Heelch O'Hops | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with a heelch* of Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops, our double IPA has a palate pleasing bitterness that is carefully balanced with a full-bodied malt foundation. With a deep color of polished brass and a nose that sings of pink grapefruit and redwood needles, the rich biscuit-like malt flavors intertwine with hints of vanilla, mangos, and peppercorns leading to a deep, warming finish. (*That’s Boontling for “a whole lot”)

Added by BB1313 on 10-17-2012

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much a perfect fluffy head that rises up to tower slightly over the top of the SA PP glass, 2 fingers, any more and it would have gone over the edge, any less and it wouldn't stack up, but the entire bottle poured in, and the head fades slowly as it's reinforced by many bubbles rising up, tons of soapy lacing, over crystal clear slightly amber tan straw colored beer.

NOse brings plenty of hops, grassy and floral at first, before turning spicy, slightly earthy pine, and some citrus as well, a touch of candied orange peel hops, faint hint of tropical fruit, and faint hints of sweet amber pale malts underneath. The malts get slightly candy sweetness as it warms with a touch of booze even.

Taste starts quite bitter right off, slight spicy hops with more grassy and earthy tastes, again the citrus cuts in but not a lot, with some stone fruit, maybe a tangerine and almost apricot. Juicy flavors come through, some of the fruit hops, as well as a light juicy malt flavor, hint toasty malts but mostly slightly sweet pale malts, just enough to prop up the beer. The sweetness brings out the citrus for again that candied orange peel hop flavor, and a light hop syrup like flavor. Finish is quite bitter, spicy chewy hop bitterness, earthy, citrus, hint of pine, slightly dry but some lingering sweet malty flavors, and finally a touch of booze.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of fluffy carb and maybe too much carbonation, hint of warming booze on the finish.

Overall not bad, a decent DIPA, typical flavors, nice hops with candied citrus, spicy chewy hops, faint pine is nice, the booze drinks well with just enough sweet malts to balance the beer and deliver the hops without being destroying or astringent. Not bad, but not earth shattering.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ledgers just got the beer in recently.

Twelve oz bottle poured into a snifter. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BB50q65CcAEMixt.jpg

A: Pours a deep golden yellow, murky as I can't see through it. 2 finger head with some lacing on the glass.

S: Little weak in the aroma department. Hop forward, some pine and citrus. Lingering sweetness. Nothing over powering

T: Lot of bitterness, some sweetness. Little earthy tones like grassy feel. Malt to balance some of it out. But hop forward for sure.

M: Carbonation on the tongue, residual sweetness that coats the mouth and bitter bitter finish.

O: HIGHLY drinkable DIPA that goes that easy. Not a massive hop bomb, and little more hop forward than most West Coast IPAs. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of babaracas
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with two finger thick white head. Settles slowly to a thin ring, and a big spray of lace is left down the glass. Smell: apricot, pale malt sweetness, mild spiciness and grapefruit. Not much there. Taste: pine, citrus rind, in the back apricot jam on biscuit. Finish is drying but sticky, needly. Ok, nothing special. Bottled in Dec 12?

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour of a fairly warm beer yields a tad hazy golden copper color with a frothy 2 inch cream head that lingers, eventually leaving sheets of thick lacing.

Skunky, catty hops open the aroma, with toasted caramel malt, fresh cut grass, and dank cannabis rounding out the profile. Grapefruit, tangerine, and mango surface late.

Flavor is fairly dank, perfumey, and finishes decidedly bitter. There's an underlying buttery note that accompanies the toasted malt backbone. Tropical fruit flavors carry throughout. Floral hops emerge in the finish as it warms.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex hop flavor, with enough malt to hold things together and a finish that is interesting.

Update: Tried on tap. Still slightly sweet bready malt, and tropical notes of pineapple and lime. I really like the tart, fruity hop character, and it has substance.

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Photo of harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled: unk

Golden with a sheet, some soapy bubbles. Smells of sweet malts, some pine, some mango and a little maple. Malty flavor, bitter, some grapefruit and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with lower carb and a wet finish. Decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, believed to be bottled October 31st, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a three finger foamy white head that leaves gobs of lacing and takes forever to recede.

Aroma is pine, citrus rind, peach, bread, bit of caramel

Flavor is peaches/apricots, citrus rind, grapefruit, pine, some resinous hops, caramel malt and bread in the middle offering a bit of sweetness, finishes with good bitterness and an alcohol bite. Pretty hoppy and juicy overall.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, oily, creamy, good carbonation.

Pretty good Double IPA, is this the same thing as their Imperial IPA? Same ABV, similar flavor profile from what I can remember.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into matching AVBC snifter. Pricey 4-pack.

A: Pours a clear bright golden-amber with three fingers of very dense off-white head that bubbled up softly and took forever to fade. A thick rocky film lasted the whole beer through and left tons of chunky lace cleaning down the sides of the glass.
S: Huge notes of fresh cut grass and conifer needles. Lightly sweet notes biscuit malt beneath.
T: Pine and juicy citrus comes through alongside the biscuit malt and hints of honey. The finish is bitter with notes of citrus rind, and the aftertaste is grassy and sweet. Super hoppy but still a good balance of sweet malt in the finish.
M: Fuller body, hop resin sticky mouthfeel with smooth and easy carbonation.
O: A very solid, freshly hopped and delicious IPA, perhaps ABVC’s best. I thought this way pretty pricey but I guess it’s about the same as two bombers of Hop Stoopid. I’ll buy this again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single from the get-go, which is a hopeful sign of things to come in this particular jurisdiction. The translation of this cute little sub-dialect of American English is 'a whole lot of hops', which I suppose is as good as any obfuscated description of a DIPA as I've heard to date.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of glistening rocky, puffy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a terrine of fuzzy webbed and imposing iceberg lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bitter nondescript citrus rind, acrid evergreen pine resin, all a tad musty, a semi-sweet caramel maltiness, and some soft tropical fruit notes. The taste is tart, sassy citrus zest, very forward in its hoppy goodness, a seemingly hollow alcohol aura, some floral pine needles, and softly nutty, biscuity caramel malt.

The bubbles are timid, sure, but not out of it altogether, rendering at least the barest of structural support, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops not really gaining much ingress here. It finishes just a tad off-dry, which is difficult to discern when the drying agents manifest in the form of pungently fruity, bitter hops, so you'll forgive my equivocation on this point.

Ok, it all ends up damned hoppy, yet well balanced enough to have at least one more, I would imagine, as the booze isn't all that recognizable in its presumed role as the wildcard here, and the overall flavour is hearty enough to cope with any straggling doubts.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and cantaloupe from the hops in the nose.
T: The taste shares some similarities to the smell but also has additional flavors of pine resin hops and hints of caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and some hints of alcohol towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA delivers a lot of interesting hop aromas and flavors and isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength. The only apparent flaw is a bit of alcohol that's noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Ned's.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, with a small off white head. Lots of nice lacing.

Smell: Resiny pine and citrus. More of a dirty dank hops aroma than bright fruitiness. Crackery and caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Very bitter piney hops and a lot of caramel malt sweetness. Its a big punch in the face, with almost aspirin-like bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: I think the carbonation is appropriate. A bit heavy with FG. Very sticky resiny finish.

Overall: Its a solid beer, but for me it falls a bit between IPA and DIPA, and doesn't quite hit with either. I also prefer the more juicy-fruit sweet hoppiness to dirty-dank, but thats my problem.

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Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle from 4-Pack purchased @ Chuck's 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle, WA for $11.59 + Tax. Thin lacy off whit head. Clear pretty bright amber gold color.Rich herbal floral hop aromatics. Herbal pine hop resin infused medium textured balanced sweet light caramel crystal malt body. Balanced bitter hop spice clean earthy burpy hop end. 100 IBU's.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown for $3... poured into my slim tulip... good long lasting off-white head.. nice lacing.. the brew is polished dark gold.

Nose shows tangerine zest hoppiness along with a little tropical fruitiness.. some bready pale malts mutes the hops a bit.

Flavor begins with a fairly hefty push of citrus zest and a bit of pine but is quickly muted by too much residual maltiness IMO.. hop bitterness finishes..

Body is standard for the course ... carbonation too.

Nothing to write home about... I probably won't buy again, and am a little upset I have another.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a lazy effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam which is leaving a thorough lace as it dissipates. Attractive!

Smell: hoppy aroma of funky, earthy and dank hops on top of a sweet malt base. Not bad if that's the kind of hop character you like.

Taste: sweet malt with a broad hop flavor focusing on earthy and citrusy components. Bitterness is a slow build to a moderate volume. A bit reigned-in for a DIPA, but not bad and quite smooth overall.

Mouthfeel: medium body and very light carbonation. Unfortunately the combined effect is that there is not much interesting going on here, texture-wise.

Overall: this is a decent beer. It's subtle for a DIPA and its mouthfeel could be a lot better.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks nice and the nose is great. Flavor profile has a nice bite to it from hops, and there is a biting citric and pine thing as well. The carbonation is high, and I do feel that it is interfering with the flavor delivery, at first at least. Seems to tone down as time goes on. Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. The earthy tone to it might be a turn off to some people, and even for me, I could deal with a brighter profile instead of the darker earthiness. But it's still nice. Can definitely suggest this one.

Nice label also.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear polished gold in color with a nice looking two-inch cap of foam.
Aroma-Subtle fruity hop note
Taste-Fruity hops, pine needles, biscuit malt. Nicely balanced, not a hop bomb or super high ABV. A nice, pleasant, drinkable Imperial IPA.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, crystal amber color with great clarity, a two finger rich white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is full of fruit, tropical notes with lots of citrus and some edgy evergreen hints.

The flavor is definitely West Coast, biscuity malt and dry finish with loads of grapefruit, orange peel, and citrusy notes.

the mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

Overall, a nice beer, but a bit dry for my tastes.

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Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stood out on the shelves, seems pretty new based on the reviews.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a slightly hazy, golden-orange body. A white head forms with the thickest and creamiest texture I have ever witnessed. It looks like someone ravaged a bottle of heavy cream with a whisk for about ten hours. I let a bottle cap float on it and it stayed there for 5 minutes. The head is invincible and has almost endless retention. Massively thick piles of lace everywhere. Probably the most impressive looking beer I have ever seen. It has been a long time since an appearance has really struck me like this. Bravo!

S- Hop forward for sure. A lot of citrus, orange, lemon zest, peach and fruit hops and some pine hops thrown in there too. Caramel in the background.

T- Again pretty hop forward. The hop bill consists of a mix of heavy citrus zest, grapefruit, big pine and some spicy floral hops as well. There is a lot of pine here, almost like resin, it seems spicy somehow like rye or peppercorn. Balance brought on by biscuit, caramel and some malt sweetness.

MF- Ultra creamy feel to a body that is moderately thick. Silky carbonation at a high level but goes down really smoothly. Massive bitterness on the palate in the finish.

Citrus zest and pine hop assault in the flavor which is actually somewhat balanced out by a rich malt profile. Pretty good and not the same as the standard 2012 IPA. I would really like to know if there is rye in this beer, it reminds me so much of a massive rye home brew I made, either that or some crazy spicy hops.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a very nice clear copper amber with a massive three finger head, think it may have just been a little over aggressive pour, nice lacing.

S: nice aroma, nice citrus hop aroma, over a malty caramel backbone, with a nice bite of dark resinous pine, it took a bit of warming for the hops to really shine through, but they did.

T: much like the aroma sticky citrus fruit flavors along with a good dose of piney resins, all balanced out with a malty caramel malt backbone.

M: heavy medium mouthfeel with lower creamy carbonation, coats the mouth in drying, bitter resins.

O: this is a pretty good dipa, a bit malty, but it deffinatly rounds out the hops on a nice way, great juicy citrus notes and bitter pineyness. Deffinatly worry a try for any hop head.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this at the Vintage Estate (Ohio) for $2.79. Very surprised hasn't got many reviews.

A - Boy that just erupted out of the bottle! A very generous (not hard) pour produced over an inch of fluffy, sticky, white head. Color is a touch hazy compared to most DIPA's but it's still very amber brown.

S - Juicy citrus hops/melon bittering goodness that is just awesome. It must be biscuit balanced because it doesn't smell bitter at all.

T - A touch maltier than I expected but right after the biscuit I get a mild pine assault. Not as juicy of a hop as I expected but it is extremely balanced.

M - Drinking like a bittering IPA it hides the ABV well and has no alcohol taste (which I enjoy in an DIPA)

Overall due to it being only brewed one time this may be my only chance in drinking it but it is unique since it smells juicy but delivers a hoppy bite. Pick a bottle up if your tired of fruit forward DIPA's

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Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale to medium gold, transparent. No visible haze. Big white head. Lots of little bubbles. Good lacing and head retention. Aroma is a bit weak but not bad. The hops contribute a tangerine, pine, grapefruit, berry aroma but really need to be amped up. There's also a fair bit (bit too much for me) of malt flavor, though it is a nice caramel, biscuit flavor. Taste is balanced and enjoyable. I tend to prefer a firmer bitterness, but I quite liked this beer. It's very easy to drink. Lots of quality pale malt flavor and flavorful hoppiness. The more delicate hop notes really shine in the taste, and the finish does add a pretty good bitter note to keep things clean. Feel is kinda creamy, relatively gentle carbonation for a DIPA of this strength. One of the best beers that I've had from Anderson Valley. Nice stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley brings sobriety... (well, sorta) to the IPA world. As the strength and flavor exceeds the 8% threshold, the beer retains the balance of malt to hops that gives credence to the standard pale ale family of beers, just all scaled up.

The beer pours with a deep orange-copper color that takes on appearances of clover honey. A fluid and creamy head dances at the top of the snifter with semi-firm retention and light lacing patterns to the glass. Mostly clear, the residual yeast and hops give the beer a slightly diffused glow when back lit. It's a handsome little beer.

Where the nose expects hop-forward notes, the scent of caramel reaches first. Those malty notes draw in complementary aromas of cashews, butterscotch, and light biscuity bread crust. Not to be outdone, the hoppy balance extends into the malty scent with tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, and herbal grassy elements. The overall aroma complex is very much of a pale ale, it just registers stronger to the olfactory senses.

Flavors are a very consistent carryover from the nose. The front of the palate is met with a light coat of caramel, nuts, biscuit and butterscotch. It has a way of preparing the mouth, and preventing the brunt of the sharper hop flavors. The middle palate is a melange of candied fruit notes of citrus and tropical fruits that weave together in a very marmalade kind of way. As the beer draws close, the mild pithy and resinous bitterness of hops rise and the malt sweetness fades and gives the beer a mild malty-dry taste to finish.

Medium full, at least to start. The combination of residual caramelized sweetness and embedded creamy carbonation gives the beer a semi-full effect. But the beer slowly traverses across the palate and lightens subtly with the fleeting malt textures and the rise of hop dryness and alcohol warmth to end the session.

Where hop-dominance is the usual name of the game, it's obvious that the brewers favor a more even-keel balance that keeps the beer drinkable. And at a sensible 8% alcohol, any interference from alcohol or unnecessary bite is kept at bay.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surpised to see such a new AV offering here in Greensboro.Poured into a nonic a clear copper/brass color with a nice fluffy one finger white head that never really completely settles,great clarity and a freat fluffy head.Citric and pine notes in the nose with a hint of hard water wich was a little odd,a dryer malt base compared to many big caramely sweet malt bases of the style.Flavors don't smack you in the face they just give an even keel of citric and piney hops that last from sip to swallow,the alcohol is kept in check really well, and the malt base is not overly sweet.This is a nice change of pace for the style,sure it's got big hops but it doesn't bombard you with sugary sweetness and alcohol like way to many of the style,well done.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty sure this would be a winner. Anderson Valley mostly produces top notch stuff. I have loved most of what they have come up with.

This one is a serious AIPA. It has the huge floral hops taste all over it. It looks typical in the glass, with a nicer than average lace, perfect color and nice clarity.

Not only is the taste first rate over the top hoppy, the aftertaste that sticks with you is happily quite nice. I want to buy more of this!

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Photo of BB1313
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear transparent burnt golden, nice fluffy white head with great lacing and retention. The aromas have a nice amount of pineapple juice, lemon zest and pine needles. There's a touch of grapefruit as well with some caramel malts lingering in the background. Smells nice, but not aggressively in your face. The flavors really do match the nose. This one has a strong malt backbone. Very earthy and rustic flavors. There's a nice dry fruitiness. It's bittersweet and slightly spicy. More pine resin. Slightly soapy. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is slick, carbonation is on the lower side, but it's definitely there giving it some body. It's on the heavier side of medium-bodied. There's a subtle touch of warm heat, but it's a pretty easy drinking beer.

This isn't bad, I like it. It's not super complex, but it was enjoyable. It's on the maltier side in a good way. I like it better than their year-round Imperial IPA.

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