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Double Haul IPA | KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)

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Double Haul IPADouble Haul IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
Montana, United States
kettlehouse.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Haul IPA scores big with our hop-headed friends. Of course, the folks at NABA agreed, awarding it a gold medal at the 2008 brewfest. Brewed with lots of hops and a solid body, Double Haul IPA is a beer lover’s dream. After a couple of Double Haul®s you’ll feel like you’re out with your buddies and it’s FISH ON! for both of you. Cascade hops for flavoring and finish provide a mouthy cascade of hoppiness! Brewed with love and packaged to go, so…”Take me with you”.

65 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006

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45
Ratings:
123
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
24.1%
 
 
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Photo of biboergosum
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky light beige head, which maintains stellar retention, eventually leaving some thick Swiss cheese lace around the glass. One attractive beer, this one. It smells of citrus and pine hops, with a milder biscuit/toffee malt underneath. The taste is lightly toasted bready malt, very tame citrus and pine hops, and a soft, sweet alcohol edge. The carbonation is on the sedate side, the body medium weight, smooth, with a smidge of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt not quite matched by the herbal, leafy hops.

A decent IPA, kind of a blend of West Coast and English styles, much like many of the Canadian IPAs out there. The hops are definitely restrained, if not neutered outright.

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Photo of oline73
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three finger off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops with some apricot and a sweet malty background.

Taste: More mild than the smell. Some citrus peel hops along with a strong bready malt backbone. The finish is bitter.

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

Overall: I would have liked a stronger flavor. The hop profile is good, but this just isn't an amazing beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Some pine, lemongrass, and citrus rind with an underlying aroma of toffee.

Taste: Toffee-tasting maltiness with a fair amount of sweetness. Reasonably fruity. Tastes of citrus, pine. Moderate bitterness. Lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid India Pale Ale and in a can, no less.

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Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this can with us, my first Montana beer!

A - Pours deep amber orange with a dense one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, earthy hops, dulled citric fruit, and some light spice. This one may be a tiny bit old but it still has lots to offer.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of earthy hops, dulled citric fruits, and some pine resin. This one really is malt forward. Finish is a mix of bitterness and sweetness, clinging to the pallet.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Bitter-Sweet feel that clings to the pallet long after consumption.

O - Nothing mind blowing but still a solid IPA. Glad I got to try it, thanks again Deuane.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am CANtinuing to do the CAN-CAN!

From the CAN: "When you need to hit that hard to reach spot - river left, just up from the seam where you saw a huge splashy rise, you need a Double Haul. Double Haul IPA is our full-bodied, hoppy, award winning India Pale Ale, made with Montana barley and Northwest grown hops. We're the first modern craft brewery in Montana to package it in cans, so you can enjoy it on the rivers, lakes, golf courses, and anywhere else glass is prohibited. Recycle your can and you can save up for that 4-piece 6-weight you've always wanted. Just as you'd never leave for a trip up Rock Creek without a Wooly Bugger in your fly box, you also don't want to forget your Double Haul. The cast will help you throw big, lead-laden bugs on windy days. And the beer, like the cast, really hits the spot. (No promises that the beer will help you with your cast.)"

The pour created two fingers' worth of dense, creamy, eggshell-white head with fantastic retention. The nose was fragrant with grassy, earthy hops. My mouth immediately began to water. Color was a deep golden-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of caramel flavor offsetting the intensity of the hops. Finish was slightly dry, bitter up front and then allowing the malty sweetness to return on the extreme finish. A really good CANned IPA! Also, great lacing throughout.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/28/06- Picked up a four pack of these at the city store in Stevensville, MT.

Presentation- 16oz can with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber in color pour. Full one inch ultra creamy and root beer float chunky looking head. Nice streaks and sheets of lace left behind.

Smell- Fresh woody hops. Pine and grapefruit come through, but not before the very large scent of bready malt hits.

Taste- Equal hop and malt profile. Pine laden for the most part, but also a nice citrus taste as well. Pretty deep malt is about the hop equal. Caramely and bready as in the nose. Nice meld.

Mouthfeel- About perfect level of carbonation. Chewy with a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better balanced IPA's I have had. Might swing a bit more towards the malty side. Sessionable for sure, as I went through several four pack during my week stay in Montana. No metallic taste from the can which was a wonderful suprise. Not 100% sure this is an IPA though. It almost tastes strong enough to be a DIPA. Good all around beer worth trying though.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to woodychandler for his spoiling me with different beers. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy. Taste is the same, lots of hops, a considerable bitterness, no real malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from the On-Deck basement cooler. Originally purchased at the Bozeman Community Coop... don't remember the price, but I know it was pricey. Shared with a work buddy while listening to Sasha's Fundacion mix. Mine shared out of a Delirium tulip.

Big chunky head atop a hop hazed amber brew (maybe a little dark for an IPA)... lacing lasts forever.

Smell is big malts and bigger pine and grapefruit hops... fantastic.. mmmm! Reminds me of a DIPA w/o the caramel malts.

Taste is much more restrained, but still big in every way... oily hops... chewy toasted bread malts... nice bitter backbone... finishes with lip-smacking pine and citrus hops that linger forever. Medium body with good prickley carbonation. This beer is fantastic... I really wish I had a few more.

I've enjoyed dozens of these since last summer, and wish I had more. I will say it again, canned beer will revolutionize the industry... cans are cheaper than bottles... canning lines are a whole bunch cheaper than bottling lines... cans don't break, bottles shatter... bottled beer can get light damaged.. cans are impervious to light... cheers to cans; just make sure you drink it out of a glass. ;)

Edit: finishing this brew, I am realizing I only have 2 more cans in the basement.... I was planning on trading these away; but I may have to hang on to them until I can make it again to Big Sky country.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured the typical light golden amber of the style. Just a trace of slightly off-white head that had no retention or lacing.

Everything else about this beer is an average IPA. The aroma, taste, body and drinkability are what is expected from this type of beer. Try it if you see it, but if you have other favorites, go with them.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a billowy white head of two finger height. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is mainly a blend of a citrus grapefruit hop aroma and a bready and slightly doughy smell. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a tropical fruit natures as well as some nice pine hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather strong bitter grapefruit flavor mixed with a drier cracker like malt bill. As the taste advances the grapefruit remains relatively constant but is joined by other hop flavors of a more pine and earthy nature. The little bit of a fruit and caramel that are present upfront, quickly fade with the hops really taking command of the taste as the flavors move onto the end. All in all, due to the loss of the sweet and the increase in the hop, as well as the drier malt and a little bit of booziness that sneaks it way into the later portions of the taste, one is left with a dry and bitter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for a brew of 6.5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body is actually quite appropriate for the very dry flavors of the brew adding a dimension of crispness to the overall feel.

Overall – A decent IPA overall that is a bit on the crisper side. While decent, it really is nothing all that out of the ordinary. One to give a go to, in order to see what you think. But for me, its just sorta standard.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, purchased and consumed within yellowstone

appearance: lively copper body, healthy white foam

smell: dry malt, bitter hop resin, a bit spicy

taste: fairly malt forward - rustic and grainy, the present hops provide a fairly bitter turn without a significant amount of citrus flavor, a bit spicy, toasted grain

mouthfeel: sharp bitterness, light carbonation

overall: pretty good, but the other 2 kettlehouse beers i consumed were better

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pak of 16oz cans from Wolds Valley Market yesterday for $8.39. Canned on 8/31/11.

Beer poured a light copper with a white head that left some lacing behind.

Nose is mainly caramel malts with some hints of citrus.

Taste is bready malts finishing with a large amount of citrus zest.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, somewhat smooth.

Overall this is a good brew, a bit of a cross between a pale and ipa, though the hop blast in the end does officially make it an ipa. Had it on tap at the Iron Horse in Missoula and thought it was better there. Give it a try if you like ipa's!

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body with a thick, creamy, white head. Grain and cereal aroma; bready. Taste follows the aroma with the addition of a mild hop bitterness; bread crust. Medium bodied; dry finish.

For a DIPA, the lack of a bold hop aroma is rather inexplicable. The hop bitterness doesn't really rise up to any great deal either. It's there, it's noticeable, but hardly "double" big. On the bright side, this is a very malty ale. The flavors favor warm baked bread and honey. An interesting beer, tasty overall, just not quite what one would expect for a DIPA.

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Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to smellysell for the hookup with this one!

A-Rich copper with a medium light tan head. Reduced to a thin cap that left nice lace.

S-Light malty caramel malts with faint peppery / earthy hops.

T-Initial blast from sweet caramel malts hold on for a while till being taken over by a good dose of sharp pine/peppery hops with some citrus coming thru late. This is certainly a malt forward beer. Hops are not lacking though and start to pop more as the brew warms, lingering bitterness is long lasting.

M-Medium body with a remarkable smoothness. Bitter hop residue long lasting.

D-Good stuff, but not "my" type of IPA. To me this is very much like a malt forward version of Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale...which is hop forward. Nonetheless, another quality brew from a can and finally one from a place I have fond memories of. KH is one of the most unique brewpubs I have ever been to.

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Photo of harrymel
1.61/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes on 07/14/10

Poured from can to pint glass.

A: Deep amber color, good amount bubbles rise to surface a thin, light tan head. Dull clarity.

S: Bready, small amount spice, but also a plastic scent to the beer. Not very typical of IPA's. Not very good.

T: Not impressed here either. No florals, fruitiness. Just bitter amber ale is what this reminds me of. Slight nutty tone.

M: Low carb, the beer finishes dry, but is cut a bit by the malt profile to allow a touch more salivation in mid palate.

D: I can't jump on board with this IPA. Not very good.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 4 pack of this in the parking lot of the Laughing Dog Brewery from Vern, the rep who brings Idaho and Montana beers into Alberta these days. Thanks! From a 473 ml blue can. Pours out a clear burnished copper hue, tall foamy off-white head that retains well.

Clean floral and citrus hops on the nose, toffee and clean grains as well.

Clean biscuit and caramel malt up front in the flavour, spicy, herbal hops in the middle, with more spicy hops on the finish, and a clean yet herbally astringent aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth silky texture with medium carbonation.

If not for the abv% this would make an ideal session ale, and that aside, it still makes a great offering to spend an evening with. Very clean on all fronts, yet strikes me more as an English IPA than an American based on the flavour profile of the hops, but that's merely from the lack of whollaping grapefruit in the mix. Definitely an IPA worth checking out, I hope to see more of this available locally sometime soon.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Montana beer, and from a can no less. Poured with vigor to produce a 3 finger light tan foamy head. Body is a rich shade of ancient amber. Leaves nice lacing. Nose is nicely hoppy but also sweet with hints of vanilla and ripe citrus. Enters the mouth and quickly lets you know that it is drinkable and refreshing. Has a soft up front hop character that is quickly balanced by a rich but dry malt presence. Super easy on the buds with hints of sweetness laced between lightly bitter bites. Mouthfeel holds some upfront malt sweetness and ends with a bitter feel that stays on the tongue. A solid beer I would buy more of if it were locally available.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/10/10

Best by Aug 23rd, 2010

Double Haul is an even-hued amber color. Nice clarity. Half of the two finger head remains after a brief spell. A thin layer is kept alive by the occasional swirl. Sporadic blobs of lacing.

Piney hop aromas are immediately apparent. Floral notes around the edges. Muddled citrus hints of orange & lemon zest are seated further back & cause for a slightly solvent-like twinge. Toasted caramel & faint doughy yeast provide a foundation. Kind of musty, overall. Could be better.

The taste is a step in the right direction, though it still seems lacking to me. A decent amount of dry, bitter pine is at the fore; it's sharp but not overly so. Citrus seems less assertive in than in the nose; I can tell it's there as a second-tier component (maybe a good thing since the citric aroma was muddled). Toasted bread notes & caramel account for the malt backdrop. If nothing else, it's well-balanced & integrated as far as taste goes.

Medium bodied with a little resin & grittiness - not bad. Carbonation is fairly low, too - also not bad. Some sharp, dry bitterness lingers (I found the bitterness to build on itself over time).

While I could go for a few changes (cleaned up aroma & a bolder hop presence), I've grown fond of Double Haul - much more so after the first several sips. It's alright, but by no means a standout IPA. I get the impression it's marketed in part as an alternative brew for fishing-folk (fisherman casting a line on the can & a reference in the text). On that level I can see how it works.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16oz can into a Stella stem glass. Body is a deep golden color, topped by a fluffy, off-white head that has some staying power. Aroma of sweet, bready malt, grapefruity hops, and a touch of astringency.
Palate is rich, sweet biscuit malt up front that is quickly met with a good dose of hops that are heavy on the grapefruit. A touch of pine and mild fruit from the malt come through on the swallow. A nice, lingering bitterness hangs around on the finish, but is not overwhelming.
The body is right where it should be for an IPA, full but not thick, lively but not bubbly. An enjoyable brew, and a treat to have in a tall can. Hell, I smuggled some in to a soccer game the other day, so the packaging has served me well. Hopefully this will get distribution in Oregon soon.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-reddish gold with a thick white head

S-very hoppy and piney but has an aged scent to it....almost as if there are belgian yeasts in there as well.

T-more than anything, this is just bitter. not very hoppy or anything else really. after-taste is very piney. this is an outstanding IPA.

M-medium carbonation with a good creamy finish to it

D-this is actually a lot better than I remember. I think I finally got a fresh can of it! It's a very easy sinking IPA and somehow unique, almost floral. I suggest this.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can on 12/27/09.

A - pours a clear copper color with a soapy foam that quickly disappeared and left some good lacing

S - slightly citrus hop aroma and some light malts

T - citrus and earthy hops dominate with a malty backbone with a slightly bitter finish

M - clean and crisp, good carbonation, slightly bitter finish

D - good flavor, nice and hoppy ipa from a can

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - bright golden with some orange and reddish hues. Nice fluffy head atop this very nice looking brew. Plenty of lacing inside the glass and near perfect carbonation levels.

Aroma - plenty of green goodness from the cascade hops. Some dark sugar aromas as well as pineapple and lemons.

Taste - Citrus and pine meet with plenty of malty sweetness backing them up. Some grass and hay notes as well. Not an overly complex IPA, but then again many of them aren't. Plenty of hop flavor and very easy drinking. A solid IPA that is for sure.

Overall - a nicely put together West Coast style IPA. Its not over the top hoppy and is nicely balanced.

Would I buy more of it? - certainly. This is definitely a beer worth seeking out to give it a try and as with the others Kettlehouse cans, its some quality stuff.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Canned 5/29/13 - poured into glass.

Head rises slowly into tan foam, brew sits deep, clear, ruby red.

Mild, dry, airy, earthy, grassy aroma. Not a stand out IPA aroma...

Very light in flavor, but holds a heavy burn. Not very complex or smooth, kinda harsh with dry pine flavor. Thin, watery, not impressive. Nicely smooth and complementing carbonation, distracting dry burn in the back of my throat. Pinesol and Mr. Clean come to mind.

I imagine Kettle House can do better, providing more vivid flavors and deeper complexity. Can't quite recommend, but drinks (kinda) easy for a hot day.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half fluffy off-white head with long retention. Amber colored IPA with very high clarity. Looks alright.

S- Maltier than I had expected. Candi sugars? Another surprise. Aroma is less like an IPA and more like a Belgian strong ale in my opinion. Not bad, but unexpected.

T- Tastes alcoholic and with caramel malts it seems like... not an IPA. Marshmallow, butter, caramel and some earthy north west hops. Odd balance of flavors.

M- Watery, very watery.

O- Relatively disappointing beer. Not what I expected.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kiddwhiz hooked this beer up, thanks man! Poured from can, awesome name btw, to a pint glass the beer pours a translucent copper color with orange edges in the light. A small half finger off-white head with some retention and nice lacing. Malty and floral hoppy in the nose. More balanced and malt than I anticipated. Somewhat subdued. The flavor follows suit with a foundation of caramel malts. The hops then begin to blend and provide a balanced flavor. Sweet. Medium bitterness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and sweetness on the tongue. The beer seems a bit under carbonated though medium bodied. Overall, not a bad offering and nice to have sampled!

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Double Haul IPA from KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
3.61 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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