Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drewbage on 06-14-2003

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688
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4.11
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9.73%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by 06/22/2013." 650 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I loved Sculpin.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of fair cream, good thickness, and great retention considering the 10% ABV. Colour is a semitransparent pale copper.

Sm: Piney, oily hops. Cream and clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite piney, with aggressive unchecked hop bitterness. The result is an imbalanced brew. Some orange and lime round it out nicely. Clean malts provide the background. Tropical fruit notes (undoubtedly from the hops) emerge after the climax and are a highlight of the beer. I like it. Full flavoured and tasty. Heavy on the grapefruit throughout the body. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, thick, and coarse on the climax. Nicely crisp on the open. Not quite creamy enough.

Dr: The untamed sharp hop bitterness prevents it from greatness. A good IPA demands balance. Sculpin this is not. It's a good IPA, but I expect better from Ballast Point. Well-priced. Hides its ABV incredibly well. Very drinkable.

Low B

Actually gets better as it warms. Would pair well with spicy food.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/copper color with a nice white head on top, pretty good retention, eventually reducing to a nice cap on top. Thin lacing all around.

S: Some citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit and some orange zest. There is a little bit of caramel and grainy malt as well. Not overly aromatic though.

T: Similarly muted, there is a bit of citrus fruits, similar to the aroma, but overall it was a bit boring. Not overly fruity or piney like most west coast IPAs are. A little bit of an off putting flavor as well that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.

O: Had high hopes due to Sculpin, but just wasn't really a fan of this one.

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Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 06/22/13.

It pours a semi-hazy goldish amber with a white head that leaves some good lacing.

The smell is awesome. There is a rich maltiness running through it that is the most up-front characteristic but underneath is just a tsunami of hoppiness. flowers, herbs, citrus, tropical, its all there.

Flavor is great too. Sharp bitterness. Again herbal, flowery, citrusy, tropical, a bit of pine. Malt doesn't overpower.

Awesome!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Millerbuffoon for this one.

A - Pours a hazy copper orangte color with very active carbonation and a thin but reasonably creamy head.

S - Aroma is light resin but still with a thick texture in the nose - mango, papaya, grapefruit, and light caramel malt. Average to slightly above.

T - Bready caramel malt, grapefruit, pine resin, spicy, light floral, herbally weed, and alcohol presence. Leaves a lingering finish of citrus and pine bitterness with some caramel malt and alcohol effervesence.

M - A full bodied D-IPA, a little sticky on the lips, moderate lingering bitterness, moderately dry finish.

O - Being a lover of Double/Imperial IPA's this one is "decent", but I prefer Sculpin. Compared to many other big IPA's from the West Coast this one is sitting in the middle of the pack. For the price that was paid, I wouldn't procure another bottle but glad I was able to finally try this. I apologize for this review because I really love the beers from Ballast Point, they are very talented at their craft. As a lover of DIPA/Imperial IPA's, this one is "meh" IMO. Today is July 24th and this bottle is dated "Enjoy by 6/22/13", just an FYI if anyone is reading this review. This is a beer I would love to try right around bottling time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and some nice tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a light malt finish. There is a somewhat high hop bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is quite tasty as well.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 06/22/13

A- pours an orange amber color with a finger and a half of off white head. Solid head retention with some globs of lacing.

S- pungent resiny hop oils with a big grapefruit characteristic on the front end. Tropical fruit notes of papaya, mango and a touch of lemon zest in the middle. Some malt balance on the finish with a leafy resiny hop on the finish.

T- rich complex hop flavor with a resiny stickiness and pungent grapefruit. Tropical fruit papaya and mango in the middle. Some malt balance but hop forward and dank. Leafy and piney on the finish with a hint of sweetness.

MF- full oily hop sticky mouthfeel with a medium body. Smooth small bubbled carbonation.

D- amazing drinkability.

Overall a superb DIPA!

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Photo of Philousa
2.77/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear and pale with an orange tint. A half finger dense head depeltes to a thin layer around the edge and a mound in the middle from the etching in my FW nonic. Lots of grapefruit and lemon with some piney bite in the aroma. Malt is biscuity but light, taking a seat behind the hops. Speaking of hops, they start and end the taste of this beer. Starting off tart and citrusy, moving to utterly bitter, and ending with a weedy, grainy bitterness that lasts on the back of your throat. Body is balanced with a dry aftertaste.

This one ain't kidding around with the bitterness. There is not much sweetness in the malt to balance this one out and it's bitter from start to finish. It does mellow out with time and as it warms, but there really isn't much complexity to this. Lots of great DIPA's in CA. This is not one of them, unfortunitately.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pour: Hazy, but not cloudy, orange with two fingers very sticky egg shell head. Leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: Holy grapefruit/pinecone bomb. Literally double the firepower in the nose as Sculpin.

Taste: Flavor profile follows the nose with grapefruit up front that turns resinous and piney. Very bitter. Weed flare into the nose. Not double Sculpin in this aspect, but certainly more potent. Little bit of caramel and breadyness, and certainly a hefty malt bill is included here, but this is a West Coast hop bomb to the max. In a lot of ways, this reminds me of a double Two-Hearted Ale.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Very bitter. This beer lets you know you're drinking a DIPA. Medium bodied and sufficient carbonation.

Overall: Was hesitant about the price tag in PA, but went for it and I'm glad I did. I might honestly call this my favorite offering from Ballast yet, and I love Sculpin. Not for the introductory DIPA drinker because this will knock you down with its potency. A better (IMO) version of Devil Dancer. Seek out if you dare!

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass, best by 6/25/13.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color capped with three fingers of off-white head. It billows to fill the tulip, then recedes into a thin collar around the edges of the beer.

S: Standard West Coast DIPA notes: citrus (grapefruit, orange) with a touch of pine, some malt sweetness.

T: Citrus and pine up front, but there is substantial residual bitterness and a spicy accent to it. A small heat in the finish with the spice gives me the impression of onions, and I'm suddenly afraid this was brewed with Summit.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Medium+ bitterness; this isn't a total tongue-bruiser, but it makes you stand up and take notice. Light booziness that is accentuated by what appears to be some sort of spicy hop (Summit?).

O: Getting bored of Ballast Point beers at $9. They don't stand out enough to justify the price now that so many others have stepped up their own offerings. This would have been more exciting and justifiable at the price point 3 years ago.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by: 6.26.12. Opened on 7.15.12.

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a one inch cream-colored head, foamy.

S - Citrusy-lemons and oranges.

T - Lemons, pine, some oranges as well.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - A big IPA, but it's either past it's prime or just not that great.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass.

A. Golden/orange/yellow coloring. Crisp, if that an be discerned from appearance. I got a thin, off-white head, with not much cling involved.

S. Citrus rind hops, smells very fresh and sweet. Light floral scents as well.

T. Follows nose, with a bit of pine sweetness.

M. Crisp and fresh, with a bit of bite. Yum.

O. This is a great DIPA. There are others I prefer, but this is very good.

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Photo of OTB
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally snagged a few bombers at my local WF. Pours a beautiful sunset orange with a nice inch thick white cap that leaves nice curtains of lace as I drink down. The nose is very fresh hops and citrus fruits, red grapefruit pulp to be exact. The Flavors follow through on the palate, gobs of juicy citrus flavors from the obvious red grapefruits to orange peel and lemons, definitely a citrus lovers DIPA. The finish is very nice, leaving tell tale notes of bitter citrus and resiny pine from the massive hopping. Overall a very well made DIPA that I will drink gladly again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is mildly hazy and appears a sunset orange color. Half inch of white head. The aroma offers citrus, hops, alcohol. Tropical fruits dominate the flavor with alcohol presence notable throughout. While I would consider this a hop forward beer, the malt body definitely plays a major role. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering notes of alcohol, tropical fruit. Overall, pretty good. It would be better if the alcohol was hidden more gracefully.

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Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big hop burn with a lot of spicy flavors. A lighter amber than some DIPAs. Attractive sudsy appearance in the Leffe chalice. Quite aromatic with pine and citrus.

Rather hot; the whole mouth heats up with the hop acidity. More like the heat of candied ginger, and that hint of sugar makes me think of candied grapefruit peel-- hot on the lips with a distinct malty sweetness. Not quite medicinal, but thoroughly bitter. What saves it is a really intriguing fruity richness, like some kind of atomic marmalade. Every kind of citrus peel flashes before your eyes.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that I picked up at the brewery last week, best before date of 6/15/13, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, thin off-white head recedes to a ring, leaves some good lacing.

S- Pretty nice juicy citrus aroma, loads of grapefruit and orange, also pine and a decent amount of malty sweetness.

T- Very solid but not unrestrained bitterness, big wallop of grapefruit and orange, pine, balanced by a sweet honey, bready malt. Nice amount of booze towards the finish.

M- Medium to full body, smooth feel with low carbonation, dry finish.

O- A really awesome DIPA, the hops are big and bold but are really well balanced by equally delicious malt, it's pretty damn drinkable for 10% ABV, this is a great beer that I'm glad they bottled again, I'd like to see this around more regularly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with a finger tall soapy off-white head. The head reduces by about 50% while drinking this beer but still a good amount is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots and lots of hop aromas in this beer - primarily citrus hops but also some pine hops. There is also a subtle hint of Christmas spices as well.

T: Big hop flavors - primarily citrus with some more subtle pine hints. There is some underlying subtle malt flavors that come out - bready and some caramel sweetness. Also, I get hints of Christmas/holiday spices.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Very refreshing and I love all the hop flavors in this one. There is no hint of the alcohol present and it is real easy to drink (though I have a feeling this one could easily sneak up on you). I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden amber/orange color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, uber-fresh hop aroma with lots of earhy pine and sweet fruit notes along with subtle malt presence. The smell of hops fill up the room once I removed the cap. Pine needle and buds along with tropical/citrus notes and biscuity malt.

Chewy full body with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that is excellently countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes along with a pale malt backbone. Sticky, dry pine needle followed by hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruitand orange peel. Biscuity malt backbone provides subtle balance without taking away from the hops at all. The ABV is noticeable with subtle heat in the finish but it's really well masked considering the strength. Just an outstanding hop bomb of a beer.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a growler into a Duvel Goblet.

Appears a pleasing dark orange with apricot tones underneath. Practically no head at all - just an oily middle and a little rim.

Smells sweet, citrusy, and malty too. The hops are in the front but it looks like there might be some nice body to this.

Tastes more bready than I was hoping. It pops out to me before the citrusy hops take over. It's a definite hop profile but more over-ripe and dullish than bright and bursting grapefruit.

It finished nicely, no real creaminess due to a lack of head, and it does a decent job of hiding its booziness - especially for a heavy-hitter at 9.6%.

I rarely like to give a beer a 4 rating across-the-board but this it hit it at all points. A little disappointing, similar to my Sculpin disappointment, but my real appreciation goes to their Big Eye IPA - their best beer by far to my knowledge.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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App- A medium orange with a very clear appearance. A fading color down to light yellow. A good one finger head with a good dose of cling as well.

Smell- A very deep smell with a good blend of malts and citrus. A bit thick on the nose with a whispy booze note as well.

Taste- A good deal of thick citrus more orange/grapefruit with a good bit of booze behind it. A nice balance of citrus to malt without be too unbalanced.

Mouth- A medium bodied DIPA with a matched carbonation level. A good bit of spicy citrus.

Drink- A very tasty beer. I'm glad I finally was able to get this. Big, thick, deep citrus.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/22/11
On tap at the Homebrew Mart location

A: Double Dorado pours a hazy yellow peach color with a nice off-white foamy one finger head and awesome window dressing.

S: Real nice fruity apricot aromatics. Some sweet pale malts. Quite nice.

T: Great medium hop bitterness that is fruity with apricot and tangerine notes. Some resiny pine. Sweet caramel cookie malt base. A bit of harsh heat really hits you in the back of the throat. Alcohol is def present on this one.

M: Sticky-icky mouthfeel. Lighter body for a big DIPA with a creamy texture. Resinous. A touch hot and dry crisp on the finish.

D: This is a solid DIPA. Big hops with a malt grain bill to match.

A touch too much heat for my taste but still a great DIPA with some real nice use of hops. Would def recommend and can't wait for bottles to come out again.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a really nice copper color with a thick creamy looking head. The lacing was pretty thick on the glass too. The smell of the beer is really hopped up and had big aromas of citrus and pine. The taste of the beer was also intense just like the nose, really good hop flavors tingle the tongue on every sip. The mouthfeel is a little bitey but still remained drinkable. Overall it's a damn good brew.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Orange/yellow/ dusty.

S - Citrus is up front, followed by some hops.

T - Taste is rich citrus, some sweetness mixed with hops is there as well.

M - Great balanced carbonation, not too much but just right. Great citrusy aftertaste with some alcohol hints.

O - Overall I tend to drink this one whenever possible, great different tasting IPA. Citrus kinda IPA.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
2.22/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Growler from Stony Brook Beverage, Stony Brook, NY served in a pint glass.

Look: clear golden body with big carbonation bubbles floating to the top, nice head retention on the beige head with some lacing left behind. Good looking.

Smell: resin with a big, boozy aroma. Not particularly inviting. If I really stick my nose in it, I can pick up hints of floral, citrusy aromas too but they are hard to pick out.

Taste: follows the nose with a lot of alcohol and unpleasant resinous bitterness. Not very good.

Feel: medium to full in body, which is a good mouthfeel for a DIPA, but that booziness is a problem. Its not really sessionable and I decided to stop drinking halfway to the bottom of my glass. I will be leaving the rest of the growler for my girlfriend to finish, since she seemed to like it.

Overall: not impressed. I was expecting a bigger Sculpin and got this instead. The keg was fairly recently tapped so either the beer has sat in distributor hell for a long time or this beer is terrible. Given that the only Ballast Point I've had that I enjoyed was Sculpin, I might be inclined to believe it is the latter. Avoid. Cheers!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/7/2011

Fresh batch put on today at Old Grove in a pint glass.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a frothy white cap. Nice retention and lots of scattered lacing.

S: Blast of tropical character: mango, papaya, passion fruit. Notes of honeydew melon are evident, accompanied by grass and pine. I also detect big grapefruit notes, as well as orange and a little stone fruit. The hops are bright and really expressive. A little sugary caramel is buried beneath the hops.

T: Lightly sweet up front, with a moderate bitterness overshadowed by a massive hop cornucopia. Once again there are strong notes of mango and papaya. There's some candied sweetness midpalate with faint notes of caramel. Orange, grapefruit, peach, and pine are evident throughout. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: An exceptional batch of an exceptional beer. One of the best in the style.

*edit* I had another glass of this new batch on tap at Churchill's a couple weeks later and it was awful, like D+ awful: cloying, medicinal, and face melting booze. I'm not sure what's going on with this batch. I didn't take notes but I could hardly finish my glass. This review is from the keg I had the first day they tapped it at Old Grove which was awesome.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted April 23rd 2011 (from notes)

Poured into an IPA fest glass (Najs's Place, Redondo Beach, CA)

A - Golden honey and copper, barely any head, white in color and some lacing

S - Alcohol, tons of sweet malt and yeast, a citrus floral garden. Lots of fruit

T - Alcohol and more alcohol. Very fruity, citrus hops, floral hops, and very sweet

M - Chewy, almost to chewy. Low acidity and a long finish

D - Drinks nicely for a 10%+. Well balanced minus the alcohol in nose and palate

Final thought - Ballast point makes good IPA

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,899 ratings.
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