

Medium body with slick texture and moderate carbonation. This IPA very dry and lightly astringent. Alcohol is suppressed.

A good IPA brewed locally. This one is best accompanied with wings and pizza while hanging out on the deck.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber, light bubbles on the body. Head is straight white maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: very light flowery scent, comes off a little too mellow for an IPA.

Taste: Not complex but definitely not a starter IPA. Has strong bitter grapefruit notes.

Mouth: Medium and somewhat sticky, citrus skin after-taste sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, took it by chance here at the Taproom here in NYC. More of a pleasant afternoon brew or maybe even better summer beer. Salud.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Ithica. Pours a clear golden orange amber with decent head, some lacing. Mild aroma unfortunately has the tinge of diacetyl, or slightly soured milk. Flavour is more pleasant, but certainly not a "hop bomb" for its 8.1% ABV. Subtle citrus elements, caramelized malts and a nicely dry finish. The diacetyl is not as noticeable in the taste. Hope this reflects only a temporary issue with a specific batch rather than any systemic issues... Regardless, look forward to making a trip to physically see the brewery before the end of the year.

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Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this since BeerTruth graced us with his review, rare as that is these days. Also of note, this was about the fullest bomber I have ever seen - it was filled to within about 1/2" of the cap. This has to be more than 22oz. Anyway...

Pours a hazed golden color with one finger of off-white head. Head settled very quickly and left only a rimjob and a small splash of stick here and there.

Smell has some zesty lemon and grapefruit, plus a good amount of pine. Nice hoppiness going on here. If this beer had more head that kept better I think it would burst through on the nose even more.

Taste is full of piney, resiny, citric hoppy goodness. Pithy bitter grapefruit too. Wow, this brew has a surprisingly nice smack of hops. There's a bit of pale malt sweetness here too, but this is pretty much all about the hops which are showcased well. Substantial bitterness in the finish with some sticky, resiny hop flavor left over too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick on the palate. Carbonation is a bit on the light side actually, but it still feels very crisp because the finish is dry and so bitter. It has a nice slickness to it as well.

This is a damn good IPA, plain and simple. Get your hands on it if you can.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, I get a shot to grab one of these down south. I have been wanting to get to this brewery for months. Poured into a pint glass from a bomber

A- pours a straw yellow look that has quite the hazy appearance. There is a decent head that resides while not leaving much lacing behind. There is no question that the brew looks like it's going to be a heck of an ipa

S- an bouquet of floral and grapefruit hops are unleashed in this brew! Major citrus themes emerge from this, with an equally impressive sweet malt taste at the end. This is one of the most impressive IPA scent profiles I have come across in some time

T- Yup, the taste delivers just like the scent. A piney and bitter grapefruit theme engulfs your tastebuds. The brew is tremendously bitter towards the end. This brew displays a bitter IPA at it's best.

M- full bodied and creamy. It's pretty carbonated and chewy at the same time. The brew no question leaves some flavor behind

D- this is a fantastic IPA. The brew has high alcohol, which means you need to be careful. The taste is fantastic and that will mak you want more. There are so many IPA's out there... yet in one sitting, Horseheads IPA will be a brew that I bring up in conversation. I am confident that once they increase their distibution... more people will agree with that statement

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: A slightly hazy peach orange color, topped by a fairly frothy white head that leaves nice drops around the glass toward the middle of the bulb part.

Smell: A nice balance of citrus and other fruits comes through nicely, along with some hints of sourness. The bouquet opens up some more with hints of sweetness as it warms.

Taste: Out of the fridge, the finish is extremely bitter, but as it warms, it starts fairly sweet, but doesn't stay that way for too long. A melange of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and some sweeter, brighter fruits like tangerine. Finish starts sweet and curbs into a nice bitterness, with lingering bitter fruits and grapefruit rind in the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my favorites from Horseheads. Not too flashy but done extremely well, especially the balance for a beer at over 8% ABV. I'd buy a case of bombers pretty easily, and may have to eventually.

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Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received this brew BeerTruth for being awesome. He's been raving about it for weeks so it better be good. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish with a beautiful one finger creamy white head that's got some serious staying power. A decent cap and collar remains the entire beer but not much lacing sticks around.
Smell- Very earthy and dank with a shit load of grainy grass and dandelion. The hops are somewhat dark smelling and piney. A light buttery caramel undertone is noticeable but its light.
Taste- Starts with a fairly bitter bite of hoppy goodness. Like the nose it's grassy and super earthy with a bit of pine tossed in. Not a total hop bomb though as plenty of crystal malts are caramelly and nice. The finish is somewhat bitter though and it lingers for some time.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body that is nice and creamy with a light bit of carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty tasty and a definite change of pace from what I'm used to. Almost no fruitiness what-so-ever as the hops are purely danky goodness. Thanks much Adam!

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with slight fluffy head. Aroma is grapefruity but a little murky. Flavor is big and simcoey, grapefruit and grassy, but there is a bananaish ester that is distracting, though it lessens as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick. Good but unsophisticated.

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