Beyond The Gates AKA Seven Gates On Skates | Spring House Brewing Company

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Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beyond the Gates Double IPA is for those of you who have been enjoying Seven Gates Pale Ale, and are ready for that next step. It's brewed with a generous dose of Citra and Simcoe hops that mingle with the sweetness of Belgian caramel malts to yield a full-bodied ale. This assertive ale balances a rich malt flavor with a pronounced hop character. Beyond the Gates is finished with a generous dry-hopping of Citra hops resulting in a very aromatic and flavorful DIPA.

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 80
Photo of MikeWard
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

On tap at Funcks in Palmyra, PA, part of a 4.5oz flight.

Yellow body with thick white head whic hpersisted and left not some much lacing, as a thick carpet of foam. Nice bite of hops on the nose, whcih translated to the taste. Beer was very thick and fuzzy in the mouth, with the hops and sweetness from the malt well balanced. Abv well hidden.

One of the most enjoyable beers of last night. Have only had Big Gruesome from this brewery (which I didn't care for) so nice to find this one.

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Photo of Omnium
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at House of 1000 Beers > Tulip Glass

A - Pours a really nice gold color with a two finger fluffy head, and some nice thick lacing.
S - Lots of pine and fresh citrus zest, wildflowers, big floral hops, some tangerine and biscuit malt.
T- Some really nice tart tangerine flavor coming through, grape, a nice balanced biscuity malt, some surprising nuttiness at the end, and fades to some sour bitterness
M - Very crisp, like a fresh apple
O - Very interesting and different IPA, lots of unique flavors happening, and good ones at that. I've been wanting to try Spring House for a while, and I'm very glad this was my introductory.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Tasting Room. This one has been dry hopped with some kind of hops.

A - Pours clear orange with a small white head leaving minimal lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh citric hops, topical fruits and some sweet caramel malt. The dry hopping really helped this one out.

T - Starts off with a mix of ripe tropical fruit and fresh citric hops. Caramel malts help break up the bitterness just enough to keep me interested. Finish is bitter with some lingering sweetness, doesn't stick around for very long.

M - Slick body with plenty of hoppy flavor and moderate carbonation.

O - This one is much better than the regular version I am used to having. I wish it was like this all the time, I would definitely order it more thats for sure.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tulip glass

Appearance – Poured a deep amber color with a medium off-white head. The head faded fast to leave a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was a good dose of pine and some earthy hops. There was also, mixed with these, some aromas of light citrus hop and small amounts of caramel and biscuit.

Taste – The taste started out on the sweeter and creamier side with some caramel and a light molasses sweetness mixing with a bready base. These however were not alone and there was a nice piney and earthy hop flavor initially present that grew stronger toward the middle of the taste. The pine and earthy flavors reached an apex at the middle of the taste and with the sweeter caramel, began to fade as the taste moved toward the end. While these flavors faded, other flavors of grapefruit hop and a light tropical fruit flavor came to the tongue, which in the end after all were mixed together created a rather tasty and complex aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body as well as the carbonation level were above average. The creaminess of the body was slightly lost with the extra carbonation and the flavor profile would have likely done better with a slightly lower level of carbonation.

Overall – A nice IPA with a rather complex yet pleasing flavor. Not the best out there but one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors

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Photo of oline73
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at the taproom. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a half finger of off white head. Leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Some citrus and pine hop notes with a small amount of malt in the background.

Taste: Not very good. Super fruity up front, that goes away quickly and leads to an extremely bitter finish. There is a yogurt like weird aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a very good beer. Really didn't like the aftertaste. Wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Spring House Taproom in Lancaster, PA. Poured into a 10 ounce miniature nonic pint glass.

A: Dark amber colored body with some orange hues around the top edges. A small soapy off-white head forms but leaves just as quickly. Minor lace is left behind with almost no retention at all. Typical looking in an "East Coast" Imperial IPA, darker in color than one would generally expect.

S: Earthy hops aromas - pine, sap, grass all come through boldly. There's certainly a bitter aspect to the beer, along with touches of black pepper and spice. Darker roasted malts come in towards the back end, giving this a very rich, roasted and piney nature. Perhaps I just don't care for these hop varieties but it's not necessarily a bad smelling beer.

T: Bold bitter earthy hop notes with touches of sap, pine needles, caramel malts and roasted dark malts. The malt profile is a nice balance to the hop flavors; however I can't help but feel it's very one-dimensional. Back palate into the finish has a bit of alcohol and a dry nutty note.

M: Lively carbonation, medium body with tiny bubbles across the palate giving it a smoothness. It does finish a touch dry and sticky.

While I do tend to prefer "West Coast" style IPAs with their juicy, citrusy nature, I do appreciate a well crafted East Coast style IPA. This, however, has quite an unbalance in its flavor profile as well as some disconnect in the overall big picture. Fairly enjoyable but I would definitely pass on this next time.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great trade from good pals Disgrace and Inkmama in Lancaster, PA!! Cheers, folks!!

Pours a clear amber with a smack-a-dee-doodle-do of orange. A finger of soapy head clambers forth and then retreats into its burrow, leaving a faint cusp of foam. Nicely carbonated. Some lacing, but sparse. Deep, caramel aroma right off the bat greets your nose with aplomb. Mixed in there is some faint grapefruit peel, and also a touch of pine. Also a note of candied pineapple. So far, it's a big IPA. Flavor is interesting. Has a lot of Amber ale qualities to it: big malt for one. There's a very cannabis-like flavor to some of this. sneaks up on the front and introduces the middle, then sits back down in his chair to burn. There is also a grainy flavor in there. I'm wondering if they're using malt extract and not any whole grain. Not sure what's giving it this unqiue, yet not DIPA like flavor. Finish is super long and very hoppy. They have to be using hop extract, I think, to get this intense hop concentration. All-in-all this beer is like the stout I tried: super-unique yet not for everyone. An acquired taste.

What I like most: The very unique and fun aroma profile.

What I like least: The lack of a decent pour.

Verdict: Good, but not super exciting, big IPA.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 750ml bottle poured into a snifter, one plus fingers worth of white bubbly head that fades somewhat quickly to some nice lace.

s- average nose, earthy hops.

t- a bit sweet, nice grapefruit pith bitterness, interesting mix, not overly strong tasting though.

m- medium bodied, slick.

d- drinkable dipa, i've had better though and for this price of this one i'll choose something different next time. glad to have tried this local beer though.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a finger thick head, good amount of lacing

. Aroma is a bit weak but has a good citrusy fruit smell. Taste is of grapef
ruit and apricots with a bit of sweet peach. Good bitterness, falls a bit flat again here. Mouthfeel also falls a bit flat, nothing too impressive here, minimal carbonation and body. Very drinkable though, good easy sipper.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton the other day.

The beer pours an unusual dark amber color, albeit with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get some earthiness and light pepper. Really doesn't smell all that great for a DIPA, and after taking one sip, the same turned out to be true on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability was OK.

Couple of thoughts. If this hadn't been billed as a DIPA I would never have guessed that's what the brewer was going for. There's not a lot of hoppy bitterness in this basically dry, nothing special ale. It kind of reminds me of hop devil, except it's not as hoppy, and frankly just isn't as good. Very glad I only ordered a sample size glass of this stuff.

Note: Probably should have just copied Slatetanks review below, as he captured my impression of this beer almost exactly. I just wasn't sufficiently enthralled to go to the same trouble he did in describing this ho hum beer.

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

Had this from a fresh growler from the brewery on 2010-03-13

A - Pours a hazy, orange brown with a 1.5 finger tan head.

S - Citrus, bread, pine and floral.

T - Flavors from the smell carry over into the taste. There's a little sweetness from the burnt caramel malt to balance the 86 IBU bitterness. Lots of complexity to enjoy.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body with a bit of oily pine presence, which I very much enjoy

D - A delicious brew. Bitterness lingers perhaps too long for some but not a hop head like me.

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Photo of billzee
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big fan of Seven Gates, so I was looking forward to this. Picked up a growler at Spring House on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Met some great felloe Rutgers alums in the barn.

Pours a cloudy burnt caramel with 1/4 inch off white head; moderate lacing. Sweet caramel and bready malt, citrus and pine hop notes. Nice sweet, burnt caramel malt with citrus, pine and hoppy flavor. Slight alcohol bite and nice warmth. Sweet malty finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Loved this and can't wait to get back down to Conestoga and get some more.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this at Thirsty's in York, PA. Poured chilled from the corked & caged bottle into a pint. the cage was a bit tight(hard on the thumb)

A - A deep copper w/ 3 fingers of rocky beige cap, the ale has suspended floating matter, not sure if it is yeast or hop particles. The IPA creates lots of lace that collects, there is visual carbonation and the bead is fine.

S - A mix of piney hops and light fruit esters w/ generally English ale scent from yeast and mild alcohol in the nose

M - A moderately bitter w/ generally med light body and slight bitter middle w/ lackluster malt feel. The texture has subtle astringent and basic bitter finish w/ very low carbonation and slight oily texture

T - A leafy piney bitterness w/ a mild almost bland lightly sweet malt taste. A gentle yeast note gives a fruit tinge to the taste and gentle toast in malt. There is a gentle malt sweetness in the flavor w/ gentle nutty taste and a mild vegetal taste w/ pine notes lasting into the mild bitter finish

D - The drinkability is average w/out many big flaws, just not fvery enticing and lacks the American IIPA qualities- more like a double English IPA or strong ESB IMO

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Lancaster Iron Hill location on 9/18/09, during a special promo night with Spring House. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Sturdy layer of rich fizz leaves a big cascade back, that slowly recedes down the sides of the mug. The aroma is a floral and a touch spicy, with some citric tones and a good bit of beefy bread that adds a layer of sweetness to the nose.

The taste has a relatively assertive hop bite up front to it, but it makes way fairly quickly for a mix of tropical fruits and toasted bread. Big spicy finish on this, that lingers dryly well past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice mouthfilling prickly nature to it. Luckily, there is also a softer and slick undercurrent to it, which lets this ride very easily for nearly 8%. The alcohol is deceptively hid here.

This was decent. Plently of citrus and spice, but this just lacked a certain "pop" to the hop presence. The drinkibility of this was pretty darn good though. A servicable hoppy fix, just don't expect to have your tastebuds blown away.

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Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden copper body...a one finger off white head forms and retains nicely...slowly falls into a ring which provides ample lacing

S - A hop dominated nose with notes of pine and citrus...some sweet malts make an appearance

T - The flavors are all hops with a little bit of malt to back it up...the hops are a little bit of grapefruit, earthy, and spicy...the malts...when they come in...are semi-sweet and a little grainy...this beer really lets the hops shine and the spicy ones stick around and linger

M - Medium bodied...soapy at times and a little slick

D - I've been wanting to try this for a while and I'm glad I finally had the chance...and solid DIPA that focuses on the hops...don't drink on an empty stomach!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Forget going all the way down to Conestoga! I waited out Matt Keasey and sure enough, he came to me at IHLNC.

It came with a finger of ecru head with excellent retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was piney and unquestionably an IPA. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching a full creaminess with a definite pine hops bite on the tongue. I was put in mind of an early reviewer of DIPAs who characterized them as "licking a pine cone". Hey, I LIKE licking pine cones, jagov! This was right up my alley and it was a county-made beer. We support our own. Finish had a minty wintergreen feel. Very refreshing. The only drawback was the ABV. I want some of Paul's Permanent Midnight RIS next, so two was plenty.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 9/14/09.

A - Hazy burnt caramel-colored body with lively carbonation and one-finger creamy beige cap that settled into a quarter inch of retention but deposited an exquisite coat of thick lace around the glass.

S - Blend of burnt caramel malts and sugars paired with citrus and pine hop notes. Nose is a little muddled overall.

T - Sweet, kind of burnt caramel malt with a potpourri of citrus, pine and woody hop notes. hints of tree bark and corn husk. Subtle alcohol notes also emerge. Finishes with a toasted grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Kind of sticky and syrupy mouthfeel overall. Mild alcohol warmth and astringency on the palate. Finishes with a moderate hop bite on the palate.

D - The lively carbonation of this DIPA really bolstered the bitterness, although I feel that the hop character isn't fully developed here. This is still a tasty brew overall, though I seem to remember enjoying this a bit more from the growler.

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Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz goblet. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is slightly hazy, but a nice bright orange/copper color with a ½" off-white head that recedes slowly, eventually leaving a thin ring around the goblet and a patch of foam in the middle. For a fairly long time sipping results in a nice lacing on the side

Smell: The aroma contains pine and citrus from the hops as well as caramel malt. None of these really dominate the aroma, rather they share the stage, sometimes taking turns sometimes in concert with each other.

Taste: The flavor is a simple but quite nice mixture of citrus (grapefruit) and spicy hops with the malt well integrated throughout. However, the malt never really kicks in to alternate with the hops and give you a break from them. There no real alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation that persists for quite a while. The finish is fairly long, dry and bitter with grapefruit and spicy hop flavor.

Drinkability: I thought this was well made and well worth trying. While it won't become my favorite DIPA I found it nicely drinkable and so I could have had a second one with no hesitation.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL purchased at the brewery one month ago. My first bottled offering from Spring House's B-Sides collection.

A: The DIPA is a coppery orange color, full enough to be opaque but light enough to allow for a nice shine. The last pour of the bottle yielded a lot of suspended sediment.

S: The nose is very resiny, a concentrated amalgum of pine and citrus. Both are in ample supply, as are caramel malts.

T: The ale throws both hops and malts at you in the first sip. Hops are green and vegetal, masking some of the bitterness in the nose. As the greenness passes, spicy heat appears with a peppery flourish. Along with the heat, citrus hops propel the flavor. The alcohol is not intense, allowing the spicy hops to drive the body without impediment. Grapefruit hops linger long after the sit is gone. A moderate DIPA, nice for sipping on a hot day.

M: The mouthfeel is very hot, peppery and sharp. I like the heat over sheer, blinding bitterness.

D: The ale isn't as heavy as you'd expect, with a decent hop profile behind the heat. A commendable DIPA from Matt & crew.

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Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny...
Appears an orange toned copper with a rocky, off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal, spicy hops, along with some traces of bold grapefruit. There is a touch of malty caramel found during the inhales but they are heavily outweighed.
Taste is of hops galore...believe it, or not...too much for me. It's an over-abundance of herbal, and spicy hops without the much needed malty balance that I appreciate ever so much. There are some caramel notes, don't get me wrong but they come at a price of sacrifice that we've laid our tastebuds on the line for the three headed hop monster that arises in this brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, overly bitter, and herbal. They could've gotten away with this if a different hop choice were used. It's just too assertive IMHO.

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Photo of dashirey
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a growler that I had for a few weeks, boy it held up great!

A - Copper colored with some hints of amber in there for good measure. A pillowy off-white head that was a solid two fingers (sorry fluffy had been said tons of times).

S - I do have a stuffed sniffer right now but I could get some malty sweetness and some very faint citrus scents coming through. The aroma is nice from what I get - not sure if that is because I'm stuffed up or that is the way the beer is...

T - Great stuff. Not crazy hopped, but they let you know that they are there. In addition there is a strong malt push from the start. Generally balanced but the hops do win out!! Yeah hops!!

M/D - Medium mouthfeel with definite stinging on the tongue. Pretty easy drinking stuff another great offering from Spring House. I will definitely look for this when it is brewed again.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with 1.5 fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of pine resin, citrus, caramel, grain, and slight alcohol notes. Tastes of piney hops with some citrus zest up front, then a decent caramel backbone with some light graininess. Finishes with some resinous and spicy hop kick with a moderate alcohol warmth. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, a little syrupy and a tad unbalanced towards bitter and slightly hot, but still a very enjoyable DIPA. Easy to drink, but not something I could session.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dashirey for the growler!! Poured into a tulip. Light yellow/orange with a good sized fluffy white head, thanks to a sloppy pour. A touch of citrus on the nose along with some bready yeast. Not much there for a dipa. Taste is bitter! Tons of bittering hop- some light citrus and pine. This one destroys my tasted buds. Wow. Finished off the growler a day later and it seems to have mellowed it a bit. This is just a tongue beater! Not the best, but one of the most bitter ipa's I have had.

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Photo of naproxen
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a generous growler from Deuane with the Hop River Homebrew club during the Rich Rosen tribute brew day at Willibrew.

For a double IPA this is pretty light in the hop aroma and in the body. My first impression was that this could be an extra pale ale, not so much a DIPA.
That does make for an easy drinking hoppy delight however. The hops do come through in the palate, grassy and a touch of citrus, and the bitterness really comes through. The color is a a slightly dark gold with the slightest reddish hue. It is much lighter in color and body than one would expect. Thanks Deuane for the chance to try and share this with some really appreciative beer enthusiasts.

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Beyond The Gates AKA Seven Gates On Skates from Spring House Brewing Company
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