Tallgrass Oasis | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass OasisTallgrass Oasis

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oasis is a Double ESB/IPAish beer that came about from playing around with one of Jeff’s favorite homebrew recipes. Here at Tallgrass we love malt and we love hops, and this beer has both of them in record quantities; well, at least records for our baby brewery.

At a hefty 7.2% ABV and 93 IBU, Oasis is a big beer that has to be priced a bit higher than our regular line of beers. We think that once you taste the over-the-top hops and surprisingly sturdy malt backbone you will realize why it’s worth it.

Definitely not a fruit-extract seasonal shandy, this beer is meant to be enjoyed on the back porch, the front porch, or even on the stoop. What's a stoop? Well, it's a good place to drink beer, is what it is.

Added by twiggamortis420 on 11-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1 pt can.

It pours a dark amber with a an off-white head that is pretty foamy and sticks for a long time before receding with some nice lacing.

The smell is very caramally and there is a hint of raw malt and coca along with some hops.

The flavor is pretty bitter. It is also sugary and a bit roasty. It tastes more like a suped-up ESB than an IPA, mostly with the hop bill, it is more of that earwaxy bitterness.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty high. For a wacky experimental beer it isn't bad.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks again for the opportunity! Pours a fairly clear deep copper color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks to anything that gets in its way. Smell is floral, grassy, earthy hops mixed with sweet bread and caramel malt. Apricots and grainy malt in the aroma as well. Taste is grainy and a bit tannic up front. Sweet bready almost caramel malts come through next, then a hint of abv, followed by some resinous and citrus hop play. Long lingering lupulin in the finish. Decent brew that I quite enjoyed.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Reddish-brown; one-finger head that lingers.
S: Grapefruit and a bit of pine.
T: Initial grapefruit/pine again, but with a solid toasted grain background. I can't put my finger on it, but there's something here that makes it better than average.
M: Full-bodied & pleasant. Very long finish.
O: This is a very solid beer. My first from Tallgrass, but I'll definitely be looking for more!

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Photo of mjw06
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As noted in the description, this beer really fell in between the two styles of imperial IPA and ESB. I find that to be great. A beer that doesn't necessarily have a definitive style, but still has direction, and that is accomplished with Oasis. The malts are nicely pronounced but balanced, a warm and slightly toasted dark rye-ish palate with a tad of buttery sweetness and well-rounded fruitiness, so much so that I can't pinpoint a type of fruit. Grapefruit? Nah. Apple or apricot? Not at all. Papaya? Possibly. Whatever the fruitiness is it leans more towards tropical, but once again this is a balanced beer, nothing to be off-putting.

I saw a lot of reviews described the hoppiness as "grassy," and I too thought this myself upon tasting it. But I had to ask myself if this was a manifestation of my subconscious and the name of the brewery being "Tallgrass." Who knows? It was great though and had a distinctly pronounced bitterness (but not overpowering or even dominant). Sharp astringent alcohol finish.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, medium bodied, a tad bit creamy while refreshing.

Great beer. I want more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tallgrass Oasis Ale
code: 11 292

Appearance: A hazy, light russet brown body rests gently beneath a massive head of light tan froth. When held to the light the highlights are mainly orange, with some deep gold coming through as well. The head retention is excellent and the lacing is impressive.

Aroma: Malty and hoppy. Caramelish and bready malts notes are clear. It's somewhat toasty; nicely grainy. On the hops side it's leafy, grassy and floral. A minor bit of soft, yeasty fruitiness is present as well. Very "English" in character.

Taste: Rich. This is quite a beer! It's very malty, and also very hoppy. Everything that's found in the aroma follows through, and it's very much like an amped-up "premium" bitter. The malt is bready and caramelish and toasty; the yeasty fruitiness displays soft, sweet berry-like and apple-ish flavors; and the hops are minty, leafy, grassy and floral. It's supported and balanced by a bold bitterness (somewhere around 90 IBU's!), and it finishes dry with lingering notes of toasty (almost burnt-edged) sugary bread and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, dextrinous body. Gently crisp carbonation that softens as it warms. Smooth.

Overall: The upper edge of the can reads "BOLD BEER" and it certainly is. Yet at the same time, it's kept in-check and remains very focused and balanced. Quite nice!!! And if there's any flaw here, it's the lack of tight filtration. I personally don't mind that, and I enjoy the look of a hazy/cloudy beer, but some people find it off-putting. It had great head retention and lacing however, so I went ahead and scored it a 4.5 (although it might actually be more like a 4.25). Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, good head.

Smell: Toffee, grassy, maybe a little cardboard/oxidation?

Taste: Tangy, tea, toffee flavors. Solid tea bitterness.

Drinkability: These cans might be a little old, but they still seem to be decent ESBs.

Picked up a 4 pack to support canned beer. I rated it as an ESB since that's how Tallgrass describes it. If I had rated it as a DIPA, take at least 1-1.5 points off everything. Very English-flavored beer, don't go in expecting a citrusy DIPA.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra, never had anything from Tallgrass before.
Pours a cloudy red/orange, with an off white head comprised of superfine bubbles. Light citrus with a generally soft overtone on the nose, pretty pleasant overall. Orange and tangerine with a decent malt backbone. This really is a pretty interestingly delicious concept, and i do enjoy the huge amounts of both hops and malt. It leaves a a lingering bitterness all over the back of your throat, but not unpleasantly so. Im liking how surprisingly smooth and creamy this gets up front after warming up a little bit. I gotta say im pretty happy with my first Tallgrass offering.

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Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can.

pours out a slightly hazy dark amber colour with a finger high thick tannish head. some lace. malt centric aroma with caramel and toffee sturdiness...weaving its way to a hoppy herbal nose. smells really inviting. taste is mish mash of grainy malt...sort of dirty tasting (in a good way) with grainy notes giving way to a herbal, spicy hop finish that leaves a good deal of bitterness on the tongue. there is a hint of boozy spice also, but melds well with the rest of the flavour profile. finishes bitter, but not caustic or bombastic by any means. this definitley is not a IIPA but something resembling a double ESB or english pale ale, etc. it has a well rounded body with a rather gentle mouthfeel considering the amped up malt and hop profile. nice drinkability...would be rather easy to put a few of these down in spite of the higher ABV.

overall another enjoyable offering from Tallgrass. interesting...despite the slightly muddled taste profile...definitely recommended.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick light tan and fluffy head into a nonic. the body was dark amber.
s - herbal and grassy with a nicely balanced malt backbone.
t - big grassy hops in front with some caramel to balance it out.
m - robust mouthfeel.
o - another really good beer from tallgrass. not sure i would call it a double ipa and evidently neither does the brewery as they call it a dipa/esb hybrid of sorts.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a DIPA? Huh, it's one of the tamest I've ever had. We were guessing an esb or english pale ale. It was a pretty balanced beer and not over the top in any way. Went very well with a mix of food (grilled chicken and lamb, summer salads). Aroma was mixed with blending of hops and malts. The flavor was very similar. A decently complex malt character with english characteristics and blended hop flavors and a moderate (at best) bitter finish. Didn't give any hints of it's size in the flavors.
Big full head with lots of lacing, and carbonated in feel nicely.
This was a perfectly fine beer, just very underwhelming for listed style.
Thanks Chuck.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into a tumber glass.

Dark chestnut amber colour with a creamy head. Not much lacing but most likely it is due to the bar glass.

Smell is faint grassy hops. Wanted more IPA scent with this one & really didn't find the flavors I had hoped. Slight caramel malt seems hidden in there somewhere.

Taste is delightful grassy caramel hops. Surprisingly crisp & satisfying blend of malty bitternes that finishes dry. Nice. Really nice.

Something about this central midwestern brew tickles my fancy. Maybe its the agressive hops blended with caramel malt or maybe its just the peppy can.

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Photo of Jayhawk
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What's a Double ESB? That's what Tallgrass claims this beer is, but I'm a lover of all bitter styles so I thought I'd give it a try even if I have no clue what it is...after drinking it, I'd just call it a double IPA - although I guess there is a hint of ESB in there, too.

Poured a can into a Irish pint glass, had a nice 3 inch head which quickly dissipated to a 1/16" head with nice lacing as I drank down the glass. This beer is cloudy, even after sitting 10 minutes which is interesting. It's the right color for an ESB, though too dark for an IPA.

The smell reminds me of, in all honesty, Kaliber. It's funky - not bad...definitely malty, a bit grassy, and a little bit of nuttiness as well.

The taste is really odd...I'm not sure if I like it or not...even though I'm half way through the glass. It is like you crossed an ESB with a Double IPA. It's not bad, and maybe just takes some getting used to. If my opinion changes over the next few days as I work my way through the 3 remaining 16 ounce cans I'll update this review. Back to the taste - a bit nutty, grassy hops, malty and a bit of a chalky/dry taste at the end.

Overall, this is a unique beer. It's not bad, better than average in fact, but I'm not sure it's for me. I love Tallgrasses Buffalo Sweat (a weird in a good way sweet stout), but this is a different critter...very hard to classify (from style to whether or not I truly like it). That said, it's a well made beer, and I can see some folks loving this beer.

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Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz. can. "Bold Beer" written along the top. On the side, "Aggressively Hopped." "Mightily Malted." below and finally, "Pour a Pint."

This is a surprisingly dark brew, nearly a light brown with a burnt orange tint all through it. Either it's the thickness and depth of it, or there's a bit of a haze. Looking carefully, I'm inclined to say both. The orange-tinted head is big, fat and frothy, almost massive in thickness and height. It forms a supremely dense crown of pillowy cream that never gives itself up. This head is a beast, and one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Lacing is no less impressive: thick, clumpy and plentiously delivered all the way down the glass. Absolutely beautiful in every way.
There's a good mix of hops and malts on the nose. A bit of spiciness and a light toffee-like sweetness mingle with a very floral hops aroma. It's not weak, but when I taste this, I'm surprised the aroma wasn't stronger.
The flavor, though, is powerful stuff, as a bouquet of hops explodes on the tongue. It's mostly floral with complements of herbal, citrus zest, and lightly spicy flavors. These are further complemented by a strong malts addition that adds a chewy biscuit quality and flavor that lets the hops shine without lacking balance. A light grassy flavor sits under it all. There's a long lingering, very particular bitterness that makes me think this is more along the lines of an English style, though it's certainly a double. Is this a merger of sorts? It certainly works excellently.
The mouthfeel is likewise delightful. A medium body lacks no depth, and the smooth creaminess over just a mildly chalky dryness (again, English?) is just another great surprise this beer offers. Lots of floral bitterness lingers for quite a while after each swallow.
I am so glad this showed up in my market. Sign me up for more from these guys.

Edit: I decided to look through reviews after I posted mine. I try not to look at any notes before reviewing and so missed the classification as a "Double ESB." To be honest, I hardly think it could have been done better and this explains completely all the ESB characteristics of this beer, yet it could be a standout DIPA as well. This is really brilliantly crafted beer, and I think any poor grades have to be bad cans/samples or from real sticklers for style. Maybe this beer is reason to create a new style, but of course that doesn't make sense unless plenty more attempt such a thing. Regardless, this is just fantastic stuff.

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Photo of goldbot
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown, translucent, with thick, off white head that is retained indefinitely. Aroma of resinous hops, planty and floral. The hops are about evenly matched with a rich, nutty malt flavor; bread and caramel notes. Bitter, resinous hop flavor with a fair amount caramel malt sweetness. Creamy, slightly chewy mouthfeel. It seems like the flavor isn't nearly hoppy enough to match the high bitterness. Overall though this is a quality beer that is at least a bit more unique compared to others of its style.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep amber color with 1 finger of frothy cream white head. Sticky lacing lines the glass.

S: Strong pine and light citrus hops. A strong, sweet malt backbone also makes itself known in the nose. Nice aroma for an Imperial ESB.

T: Bitter citrus and pine hops, with a clean feel. A big, bready, sweet malt balances perfectly into the beer. An intensely hopped ESB sums this one up - and has sufficient balance to be highly drinkable. I also didn't detect much of the ABV despite it being over 7%.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with a big body for the style. Hops are resinous and the beer is prickly to the palate.

O/D: A touch too bitter for me to deem this one sessionable - but I could still drink 2 or 3 of these in a sitting. Nice change of pace and interesting style. Will probably drink this again given the right setting.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Oasis is beautiful, grassy, and dry.

It poured a beautiful dark hazy copper, with a thick tan head that left a very thick wall of lace. This was exactly how I think a Double IPA should look. The smell and flavor were dominated by fresh cut grass with the aroma having a slightly unpleasant metallic quality. There was nothing unpleasant about the flavor. The feel was thick and bready with a very nice dry finish.

I bought Oasis on a whim and drank it poolside on a hot late-spring day. It was rich, complex, delicious, and left a lasting impression. I can see it as an every day summer-time Double IPA.

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

Appearance - dark orangish color with small head and slight lacing

Smell - hops and citrus

Taste - malty and sweet

Mouthfeel - smooth and easy drinking

Overall - this is my first beer from this brewery and I found it to be very good not too bitter leans toward the Dogfish 90 minute style of DIPA

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy can into a tulip glass

A- Pours a nice dark amber color with three finger of off-white fluffy head with big bubbles. Leaves lots of droppy and spotty lacing.

S- Aroma is very floral, caramel, some citrus, and a little pine

T- Described by the brewery as an Imperial ESB and it definitely tastes like a much more highly hopped ESB. Big caramel notes, nice malty body, lots of hop bitterness, spice, earthiness, and herbal notes.

M- Pretty creamy with some prickly carbonation

O- Overall a really nice beer, definitely want to check out more of what Tallgrass has to offer. The aroma of this beer came off as an ESB and IPA hybrid, but when it comes to the taste it is as advertised, an imperial ESB or at least what I imagined that would taste like.

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Photo of wchesak
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide Yeti snifter.

A - dark amber color with some red tint, steady stream of tiny bubbles lead to light cream colored head; lots of lacing

S - fresh flowers, fresh cut grass, lemon, a bit of caramel

T - malt forward, very ESB like, lemon peel bitterness in the aftertaste, herbal quality to it as well

M - great creaminess to the beer, with just the slightest carbonation

O - very surprised by this beer, love that its in a can and its 16oz, very drinkable for 7.2, much more of an Imperial ESB than an Imperial IPA

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy amber body, finger head, patchy lacing

S: lemon grass, pine, mild mango, malt

T: sweet lemon grass, malt, long bitter oily finish

M: med body, mild tongue prick, slight oily mouth

O: Was rather curious about the beer coming out
of Kansas, just guessed which Tallgrass beer to sample
I feel there is potential in this brewery, but this beer
just didn't do it for me. Perhaps, I have been
spoiled with great Imp IPA or Double IPA, so this
seemed disappointing. More on the ESB side than
IPA. Enjoy drinking it, but not thrilled.


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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Right out of the can w/ out pouring as advised by the new canned Heady Topper to conceal hoptual aromatics! (testing)

Smell is a of flowery, citrusy, spicy hops presence (guessing amarillo or something similar), mostly citrusy though. Smells really good!!!

A bit spicy on the tongue with obvious overwhelming hops and a nice dose of malt presence to round it off. Not too bitter, but just right. I didnt find the beer to be as complex as I desire in an ESB/IPA, but it is balanced.

Overall, not bad. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a variety 8 pack of 16 oz. cans.

Pours a nearly clear, dark amber with a 3-finger, off-white head that lingers nicely and leaves light splotchy lace.

The smell is piny, some citrus and a little spicy with some sweet malt.

The taste starts off with the piny hops followed by a dose of bitterness that promptly dissipates. At the end is the mild, bready malt. No real notice of any alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly medium leaning towards full. Mildly carbonated.

Overall: Since Tallgrass calls this a "Double ESB/IPAish beer" whaddya supposed to do? This one has a little punch in the hops & bitterness but is also mild and mostly balanced. This is a decently interesting beer but it doesn't grab you for any particular reason. It's a good effort (for whatever that's worth).

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Photo of raznug
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper to light amber in color with an inch of off white head
Smell: Grapfruity hops dominate the smell with maybe a little grassy or piney in the background.
Taste: Hop bitterness dominates the tongue as well but a little malty flavor gently mixes in well with hops
Mouthfeel: It is thicker than expected so the flavors tend to stick on the tongue nicely.
This is a great beer to be tending to the grill with on a Memorial Day weekend. It is a refreshing beer but with great flavor

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall boy can. Pours a deep amber, with a nice fluffy off-white head. Very nice retention. Just a few particles floating about.

Spicy hop character, with some citrus zest. Nice bready, caramel malt character that goes well with the hop aroma.

Caramel malt up front gives way to an interesting hop character. Bitterness starts herbal and spicy. A light wave of citrus comes in next. Finishes with an almost earthy dryness. Unique character, but seems to work. Bitterness lingers for a while in a nice way. A dextrose feel, similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration.

Medium body, with a nice amount of carbonation. Real nice mouth. Alcohol is hidden well. Overall, a different hop character works nicely here.

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

New brewery for Tidewater Virginia. Bought 3 different styles (all in cans) at Grape and Gourmet, Va Beach. Pours a hazy iced tea color with a big off white head. Head retention is good and the lacing is thick and plentiful.

Smell is primarily citrus hops, not super strong.

The taste is balanced between hops and malts but balance here does not mean restraint. Big bitter citrus hops presence followed by Big robust maltiness. A mixture of big flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. No alcohol presence detected. Goes down real easy for a hophead.

Overall this is a good tasty DIPA and I am looking forward to my other Tallgrass beers.

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Tallgrass Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72% out of 100 with 510 ratings
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