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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2005

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that says "Summer 2011" on it. Special thanks to eclipse54 for snagging this one for me. Poured into a Deschutes snifter. Special points for the beautiful painted bottle.

A: This is possibly the most orange DIPA I have ever seen. Its like an Orangina! Minus points for lack of any head other than a faint bright white ring around the edges. Even a swirl only conjures up a little. Some lacing.

S: I'm getting lots of fruity hops on the nose: peach and mango and citrus. But I also get some malts as well. Smells inviting. Might be leaning towards freshness issues.

T: Initially I get blasted with a ton of citrus on the tip of the tongue. Maybe some orange rind? In the middle of the mouth I might be tasting a little of that rye malt. Not showing up in color profile though. I do get some breadiness in the sip, but it works pretty well actually.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop mouth coating.

O: B. Not a bad beer just not the best I have ever had. Appearance is different. The lack of head is strange. The flavor is off. Glad I got to try it, it's my first Hair of the Dog brew.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/22/11
*From notes

-- Mucho thanks for this one, SirRuss --

Bottled: Summer 2011

A: It looks like a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade. A forceful pour yields a frothy two finger head. Decent yet unspectacular lacing follows, as does minimal lacing.

S: Wads of pineapple and mango bumrush the nose. It's pretty killer stuff.

T: Fruit up front. As it moves back, there's a good bit of heat from the alcohol, and it lingers for some time. This is most certainly a traditional west coast style IPA.

M: Undercarbed. Sure there's some carbonation, but it ain't much. If this was more properly balanced, I think it would help alleviate the hotter back end of the flavor profile.

O: HotD's Blue Dot is a damn nice DIPA. I just wish they could get the carbonation issue with this under control. If they ever do, this is one to seek out with the best of 'em.

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Photo of suncrust
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured to a tulip.

A- Poured a cloudy, very unfiltered sandy colored yellow. Murky, swampy, ugly. Plenty of sediment with no head and very light carbonation.

S- Sour citrus notes, tart apples, oranges and strong pulp aromas. A bit on the pungent side but overall the smells are light. Nose has a similarity to frozen fruit concentrate.

T- Nice oily malt hit upfront with a citrus punch. Sour grapefruits, rinds, and an aggressive hop bitterness are the foremost flavors. Lemony citrus hops dominant the hop flavor profile. Finishes with a sharp earthy pine bitterness that lingers. Hops are somewhat of a palate crusher on this one. Rough around the edges. At times, this beer tasted like a lemon meringue pie.

MF- Heavy, aggressive, and syrupy. Hop bite tingles the tongue with an interestingly aggressive texture throughout. Very fresh plant-like flavors that give an impression of biting directing into a fresh hop. Sharp, soapy feel with an oily character to round it out.

O- Lots of sediment created an unflattering look, that wasn't prevent even with a very slow pour. I kept thinking this beer was leathery like an old baseball glove. The lack of carbonation was a disappointment. Overall a loose IPA (not nearly as crisp as most Pacific Northwest IPAs) that yielded typical HotD intensity. They make better beers.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted sept 10th 2011 (from notes)


A - swampy brownish/orange, no head and a tiny bit of lacing

S - tons of citrus, lots of grains and wheat, so much malt, a slight yeast nose, flowers and spice

T - lots of orange and citrus, a bit of fresh cut grass, lots of woodsy type flavors, flowers, a tad sweet, some soil, some spices, citrus rind, grains, very wheaty, funky yeast and tons of malts

M - medium body, medium complexity, low acidity, medium balance and medium finish

D - fairly drinkable as far as double ipas go. Much more malt and a light but nice bitter hop. Lots of citrus and very nice bouquet.

Final thought - don't know the price. Thanks to my buddy Eric for this one. Not the best beer ever but it is nice and drinkable

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Photo of litheum94
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2011 vintage. Reviewed 5/16/11.

Straw yellow leaning towards light gold. Murky (chill haze?). Dirty white head that bubbles out quickly.

Orange, honeysuckle and other floral aromas. Juicy grapefruit. Lots of caramel malts. Tends to the sweet side, with mango sweetness as well, but you do get a good dose of pine on deep sniffs.

Juicy citrus gives way to rye spices. Dry and papery. Some tropical fruit flavors. Big dose of pine hop bitterness. Very down played malt profile, more bready than anything. The bitter finish mellows as it warms, giving a more leafy flavor.

The rye adds some nice flavors to a good IPA base. It's right up there with Hop Rod Rye.

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Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summer 2011, see how it stands up to time, acquired in San Diego and consumed in MA.

A- Uber cloudy dreg filled pour with a strange apple cider brown kinda green color. Small white frothy ring but not much of an actual head. Some spots of lace.

S- Rye caramelized malt and fairly decent strength hops. Floral and herbal for the most part and some citrus and peach with warmth.

T- Again, a sweet, toasty caramelized malt presence with defined rye hints. Hops kick in with temperature and a nice spicy, citrus, peach, zest, floral and pine profile becomes apparent. A big bouquet of different hints.

MF- Low carbonation but a somewhat silky feel. Slightly watery/not creamy. Moderate bitterness.

All of the hop flavors I can think of but not quite as high in strength as I would imagine in a IIPA, big malt presence.

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

Got as an extra in a trade thanks to ArchEnemyBrew.
Summer 2011 bottle poured into a glass.

A: Hazy/cloudy, golden orange color, small foamy white head.

S: Mostly Citrus, hints of pine and sweetness.

T: Citrus, nice balance and transition between the hop bitterness and the malty sweetness.

M: Moderate carbination, medium body.

O: Very good DIPA, will be trading for more in the future.

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

Summer 2011 version, into a New Belgium globe.

An opaque marmalade color with a tiny head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edges. A touch of lacing as it is drank down.

You are greeted with a bouquet of juicy pineapple and mango, with some grapefruit and lemon zest highlights. A touch of pale malt and graham cracker round out the sweetness. A bit subdued though due to the freshness of the bottle, it's a few months old.

A bright flavor of grapefruit and pineapple begin the flavors, but quickly move into pale malt and graham cracker. Follows the nose to an extent but is missing some of those bigger juicy hop and zesty notes. I'd say the nose is stronger than the flavor at this point in the beer's life.

Soft and welcoming with a thin-medium body for a DIPA. A little sticky which is not too apparent for the style.

Good juicy fruit flavors with a nice malty backbone. Hair of the Dog does it again, offering a small batch style beer with availability. Good stuff, wish it were fresher but I can't hold that against the beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hair of the Dog in a bomber?! Woah. Summer '11 bottle shared by cbutova.

Poured super hazy light brown/grapefruit juice color. Small white head retains as a decent cap, I got the dregs with ugly green chunks at the bottom of the glass.

Scent is almost all malt, caramel and some honey-like sweetness. Very slight hints of earthy hops, but otherwise this seems nearly hop free.

Hop flavor comes out more in the taste. Herbal, grapefruit, and some peach/slight tropical notes. Barely any bitterness, and very malty overall.

Not a bad mouthfeel, lowish carbonation as expected from HotD. Is this a Double IPA?

I'm confused by this beer...7% Double IPA? Having this after Alpine Nelson didn't do it any favors either... It's hard to tell whether this was the brewers weird take on the style, if the few months of age really brought it down, etc.

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Photo of sweethome
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is light gold - so hazy - full of hops, slight wispy head. The cloudiness screams - fresh hop ipa!

Sweet nose turns to pine and hop resins - grapefruit/juicyfruit.

Entry is soft, hop stew kicks in and builds out with a tangy bite....long bitter finish goes on and on and on.

An ode to northwest hops. Double IPA? - not by today's standards of alcohol, but hits it from the hop bill. I like the hop attack minus the alcohol hit - it makes the beer more drinkable and focused on hop flavor and bittering. My favorite from Hair of the Dog to date.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy deep yellow with a 1.5 finger creamy white head.

Very hop forward nose. Loads of pink grapefruit with some citrus and tropical fruits. A bit of a malt backbone and a slight earthy aroma.

Not quite as much hop punch in the flavor compared to the aroma. Still the first sip is met with a lot of pink grapefruit and a bit of citrus/lemon. A touch of cracker spicy malt in the middle. Finishes a bit wet with a lingering pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel and carb are both good for the style. A touch of creaminess.

Love anything with a good grapefruit flavor. The amount of bitterness may detract on the drinkability a bit, but overall a nice complex IPA.

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Photo of azdback
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Cloudy and unfiltered, dark, burnt orange color. Little carbonation and absolutely no head at all. When I swirl my glass I do get a bit of bright white colored lace.

Smell is very citrus hop sweet. Tangerine, pink grapefruit and orange. There also is some sweet malt flavors. There is the smallest of small alcohol smells, kind of acetone smelling. Quite enjoyable though.

Taste is quite bitter and tart. Grapefruit or lemon bitter rind. Pretty malty and maybe just a hint of spice.

The mouth is crisp and carbonation is light. Body is delicate and finish fades quick.

Overall I was really looking forward to trying this and wasn't that impressed. A good IPA but not a great IPA. Worth a try if you get the chance. Thanks to my sister Carolyn for bringing this to me from Portland.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz 'Summer 2011' bottling. The cap popped with a very small hiss of carbonation...poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a murky dull orange color with pretty much no head...there are carbonation bubbles visible on the side of the glass. Whatever the case, the few big bubbles of off-white head do leave some patches of spotty lacing on my glass.

S: Tropical & citrusy...mango, pineapple, and grapefruit...mint? Other wet herbs and spices as well. Moderate astringency.

T: Tropical again, lots of mango and papaya and grapefruit...spicy as well, could be the rye malt working with the hops...good upfront bitterness but the biscuit characters of the malts balance it out.

MF: Soft carbonation and soft light-to-medium mouthfeel...the bottle conditioning does wonders here. Love this.

O: Not sure how old it is at this point but I enjoyed it. Good bitterness levels but its not an outright palette assault...good dryness but not over-the-top. While it definitely showcases the hops, its still pretty balanced and approachable.

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Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a strong pine needle character along with some floral and citrus hop notes. Malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit.

Full bodied with a blast of extremely dry and bitter hops that dominate the flavor. Strong tongue-coating pine flavor that overpowers the other notes that te nose hinted at. Only the faintest of sweet citrus flavor and a subtle malt backbone with hints of toffee and caramel. Kind of abrasive and one dimensional.

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Photo of nitro0292
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a fellow BA. Pours a hazy golden yellow. Half inch of head that never fully dissapates.

Smell is of delicious pine and grapefruit hops. Touch of other sweet tropical fruits. Very hop forward.

Taste is not quite as hoppy as the smell would indicate, but solid sweet tropical fruit, resin, pine and sweet malt. Good balance. Would like a little more dryness.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, with moderately low carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little heavy given the ABV.

Overall a very good DIPA. Would seek out again.

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Photo of bangelos80
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with my buddy. Poured a nice golden color with about an inch of head.

I get a sense of some citrus hops among the initial scent alOng with some malty flavors as well.

I taste the citrus flavor such as orange, pineapple. Very tasty. Also taste the malt in the backround

Mouthfeel, very smooth lightly carbonated with little to no bitterness, which is great for an ipa.

Overall a great ipa. Ordered this online from the west coast...didn't know what to expect. I am very satisified and would definitely be on the lookout for this when traveling. Would order again.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HuskinPDX for this big time want as an extra. Kudos to you Sir!

Summer 2011 poured into snifter

A- theres a smaller ~1/2 inch head that doesnt get too much bigger. loosens up and leaves a tiny bit of lacing above a darker hazy murky light brown deep amber. very dark for an IPA. lots of carbonation bubbles sit on the edges of my glass.

S- sweter citrus on the nose that's accompanied by a hearty maltiness. theres also an earthy hop scent thats hiding in the background.
as it warms it becomes very floral
T- Bitter citrus like grapefruit and orange zest come through that mellows out toward the middle and end. Theres a nice underlying subtle sweetness thats nice to pick up under the hops. Earthy bitter hops come out toward the end that leaves a piney finish that gives a small lingering.
definately let this warm up a little bit!

M- medium feel on the tongue thats very low in carbonation.

O- very nice IPA. I first reviewed it right out of the fridge which was a mistake. after letting it warm up a little bit the flavors and and scent really come out. Wish i lived in portland, HoTD makes some top top notch stuff.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw orange. Looks like a Hefe, but with a smaller head.
Citrus hops on the nose.
Same on the tongue. Hop lingers just long enough. There's some malt in there somewhere...maybe.
Ok carbonation. Wish there was a touch more.
Great refreshingly hoppy "imperial" IPA.

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Photo of bobbypaulson
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer from a great trader on the other site. As we set up the trade she offered this one to me and I immediately accepted and I'm really glad I did. This beer pours from a 22 oz bomber with a blue cap on it. Into a tulip glass it pours a cloudy brownish orange with a nice fluffy white head. The smell is very sweet with some citrus fruit and hops. Very nice mouth feel it's hoppy but not overpoweringly bitter and the citurs (kinda grapefruity) is very sweet, this beer is very well balanced and makes you keep coming back for more. I really began to enjoy this one the longer I let it sit and come to room temperature. Over all a graet tasting beers, one of my favorite DIPA I've had. In fact I traded to get me another 2 bottles from her right after I finished the frist one.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle I was able to pick up from Brewforia a couple hours after they got it in stock. I was pretty excited for this one, given the reputation and how little of it wound up coming to Boise (1 bottle/person limit). Poured into a DFH signature glass...

Pours a hazy copper/gold color with some darker, brown hues to it. The body looks fine and all, even "very good," but it’s the utter lack of head that lowers the score. Small patches of bubbles indicate that there should have been some foamy, eggshell-white head, but alas, just patches of bubbles with no lacing.

Aroma is of spicy, earthy hops, some citrus (notably grapefruit), some floral and grassy scents, and a faint malt backing. I only wish it stood out a little more, but the lack of head seems to mute the scents slightly.

Taste is predominantly of spicy, earthen hops with some citrus notes paralleling the bitter sensation the alpha acids impart. Some gritty, earthen flavors are also accentuated by some herbal, clove-like flavors in the end. Finishes with a glimpse of the caramel malt.

Mouthfeel suffers from the apparent lack of carbonation, but finishes very well (not sticky or overly dry). It just lacks that crisp kick I look forward to in an IPA and DIPA.

Overall, some additional conditioning would have done this batch wonders; the flavors are all there, but seem to have a hard time finding their way out.

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Photo of kevanb
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes. Bomber into tulip.

Seasonal double IPA from Hair of the Dog. This is my first Hair of the Dog brew and I was really looking forward to this, especially because I got this on recommendation and it has a strong reputation. First thoughts, it looks really inviting, hazy orange color, thin foamy head with nice lacing. It smells good, citrusy, yeasty but the malts are there with this nice sweet grain aroma which really compliments the sweet citrus. I was skeptical of the flavor going in at only 7% for a double IPA, but its all there. It’s a bit milder than most double IPAs, but its a bit sweeter too so in a way, I’m glad because otherwise it could actually be too sweet.

Verdict: If you can find it, try it. It’s certainly not a double IPA for everyone, but it’s top quality.

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Photo of iadler
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of DearthVader. Thanks Brian. Split with my friend in town and poured into my HotD tulip.

A- Pours a somewhat cloudy gold with a one finger head that leaves some spots of lacing behind.

S- Some sweet bready malt with some tropical hops including peach, pineapple and mandarine.

T- Tropical hops with peach, pineapple, mango and mandarine. A good chunk of bready malt is there as well.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body, Creamy mouthfeel that finishes a tad dry.

O- This was bottled in Spring and the hops seemed to have faded a bit, however, it was still enjoyable with a lot of tropical hops in the aroma and taste. Would like to try this fresh and compare.

Thanks again Brian!

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

Hazy pale golden colour with a nice white head. Fair head retention and great lacing.

Bright, fresh and fruity citrus aroma with a hint of sweetness. Very good.

Lots of punchy grapefruit and some mandarin. Really big hop flavour with only a moderately-high bitterness. No real malt other than that required to support the hops. Exceptional.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Great.

A really, really good DIPA. Lots of great hop flavour with a well balanced bitterness and malt profile.

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

A - The beer pours a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head and dotted, or spotty, lacing.

S - It smells very fruity. Reminiscent of pineapples and peaches and maybe some apple. Wonderful aroma.

T - The taste is very delicate and delightful for a double IPA. Peach and citrus notes come through with a light honey flavor and a hoppy citrus finish.

M - Feels dry and crisp with small bubbles but very smooth.

O - An amazing double IPA that is deliciously fruity and smooth. I especially like the fact that it's only 7%. Thus making this beer very drinkable for a double IPA.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - Nice vibrant burnt orange color. Eggshell colored head with great lacing.

S - Citrus, pineapple, mango, a bit of straw.

T - Follows nose. Citrus, pineapple, mango that dries out to a nice bitterness with just of touch of malt sweetness.

M - Medium low carbonation. Gives a nice silky mouthfeel that make for an easy drink.

D - Pretty high. The fruit from the hops makes it very refreshing and the dryness from the hop bitterness makes you want to take another sip. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Great beer! Has everything that I am looking for in an IPA. Great taste, good bitterness, extremely easy to drink.

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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,031 ratings.
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