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I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You

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Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A strong aroma that hits you the second you open the bottle. Citrus, hops, and something sweet and sugary.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, caramel, and a slightly grainy quality. A classic DIPA flavor, and one of the best non-American versions of this style.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, murky amber, much darker than I was expecting, with a huge billowy beige head that shows exceptional retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with pithy grapefruit and pineapple. There is also a hefty caramel malt sweetness and a light boozy burn in the nostrils. Balanced, but hoppy nose.

The taste is even more balanced with an initial grapefruit blast giving way to a thick caramel malt backbone. The finish is a mixture of sugary malts and pine resin.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky with the resinous hops and thick malts.

This is a good DIPA and very balanced. Nothing too memorable but certainly well crafted.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip. The body is deep amber/copper color with about an inch of creamy looking head that settles down into a thin rocky layer with sticky lacing. The smell is really full of piney hops right up front with biscuit/yeasty aromas. Caramel malts and juice oranges come through behind the giant blockade of hops. The taste is more malt than I had anticipated. The aroma led me to believe this would be a bit more biter, however, the pallet is coated with caramel malts, sweet citrus and finishes with a modest bitter, yeasty flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit prickly, and the body is kind of heavy. Not as drinkable as I had hoped, but I'll enjoy this bottle.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's. Served in a Leinenkugel pint glass.

A - Pretty much the perfect appearance. Big two-plus fingers of foam that settle to a thick chunky cap and leaves behind splotchy glass-coating lace. Transparent light copper body with some tiny bubbles.

S - No bottle date on this one - a bit of cheesy faded hop smell. Dank, pine, some cat pee, and light alcohol. Pretty hefty malt bill - this is a true double IPA. Light burnt sugars, a touch of zesty malt, and something that resembles icing sugar?

T - Taste is sweet malt initially mingling with candied citrus. Not as bitter as I was expecting, although there was a decent amount of pine the finish. Not bad, but nothing special.

M - Taste is smooth and creamy, with low carbonation, and a medium-full body. No obvious heat is present. Texture is somewhat cask-like.

D - A 6oz pour was no problem, and I'd gladly have this again. I suspect this is even better when fresh, and if it were less expensive I'd give it another shot. Unfortunately there are better options out there for the price.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottel poured into my cantillon glass

A - poured a hazy dark amber colour with a nice 1 finger creamy head

S - smells very hoppy , sweet caramely malts with a lots of grapefruit hops and some Nice honey flavours

T - lots of grapefruity hops with a solid sweet caramel malt backbone , Nice honey ,bitter orange Peel , vet good balance between sweet and bitter , awesome

M - nice full body that goes down smoothly , very creamy

D - Very delicious , Nice example of the style.

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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 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 Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an amber brown with yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. the piney hops citrus grapefruit were quite noticeable on the first whiff along with some sweetness are from the malts but it did have booze that wasn't trying to be hidden. upfront on the palate the poney hops struck fiorst with citrus grapefruit helping intensify the bitterness factor but had slight apricot accents and a pretty good malt backbone that helped out on the balance as well. like the nose booze was there but not as potent on the taste. the brew was nedium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piny, hoppy, and slight boozy oily finish. it drank pretty good but not as good due to the booze which was not well hidden; still damn tasty.

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Photo of chaz410
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love this beer and I got it at the carrboro bottling company.
It pours a brilliant oragne-amber body with a thick white head that isn't more than a finger length but still remains throughout the drinking of the beer.
Smells of intense grassy pinneapple hops. There is essence of tangerine and a little bit of grapefruit to accompany it. There is an underlining of apple and sweet toffee malt to carry out the barrage of hops. There is some definite centennial and cascade hop character to the nose of this beer.
The taste is surprisingly balanced. It's remarkably smooth and drinkable in spite of the hoppy nose and 9.5 ABV. It is very sweet in citris notes and some obvious caramel undertones. Theres lots of toffee caramel sweetness with multiple layers of pine and tangerine hop profiles. I get a little apricot on the finish on each sip and it really helps to smolder the alcohol pressence.
The mouthfeel is very silky and surprisingly smooth.

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

Poured on-tap from 33 a deep bronze with orange highlights and three-fingers of off-white head.

Rich aroma of grapefruit, pine resin, and deep caramel malts.

Hoppy bitterness upfront with grapefruit and pine balanced with sweet caramel malts. Finishes with a warm glow from the 9.5% alcohol.

Medium-to full bodied and smooth with a light carbonation.

To me, nothing is more enjoyable than a top-notch Imperial IPA. I'm glad I found this one on-tap.

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

Pours a hazy, copper color. Two inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong hop, citrus, and alcohol. Overall, great blend, good body, aroma, and mouth feel.

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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 bobhits
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply LOVELY. A huge explosion of carbonation, a thick and oily looking head (I haven't been able to say that about an IPA in a while). An amber colored IPA much darker than most. The head just lasts and lasts. This is a perfect looking IPA.

This glass smells that the cabinet it was in, so grading on a curve here and holding off till I've had a chance to evaluate. Apologies. Pine hops, grapefruit hops, some spice, a slight caramelized sweetness. Some fruitiness I can't place (I should eat more fruit).

Huge, grape fruit flavored hop attack with an odd rather different almost spicy malt profile. A really piney hop flavor takes over for the grape fruit and carries it on to the finish. The more I sip the less I can tell what the malt is doing. That mix of extreme grape fruit and extreme pine is really interesting and at first a touch off putting but it's growing on me a lot. This reminds me a bit of the hop profile (not the malt or anything else) of the stone 11 year when it was extremely fresh.

I had NO idea that was over 9%. They hide it amazingly well.

The carbonation works wonderfully to make this an EXTREMELY drinkable beer.

7.89 for this bottle at Beer Trappe. Didn't get the 6 pack discount, but that's ok. I was going to attack this beer for being a joke of a price. I mean 14.50 for a 22 oz or over 45 bucks for a 6er is a touch insane, but the whole shipping across the ocean thing and well damn this is just tasty stuff.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up this wonderful bottle courtesy of the fantastic Adam at Binny's. Thanks for letting me know this had come in!

A- Wonderful cream colored head. Mixture of medium and small sized bubbles make up the cap. The lacing is smaller than I expected. It does occur, but the bubbles escape too easily. Carbonation is very hard to visualize, but does seem to have a couple streams rising. The liquid itself reminds me of apple juice that has undergone a mix with burgundy giving it those ruby tones.

S- Faint citrus notes, predominant grapefruit. Definite pine notes melted into the fruits. Nothing overpowering, all perfectly reasonable and unusual for a double IPA.

T- Unfortunately this one puts its malt forward. Very sweet and noticeable with some caramel tones, however this is the only sweet nature. The citrus flavors definitely hide in the aromatics.

As expected the middle and finish run strongly hops. Bitter pine flavors and one additional companion. The alcohol causing a biting tingle to go along with the bitter hops. At least the alcohol is used well instead of just being there as is all too common.

M- Full! Holy cow this is one thick monster. It comes through as full of body and creamy. Silky and delicious like a milkshake. The carbonation is welcomed and doesn't distract one bit. This is where this beer shines. The lingering residues are not a problem. I welcome you to my mouth tonight!

D- A fantastic beer to have on an evening. I would drink it again for the smelling and tactile categories. The taste can definitely be improved. That was the let down. The alcohol isn't a problem, but with a beer that hides it so well you gotta be careful.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into my Orval glass...Pours a medium copper that is very muddy. A light tan head that rises about a finger but falls super fast to unveil a ring of head around the base, but decent lacing...At first the aroma is really nice, grapefruit and some awesome hops come through. Strangely the second and third whiffs are much hotter showing off a lot of pine and alcohol, especially as you go deeper. This strength is off at first but adds to a nice complexity in the aroma...The taste takes on the lesser qualities of the aroma coming off way to strong, tons of alcohol and pine show without a lot of complexity. A strong dipa, for sure, fairly successful European clone of an American beer. With there was a little sweetness and this could be excellent. Nice feeling, strong and sticky on the mouth. Pretty easy to drink after a few sips.

A little too strong of a dipa, but worth giving a shot.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Was glad to get my hands on a few bottles at my local Binnys.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper with a finger of off white head that lasts a few minutes, then leaves some very nice lace behind.

Strong grapefruit aroma and some sweetness in the background. Very resinous.

First sip is bitter, lots of grapefruit hops. Almost puckering bitterness. Some sweet malt in the backbone. Nice balance toward hop bitterness and flavor, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel is medium, not sticky sweet. The hop bitterness coats your mouth in every nook and cranny.

Very drinkable DIPA. Could even be considered an entry beer into the style. HOWEVER...at $8 for a 12 oz, it's a bit over priced. No special ingredients, no special brewing process. Just a beer. A good beer, but not worth the price tag. Spend your money elsewhere.

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

I Hardcore You | 330 ml. | 9.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: BrewDog Ltd (collaboration w/ Mikkeller)
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Duvel tulip

I like the simple, almost cartoonish bottle art.

Deep, primordial amber. The foam settles into stagnant pools and drifting eddies.

Bitter grapefruit and pungent hops oils. A hint of the potent alcohol within bites just as I pull my nose away.

It begins with an earthy and strong herbal tone that quickly shifts into knots of deep, bitter flavors: grapefruit and hints of tropical fruit draped with herbs.

Medium bodied. Sticky and chewy and a bit chalky at times.

The alcohol is well hidden, and there a no major flavor imbalances. That said, this is an absurdly bitter IIPA that I would match with very spicy food rather than drink solo.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe. Too bitter for my tastes really.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, this beer produced a two finger head over a clear amber body. There was lots of lacing evident.

Aroma was heavy in the grapefruit/citrus range. A nice malt undertone was noticeable, but this is definitely a hop bomb.

Taste was a big surprise - it started out as rich malt, with a slight sweetness and fruitiness putting in a cameo. Then the citrus hops and bitterness came in. Very nice finish, not overpowering. This was a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was full, creamy, and rich without being heavy.

Great drinkability. I would recommend this as an intro into the realm of DIPA.

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

A - poured a hazy dark yellow with a nice creamy head

S - smells od really sweet caramely malts with a ton of grapefruit hops and something a little funky

T - loads of grapefruity hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. This is very sweet overall.

M - nice full body that goes down smoothly

D - Very delicious DIPA...loads of hops make the style obvious. Nice example of the style. It's a tongue bruiser, but my tongue enjoyed the beating.

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Photo of JLeege
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A blend of I Beat U and Hardcore IPA, then dry hopped again. 11.2 oz bottle into a glass.

Appearance- pours a murkey burnt orange color, with a nice 2 finger off white head, with good retention

Smell- Fresh! Citrus aromas fill the room upon cracking open the bottle. A lot of grapefruit/pinapple mixed with some piney sap.

Taste- This is well balanced. Citrus dominates the front of the palate. A nice malty carmely sweetness in the middle. Has a resinous bitter pine finish, this is quite nice. No alcohol pressence at all, impressive for 9.5% brew even if it is a flavorfull DIPA.

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation, pretty thick, almost chewy. Tounge numbing hoppy, but you still get plenty of malt sweetness on the sides of your mouth. This is an experience!

Overall- This is one of the best blended beers I have tried. This is fresh, very hoppy but has a sturdy malt backbone. I put this up there with some of the best American IPAs/DIPAs. A bit pricey but definitly worth seeking out if you can get your hands on it in the near future.

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Photo of klshanks
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/20/10 - 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance- Orangish Amber in color with a good 2 inch head after being poured. Great lacing and head that sticks around for a while.

Smell- Awesome. Smells super fresh. Citrus and grapefruit, with a little alcohol sweetness in it.

Taste- A bit dissapointing to me after the aroma, a grassy dandelion bitterness to it. I can't identify my hop varieties very well, but tastes very similar to what they used in Sink the Bismarck.

Mouthfeel- Syrupy. Not as bubbly as I would have thought with the amount of carbonation it seemed to have from the pour.

Drinkability- For a 9.5% brew, very drinkable. Not my favorite IPA ever, but pretty solid. Tastes a lot like a much lighter and less concentrated version of Sink the Bismarck. All the same flavors going on, just less potent.

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

Clearish golden color. Nice small layer of dense white head ringing the glass with a bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma and taste are quite similar - pine, some citrus, hops and malt all share the stage nicely creating a very well balanced and drinkable beer.

The carbonation is right on and the ABV is hidden well - I could drink a couple of these without too much trouble. Very tasty - fruity, hoppy, and malty but not overly so.

The aroma and flavor profiles remind me a lot of Surly Abrasive.

Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance...

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

poured into a RR belgian glass

pour is a light ruby and brown. quite murky and hazy. thick creamy head that hangs and hangs and hangs. nice lacing on the walls.

huge citrus punch in the face. lots of orange, tangerine, pineapple, and sweet red grapefruit.

quite bitter through out. solid pine bitterness blended with a bitter citrus. nice faint peachy flavor. a bitter white grapefruit like finish. very malty overall but held back behind the hops. faint booze.

fairly thick body with a bit of chew. moderate carbonation.

quite drinkable although at 9.5%, only 1 at a time. i will seek out more of this, this is outstanding.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured into a tulip, this is sort of a pale copper with a little red thrown in. The head is about the same color you'd see atop a Guinness. Smells like pine sap, but in a good way.

The first sip is bitterness all the way, and while it and the aroma are very inviting, the drinkability (and my enjoyment) of this beer goes down in a hurry. Crazy hop heads will probably love this one, but my tastebuds and palate are fried before the glass is empty. Based on the other reviews I have to assume this was fairly fresh, so I'm glad I got to try it. The mouthfeel was surprisingly not too syrupy, but at almost $7 a bottle I won't go back for seconds.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A- Dark, dark caramel beer. Pours like a strong ale or barleywine. Not much head but sticky lacing.

S- Hops! Potent, sticky icky hop buds. Intense dry-hopping leads to a fantastic nose on this one.

T- This thing is a hop grenade. Lots of diesel/octane hop resin notes (due to the 4x dry hopping I'm sure). Bitter, bitter, bitter, some tropical fruit and pine resin in the finish.

M- Good body, great carbonation, intense hop bite.

D- Not for the faint of heart, and kind of a shitty price ($6) but very good. If you can get it fresh, it's worth trying out. Good stuff. I can't say I love it more than Hardcore IPA or I beat You on their own, but damn is this a good one.

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