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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 Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a three finger thick, frothy pale tan head that leaves a lacing as I drink my way through this beer. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a brilliant copper red hue when held up to the light otherwise it is an orangish amber color. The aroma is thick and sticky with hops, which hit my nose as soon as I start to pour this beer. Notes of pine are at first evident, but then I get notes of bergamot, grapefruit, tangerine, and a herbal note which underlies it all.

The taste is hoppy from the get go; the hops are prickly and biting as the beer slides across my tongue. There are lots of herbal piney notes with a finish that is full of citrus fruit notes. The beer is slightly sticky on the palate with a malty sweetness that accentuates the ample hopping. The finish has a bitterness that lingers though is not all that bracing and there is a note of tangerine peels that lingers as well. Flavors of herbal pine are abbundant in this beer as well as a full suite of citrus fruits. This beer is pretty darn nice right now, I have not had a really hoppy beer for a while and this definitely hits the spot.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a ton of haze to the body. Head poured a very thin finger of frothy ivory foam and didn't stick around too long.

Smell: a very fruity, citrusy, Cascadey hop aroma. The underlying malt is also quite sweet, so the overall effect is OK but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Taste: the flavor has a little more bite to it than the aroma, which works well. Again, the emphasis is on citrus but there is also a bit of a piney character to balance it out. The alcohol and bitterness also help to balance the strong sweetness of the aroma. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation but a pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel nonetheless. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty good double IPA. I'd like a more balanced aroma and a bit more carbonation for improved head and even more creaminess, but overall I like it.

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Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in an amber/copper color.

The aroma has grapefruit and gentle malt sweet aroma.

The flavor follows with a grapefruit bitterness, but the highlight is the caramel malt. It gives the beer a honey sweetness. The sweetness in the beer really shines in this beer and cleans up the bitterness. It also hides the alcohol in this beer and gives it a nice finish.

I initially thought this was a standard lower ABV IPA because of the sweetness. I guess the malt character hides it all. Quite a good beer. Recommended for those Dogfish 90 lovers.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat hazy copper-colored beer with a nice enough head. Retention and lacing are both good. Appealing but not super strong aroma is definitely hoppy, with the standard grapefruit and pine profile of a west coast IPA, but the malt is present in the nose as well. Smells a bit sweet, and it is. A very balanced DIPA that’s not a hop bomb at all; the sweetness and malt are right up front. This will be a disappointment to those who favor a more aggressive hoppiness in the style. Takes the maltiness typical of the DIPA and brings it to the fore a bit more than is usual these days. The hop flavors, which are mostly of the citrus and pine variety, aren’t overshadowed but are pretty much level with the malt.

Carbonation is on the high side and the finish is rather short without a lot of lingering bitterness. A DIPA that’s very middle of the road. Drinkable. Hides the alcohol very well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Zorro
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber colored ale with not much of a head.

Smell is lots and lots of West Coast style hops. Sweet malt that is almost obliterated by citrus and pine scents from the hops. Only one fruit scent manages to reach my nose, pineapples.

Taste is mildly sweet and woody in the first sip, super smooth for a strong AIPA. Tasty wood and bitterness accentuated by citrus hop flavor. VERY strong hops here but it avoids getting harsh and stays in the strong and fresh territory. The Alcohol level isn't really in the taste here. The alcohol level does carry the smell of the hops to the taste buds in an extra layer of hop flavor beyond the bitterness and citrus. The extra flavor is of alfalfa, something every Texas farm boy knows.

Mouthfeel is very good.

A very drinkable brew for the strength of this beer, this is really in Double IPA territory on the basis of its hops and alcohol content. This is like a civilized Stone Ruination ale. I highly recommend this beer for anyone.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an overly hazy cloudy (for this style) burnt orange with a firm white head, big lace.

S: Orange and pink grapefruit, I definitely smell the booze.

T: Lots of orange, Lemonheads, big green watermelon rind there too. This is boozy, there's no getting around that, but the overall flavour is quite good, much better than I thought it'd be after smelling it.

M: Medium-bodied, quite boozy/solventy. Creamy, fairly smooth.

D: Nowhere in the upper echelon of great DIPAs is going to be, but it's not half bad. There's enough orange in this, it's almost like DIPA punch, worth a shot, one of the least expensive DIPAs out there. It's a bit of a boozy mess, but it's fun.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a light copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose (the beer is very cold tonight), just some light cistrus, light pine and a light underlying earthiness. The flavor profile is a bit more impressive, with the beer showing a fairly long, bitter finish. This DIPA is on the dry side, and is almost light, except the alcohol clues you in that it's anything but. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the alcohol is certainly there and noticeasble. However, the beer is not the least bit hot, heavy or tiring on the palate, and so as DIPA's go, drinkability is pretty good.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this was nevertheless a pretty solid DIPA from Breckenridge.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 07528B15. Sampled on June 1, 2015

Amber, heady pour with a haze.

The aroma is of roasted caramel, floral, citrus, and cantaloupe.

Medium to heavy body.

Roasted malts briefly and then overcome by bitter hops. Very easy drinking for 9.2%

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden with a thin head. No real lacing. The smell starts with light, honeyed malt; alcohol; a touch of graininess. Where are the hops? Taste is relatively mellow with rounded herbal hops flavors that turn bitter and more citrust on the finish. More honeyed malt in the background. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. Fairly drinkable, but not complex enough or enough oomph to justify the higher abv. My first from this brewery, I'll certainly try more.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from Julio's. Stuff isnt too bad, I wonder how this would have been very fresh though...

A - Pours really, really nicely. A fluffy white two finger head sat atop this clear copper colour leaving some very nice side lacing and a fluffy halo and cloud.

S - The smell has started to fade on this one. Everything is very light and subtle. There are tropical notes there, along with bitter aromas but its very faint. If this was fresh, perhaps this would be all the stronger.

T - The same goes for the taste. There is some light citrus and tropical notes along with a good bitter finish. There is maybe a bit of vanilla or earthy oaky flavours as well but its all very light. Again, probably due to age...

M - Only thing I didnt exactly dig was this mouthfeel. Its good, slightly creamy. That being said, it feels a bit too thin. Qutie unfortunate.

D - Man, I wonder what this would be like fresh. That tropical notes would really make this killer. This is a good DIPA, just dont let it get a few months on it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange body that is somewhat murky and a great two-finger head that left lace rings down the glass. While the citric and grapefruit hop aromas seem to dominate the smell (it has that clingy, zesty, soapy smell some DIPAs have) there are also sweet malt smells tucked in there. Tastes like a standard (good) DIPA, with a lighter medium-body that passes easily and smooth and leaves a citric hop taste throughout your mouth and is balanced with those sweet malts, for a dry but satisfying backbite. I did not realize that this was over 9% b/c they really did a good job hiding the alcohol.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent orange toned amber with a thick, foamy white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of an Earthy, spicy, herbal with an orange and grapefruit aroma jumping out with a touch of pine.
Taste is of the same aromas, along with a sugary malt flavor that is highlighted by a dose of caramel, fruit, and light bread.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, moderately hoppy, with a semi-dryness on the swallow.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-white, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit hop nose, flavor is a good balance of grapefruit and sweet malt. Higher ABV is hidden. Nice ImpIPA. $3.10 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours an amber color with an off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and a nice dose of fresh hops. Looking forward to trying this beer.

T- The taste is Has some sweetness from the malt but the palate is clearly dominated by the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a pretty tasty IPA that is worth a try. Recommended!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rustic-orange with a good clarity reveals a steady paced effervesce rising in uniform like beads of water on a string. A foamy head is ivory in color and porous in content, 2 fingers high with a good stay of execution. The lacing is generous with a spongy and meaty coating with very few windows of clarity.

S: The nose is toasted grains dominating over the hops thus far. Pine with light semi-sweetened grapefruit. A bit light in strength with not much show of hops here garnishes just average regards especially for a 2x ipa.

T: The label claims double hopped, and from the very first sip it would be hard to disagree. Dry flowery pine and grapefruit hops are bitter in show overtaking the toasted grain base unlike the nose. Upfront there is a quick flash of cinnamon sweetened toasted grain, that is quickly covered up by some sticky hop resin. The finish is dry and flowery, reminisce of its double dry hopped nature with pine and grapefruit coming on strong and sticking around a bit thereafter.

M: dry, bitter with a toasted feel. A lacing of dry flowery hops parch the tongue nicely enough upon the swallow.

O: Overall a toasted, tasty, and well hopped ipa that has a nice balance making for a very good drinking experience. Very good overall, solid, and would drink on a regular basis. sixtal worthy.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy caramel amber and dark orange color, small amount of foamy head, good lace retention around the glass, mild carbonation.

S - Mild caramel biscuit malt, with a big nose of citrus, pineapple, and papaya, and some bisquity aroma. This smells like a moderately aromatic basket of tropical fruit.

T - Hits the tongue up front with a shot of tropical fruit acidic twang of papaya, pineapple, and citrus. As the flavors crash in over the top and take a deep dive, a little bit of malt emerges before the momentum of the hops roll back over the top and crash onto the beach and slowly subside. (sorry for the cheezy analogy, but I don't know how to better describe it) There's a slight bit of alcohol effervescence and warming, but for 9%+, It's kept in check pretty well. Lips are left with a small coating of lip smacking sweetness. As the mouth coating sits, a trace of pepper comes into the picture.

M - Big bodied, mildly chewy, mild tingles on the tongue from the carbonation, and coats the mouth with a metallic-like fruity sensation.

D - The balance is in favor of the hops but because it is a sweet hop sensation, it blends extremely well with the malt. Aside from me being a hop head at heart, this beer errs on the side of hops in a very good way and for someone who doesn't enjoy the extreme bitterness, may enjoy this beer. Although, to have a beer over 9%, there's a generous amount of hops in here, but not in an obnoxious way.

This is my second review for this beer which has been totally re-written. The beer I reviewed a year or so ago was a malt bomb unfortunately, compared to the bottle that's sitting in front of me. This D-IPA is capable of holding it's own with no problem. If you can find it, I'd definitely seek it out. I'm literally, blown away by how good this bottle is drinking right now. The previous bottle I had drank well, but it was far maltier. Comparing a fresh bottle to the older, maltier one I had, the overall score just jumped an entire grade to a solid "A". Great job, Breckenridge!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Fire Rock Grill Feb 23, 2008.

The pour reveals a cloudy rust gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Good head retention here and there's some very nice lacing.

The smell is on the delicate side. All I get is some light notes of malt and floral hops.

The taste is...my...very well balanced. It's big on caramel malt and biscuit, with some earthy tones, and big with the hop bitterness, both from some grapefruit and some floral, but the sweet-bitter thing going on here works very well! The mouthfeel is firmly on the medium side and it finishes with a slight bitterness that makes you want to take another sip. So easy drinking for the abv that it's scary.

Btw, I was served this pint in a frosted glass,(I'll correct that next time I'm here) and as the beer warmed, all the flavours intensified and I enjoyed it even more. I think this is a very solid, very balanced, very easy drinking DIPA and I'm going to revisit the draught version, just $4.25 a pint, soon.(Botttles are still not in town)

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

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 3.65$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy light beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a some grapefruit, apricot, and lots of pineapple. It ends with a sweet tropical fruit aftertaste with a medium amount of hoppy bitterness.

Overall - This beer is just a few small changes away from being fantastic. There is something a little too artificial in the taste, but it's still a very good DIPA. Well worth trying once at least.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper-gold color, nice head with slight retention, minimal lacing, poured into a snifter. Smell has plenty of hops and a bit of citrus. Very nice hop flavor with citrus tones .
Slighty thick and very smooth. Also a bit of sweetness. Very drinkable Would surely drink again. ABV well hidden.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly clouded deep orange amber with a slightly red hue. Light carbonation, light suspended yeast. Two inch slightly off-white and fluffy. Heavy lacing. Light carbonation

S: Crisp grapefruit balanced and mellow toasted malt. Significantly hoppy, but herbal aroma is after the malt; lots of IPA's the other way around for me.

T: Nicely balanced IPA, but not the double implied on the label. Nice balance of bittering hops and toasted sweet malt give this a very well rounded flavor. Bitter, herbal hops linger, but not right up front.

M: Medium-bodied. Tangy, bitter hop finish.

D: Very well-balanced and drinkable. If you like a bitter, floral IPA, this is a must try.

I was surprised with this guy. A sneaky fastball on the inside corner.

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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 barczar
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden light copper color with a solid one finger cream head that lingers, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and pine, resin, and a somewhat sweet caramel malt backbone.

The initial sip reveals a significant amount of dms. Canned corn dominates the aftertaste. Getting beyond that, the flavor begins with sweet caramel malt, toffee, ushering in sharp citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The finish is fairly bitter, accompanying pine, spruce, and resin.

Body is moderate to slightly heavy, smooth, with a moderate amount of carbonation and a noticeable alcohol warmth.

Beyond its flaws, the beer is an interesting balance in extremes. Sweet caramel malt shows early and is then overpowered by a significant hop punch that fires on all cylinders...resin, bitterness, citrus, pine.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a generous half-inch white head even though I poured the entire thing down the side of the glass. Obviously a sign of a lot of carbonation. Retains very nicely dropping to an 1/8 inch. Medium amber color.

S- Fragrant, dank hops emanate with a wafty pineapple citrus overtone. Slightly metallic but still has that bounce that's indicative of a full flavor.

T- Nice hop kick in the beginning leading to an abrupt metallic taste that flows into...oh wow. I can't put my finger on the vegetable sensed in the aftertaste but it's there. Either broccoli or green pepper. That said, there's a bit of spicy heat that's erupting in the flavor but isn't immediately apparent. A lot going on here. The bitterness almost plays as an afterthought to the other characteristics of the beer. It's actually quite interesting how the heat of the capsaicin plays off the heat of the alcohol and the sting of the hops. The trio of sharp flavors meld together in an uncanny unison. Remarkable.

M- Quite a lot of carbonation as expected. The consistency is slick leaving a layer of salival residue on the tongue. It's pretty fun to drink this beer.

O- After having two unexciting beers by this brewery (Agave Wheat and Lucky U IPA), this is a pleasant surprise. A great, firm IPA with a lot of character.

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Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%

A grainy, herbal, spicy nose.
Pours a slightly chill hazed amber under a 2” off-white rocky foam cap – very lacy.
Palate: Big malt flavors joined by light fruit (orange and melon) seasoned with spicy rich hops and rich dry hopped flavors and aromas. Some lingering malt sweetness but nicely balanced by the hop bitterness and light alcohol flavors.
A rich, creamy texture supports a medium plus body and very fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a fairly clear consistency. There was about a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, citrus and some malt. A pleasant, zesty aroma.

T: This beer had an oddly endearing flavor to it. Lots of hops, grapefruit, a sugary element and a little malt. Very lively and tasty.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers that isn't exactly like every other IPA, but is still very drinkable. It's unusual, but definitely likable. Packs a wallop for an IPA.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,298 ratings.
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