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471 Small Batch IPA471 Small Batch IPA

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
471 is a small batch, limited edition ale that was created by our Brewmaster to separate the weak from the strong. 471 is a double IPA, that combines Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils and Torrified Wheat malts, with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles hops. It has a big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness than you've ever had at one time. Enjoy.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber for $2.89 at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pours a reddish-amber with a few fingers of sticky-icky-icky head that lasts miracuously long given the 9.2%. Nose is most unique for a DIPA (which this obvious is, duh), very earthy, smoky, meaty hops (which might make sense given the BBQ in the monicker) with some high octane vapor singeing the nosehairs. Taste follows the unique nose with a very un-piney, un-citrusy, herbal, earthy hop profile, grassy, and smoky with a hearty alcoholic bite letting you know who's boss. This is all hops and booze, yet somehow it works quite nicely. A breath of fresh air in the malt/hop bomb dominated style. And an absolute steal at $2.89/bomber.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber for $3.99

A: Pours clear orangish, 1" head, leaves a nice lacing on the glass as I drink.

S: Smells strongly like citrusy hops, very strong at first, balances out a bit as it settles in the glass

T: Not as blantantly hoppy as the smell suggests. Hops at first followed by grapefruit and sweet malt. Almost too sweet. Finishes a little bitter and warm from the alcohol.

M: Thick, but not as syrupy like the heavy IPAs get.

D: Wouldn't have guessed 9.2% without seeing it. Not bad, but still a tad sweet to drink too much of it

Overall, a good beer, but I've had more impressive IPA/DIPAs. At 9.2%, surprised its not categorized as a DIPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pristine tangerine with only a few slowly rising bubbles to disturb the flawless clarity of the beer. The surface of the pale ecru crown contains thousands of delicate bubbles that topped the glass edge on the pour like ice cream heaped above the cone. As it melts, the upper third of the glass is almost completely covered with lace that resembles spray-on snow.

Given the hops in use (Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles), the nose is pretty much as expected: caramel-coated grapefruit and orange zest, along with an understated spruciness. I don't appreciate any of the tropical aromas that Simcoe can impart and the Fuggles are completely buried under the boldness of the American hops.

Like the nose, the flavor is enjoyable without being outstanding. 471 IPA is well-malted with more than a trace (but less than a raging river) of melted caramel. As a consequence, the hops have been given the opening and the opportunity to shine. I just wish that they had Carped the Diem with a little more gusto.

Again, grapefruit, orange and evergreen are the principal flavors. Malty sweetness is easily able to match hoppy bitterness, keeping the beer from being a full-blown tongue torturer. Unfortunately, the alcohol is a little too raw and fusel-like for me; resulting in a beer that reminds me in some ways of a young barleywine.

The taste score is only as high as it is because of my love for Big Beer in general and DIPAs in particular. If you aren't thrilled with either, knock off a half-point. The body is medium-full and is firmer than it is lush or creamy. Or, it could be that the ill-mannered alcohol is giving me the impression of a harder-edged mouthfeel. The carbonation is barely noticed, but effective.

Breckenridge 471 is a 'merely good' DIPA that looks better on paper than it ends up being in execution. My advice to the brewers would be to knock a few percentage points off the ABV and to add an additional few handfuls of hops. Bottom line: I won't be sorry to see an empty bottle like I am with the majority of DIPAs that I drink.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery orange, with a thin quarter inch head that fades pretty quickly to a thin spotty cap. Lacing is pretty decent considering the lack of foam.

Smell; mostly grapefruit and piney hops, with a litlle bit of caramel malts thrown in. A bit on the tame side for an IPA/DIPA, but still pretty nice.

Taste; plenty of citric and piney hops, and there's an almost grainy earthiness to the bitterness. The malty sweetness is there just enough to keep the bitterness in check. The flavor is stronger, and better, than the aroma led me to believe, but there is a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and pretty darn easy to drink.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear dark gold beer with a bubbly off-white head. The head did not stick around long, but did lace the glass nicely. There is a nice hoppy aroma, but it's not real strong. The taste is where the hops really appear. It starts out slightly sweet, and ends dry and bitter. There is a strange combination of hops here that gives this a unique flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and thick. The drinkability is as good as a 9.2% beer can be.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed dark golden. Medium sized ivory white head. Lace left is adequate. Pungent hops on the nose. Real earthy and dirty and muddy. In a a good way. This IPA is down and dirty in a good way. Real earthy and herbal and grundy with the hops. None of that bright Citric or Piney Bullshit (nothing against that), but this has some balls to it. Nice, solid malt backing as well. Toffee and caramel come into play. Body is damn near full. Carbonation appropriate. This is a nice change of pace for an IPA and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Higravity
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just how I like my DIPA not overly bitter just packed full of hop flavor and with a swift kick in the butt from the high abv. Nice dark copper color with a tight lace head and lots of lacing in the glass. The smell was the weakest thing in this beer, but I have feeling that it is killer fresh the hops just aren't coming on as heavy as I would think. The taste is great full of pine citrus and decently balanced with big malty tones and slight sweetness. Very full and creamy body makes this a good drinker at 9% it might be lights out after a bomber and a long day of work.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one, thanks to Zorro for the bottle.

Appearance: A moderate copper color, nice sticky, slow fading head.

Smell: For a beer that says it is double hopped, it is really missing a lot in the nose, I was expecting a big hop presence, this is a little dissapointing.

Taste: Sweet but mellow carmel malts immediately, followed by a bigger than average hop finish, that is mostly citric with some pine. Doesn't blow me away, but it certainly tastes good.

Drinkability: I was initially surprised when this beer was listed as an American IPA, I was sure that it would've been Breckenridge's foray into big ballsy beers, starting with a Double IPA, but sadly it isn't. Not a bad bomber at all, I was just hoping for a little more.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 1 pint 6 oz bomber.

Initially there was much activity in the pour, so I thought this was going to be overly loaded with carbonation. The head retention was typical of an IPA, but it left a quite lovely lace after several minutes. Looking through my glass into natural light, I notice this IPA is a bit hazier than others that I've tried.

Before I poured, I took a whiff into the bottle to get a preview of what it was going to smell like in my glass. I noticed this IPA smelled overwhelmingly piney due to the heavy hop presence. Nothing else really stood out.

In tasting this brew, the piney taste was most prevalent. It left a somewhat spicy aftertaste, though. This IPA is not very fruity to me at all.

This feels like a pretty dry IPA to me. Initially after I take a sip, I get cotton mouth. Shortly thereafter, my mouth waters from my taste buds being kicked from the piney sensation. As far as drinkability goes, I'm never too picky. Heck I've drank my own sock water before (I was a student at the USAF's SERE School).

This beer is okay, but I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it again, unless it's the only IPA I can find. If it's on tap in a local club or restaurant, I'd probably drink it again.


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Photo of mcallister
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A richly carbonated head with tremendous lace retention. Color is a very clean copper. I am actually very turned off by the smell of this beer. Smells of rotting food? upfront with a hoppy malt aroma.

So this beer seems somewhat watery and unrefined. It does have a abundant hop structure, with the expected grapefruit and citrus flavors prevelant. But everything just seem slightly discombobulated.

Well after about 20 mins this beer seems to open up somewhat. Pulling itself together. And become much more drinkable and appreciative.

The mouthfeel is pretty much described in the previous paragraph. Meaning it's not an overly drinkable beer but after some breathing time makes great progress. One or two and move on.

I had this on draught against 90 Minute IPA with Randall the Enamel Animal at BW3 Indy a few days ago and this beer held it's own. Totally different draught and spectacular. Unfortunately I didn't take notes on that one. Would have scored mid fours draught.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber tone, with large puffy foam.
Aroma is mellow pine trees and citrus with candy caramel underpinning.
Flavor has a sharp resiny bitter to start then a wash of sweet caramel and some fruitiness, well balanced flavors.
Mouthfeel is full and chewy and very palate coating. solidly balanced between sweet and bitter and somewhat complimentary play between the sweet and hop notes.
Drinkability was very high, solid level of alcohol but not ever present on the palate, a few pints of this would leave you feeling pretty good.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dusty copper. Fantastic clinging lace tapestries on the chalice. The nicely designed, minimalistic graphic artwork is also quite nice.

Nose is harsh. Prickly, near-metallic hop intensity. Does seem to be double-hopped, but where's the malt? Somewhat interesting coniferous thing happening here that reminds me of DFH at its harshest.

Taste reminds me of chewing on pressed flowers. Somewhat marine-like qualities. I wish there was some malt I could point out here, but no. Hoppy Orange-Juice that gets acrid.

Malt sweetness might only be detected on the tongue in this beer in its slight slickness. Finishes dry, watery, and bitter. Not addictive in the slighest like a good IIPA should be.

One bomber of this elixir is more than enough. I had hope for Breckenridge's Small Batch series, but this didn't even seem that much better in quality than any of the 12oz offerings i've tried.

And at $6 a bomber I don't think i'll be giving their 'double-brown' a shot, either.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit cloudier than regular IPAs. big head, reddish color. orangy hop smell. Whoa, i dont like the taste too much. way too sour. a lot of alcohol evident too which should not be the case with a regular IPA in my opinion. some nice hops on the finish but overall not too great.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear appearance, cast in a honey-glazed amber-y hue, with prodigioius puffy, lacey foam above. Nice lookin'.

Aroma is soft, piney, citric, pleasant, but muted. Candyish tones overtake bitterness. Appealing.

Brisk blash of bitter on the palate, then caramel flavor rolls in, toffee, like a brief battle between hops and malt, this candyish sweetness muffling the bitterness. Interesting. Fruit bobs up again, but instantly enfolded by sweet caramel. An interesting combo, one I don't encounter in an IPA very often...but one that doesn't quite hold my in sway with it's charms for very long.

Full mouthfeel, lot going on in the texture, medium to full bodied, tasty, complex finish, hangs long on the palate...but, alas, the flavor doesn't quite cut it all the way, for me. Still good, just not what I look for in an IPA. An accomplished ale, nonetheless.

( P.S: I had no idea the alcohol was so high when I first sampled it...kudos for keeping it hidden, but I have a feeling it'll kick in as I finish the bomber!)

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear body of pale honey amber. Small capping of whitish smooth foam. Keeps a good skim the whole glass through and the lacing is placed well across the glass in broken inky strings.

Aroma is fairly grassy edged with an herbal hay notion. Nice little twist of orange/lemon citrus on top and a notch of pine. Trace faint malt detected as it warms.

Taste is decent with an overall clean profile. Semi hoppy texture abounds upfront with herbal grassyness, a sweet underbelly, and pale pine. Middles out rounded with the malt creeping in more then earlier points. Ends cleaner with slightly bitter grassy hops twisted together with a citric lemony orange pulp tint. Leaves a partial dryness as it cinders into tthe finish with a lemony warmth of hop oil.

Feel is medium bodied and textured with a hoppy leafyness in front, rounds off in the middle, gets clean, then drys out with a slight bitterness. Smooth and balanced. Seemingly more akin to a good Pale Ale then an IPA, but holds its own well enough for a hoppy enjoyment. Perhaps not as complex as others I've had, but is decent enough.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours the deep amber of good apple juice, with a head that is a wonder to behold. Thick and rich, it slowly collapses leaving more lacing behind than most beer have head!
However, the apple-juice look tends to translate into other areas. It smells sweet mixed with citrusy PNW hops with a strong floral note. Almost like a fruit juice . . .
And the taste really brings that idea home. The sweet caramel malts mix with the hops and the unmistakable presence of acetaldehyde to create a beer that tastes a lot like apple juice. Sweet, with just a slight tang to it. It is good and the character that the hops impart is unmistakable, but the finished product is apple juice.

Tastey. Strange, but tastey. Not sure I'd buy it again, though. Especially at nearly 10% ABV! Whew! If I knew I was lookin' at an alco-bomb, I wouldn't have picked it up.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden honey with a huge foamy white head that sticks around and leaves some great lacing on the pint glass.

Smell: I could smell this brew as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Big flowery, herbal hop aroma. Some malty/nutty notes in the background.

Taste: Huge hop attack right away, very herbal/grassy. Backing that is enough nutty maltiness to keep it relatively balanced. The alcohol comes in big-time at the end, but it works, I like it that way. Caramelly/sugary aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Super-smooth and perfectly carbonated. Not too heavy.

Drinkability: For a near-10% brew, this one sure goes down easy. Great mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste.

This one comes from Cellar's in Roseville. Thanks for the tip, Christian! I will definitely be buying this one again!

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Photo of maxwere
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Watch out ladies, 471 double IPA will put hair on your chest. This is the best of the Breckenridge and one of the best domestic IPAs available. Super hoppy (almost as much as Dogfish 90 min). Will cleans the palet of almost anything. You could eat dog doo and drink this and you'd never know it!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a light crystal clear copper color with a cream and soapy off-white head. The carbonation is a few gentle bubbles that glide to the surface. The head last for a good spell.

S- Even during the pour the aroma of green and citrus hops is strong. There are some faint grassy and pineapple notes in the hops aswell. No smell of malt or alcohol.

T- This beer has a big juicy grapefruit hops with some deep bitter hop flavors to follow. There is a slight alcohol flavor that enhances the bitter hops in the finish. No real flavor of malt noted.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some slipperiness in the texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth that stands out.

D- This beer has big fruity hops balanced by big green bitter hops. The malt is hidden and only the alcohol is left to enhance the flavor. Many American IPAs have lots of aroma and taste hops, which this one does, but not many have this noticeable of a bitter finish. It is a good solid beer but a little one-dimensional. Its good I really like that dimension, hops.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

>>>Edit added 02.18.06<<<
Got a half-case of this from a local distributor. This time not nearly as hoppy and well-developed as the below review. Perhaps I need to age the bottles for a few months. We'll try that.
>>>End Edit<<<

I'm somewhat partial to IPAs, so I try to be very objective in my reviews of the style. That said, I am going to have to rate this one quite highly.

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Central Market in Fort Worth. (I love Central Market...) Pours a deep coppery red with a bold white head that dissipates after a few minutes but leaves a tenacious lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very hoppy and floral, with the herbal and grapefruit notes expected of a good IPA. Taste is nice and hoppy, though it just is not bitter enough. I don't _quite_ want to say it's not hoppy enough ... okay, it's not hoppy enough ... but it IS pleasantly hoppy. It's almost as if they tried to tone down the bitterness part of the hoppiness, if that makes sense. Anyway, ripe grapefruit, herbal hints, perhaps a bit of clove. Very nice. Mouthfeel was nice and carbonated, like an IPA should be, IMHO. Phenols coat the tongue nicely. This ale is extraordinarily drinkable - so drinkable that I wish I'd gotten more. There is no hint of the 9.2% ABV. The best offering I've had from Breckenridge, of any style.

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Photo of BRLockwood
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in Dallas at the Central Market.

Appearance: It pours a slightly cloudy amber color with good carbonation. It has a medium to mild head.

Smell: Mildly sweet but herbal. Not over the top but a decent smell overall.

Taste: The first taste was nice. You can taste the malts with a hop aftertaste. It needs to be a little more on the hops if it's going to be a Double IPA. I might call this an India Pale Ale not a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: As far as double hopped I would call it mild. Now the carbonation seems to be a little too flat. Needs some work.

Drinkability: Drinkable - good but not great. Let's hope the next batch is a little more hoppier!

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Photo of Optimat0r
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow a very different beer. an interesting lighter color, it really stands out. extremely hoppy, rediculously hoppy. tasted really earthy, like plants. if hops are your thing you will love this. overall not bad, a bit too hoppy for me personally but still a quality drink. its noticably strong though, it packs a punch, cant have more than one or two due to high alcohol and extreme hoppiness.

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Photo of xtacyturbo
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass. Pours out a beautiful copper color with a foamy white head, which slowly settles to a fluffy ring around the glass. Sticky lacing coated the glass from start to finish.

Aroma is citrusy with a twang of hops, and a slight hint of pine. Citrus and hop smells dominate.

Taste is similar to the smell. A light malt sweetness at the beginning, but quickly changing to a very hoppy character, paired well with the citrus noted above. Finished off with a very smoothly delivered smack of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delightful- medium bodied and creamy. Incredibly smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

A very drinkable brew- the smoothness, flavor, and mouthfeel make the bottle very easy to empty. The taste is a bit biased toward the hoppy side, and I can't say this one is my #1 top pick- but it's a good selection and I'd definitely pick it up again. My IPA options have been lacking lately, and this has been one of the best I've had recently. Wish I'd bought two.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this after a Moylan's Hopsickel so it took a few sips to gage it after that all out hop attack Hopsickel is,poured a clear copper with some deep orange tint a tight one finger white head settles into a nice creaminess atop.Very floral aromas with some citrus and pine and a touch of caramel letting you know there is some malt in there,a big IPA with big hoppy tones the familiar flavors of pine and grapefruit but there is a bigger sweetness to this big IPA brown sugar flavors really show thru even more so as it warms.A nice IPA has all the hop flavors just sweeter than alot of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - coppery pour, creamy head with a solid coat of lace on the glass.

Aroma - citrusy and piny, thick and fruitful. Smells great.

Taste - just how it smells. Sweet, citrusy, with a mid-palate of concentrated piny hops further intensified by alcohol. Turns bitter on the swallow, grapefruit and dry. Some slight sweetness returns at the finish.

Mouthfeel - heavy, very smooth and coating. Perfect for the style.

Drinkability - potent but tasty. Delicious beer, a high abv, but a special treat now and then.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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