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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
What do you get if you blend Hardcore IPA and I Beat You together and then add even more dry hops?

I Hardcore You of course. This is the return, for a limited time only, of a beer which proved firm favourite with hop heads.

I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale. After blending these two awesome beers, the beer is then dry hopped another two times.

80 IBU

Added by thepeter on 08-17-2010

BEER STATS
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247
Ratings:
519
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Cleveland. Big hoppy acidic aroma. Huge soapy white head on cloudy golden, lacey. Retained head of 1.5 inches. Very citrus, a sipper, grapefruit and orange. tastes as if IBU of 90 plus. Spot on the style, but more malt would make it more drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Run, don't walk to try this one! Lovely slightly hazy amber with a nice white/off white head.

Nose is full and assertive honey cooked pineapple with rich carmel whiskey tones; wonderfully layered and complex but pleasing nose.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold, assertive, creamy and inviting, while still being wonderfully balanced with light carbonation. A richness and an inviting character one sees in only a few of the best.

Flavors exceed the high expectations set by the look, nose and mouthfeel. Flavors are rich, big, luscious, layered and complex. Big sweet honey and big malt with tones of whiskey give way to malty creamed coffee/burnt toast and oaked whiskey to a big rich and pleasant bitter grapefruit/pine.

Long rich bitter pine finish. Yet, with all of the complexities and goodness of a beer that's most pleasant by itself, it is remarkably drinkable for a big rich and big alcohol brew.

One of the best from BrewDog that I've tasted and I'm a big BrewDog fan in any event. This beer will last a few years in your cellar, without question. However, it's so wonderfully drinkable and pleasant now that it's hard to believe it could actually get better. A big beer for right now!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head on a hazy copper body.

S: malty, candied orange, musty hops and earthy notes.

T: a touch boozy but not too bad for the ABV. Strong malt backbone with resin, earthy, citrus and candied orange hop notes mostly in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth

Overall: Compared to other brews from these breweries. too malt forward. I had higher expectations for this one perhaps.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a fairly murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus and perfume-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice sweet citrus alcohol flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my girlfriend and i liked this one a lot. it pours a rich cipper color, much darker than we expected, with a nice caramel colored head about two inches tall and leaving thick lacing on the sides of the glass. the nose is more balanced than i am used to in such a big ipa, english caramel malts are present amongst the heavy hopping. the hops are pineappley and piney in both nose and taste, especially as the beer warms up a bit. its very crisp in the finish, with a good dose of bitter left in the mouth. there is also some sweeter butterscotchy elements on the front end, but they are quickly overpowered. feel works well, its heavy for sure, full full body and a lot of alcohol than you can really feel. carbonation is moderate, and this is definitely a one beer per session kind of brew. overall a lot of flavor packed into this ipa, and in my mind mikkeller can do no wrong.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a nice golden color. The head was fluffy and left a clumpy lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was very hoppy which it should be for the style. The smell of citrus and pine sting the nose. The taste of the beer is dominated by a massive hops character. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and leaves a great dry tingle on the tongue. Overall the beer is a hop heads dream beer in my opinion. I enjoyed it a lot and was very happy to have tried it.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin head that slowly faded away and left lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of grapefruit stand out in the overall taste, which also has some initial notes of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the aftertaste.
O: The beer is quite interesting because it has quite a bit of maltiness and almost tastes like a hybrid between an English barleywine and an IPA, but without the strength and intensity of flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deeply resiny-bitter IPA with a more substantial malty body than classic Imperial IPA's.

The pour brings a rusty hazy hue of deep amber and light brown. A dense froathy foam stance shows a great deal of retention and leaves sticky rings of lace as the beer fades. Other than the thick haze, the beer has a superb appearance.

Pine and citrus piths provide a sharp but clean scent with a hearty caramel/bready background provide the bulk of aroma. Mildly estery, the beer favors the sharp spruce and citrus notes over tropical flavors and ripeness.

Again, very resiny bittered with the majority of flavors representing white grapefruit zest, pine sap, and earthy/grassy flavors- a good blend of clean citrus and complex earthy balance. Bready malts have a mild biscuity quality along with medium caramel and light syrups. Any ester profiles are largely lost in the hops. Acetone flavors give rise to the alcohol taste in the finish.

Full and creamy textures hold onto their structure until deep into the finish where the hop dryness crispens the beer and allows for ease of drinking. Alcohol strentgh gives a minty cooling and a growning warmth.

Overall, this is a very good Double IPA. It's richness and malty sweetness prevents the hops from shining as world class IPA's do. A brighter and riper fruity hop profile would add the complexities of tropical (pineapple, tangerine) that makes standout beers of the class.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz glass at the official tap takeover @theundergroundedm.

This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two skinny fingers of thick, puffy, bubbly beige head, which leaves a wash of random inkblot lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells quite pungently of fleshy grapefruit rind, orange cream, pine resin, caramel pudding, rich toffee, and a floral, leafy, somewhat perfumed booze warming. The taste is rather sugary, dense caramel/toffee malt, sharp grapefruit juice, mild tropical fruit - guava and a hint of pineapple, mostly - wet pine needles, and more floral, earthy hops. Only a slight, and now abstracted, alcohol heat lingers at the edges.

The carbonation is quite soft and serene, the body a hefty medium-full weight, and actually fairly smooth, the hop prickliness kept to a dull hum, which even allows for some creamy twists. It finishes on the sweet side, as the malt holds steady, and the hops lose a lot of their bitter bite.

A pretty enjoyable DIPA, one that almost keeps it up through the (so-called) bitter end. Full, round, and with a well-integrated 19 proof booze, this is one heavy hitter that you'd better keep your fool head up around.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Pete for picking this bottle up for me from State Line.

Pours a copper-caramel color into my tulip. Single-finger white head quickly dissipates and leaves a few bubbles atop the brew. Not much lacing. Nose is some light citrus and floral hops with a few tropical notes. Definitely some sweetened malt in the background. Really faint.

Taste brings a pretty good dose of bitterness as well as a bit of green-hop heat, although I don't believe this uses fresh hops. Crosses over into some booze. Slight caramel and toffee base. The feel is a bit boozy with a pretty good amount of bitterness. A very dry finish and a bit of cardboard shows up after the swallow. A bit off.

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Photo of superspak
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours hazy dark red-orange color with 1-2 fingers of a fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, orange, pine, spices, and alcohol. Strong malty aromas, but they are quite average and a bit boozy. Taste of big pine, grapefruit, orange, caramel, and some tropical fruits. Nice strong bitterness on the finish, that lingers for a bit with caramel, orange, pine, and a bit of tropical fruits. Big malt load with a fairly nice balance to the bitterness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but there is still a fairly strong warming on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied, with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Good drinkability for the level of alcohol, but still a sipper. Overall, a pretty nice DIPA, but I have a feeling this was past it’s prime due to the lackluster aromas.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a hazy, dark amber body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Spicy hops with a touch of toffee and caramel in the background.

T - Caramel and spicy pine hops up front. Spicy clove and cinnamon in the middle. Finishes out with a bit of muddy caramel and pine hops as well as a fairly strong level of bitterness for balance.

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

D - Not my favorite DIPA. Both the malt and the hop character are strong, but muddy. Neither is able shine above the other and the sweetness in the finish becomes flabby fairly early on. I have had better DIPAs from both Mikkeller and Brew Dog.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a clear deep burnt orange with a large crown white top that settled oh so slowly into a mustache giving white head.Aromas are a mix of resiny,citric hop and caramel toffee,neither one has a big advantage over the other.This has a big balanced almost American barleywine palate,a big does of citric,piney hop mixed with dark fruit and alcohol sweetness.I like this beer but not as much as I Beat U,the sweetness kinda takes away from the big dose of hops.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I Hardcore You - Imperial India Pale Ale
Brew Dog / Mikkeller collaboration
No apparent dating code
$7.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Cloudy with yeast. Deep amber / almost Russet brown in color. Full head of frothy, slightly yellowed tan. The head retention and lacing are quite good.

Smell: Malty. Bready. Toasty. Almost cake-like with a sweet edge of darkened sugar. Leafy, softly citrusy, and gently floral hops. Yeasty fruitiness (apple, berries). Very "English" in character.

Taste: As the nose suggests, but with more yeasty fruitiness and less malt character. Its surprisingly soft and rounded given the intensity of the aroma. It's rich, to be sure, but its also quite supple and smooth. All of the components combine well, and although you can pick it apart to find the yeasty fruitiness or the hops or malt, they don't just immediately appear to you on their own. The alcohol is present, lying beneath or behind the malt, depending on how you want to look at it, but it doesn't stand out on its own either. Finally, the bitterness is surprisingly soft, blanketed by the rich malt. The one thing that does pop is the spritz of orange from the gently citrusy hops. It pops up mid-palate and lends a refreshing edge, and then reappears with less brightness in the long-lingering leafy/malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth with what seems to be a natural carbonation - I don't know that it is, but I immediately thought of cask beer as that first sip crossed my tongue. Remarkably supple.

Overall: Really quite impressive. It's rich, complex, and velvety smooth. Worth every cent!!!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/11/2010 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish amber color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decently strong hops bitterness comes in but it's on the weak side for the style. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice DIPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Only had a couple swigs of this because it "technically" belonged to my then-fiancée/now-wife (even though I bought it, am I right, fellows?). But wow...very tasty.

Poured a cloudy orange-brown with a nice white head that receded to a thin layer. Sweet aroma, surprisingly malts come through more than hops; citrus notes. Intense hoppiness up front in the taste (the way an iIPA should be), with a blast of pine, and grapefruit and mango distinctly happening in the background. Medium bodied and finishes off nice and dry. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted orange peel with bright Sunkist edges and a lovely looking lid that is equal parts pastel gold and ecru. The foam is whipped cream creamy, lasts an impressively looong time, and eventually graces the glass with tattered sheets of lace.

The nose features caramel malt and American citric hops that are especially orange juicy. Gotta be Amarillo at least... along with Simcoe and several of the 'C' hops. More pungent would have been great, but then there's no accounting for how long it took this bottle to make it across the Atlantic.

This collaborative American-style Double IPA is a mixture of Mikkeller I Beat You (never had it) and Brewdog Hardcore IPA (had it, didn't love it). It's pretty good big beer that isn't stingy with the little green cones, which is what this style is, or should be, all about.

A more pale malt bill would have allowed the hop flavor to shine more brightly. Toasted bread, caramel, tea leaves, citrus zest and a wee splash of Absolut comprise a flavor profile that is improving just enough with warming to achieve the higher of the two considered scores.

Even though it isn't quite special enough for the 4.5, mouthfeel might be this ale's finest feature. It's at least medium-full for the style/ABV and the laid back bubbles keep the drinkin' easy.

Either my reviewed bottle of Hardcore IPA was past its prime or Mikkeller I Beat You is such outstanding beer that it pulled the BrewDog offering all the way up to good beer status. This stuff is undoubtedly overpriced for regular consumption, but it's definitely worthy of a single bottle purchase for hardcore hop lovers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first off the shelf goodie from CBX and thrilled to be able to drink it. Served in a pint glass.

Pour was amazing with a nice and clean look, dark orange amber, borderline brown notes bouncing around with a full, fluffy white pillow of lace. Aroma is hot, lots of hops, but the ABV is getting in the way, letting it cool helps some and lots of super strong pineapple and grapefruit coming at me, very, very tart and bitter. Flavor bordered on astringent at times and really could have used a little malt to balance it as it became a bit of a chore to finish the bottle.

Overall it was good, but I would have like to see more depth here.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is impressive without being excessive. Recedes in a rocky and foamy way. Leaves lots of chunky, but spotty, lace. The color is dark orange/amber color and very cloudy.

Surprisingly mild aroma. There are all of the elements of a DIPA, but they don't leap out to the nose. The hop is particularly mild and flowery.

The hop is not shy in the taste. Very little malt flavor. Lots bitterness without being hot pepper. Long, dry aftertaste. Good richness (I describe it as "round") with a below average carbonation. Slight alcohol presence in the swallow. Borderline extreme; it's enough to remain interesting without wishing never to try it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a finger of white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Some good citrus notes to the nose with a fair amount of grapefruit. Oily pine notes and a slight resinous quality. Definitely some caramel malt and hints of toffee. A touch of grass as it warms up a bit.

T: Not as hoppy in terms of the flavor. Some good grapefruit and citrus peel notes, but a fair amount of booze and brown sugar. Caramel as well. Resinous pine provides a moderate level of bitterness.

M: Medium to full in body with the carbonation being a bit on the low end of medium.

O: Surprisingly decent for a BrewDog beer. The nose was certainly better than the flavor, however.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/04/10 notes. Split a 12 oz. bottle with nmann08; thanks Nate. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sugar, fruits, citrus hops, and light pine.

t - Taste is bitter citrus hops, pine hops, and sweet fruit. Very bitter bite up front that lingers through the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent DIPA but a bit too bitter for me. Would give another shot but probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Dropped in at the Firk following a trip to the homebrew store and spotted this little guy on the chalkboard. Very little time deciding to order. It pours a cloudy amber-tawn' topped by a finger of tannish-cream foam. The nose comprises white grapes, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, caramel, and pineapple. The taste holds notes of minty pine, grapefruit, light caramel, and orange peel. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, one of the better brews I've had from the BrewDog guys (that wasn't a barrel-aged stout)...perhaps a freshness issue? Either way, this is a darn solid DIPA, and I'm glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Cloudy ice tea with yellow highlights. Nice, antique-linen head with solid lace and ok retention.

S – Soft, sweet but potent hop character. Apricot, melon, agave, and lemony thyme.

T – Fantastic bitter profile ramps quickly, ebbing through the center and cresting again at the finish. The flavor profile arcs through sweet honey, sourdough bread, apricots, honey suckle, and green wood with a spritzy acidity.

M – Medium body. The finish is sweet with a soft lingering bitterness.

O – Fantastic on tap, and the bottle didn’t disappoint.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is a hazy sunburst orange hue. There is a huge off-white head that leaves some good lacing behind.

S: Scents of pine, pine cones soaked in alcohol.

T: Another balanced, aka malty, DIPA. No thanks! Strong and malty does not equal American DIPA. Little to no citrus flavors. Mikkeller and BrewDog each brew some pretty mediocre IPAs, so this collaboration is mediocre, not surprisingly.

M: Alcohol present throughout, with caramel malt lingering in the aftertaste (this is where the hop bitterness should live).

D: Best in small quantities, or not at all. At least it's too expensive.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange color, very hazy. Pours with a good head and good lacing. Just too dark and too sedimenty, though. Looks like a homebrew DIPA.

Smell - Hoppy and a bit boozy. Smells like it was fermented at a high temperature. Very estery. In that regard, it smells like a homebrew DIPA, also. A bit of wood on the nose, but very faint until it warms.

Taste - Follows the homebrew theme, but it tastes good. Fruity hops and fruity esters. The wood flavor persists and dulls the sweetness of the malts a bit. Gives it a slight bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Par for a DIPA. Syrupy, but not viscous. Medium carbonation. Slightly warming in the finish.

Overall - Not bad, but not fantastic. It is dangerously close to having off-flavors, but they never really materialize. I wouldn't buy another bottle of it, but that's partly because it's super expensive.

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