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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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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22.01%
 
 
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Photo of jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for the bottle!

Pours a murky unfiltered dark orange/brown with a big pillowy white head and sticky lacing.

Nose is very sweet fresh citrus. It's like I'm smelling an orange. Quite unique and pleasant.

Taste is similar although the citrus is a bit more subdued. Good light floral bitterness through and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Perfect for the style.

A little bit undercarbonated, but the mouthfeel is good especially for a beer of smaller stature.

Very good beer and maybe the best I've had from Maine so far. Very glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gold. Melted gold. Head is bright-white, densely packed, and leaves some nice curtains of lace. Head drops to a solid cap that lasts for the duration. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruits, mango and pineapple. Nice layer of pine resin and something faintly earthy and spicy. Lingering notes of citrus oil. Powdery, bready malt. Touch of sweetness in there as well. Almost floral at times. Nice hop depth with a solid malt backing.

Taste: Mango with a dusting of flower petals. Nice punch of orange flesh on the back. Some lingering pine bitterness. Malts are bready and drop some faint caramel sweetness as well. Nicely balanced. Hop profile is similar to Lunch, but dialed back in a nice way. Very mellow on each progressive sip. Pineapple sneaks on the back as well.

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of moderate on the body. Carbonation is lively and helps carry the hop flavors across the tongue. Easy drinking and delightful.

Overall: I love this aggressively dry-hopped APA thing. Maine Beer Co. kills it. Great balance and one hell of a nose. If they keep this kind of stuff up it'll disappear faster than Lunch, and that's saying something.

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Photo of brystmar
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the original Pony Bar.

Golden/amber pour yields plenty of head and the most lace I've ever seen from an APA. Absolutely gorgeous!

Smells of fresh, tasty hops with plenty of citrus and malt in support. Taste follows suit with impeccable balance. MO is strongly hoppy while not carrying an abundance of bitterness. Fresh, mildly fruity, and surprisingly malty for a pale ale.

Not quite as good as Zombie Dust, but remarkably close. Very impressive!

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Photo of tclipse
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as APA's go, this is perfect. Appearance is a hazy khaki orange. Smells amazing, big time citrus- orange peel and lemon in particular... a bit of pineapple as well. Taste is slightly hop forward and heavy on the citrus, but mellow and refreshing enough to remind you that this isn't an IPA. My new favorite pale ale, and it isn't close.

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Photo of grover37
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle bought from Connecticut Ave Wine & Spirits for $7 or $8. Born on 1/3/13, so about a month old. Poured into a becker.

Appearance (4): Very cloudy orange with puffy white two-finger head. Good retention and a touch of lacing at the top. This is much closer to 5 if not so cloudy. j

Aroma (4.5): Beautiful dank pine and citrus. A touch of caramel intermingles but mostly big citrus aromas of grapefruit, lemon and mango.

Taste (5): Taste follows the aroma and somehow improves on it. Hugely hoppy with a firm bitterness on the back end. Orange and lemon up front, grapefruit though the middle and passion fruit and mango on the finish. Bitterness comes through in the middle to the end but isn't overly prominent. Pine lingers nicely without overstaying its welcome.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Medium to full bodied and medium-high carbonation. Slick at first then a nice creaminess from the higher than usual carbonation. It really dances across the tongue and then the bitterness hits the back of your mouth and lingers a bit with the coating pine flavor. Very enjoyable.

Overall (4.75): One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had but it's really more of an IPA. Still really good under that style. Not much to detract from this one. Gotta pick this one up if you haven't yet - not sure what took me so long. Well worth the steep price tag.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a half finger of white foam.

Citrus, passionfruit, guava, grass, and pine.

Passionfruit, citrus, pine.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, great balance.

Overall, another stand out beer from a stand out brewery.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Lunch. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Light, floral citrus.

T: Blend of citrus and pine with a good balance.

M: Balanced carbonation.

O: Another great IPA and a go to were it not for the high prices.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Another fantastic looking beer from this brewery. Golden orange and hazy. 2 finger head and magnificent lacing and retention.

S- Fruity hops with a touch of funk. Lemon grass, mango, and tangerine. Some pine makes its way. Pale malts.

T- This raised my eyebrows a little bit. Has that "wow" factor. Follows nose well, but takes it up a couple notches. Balanced as can be with some nice spice thrown in.

M- Perfect summer beer body. Refreshing, smooth. Goes down great. Mid body bordering on light. Smooth. Perfectly carbonated. Dry.

O- My second of four Maine Beers enjoyed with my buddy that took a trip to the northeast. I am liking what I am trying so far. The body of this one is one of the best I've had in a pale ale. Hop forward, but balances out really well.

Bottled 6/4/13
Consumed 7/18/13
$7 for 500 ml bottle

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Photo of Jimmys
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle into tulip. bottled on 11.16.12. consumed less than a month later.

A: pretty clear bright amberish gold hued color. bright white head is big. retention is fairly good as well. some clumps of lacing.

S: tons of grapefruit. lemons a little bit of kiwi. very american, very fresh smelling hops here. everything you could want in an APA.

T: passionfruit and grapefruit. lemons and limes. a little bit of biscuity malt flavor. the sugar of the grain lingers briefly before drying almost completely.

M: carb is good. wouldnt hate for a tad more bubbles, but im definitely being nit-picky. light almost medium body.

D: wow, this is some good shit. highly fruity, very drinkable. wouldnt hate more. a lot more.

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Photo of benloho
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

A: MO pours a nice bright tangerine color, with some chill haze, but pretty clear. 2 fingers of creamy, fluffy head that leaves a gorgeous thick lacing on the glass all the way down.
S: Strong hop aroma. I pick up grassyness, some pine, and light herbal qualities with some citrus in there too, specifically orange peel.
T: Follows the nose exactly. Hop forward for sure, with a grassy and herbal quality to it. There are some citrus and pine notes too. Great crackery and biscuity backbone to this beer from the malt.
MF: DRINKABLE! Smooth and light in the mouth, with a crisp feel and dry finish that brings me right back to the glass for another gulp. So easy to drink and so enjoyable on my taste buds.
O: Amazing APA from MBC. While Peeper is a great beer, this one is just so much better in my opinion. I wish I could get these beers in TN.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Light translucent amber formed a killer two inch white head which dissipated to a heavy foam surface layer with dense though spotty lacing. Great! But let's face it, one should expect no less at $7 a pint.

s: Grapefruity citrus. Nice!

t: Citrus hops predominate, becoming more piney as quaffing proceeds. Refreshing.

m: Medium, smooth and easy-drinking. Clean aftertaste.

o: A top-notch pale ale which could easily pass for a medium-hopped IPA. Roughly on a par with Lagunitas IPA for taste, but heavier mouthfeel.

I'm glad I tried this, but considering the price, I'd pick Lagunitas IPA at 14 cents an ounce over this at 44 cents, or, bottlewise, at $10 per sixpack, 12 ounces of L-IPA would be $1.67, while Maine Mo would run $5.25 per 12 oz. Stuff us Scots take very seriously LOL.

I do have New England loyalties, but they only stretch so far. If Mo was the same price per pint bottle as Jack's Abby Hoponius Union, (about $3), I'd be a lot more inclined to buy it over the nationally distributed product mentioned above by that California brewery.

PS: Just drank the dregs which allegedly included the bottle conditioning yeast, and it was really smooth. Nice going, Maine brewers!

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Photo of Mikecap
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a very light gold with a thin whitish head that fades quickly, leaving lacing along the sides of my pint glass. Carbonation is clearly noticeable.

Smell: Not as much as I expected but there are some grassy notes with some citrus fruit undertones. Decent smell to it but doesn't beg me to taste.

Taste: Citrus fruit, maybe some lemon and tangerine, but this could benefit from some more hoppy character in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for an APA with slight creaminess and a lot of carbonation. Goes down fairly easily.

Overall: This is only the second beer I've tried from Maine Beer Company and it definitely doesn't live up to the hype for me. It was ok, but definitely not something I'll rush to try again. I'll take SNPA over this all day.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from a generous BA. Pours a very hazy, golden orange color. Large white head. I also see a lot of yeast at the bottom of this bottle. This bottle is definitely unfiltered and bottle-conditioned. Scent is...WOW! Blown away by this aroma...very reminiscent of the hoppy beers I'm familiar with in Santa Rosa. Awesome tropical aromas... I actually pick up mangos in this one, along with grapefruit, honeydew, pineapple, and orange peel. Not an ounce of maltiness. Does the east side know what they're doing now??? Taste is just as great. By far, one of the most flavorful and tasty Pale Ales...in the same family as Daisy Cutter, Row 2, Hoppy Birthday, Zombie Dust, and Happy Hops. The flavors are spot on from the nose. No overwhelming maltiness. Amazing hop flavors with the right amount of citrus, pine, and bitterness. I love when such a sessionable beer packs such a flavor punch. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is crazy high. Overall, this is an outstanding beer. This is my first beer from this brewery, but I'm onto them. They're smart. They realize the success of Russian River, and they're using them as a model. Simple labels, 500ml bottles, emphasize the "drink now" aspect, and make the beer taste DAMN GOOD. Much respect for Maine Beer Company. I can't wait to try more beers from them, and will definitely be seeking this stuff out.

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Photo of leaddog
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, citrus zest, hint of tropical fruit (passionfruit, mango), bready malts.

Taste - Light to moderately bitter citrus hops that come across the palate with a clean finish. Bready malts and hints of tropical and citrus fruits support the hops well. Hint of soapiness. Bitterness lingers well into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - A tasty American Pale Ale that delivers on quality flavour. I can see myself having a few of these on a warm summer's day.

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Photo of AltBock
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle with a pain and simple classic egg shell white label with the name of the beer in the front. Directly to the left is a stamped born on date. My bottle was born on 1/12/13. They ask you to drink their beer within 90 days. I drank mine on 3/21/13. Nothing really else on the label except for a brief description of the beer and the Government warning.

When poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass, MO was a nice looking golden lemon color. This beer was hazy. So hazy that I could only make the brief silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. On top of this hazy lemon brew was a massive 1 inch fluffy head of cotton white head of foam. It had semi fast retention that left behind a white film and numerous sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. Beautiful appearance!

The aroma was a little citrusy in the beginning. This is where I found bitter grapefruit, lemon, and crispy citrus hops. Directly behind the citrus elements was the mild aroma of pine. When the pine left, that's when the aroma finished up with a little grass and toasted malts. Not the most potent aroma, but this is the type of aroma you want to find in a beer like this.

The taste was crispy and lightly citrusy. Like the aroma, it was the citrus elements that kicked off the taste. I got plenty of bitter grapefruit, lemon, a hint of orange, and some crispy peppery citrus hops. There was some pine after the citrus elements, but they were a little more stronger in the aroma than the taste. After the subtle pine, the taste finishes up with a unique grassy toasted malt mix.

The mouthfeel was light bodied with medium carbonation and a crispy yet dry citrusy aftertaste. The aftertaste featured more grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, and grass. This dry aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for about a minute or two.

I have to give this beer high drinkability marks because its light bodied, easily drinkable, and filled with great flavors. I got this beer in a trade so I'm not quite sure of the price. Would I drink it again? I sure would! This is my second Maine Beer Co. beer and I've been very impressed with both of them. The ones I had make me want to try their other offerings.

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Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 10/27/15


A: slightly hazy, golden light yellow, 3 plus fingers width of white head, good retention and lacing 4.25

S: Great hop profile, lots of floral and dank resinous notes, some citrus, subtle pine, light malt backbone. Fantastic 4.5

T: not the hop profile of the nose more herbaceous, some piney bitterness, citrus rind 4

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, good smoothness for the style, drinkability is very good 4.5

O: really nice beer 4.25

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Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottling date 2/23/12, so it's about a month old. Sent to me by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a dull golden orange with a pillow white head. The huge white cap retains well after the pour, eventually leaving a lot of thick lacing.

S: Reeks of fresh hops. Almost-puckering aroma of sourish grapefruit, ripe orange, bitter grass and lemon. I'm salivating.

T: Very restrained taste. Palpable grassy and floral bitterness underlaid by subtle citrus hop notes and a nice dry malt base. A bit of spiciness in the finish, with sweet grain and a breath of mild bitterness lingering.

M: Tingly, creamy body. Nice.

O: This is tasty. Hops could be a little more assertive in the taste but it's still refined.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very recent arrival to mercurial Calgary in April, four beers from this Maine brewery have appeared in my fridge thanks to a heads-up from my favorite neighborhood beer dealer wordemupg. Cheers brother. This is only round one and frankly things might have already plateaued based on how f'ing tasty this pale ale is. A somewhat cloudy yellow with orange and red tints, featuring a lively pour with a soapy white head managing to fill much of my shaker pint glass. Phenomenal head retention, stuff sits there like a milkshake. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and redolent with a hoppy spice. I get lychee and white grape, mango, orange, faint pineapple, kind of a gummy worms effect presumably from the crystal malts. An absolutely masterpiece on the palate, with uber-clean yeast, pine, grapefruit rind, peaches, and some weedy and catty notes all in a well-integrated interplay. Bitter but very clean, faint onion and pepper apparent from the IPA-level hopping regime but with nothing sticking out in an unpleasant fashion. Toasty caramel malts provide the backbone and the finish is leafy and a tad woody, with more citrus rind and tropical ghost notes lingering until the end. This could be the best American pale ale I've had to date, a hop-centric brew but with sublime malt balance and nary a flaw to be found.

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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 Dreadnaught33
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to Darrell.

The beer pours with a beautiful big fluffy white head that goes down very slowly.cnice hazy dark orange hue, great look.

The smell has a nice light grassiness to it, a little sweeter than a pale usually smells but smells very clean and nice.

The taste is good, but has a strange kind of fruity candy like taste to it behind a thin veil of grassy hops, a little too sweet for the style. A little bit of maybe a peach like flavor?

The feel is oily, a little sweet and decent carbonation.

Ok overall but not the greatest, especially with some really nice pale ales being made out there these days.

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Photo of kevanb
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 5/21/13, enjoyed on 7/1/13

The beer pours a nice, clean, copper color, slight chill haze with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A finger or two or white, soapy head rises up and has great retention and leaves a lovely network of webbed lace behind. The aroma is of bright citrus, wildflower, light pine and sweet pale malt, really balanced, really well integrated. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, on the tongue with great earthy pine and wildflower qualities with some crisp spiciness before a smooth, sweet malt profile takes over the finish. The body is crisp and bubbly, with higher than average carbonation that coats the mouth well and has a nice creamy finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A damn fine APA from Maine Beer Company, bright, vibrant with a great earthy balance. It's clean, simple and refreshing, yet easily satisfies any hop craving.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Murky yellow-amber in color, slightly hazy with slight lacing.

Smell: Ripe oranges, weed, and a bit of peace.

Taste: Oranges, sweet malts, a bit of pepper and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: A delicious APA. Refreshing!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an earthy burnt orange color. two to three fingers of a frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves a huge lacing all over the side of the glass. completely opaque with lots of haze

Smell: orange, orange zest, floral hops. slight bready malt sweetness.

Taste: opens up with fairly juicy orange, along with a dash of orange zest and lemon. hops flavors round out with an earthy pine and some florals. backend has a slight sweetness and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: light, some lingering bitterness, a touch dry. fairly refreshing

Overall: better than the other pale ales I have had from Maine Beer but still fair from my list of top pale ales. the taste come off with too much earthiness, along with a hop profile that just doesn't do it for me. That said it is refreshing as a pale ale should be.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely splendid pale ale that sits right up there with lunch. Get this one fresh and it will not disappoint. Gorgeous hoppiness all around, and the malts stay super light and in the back. Hops are juicy and a hint of fresh grass. The body is just killer, so easy to finish off the 16oz bottle, light and dry. Try this one!

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Photo of Gatch
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased @ Bier Cellar in Portland, ME. Finally got my hands on this killer brew! Stamped 06/26/12.

A: Golden-yellow with a big, white, fluffy, pillowy head that fades into great lace but little retention.

S: Huge floral hop aromas. As fresh and fruity as can be. A bit of sweet, sugary malt and earthy hops, as well. Incredible nose.

T: And an equally incredible taste. Explodes with hop flavors. So damn fresh! In my opinion, as good as a hoppy, American Pale Ale can get.

M: Not overly hoppy or bitter, though. An extremely balanced PA. The epitome of how tasty hops can be on the palate. Drinkable? I'd say so.

O: Stands up against all PA's and most IPA's. Keep 'em comin' Maine Beer Company!

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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