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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on an American amber ale. Complex malt bill delivers notes of dark raisin, chocolate and biscuit. Copious additions of American hops yield notes of pine and citrus.

Added by deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009

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596
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2,430
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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Photo of scottyg354
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pour mahogany. Nice thick creamy head. Minimal lacing.

S: heavy hops and malt. Caramel.

T: awesome hippiness to this bad boy. Some bread and caramel notes. Hop finish is great. Really impressive.

M: crisp, refreshing. Goes down well.

O: Good, solid beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Maine Brewing Company Zoe pours out the dark amber I Envisioned. A nice dark amber with some light brown shade and a tannish cap of foam up top leaving good amounts of foam on the glass. a decent amount of bubbles rising up. Smells awfully hoppy right off the tap. A nice mix of pine/earth backed with citrus. Trace amounts of pale malt ride up the tail end. Smells awfully clean and ready to drink. Drinking this is nice, what is advertised is delivered, a hoppy amber ale. The amount of biscuit coming from the malt drives down this nicely hopped ale into something more balanced, leading in the amber directon. Caramel seeps through gently and glides with the earth/pine/citrus. Feel is a step up from light with a nice carb that is felt. I could do a pint of this if the day and mood was right, I just don't see myself going out of my way for it. Reminds me of celebration ale.

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Photo of mindspin315
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amount of an off white fluffy head. Amber body but a slight darker tinge sits on top. Lacing coating the sides of the glass.

Hop presence hits right away with a big chewy malt backbone. Pine, tropical fruits, gingerbread, grapefruit zest, ripe pinnapple coated in sugar which are all blended with a nice chocolate, biscuit, and bready malt aroma.

Starts out with pine, grapefuit and tropical fruit which never over take the palate as the backbone of the malts keep everything melding together. Bready and light biscuit malts touch of earthiness. Bit of yeast/hop spice sits on the tounge. Carbonation is lively and makes for a nice lively palate. A touch of dryness and good amount of bitterness at the end and light pine sap and syrupy sweet (not cloying) aftertaste.

Another great beer from Maine Beer Co. Very good IPA/amber ale hybrid. Everything is balanced and blended very well. Incredibly drinkable!

[95/100]

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark amber beer; nearly brown, quite cloudy, with a big cap of off white head. Excellent retention and super creamy lacing.

Massive aroma, super sweet and tropical, with loads of juicy hops. Full of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and...mango, perhaps? Wow. Extremely fresh and vivid (bottled a mere 12 days prior to review).

Just phenomenal tasting; lightly sweet, moderately bitter, with a touch of maltiness lingering underneath a tremendously detailed and tasty hop profile. All kinds of fruit in here, led by strong pineapple flavors, followed by tangerine, lemon, mango, orange, grapefruit.

Medium finish with some bitterness and slowly fading memories of one of the best tasting hoppy beers I can remember. Creamy, with medium carbonation and body, and a very nice, smooth and somewhat coating mouthfeel.

What a pleasure. So good. I want to remember this one the way I had this bottle, so awesomely fresh, don't know if I'd get it again if it was much older. The best example of the style I've encountered, including Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a opaque, reddish-brown body that is topped with half a finger of off-white foam. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts with some pine and orange hop aromas.

T - Caramel and toasted malt up front. Pine and sweaty hop flavors show up in the middle. Some more caramel as the hops fade to a moderately bitter pine flavor in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is quite nicely put together but the flavor profile doesn't work quite as well. The bitterness is kind of soapy and the hop character just isn't as bright as it was in the aroma.

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Photo of Damian
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle
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Served in a pint glass
Thanks to celticfutblclub for hooking me up with this.

Deep, dark crimson-mahogany and slightly hazy in appearance. The liquid was topped by a near three-finger crop of tight, creamy, light tan foam. Large, splotchy blocks of lacing coated the glass.

Fruity hops came through strong in the nose. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Subtle, tropical fruit notes were noticeable as well. I definitely picked up some mango. The hops were matched by a rich, biscuity, caramel maltiness. The sweet malts seemed to intensify as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was crisp and quite hoppy. Definitely more bitter than the nose would indicate. Biscuity malts appeared on the front end before the hops took ever. Strong notes of orange peel. Some ruby red grapefruit. Slightly spicy. The finish was dry and bitter. Grapefruit rind and pine sap came through strong and left me longing for the next sip. As the beer warmed, the flavor profile became sweeter and more mellow. The hops gave way to the rich, biscuity malts. At 7.2% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was somewhat distracting initially. It was light and frothy with a zippy, large bubbled effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down and the beer turned smoother and creamier.

I really enjoyed this beer but was disappointed that that the intense, fruity hoppiness seemed to fade as the liquid warmed. To those of you who plan on drinking this, I would recommend doing so quickly (and rather cold) in order to enjoy all of its hoppy glory.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (10/27/11) poured into a tulip

A: Pours light cola with a massive 3-finger tan head. Fantastic head retention, leaves a little lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops, caramel, a little pine. Has a slight cola thing going on as well.

T: Fairly heavy presence of toasted malt, plenty of caramel, and a bite of floral and pine hops. Citrus and floral hops over caramel in the middle with a slightly astringent and bitter finish. I think there may be a hint of chocolate towards the finish.

M: Medium body, slightly strong carbonation. Crisp up front and again on the finish with a fairly smooth middle. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: A solid hoppy amber that's well balanced between a sizable caramel malty body and palate-smacking hops. Right up there with Arrogant Bastard for me (a little more malty with more citrus, perfect).

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Photo of drcarver
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I love the label.

Second does 7.20% ABV put this into the "Imperial" category?

A - medium brown body appears syrupy. light and billowy 1/2 finger head rises to the top slowly. Clear.

S - Hop to the forefront. Bits of pine, citrus (grapefruit), and grass. Bit of grain to the back of the throat. Nice but hop is more than I'm used to in a red ale.

T/M - Sweet with floral and citurs hop all throughout. Finishes smooth with a bit of metallic bitterness. A definite "freshness" to the hop flavor.

O - While I feel it exceeds the "light to moderate hopping" typical of a red(aren't most beers these days) this a great beer. Fresh and sweet. Well done.

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Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brownish golden with burnished copper edges and a full half inch of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long. Bright hoppy aroma, very citrusy and inviting.

Flavor is floral and citrus, resiny and sappy, moving to piney notes, some orange rind pith. Understated caramel and toffee malt rides beneath but gets pushed back down by the hops. Malt rises up more strongly as it warms and brings nuances of crusty bread and dried leaves. Dry and crisp, finishes tingly. Great beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh with an 11/24/11 date (I'm assuming that is the bottling date). 16.9oz into Stone IPA glass.

Very nice looking beer - huge, rocky beige head over a very dark, opaque maroon-to-brown body.

Aromas smack of fresh, piney NW hops. Herbal, but with a nice sweetness.

Flavors transfer from piney to floral hops, and there is a touch of soapy bitterness in there as well. A healthy amount of citrus peel in the finish. Not the sweetest of Amber Ales, as it weighs heavily on the bitterness side of the see-saw.

Mouthfeel is very dry with a fairly high carbonation level, yet smooth across the palate.

This is full flavored and well done. I usually prefer a little more malt balance, but there is no complaining on this beauty. May have to pick up that sixtel my distributor has!

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A few ounces of a 50 cL bottle dated (10/27/11) into a Bordeaux glass.

A: Dark brown, orangish amber when held to light. Half finger off white head with good retention and lacing.

S: lots of earthy piney hops up front with a bit of caramelly malts coming through, nutty, grassy.

T: Quite hoppy with pine and bitterness up front but with good balance. Probably more hops than an average amber ale and thus aptly characterized as "our happy, hoppy, amber." Caramel and nutty malt sweetness mid taste and finishes nicely and refreshingly bitter.

M: Very nice, small carbonation, smooth.

O: A great beer, one of my favorites. Highly recommend. This is a special ale from a special brewery.

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Photo of plehnus
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: American hops. Apricot, citrus; sharp and tangy. Grapes.

Appearance: Hazy reddish-amber body with a fluffy cream colored head.

Flavor: Extremely strong floral hops. Mild citrus notes. Faint hints of spice. Subtle earthy malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an initial bite, but a pretty long and surprisingly smooth finish.

Overall: Not as uniquely complex as I was expecting, but not as bitter either. Fantastic aromatics, perhaps that is why the taste was a little disappointing. Not completely blown away, but definitely not a bad brew either.

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Photo of EagleRare
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porured out of the 1 pint 9 fl.oz bottle into an old fashioned glass.
Full flavored amber with great characteristics. Roasted grapefruit nose. Flavor of mild hops with slightly bitter finish. Medium spritz and smooth texture.
Medium brown unfiltered color and tannish head give a great color to the beer.
I would pair this with game and poultry, fish and chips, and pork dishes.

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

Review adapted from notes taken 6/27/11

Appearance: A dark amber, almost brown - beautiful beige head, very foamy - pure bottle-conditioned glory

Smell: Hoppy with cooked malts - biscuity and crusty - some serious hoppy aromas, floral and straight-up grapefruit, some pine - nicely balanced

Taste: Great, even better than expected - crusty, grainy malts with a nice hop profile - mostly pine, citrus, grass, and floral notes - malts are cooked and biscuity, perhaps a little more dry than the average amber - nicely bitter, not too sweet - and it's got that Maine Beer Company "clean" flavor, very refreshing

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, excellently carbonated, nicely balanced

Overall: Personally, the only beer that does this better is Tröegs Nugget Nectar

With all due respect to the American Amber/Red Ale style, I did not have high expectations. But Maine Beer pulled it off. It's incredibly balanced, nicely cooked, and very refreshing. Much like Peeper and Lunch, this is remarkably good. I'll be shocked if they can make a bad beer.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/24/11
Color is brownish red. Sticky lacing all around the glass.
Tons of hops in the nose but sweet malty notes shine through as well.
As the nose suggests it has a good balance of malt and hops. Piney hops mixed with sugary fruitiness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice bitter after taste.
Carbonation was a little lower than I like. Medium body.

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Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm excited to see Maine Beer Company here in the Philadelphia region. Drank some Peeper while visiting my wife's family in Maine this summer and really enjoyed MBC's work.

Bottle Date: 11/24/2011

Poured from a 15.9 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beer pours darker than expected. Mahogany with orange tints around the edges. Created a finger of off-white head which slowly dissolved into a thin layer with a few soapy bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Juicy citrusy hop notes are square at the forefront of this one. Very inviting smelling pint.

Taste starts with a little prickle of carbonation and a big dose of sharp, crisp grapefruit hops. Back end of the sip features a real nice dark malt note that provides a worthy counterbalance to the massive hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. As stated, the carbonation is sharp and it added a crispness to the sip. Very, very drinkable.

Overall, a flavorful, well balanced amber ale. MBC knows how to handle their hops and it shows with Zoe.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a magnificent deep amber, with a tanish red highlights 2 inch sticky head, that takes some time settling, gorgeous lacing. Smell tangerine, pineapple, pine, and some grass. Taste is all of that, with a little hint of carmel in the finish, really well balanced. Most dominant flavor tangerine, by a tiny margin. Body is really nice, a little on the larger side for the ABV, very easy drinking. Not really dry and the perfect amount of life. Hello Maine Beer Company, welcome to New Hampshire! This is a wonderful beer and says the date of 10/27/11 on it, hard to walk past this when fresh.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: clear deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy medium tan colored head that lingers beautifully and leaves minimal lacing on the glass
S: woah, citrus hops and grapefruit, god damn does it smell like an American pale ale
T: taste jives with the scent only in the beginning, citrus hops initially then moves into a bit of whiskey and woodsy taste notes, finishes and lingers with chocolate malts for a nice long period afterwards
M: super gentle on the carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling exceptionally dry, and yet smooth
O: this beer was all over the place, not in a bad way its just that the smell didnt jive with the taste and the taste didnt jive with he mouthfeel which didnt seem typical for the style, i just dont know how to react, dont get me wrong its a great brew but for the style, idk its just wacky i guess, loved it at the end of the day i guess

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1.9 pint bottle into a Berkshire Mountain Brewers pint glass.

A: Deep, cloudy, burnished brick red amber color with a persistent and creamy two-finger head of foam which leaves some nice sudsy lace.

S: Lots of spicy and sweet hop notes, orange, citrus, pine, fig and raisins blend together to form a fruity and hoppy aroma with a warm and solid malty undertone.

T: Juicy and roasted caramel malts punch up front with fruity dates, figs and raisin before giving way to a wave of pine and tangerine hops with herbal, spicy and boozy smacking notes. Smoky and meaty almost at the finish, it wraps up with lingering bittersweetness and a hop slick.

M: Meium-full bodied, pretty clean with a slocik, bitter hop residue in the mix. Slightly creamy and well-carbonated.

O: Whoa, mama, what an American amber! The 7.2% ABV pushes this beer into the stratosphere of American strong ale, with its complex fruity and smoky malt profile combined with lush, bitter hops that provide a full-range of flavors. A really nice brew that I wouldn't mind grabbing again and even aging a bit to see where things go.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked 10/27/11

Pours with a voluminous tan head on a chestnut brown body. Lots of sticky fluffy lace.

Scent wafts from the pour: fruity and aromatic with Christmas tree pine notes. Spice: coriander? white pepper?

Taste is minty at first. Almost menthol. Then grapefruits and lemons. Oily resiny hop notes sneak up on you. Nice bitter pine hop finish. Slight hint of roasty / chocolate coffee malt flavor here and there. Complex and takes some time and savoring to pick out the individual flavors.

Mouth is a slick and juicy medium

This is really a very good and rather unusual ale. Can't wait to try more Maine Beer Co brews.

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Photo of iadler
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened while waiting in line for FFF 15th Anniversary party.

A- Pours a translucent light brown with a two finger off white head that dissipates into a thin cap.

S- Pine needles and grass with citrus zest, caramel and roasted malt. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans are in the background. Very earthy.

T- A nice amount of hop presence with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest as well as pine and grass. Finishes with notes of caramel malt, unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans which provide some balance.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body that I've noticed with every Maine Beer Company. Finishes a tad dry and bitter.

O- Maine Beer Company has not disappointed me at all. Every one of their beers provides a unique take on each style it represents. I could drink their beer all day.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Dark copper with a nice thick off white head. Head lingers, nice looking beer.

S - This is an amber beer that has been hopped for sure. The hop is piney and adds a earthy floral aroma to this. As it warms, the malt shows through a little more, making the aroma seem much heavier.

T - A hearty malty presence in this one with the hops adding some bittering effect to the sides. A little citrus of the hops shines through in the beginning, but that malt overpowers as it hits the back of the tongue.

M - Pretty hearty for sure, would call this medium, to almost heavy, for the style. Little bit of a sipper, but perfectly carbonated.

O - This was perfect for a colder day. Nice and hearty with the malt, inviting and a little refreshing with the hop, they achieved a nice balance. I enjoyed this beer and would have another, if only I were in Maine.

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Photo of bierbrauer
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on April 28, 2011. Brought back from New England trip in August.

A: Clear copper; large, fluffy, tan head that takes up 1/2 of the glass and falls very slowly; leaves thick ring and patches of lacing; no effervescence.

S: Citrus, vanilla, caramel; slight pine.

T: Caramel malt followed by citrus, then piney/resinous hops, slight bitterness.

M: Medium body and light/medium carbonation; creamy & rich; finish is just a bit dry.

O: I love any time I can spend in Maine. Maine Beer Company has created yet more reasons for me to appreciate the state. Four more reasons, with Zoe being one of my top 2, along with Lunch. Peeper and Mean Old Tom are right there, too. Fresher releases are much more complex, as expected. This is a special ale from a young brewery to watch and, of course, to try when possible. Distribution has just been expanded to NH and VT, along with Boston, MA (also NYC, I believe). The price is a natural drawback, but doesn't reduce the quality.

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Photo of vande
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nearly bottle-colored brown...a very deep, murky colored brownish amber with a sandy colored, one finger thick head that quickly evolves into a light lacing

S - nice fruity hoppy aroma.. orange peel, coriander, grapefruit...fairly fresh smelling..

T - the fruity hops mixes nicely with the sweet malty goodness... yummy!

M - cold and creamy...nice,light texture...

O - well worth seeking out if you've not had it... as my friend would say, quite a tasty treat !

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My aunt and uncle picked up a bottle of this while they were in Maine a month or so ago. The beer poured out as a deep looking amber color. In darker light it looked brown. The head was white and had a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy, there wasn't too much else really happening besides some citrusy hops filling the nose. The taste is bitter but yet. Dry drinkable in my opinion. Has some sweetness in the flavor also. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a pretty good carbonation to it also. Overall I thought this brew was really good actually. I would drink this one again for sure.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,430 ratings.
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