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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first run at an American Pale Ale. Flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passionfruit, and pine present themselves throughout. A very subtle malt sweetness for balance, but this is intended to finish dry.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

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459
Ratings:
3,160
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange, strawish color. Nice head that retains its boldness throughout the entire beer. A good reinforcement of carbonation is clearly visible, keeping the head up.

S: Passionfruit, citrus, pine and definitely a bit of rye.

T: Taste follows the aroma. A bit more pine and earthiness comes in towards the end than the aroma would suggest, and finishes off with a nice rye backbone.

M: Well-carbonated, medium-bodied, and a good dry, bitter finish.

O: Solid APA that doesn't blow me away but leaves you wanting more with every sip. Another well done beer by this brewery, which is starting to grow on me despite the prices.

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Photo of MikeMO
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

MO is probably Maine Beer Company's most underrated beer. It is far easier to obtain than Dinner or Lunch, but it has a lot to offer in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. It has a similar flavor profile to Dinner, but it is far lighter and slightly more carbonated.

I have enjoyed MO on tap and in bottles; in fact it is one of my regular purchases at the local liquor store. It is a hop-forward Ale with excellent carbonation that goes down all-too-easily on a nice summer day.

It is mostly golden in color and pours with a thin lacey head with a mild dank, hoppy flavor. As with most Maine Beer Co. beers, the fresher the better, so be mindful of the stamped-on production date. After 90 days the quality does suffer, and that would certainly be a waste of an extremely well crafted ale. Cheers!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big, bold pale, with a lightly hazy orange body, big white head, and lots of lacing. The nose is pine and resin, the taste adds zest and a spicy malt backend. The close is bitter, and there is some build by the bottom of the bottle. Delicious.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from jbaker67. Thanks!

Poured into a pint glass. Drank on a warm May evening after an exhausting day.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful 3 finger off white head. Eventually a nice thick cap remained with some big bubbles. Ridiculous lacing. Straw colored (though it kept getting darker with each pour), hazy body thought that is to be anticipated since this is bottle conditioned.

Smell: Orange, pineapple, and piney hopes. A sweet, grainy malt.

Taste: More of the same tropical fruit hops, citrus, and a more bitter, piney hoppiness. Simple, sweet malt that lets the hops shine. A very light heat. Malty aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Light but nice body. Carbonation on this makes it a really easy drinker.

Overall: Drinkability is great on this one. A nice, light APA to drink as the day cools off. The nose smells like a fruit salad and the citrus hops are a real thirst quencher. However, the hops aren't too heavy handed and the malt backs them up quite nicely. This is one to go after this summer.

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Photo of cmf
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From >pint bottle to becker. Pours golden and moderately clear with very little head. Very strong hoppy aroma. Bananas. Pear. Passion fruit. Light foamy mouthfeel. Definite passion fruit taste. Great beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden to yellow with a mild haze and a huge, white, frothy head. The aroma brings some zesty citrus, floral notes, pine, a light sweetness. Hop forward and refreshing. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Big floral and citrus notes. Oranges and lemons with a touch of bitter pine, finishing dry. A wonderful pale ale. My only complaint is that it's $6.99 per 500 mL bottle, when a beer of this ilk should be $9-12 per sixer. For that reason alone, I won't be revisiting this one, as tasty as it is.

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Photo of Auror
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this last week, but I don't have the bottle in front of me to check the bottle date. Poured into Kate the Great snifter

Appearance- Poured a dark gold hue with medium head. Surprisingly good head retention.

Smell- Tropical fruits all the way, similar to Lunch. A little bit of bread. Smell is actually subtler than I anticipated, but Lunch is one of my favorite smelling beers, so anything close to that is nice.

Taste- Where the smell is subtle, the taste is pretty forthright. Some definite hoppiness, with MBC-signature tropical-tasting hops adding a juicy and sweet characteristic to the hop profile. The finish somehow ends fairly bitter, which I didn't care for. Not much alcohol presence at all.

Mouthfeel- Strong carbonation prickles the tongue, while the medium body coats the mouth in a pleasing way.

Overall- Another solid offering from MBC. Lunch Jr., but with a little more bitterness on the end.

*Update 7/05/13* Had this a few times since. They've really dialed this one in. Hop flavor to bitterness ratio has improved. Taste score upped.

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Photo of Omnium
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

20oz(?) Bottle > Sensory Pils glass

A - Pours a cloudy gold color, thick dense fluffy 2.5 finger head, thick marshmallow lacing.
S - Massive dank fresh hop aroma, light citrus zest, grapefruit, pine, fresh cut grass. Very floral. Amazing, incredible aroma.
T - Super fresh and light feeling, very bright flavors, big time on the grassy and floral hop tones, fresh bread, a little crackery.
M - Crisp, clean, bright and refreshing.
O - Outstanding pale, up there in my top 5 along with Alpha King, Holy Jim Falls, and Live.
Tons of great fresh hop aroma, great crisp clean flavor, hopefully going to get some super fresh from the brewery soon.

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Photo of JCWeaze
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another citrus IPA. Very clear pour almost like a Pilsner. Maybe a touch more bittering than the Alpine but not much. Nice aroma on the exhale. Ok mouthfeel but nothing special. Solid beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Sept 24, 2013.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a full white head. Large bubbles form in the foam and slowly break it down. Big carbonation bubbles are seen shooting to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma on this one, really comes through with noticeable citrus qualities. Pale malts back it up but the focus is on the hops.

T: Flavor is great, has the illusion of balance with low bitterness but is very hop forward and flavorful. Earthy tones to it with the blend of malts and hops. Just comes across as an outstanding hoppy beer.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that has a crisp dose of carbonation. Finish is dry and doesn't have much lingering stickiness. Real easy drinking.

Overall this really shows what a pale ale can taste like. Certainly doesn't have the IBU's of an IPA but the hop flavor shines. A must try by anyone even those who normally shy away from hoppier beers.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer Review # 1,000! Bottling date of 05/12/15

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and gold in color with a 2-finger, off-white head. Great retention before breaking down to a thin layer of suds across the top. Fine, consistent lacing is left all along the glass with great stick.

Smell - Tropical aroma with huge pineapple notes, along with lesser mango and citrus. Clean, simple, and stimulating!

Taste - Follows the nose. Clean profile with pineapple and citrus notes with light mango character. Malt profile is faint, with hints of bready sweetness. Hints of stone fruit pit. Clean, juicy citrus finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth texture, going down with amazing smoothness.

Overall - Wow. I was hoping to get my hands on Heady for my 1,000th review, but unfortunately I couldn't find the time to get up to VT on my trip to CT/NY. This is a hell of a consolation prize! Clean, juicy and amazingly drinkable. One of the great pale ales out there. If there's one gripe, and it's a minor one, it could have used a touch more malt to add complexity and balance. It's a beast regardless. Get your hands on it if you can.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We pop a bottle, pouring a brew of hazy goldenrod into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a three finger tall head of creamy, soapy eggshell colored bubbles, showing nice retention into ringed and patterned lacing down the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be intermittent but active. The aroma is wildly fresh, giving notes of grapefruity and herbal hops, tangerine juiciness, lemon rind zest, white sugar sweetness, tinny metallics, pale malts and chlorine-washed barley, sea foam, sandy dryness, passion and star fruitiness, and manila paper muskiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring remains true to style, respecting the boundaries of the hop profile, in that it doesn’t encroach on the obviously pale maltiness of the base. As we sip, the taste begins with metallic pale and amber maltiness, spicy ale yeastiness, board chalk, fresh squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice, lactic acidity, light black pepper spiciness, tin, dried herbals, laundry detergent chemicals, and fresh picked cotton blend. The middle peaks with bitter arugula greens, celery and spinach vegetals, dried sage and thyme spiciness, lemon and tangerine juiciness, coven phenols, clayed minerals, and citric, floral, and softly soapy hoppiness. The end comes with dried pencil graphite, strawed plastics, eggplant vegetals, spicy grapefruit and tangerine rind, fresh squeezed orange juiciness, lemon-lime zest, balmy herbalness, parsnip rootiness, potato starches, and green mustard weed spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of stinging citric and grassy oiliness and rind of hops, pencil woodiness, gravel dustiness, clean ceramic, fumy wood stain and plastic phenol bite, dried straw, leafy green vegetal leafiness, iced water, and sticky orange flesh and seed. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium, but frothy. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, glug, foam, and pull, working its way easily around the mouth. It is initially coating, but drags into a clean and tannic puck of hoppy astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears quickly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma, and following flavor. The nose, right from the start, gave freshness and cleanliness that is hard to come by. Although the taste rushes in rather abruptly, it too gave a spice and ease of sip that followed rather well. This is the last of the Maine Beer Company “heavy hitters” for us to sample, and it was certainly no disappointment. Compared to Lunch and Zoe, however, we did find this guy to sip back a bit easier, and flow a touch lighter. While this can be attributable to stylistic differences, it detracts nothing from the overall sentiment of flavor and forward punch this beer has to offer. This is a fantastic beer, and one of their best, most consistently drinkable to date.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 7/09/13. Pours a dark yellow with a sticky, white, billowy head, that leaves behind amazing lace. Smell is tangerine, mango, pineapple, and earthy hops. Taste is all about citrus and a little grapefruit in the finish that lingers a bit. Body Is medium for the style, nice amount of life, a little dry, and great drinkability. Very nice beer, as you would expect from this company.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey color with a white pillowy head. Has a a floral citrusy aroma. Flavor is clean and citrusy. It's a pale ale so it drinks a little light but this is a really crushable beer. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste and overall on the level of a zombie dust to me.

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Photo of DavidBart
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive seen bottles of this around, but have forgotten about the name and only picked it up at a local craft dispensary after looking it up on my smartphone and seeing the rave reviews. I must say, as is mostly the case, I agree with my beer buddies here. This is a great beer. I've been on the lookout lately for lower abv beers witb full flavors that satisfy the taste buds, and I must say this one definitely fits the bill.
A: Beautiful golden tone with almost no head. Could be the pours. Everything I've been getting today has been coming with virtually no head. Better for me...more beer, but cant truly evaluate the brews characteristics. Still no complaints.
T: Slightly bitter, hoppy and all that good stuff. Tastes a lot like a refined ipa rather than a pale ale. I also detect some qualities that I cant quite put my finger on that are usually common in DIPAs. And at only 6% and easily sessionable, I'm in heaven. Regardless of ABV, this is a gem. Anything above 93 rating on BA usually is. Do try it if you have a chance. As I'm finishing this glass a waitress brought another beer along the same style to sample. I can already tell this is going to be a bumpy ride.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6/26/12 served in a tulip glass on 7/10/12, so about 2 weeks old. Hell yeah!

Pour: Very hazy golden orange with three fingers of very fluffy white head that would linger if not for drinking it. Fantastic lacing.

Smell: Orange juice and grapefruit with some pine mixed in.

Taste: Citrus juiciness with some more pine than the nose hinted. Light caramelly backbone that isn't the showstealer, but is more substantial than in Peeper.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing and light. Bitterness subsides quickly after each sip.

Overall: Really great APA and MBC continues to impress me. Seek out again for sure.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. However...

Appearance: Light decent amount of head. Clear golden color.

Smell: Floral hoppy notes dominate this one. Nice and fragrant.

Taste: This one tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Some hop bitterness going on, but it is not as flavorful as the nose would lead you to believe. Its floral, not too malty but balanced very well. Finish is clean.

Overall: This is a better version of SN Pale Ale, its also more expensive. I have not had any of the bigger more popular Maine ales, but if this is any indication, its a solid brewery and one I would like to try more offerings from!

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Photo of cfalls
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big head. Somewhat hoppy and light-bodied for the style, which is to my liking. The hop flavors are complex and forward without being too bitter. Finishes dry.

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Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 02/23/12, about 2.5 weeks old.

A: A hazy golden-orange pour with a huge effervescent white head atop it. Retention is top notch, it takes forever to fade away. Lacing up and down the glass.

S: Wonderful citrus aroma. Lots of grapefruit and orange. Some mild tropical fruit. Sweet.

T: Lots of sweet orange and a little bitter grapefruit mixed in. A hint of bready malt.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a touch drying in the aftertaste.

O: I don't know how Maine Beer keeps doing it, but they do. This is a borderline IPA but focused better on balance and drinkability. Flavors compliment each other wonderfully and makes this another great addition to their lineup. This one falls somewhere between Lunch and Peeper and fits in perfectly.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/14

A hazy pale orange, not a whole lot of visible bubbles but it pours a big head that sits around for a while leaving partial rings deep down the glass ending up as a low island, looks great

S plenty of tropical fruit, canned peaches, sweet orange, pineapple, and bruised mango, some floral notes, and a hint of pine, has a big nose going on and I can smell my glass an arms length away on the table

T not far from then nose but just toned down a little, some lemon rind and slightly more pine and some bready malt in the background

M lighter side of medium, bitter without turning my mouth inside-out, very gritty in the mouth, creams up, and lots of citrus rind on the finish

O this one works well for me, hopped to hell but not a complete runaway, IPA level of hops no doubt

I was pretty stoked to see this brewery in Alberta and my first experience was a good one. I'm looking forward to the other 3 I have in my fridge.

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Photo of Googs
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to pick a bottle of the MO up. One of the final beers from Maine Beer Company I have to try. I'm a big fan.

A: Pale honey, amber body. Medium-Small head and a good amount of lacing along the glass.

S: A sweet smelling ale with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Great hop smell- earthy, floral and full of citrus. Very inviting, let's get down to business.

T: Very hoppy APA and just great. Bitter upfront and with that, I'm getting a lot of what I got in the smell, tropical and citrus fruit. Followed by a nice, sweet biscuity flavor. Well balanced despite it's hoppyness. It really could pass as an IPA. As it warms, the flavors become more pronounced. Nicely done.

M: Fairly light and crisp, drinkable. Carbonation is light, makes for a refreshing APA. Finishes with that bitter-sweet citrus and leaves a very nice after taste in the mouth.

O: Another job well done by Maine Beer Company. Some might find the $8 expensive for the bottle, but I find it well worth it. I think it's somewhat similar to the Peeper Ale and would like to do a tasting side by side to find those subtle differences. Pick this up if you can.

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Photo of chicagopubcrawler21
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 1-15-16, poured in a pint glass. Think frothy head, with strong citrus and grassy aromas. Tastes of hops and citrus dominate, picking up the almost tropical notes others have mentioned. Overall mouthfeel is lighter and balanced. Surprisingly nice malt backbone. Great beer from a great brewery. This is no lunch, but mo is welcome in my glass anytime.

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber-yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit really stands out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of grapefruit along with some hints of tropical fruits. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of hoppy aromas and flavors like an IPA but is very to drink since it is an APA.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/14, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my maine brewing company wine glass.
Bottle dated late june (about 2 weeks ago).

a - brew poured a deep murky amber orange with a little shy of a finger's worth of creamy almost belgian like head.

s - smells like fresh hops. nice citric grapefruit punch. tropical fruit bouquet. REALLY quite nice...almost IPA-ish.

t - the fruity bouquet that the is flaunted in the nose shows up in the taste, but in a much tamer setting. the malts balance this one out to bring it into pale ale territory whereas the nose was heavily flirting with IPAs. the finish is a soft bitter.

m - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. finish is a bit bitter.

o - overall, a nice pale ale that leans on the hoppier side. the smell is far and away the highlight, but the taste steps to the plate as well producing a very enjoyable pale ale that has a heavy handed malt bill to keep the strong hopping in check. well worth picking up. another high point from the folks at maine brewing company. their slogan is "do what's right." well one thing is for certain, they make beer right. cheers! could drink this one all night.

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Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky dark orange with about two fingers of very bright white head.

Smell: Big citrus and tropical fruit notes...mango, passion fruit, orange, papaya. Lots and lots of sweet fruits. Just enough caramel malt to keep the aroma balanced.

Taste: Taste starts out slightly bitter with tropical fruits but the malt backbone is solid and the taste is rounded out with a touch of sweetness. A little more bitterness creeps in before a dry visit. I have to give credit to the brewer on this one. They expected a deft touch balancing out the hops and malt very well.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium. Loads of flavor for a beer clocking in at 6%. Very drinkable...could enough a few of these in row.

Overall: Almost more of an IPA than an APA, but still another delicious MBC brew. Worth checking out as interesting beer to compare with Lunch.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,160 ratings.
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