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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The waitress asked me what I wanted, I said a little sumpin sumpin. This is what she gave me instead.

Beautiful pale yellow brew with a fine white head.

I could neither smell nor taste anything wheat about this beer. The resiny hops dominate everything about this beer. And alcohol is a little high for the stated style. I'm not sure that there is a correct style for this beer.

But I know I like a little sumpin sumpin, and when I can't get it, I'll settle for this beer. More please.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color, this is not a light summery wheat beer in appearance. Nice big fluffy head after a bit of a vigorous pour.

Talk about a blast of fresh hops coming from the head on this beer, wow. I am pretty sure the dudes at Lagunitas start each batch of beer with a mandatory 10lb sack of hops. This beer is very piney and resiny in the nose, a little bit of sweetness like pineapple is in there too...quite aromatic!

Taste is lots of fresh hop character, piney, citrusy, pineapply with some cotton candy sweetness to it as well. Call it what you will, I still think its up there with some of the IPAs I've had. The finish is a bit tangy and bitter dry but crisp and refreshing all the same.

Love this stuff, I wish it was around 5% as 7.3% is a little out of session range for me but I do like this "Summer" release more than most I've had.

Love the name too...

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Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clar brass colored with a hint of haze. The bleached beige suds fall fast but leave all sort of lace.
The nose is bombarded with lime, mint, grapefruit, chardonnay, and dough. It's not at all complex, but is does smell delicious.
Wheat appears up front in the mouth, with doughy dinner rolls/snack crackers. Hops tear it all up. Sour lime and grapefruit and white grapes. Bitterness comes with resin and pine sap. The finish is all disipating hops with eddies of minerals.
Medium-light bodied with enough carbonation to distract from the potency.
This is a hopped-up and boozed-up (American) wheat done fairly well.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle I did not realize that this was a Pale Wheat until I read about it on BA.
Pours a light golden color, little touch of amber maltiness, gorgeous head produced from the wheat used ion the brew. This nicely adorned brew slowly settles down, leaving great lacing
Smell is hoppy upfront. It takes a bit of searching, but slowly the sweet creaminess from the wheat comes out in the nose. THe citrus hops lead into a nice mix of pale malts, wheat, floral yeasts, more of a Wheat IPA if you will.
Whereas the aroma focused more on the hops, with an under tone of wheat, the flavor shifts it more into the sweeter, cream-o wheat spectrum. Delicate pale malt, hops, light musty wheat and creamy yeastiness contribute to create quite the enjoyable brew. I am not a fan of this style, I'll take my true Bavarian Hefe anyday, as this style tends to underdeliver quite severly, however, this little "Sumpin-sumpin" is something pretty good
To some extent im reminded of a take on the Brooklyn Hopfen-Weisse when I try this, hoppy, yet yeasty and smooth. I like how the wheat spiciness meld into the hoppy spice and the pepery yeast. I would ask for a slightly creamier roundness in the mouthfeel however to stay true to this style's Bavarian roots.
Im thnking grilled shimp, sausages, pretzels, rye bread, good German traditional fare with this brew. nicely done

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Photo of ElGordo
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden-orange color, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves a pretty sheen of lace in its wake. Aroma is fairly sweet and floral, with a strong grapefruit character from the hops.
Palate is full of citrusy hops up front, lots of grapefruit notes. Very light bready malt provides some balance, and a light fruity sweetness emerges before capitulating to the bitter, hoppy finish.
Body is nice and light from the pale malt and somewhat silky from the wheat. This is a highly drinkable ale that I look forward to having more of this summer. I wouldn't expect less from Lagunitas.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a yellow-amber with a pale head that soon disappeared

Smell and taste of a light pale ale (citrus and spice with a bitter finish), nothing to indicate being a wheat. Good but not memorable; lacks real complexity to savor to make for an overall good rating, and I particularly need this to justify an ABV over 7.

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Photo of Slynger
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed, deep golden tangerine color with a nice lid of fluffy off-white.

Lots of sweet fruity hops in the nose are balanced by sweet wheat (see flavor).

Grrreat! flavor. Apricots, tangerines, peaches, grapefruits of the pink variety come in mellowly mixing with sweet, lightly toast, pale wheat, and a light grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium-full body with a perfect amount of zesty, tingly carb. Lightly cloying fruits and bitterness linger before pleasantly fading away.

"The Guni's" come through with a hellava sumpin'-sumpin' in this brew. Score one for APWA.

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Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with white head that leaves sugary lacing dripping down the side. The usual Lagunitas aroma permeates from the drink: strong tropical fruit, citrus, kiwi, sugar, and hops. Starts clean: tropical fruit then wet hops, alcoholic booze swing through and slick the palate with oily residue, citrus. Mouthfeel is slick, semi-oily, but fatigued carbonation make for a nonaggressive drink. A nice American Pale Wheat Ale but a bit offensive, the usual Lagunitas style. Well worth picking up, a great West Coast ale. Elegant in flavor and dangerous in ABV. Go get some.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent, yet sharp edges with plenty of offensive knudges. The little sumpin' of a paradox. Sweet, bitter, syrupy ride to dry. WTF? Light yet heavy? Clear yet thick? Pineapple. banana, kiwi, to pepper/salt dry completion. A wave of flavor, filling the body, showcasing the yeast, tying in a plethora of flavor that doesn't settle; drifts, mixes, teases, deceives. The booze shows on taste and cognitive function. A pale American on steroids...what else is new? Keep it up.

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Photo of flexabull
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a small off white head.

Aromas are of sweet hard candies, hoppy citrus fruits, and pink grapefruits. Nice nose on this one.

Taste is bone dry, with lots of spices, soft wheat flavors, and light citrus hops. Finish is bitter, with a floral taste, more spiciness, and a definite mineral hop bite. This is a hoppy and flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel is good, and as noted very dry, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. This is a pretty power packed little brew. Not sure I could drink more than a couple, but this is very tasty, and well worth trying. And yet another winner from Lagunitas.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle enjoyed at Union Jack's Manatawny.

Pours a clear amber color with 1 finger of off-white head into a snifter. OK retention and some lacing. Smells of honey, grapefruit, orange, and toasted grain. Tastes of citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange, and tangerine, honey, wheat, and perfumey and floral hops in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth with a nice bitter bite. Hoppy but balanced, easy to drink. Refreshing and a good hoppy summer brew.

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

A great label for starters. Love the vintage looking woman enticing me to drink. "I give in!" The wording around the picture is pretty sweet as well.

Last of a six pack pour. Poured into a pint glass and met with a massiv white foamy head and apricot colored brew.

A sweet ruby red grapefruit smell packs a punch.

The smell makes you want to try it and I give in. Great hoppy, grapefruit taste. The little bottle packs a punch. A slight aftertaste wets the palate and makes the yearning for more even bigger!

Hoppy mouthfeel and you do feel the "bite" at the swallow. Not sure I taste much wheat (maybe a little after the swallow) but I'm not complaining.

At 7.3% this is dangerously drinkable. Very easy to put a few away before you know it.

Overall another great beer from the staff in Petaluma. They keep churning out great beer after great beer. Hoping this becomes a regular selection rather than a seasonal.

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

Purchased a fresh 6-pack from BevMo! Cypress.

A- Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a billowy white head that gradually settles down to a thin cap over the beer. Each sip leaves some sticky sheets of evil looking lacing clinging to the glass.

S- This smells like an IPA to me. The hop aromas run the gamut of plant-like to fruity. Citrusy notes of grapefruit and oranges meet tropical fruits like mango and papaya. The leafy, resiny pine notes that I get in several of Lagunitas' other beers are in here too. I also get some pithy aromas of melon rind. The malt backing provides a nice honey sweetness to the aroma, but I'm not really getting a lot of wheat malt or spices, which I was expecting.

T- This beer's wheaty characteristics are more evident in the taste than in the smell. It's still a very hop-forward flavor, but there are subtle notes of wheat malt and some peppery spiciness towards the dry finish. Again, that leafy bitterness is a dominant taste in the flavor profile.

M- A medium-light, effervescent mouthfeel with active carbonation bubbles. A nice feel for a beer that's a cross between an IPA and a Pale Wheat Ale.

D- This is a tremendous summer beer that's immensely drinkable given it's 7.3% ABV.

My favorite Lagunitas beer thus far.

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

Another Solid Offering from Lagunitas. Oh Magoo, you've done it again.

Pours a big nice white head with lacing. Golden Honey color, crisp, clean. Don't hate it because it's beautiful walking around like it's pretty boy floyd

Citrusy, earthy, wheat, hops, some bubblegum. You can smell what the Rock is cooking...

Sweet malts, lemonony citrus hops make way for straight up fresh hops that go all Rampage Jackson your tongue. What are you gonna do when Hopamania is coming down on you?

Nicely carbonated, big mouthfeel leaving you with champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

A little hoppier than Gumballhead, but just as lemony sweet and satisfying. R. Kelly is right, aint nothing wrong with a little bump and grind. Thong thong thong thong thong.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a radiant golden-orange with a finger of creamy white head that dissolves and remains a nice heavy layer around the glass. Aroma is fruity with grapefruit and various citrus, resiny hops and some sweet malts. Flavor is slightly citrusy with more grapefruit and tangerine, crisp bitterness and a sweet finish. Its light to medium bodied and has plenty of carbonation. I love the aroma of this beer, its booming with fruit and the flavor is just so damn clean. All around an extremely enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bcm119
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a bit of white lace. Sweetish, tropical fruit hop aroma. Medium-bodied with lots of juicy hop flavors, nicely integrated with light but slightly sticky malt. Clearly a west coast IPA, with big succulent hops-- pineapple and ripe citrus. Although its a bit syrupy mid-palate, it finishes adequately dry and clean. Malt profile is an anomaly for Lagunitas-- a little less supple and estery than most, which is a good thing with this rich hop flavor. Its a well-rounded package of new-school hop flavor--similar to many San Diego brews-- and the malt stays out of the way. Very nice beer, one of Lagunitas best.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a fresh golden and yellow body with shades of orange. And to top it off a pasty white fuzzy cap. A good smearing of lace existed directly across from me, otherwise it was spattered around

S: mostly hops with potent grapefruits, sugary lemons, and faint bubblegum-like whiff with caramel. Roasted notes are in quiet order and nothing to "wheaty or yeasty" comes across. I can also say that I get a whiff of sugar cookie dough
In any event, the smells are...well...tasty!

T: starts with a sharp character that say grapefruits, pineapples, and lemony/orange rinds. The sweetness is mostly caramel and is augmented by the fruity hop flavors. For some reason, I think of soft creamed peaches on a piece of toasted rusk when I drink this beer, ha!
This is an interestingly hopped pale wheat ale, one of the hoppier ones that comes to mind. The finish has that hop pop that keeps things from being too sweet

M: the body is rather light/mild and the flavors are just a bit sticky. This combination is rather nice as I got through the first glass with ease. Upon pouring my second, some pine flavors became evident on the palate

D: another top shelver from Lagunitas as this brewery continues to do good things. Has a good drinkable demeanor

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful glimmering orange with a fluffy head and modest lace.

Hops run across the nose. Sweet and rindy citrus--orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Everything else takes a backseat to the rindy hops. It's a bit phenolic, and grapefruit is prominent. It's nice for a couple of sips, but I'm left wanting something more well rounded. The carbonation is smooth, and there's adequate body and a mild astringency.

The ABV is too high, and the hops become way too much after a while. I wouldn't want more than one--actually, I don't even think I'd want more than half a bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll keep this short...un-like me.

As a pale, this is arguably one of the best pales out there.

As a wheat...100% the best wheat beer I've EVER had. (I adore hops)

This was the best sumpin sumpin suprise I've had in reference to the syle of beer it is labeled as. (pale wheat) This beer holds it's own with most IPA's out there.

The wheat is there...but presented as only a small compliment to some GREAT citrissy hops.

Note... I'm not really a fan of Lagunitas Staple IPA that's on tap everywhere but their hoppy seasonals are always amazing.

For hop heads Like me...who are turned off when they see anything wheat beer...this will without a doubt make you a believer that wheat beer can be good.

Did I say I'd keep this short???

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review Disclaimer: For the style, I'm not impressed. As a very hoppy ale, I like it a lot.

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellowish-orangish with lots of tiny bubbles and about a half-finger of bright white head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a light head on top and a bit of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops, hops. I don't think this a wheat pale ale because I don't smell any wheat. I smell lots of yummy hops. A little bit of citrus. And not a whole lot else.

Taste: Hop bitterness. Sweet fruit esters. Lemon and orange tinges. Some hints of juniper and pine needles.

Mouthfeel: Very sticky sweet on the finish. I was expecting a lighter wheat pale ale, but it's sticky as any IPAs/DIPAs.

Drinkability: At first, the stickiness and the hops' bite made me think that this wasn't going to be overly drinkable, but as I slowly finish the glass, I'm wishing I had gotten more than a single bottle when I was in Texas. /tear

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear goldenrod hue. An aggressive pour yields a one-and-a-half finger head, but not very dense, head settles to a thin cap, with a thin rim along the glass. Thin rings of lacing develop on the glass as the beer descends.

Plenty of hops in this one, masking the light wheat grains very well. The hops are sharp, and carry plenty of citrus notes.

Sharp grapefruit in the flavor, very hard to detect the delicate wheat malts. The hops linger for a while after each sip. The wheat malts add a bit of tartness behind the hops. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

I'm really taking a liking to this style. As of now, it falls into the American Pale Wheat Ale, although this isn't typical of the style. It's pale, it's wheat, but the hops steal the show in this one. Maybe an Imperial American Pale Wheat Ale? The light, crisp, and somewhat unnoticeable wheat malts set up the perfect base for hop heads, letting the citrus and fruity flavors take over. It's also dangerous how drinkable this beer is. It isn't a session beer, keep that in mind! Recommended.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish and bright pale golden color with a small capping of off-white foam that swifts away kind of quick, leaving a partial skim and a few small, skinny patches of stringy lacing.

Aroma is clean and hoppy with a soft lemony candied waft of citrus with touches of peach, pineapple, and nectarine. Very close to what their Hop Stoopid conjures up without as much oomph to it.

Taste is more of the same and quite likeable in the hops dept. with all sorts of citrusy fuzz, pith, and pulp of peach, orange, pineapple, nectarine, and lemon mixing about. Very clean, crisp, and rounded in tone with a slower backing of pale bready malt holding it all together. Again, this is quite similar to the Stoopid.

Body is boldly clean, crisp, and semi crunchy within a steep medium feel. Grows a heavier fuzz of hoppy citrus as it goes and maintains a firm tongue tantilizing amount of fun and fuzzy hopitude to a mildly set but quite present bite of pithy, juicy, citric bitterness.

Another solid brew by Lagunitas that goes side by side along with the Hop Stoopid! A drinkable citrusy hoppy treat! Yum!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Foothills pint glass.

Pours a crisp, pale-golden hue with a skimpy cap of light custard head. Good retention, as the foam spackles thick rings of lacing with each sip. Aroma is rife with tropical fruits, especially mango, pineapple, and mandarin orange. The hops, while mostly citrus, drop notes of resinous, musty funk reminiscent of the sticky-icky. Sweetened wheat & caramel malts linger in the background.

Not sure how this beer got listed as a "Pale Wheat Ale", because it screams "IPA", dropping a bitter herbal hoppiness across the entire palate. Grapefruit zest and musty greenery hit the sides of the tongue while the middle is largely wheat malts and sweet caramel. Tropical fruit esters all over the place, but never overwhelming. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy for the style, and verges on sticky/syrupy. Thanks to a spot-on carbonation level, this beer maintains a crisp, refreshing quality to its body. Overall, a fantastic summer brew. Lagunitas has been on FIRE lately! Keep up the good work!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head is very rocky with great retention.. very clear lite orange golden brew.

The nose is immediate and surprisingly pungent hoppy.. citric hoppiness with a great pale malt backbone..

Bitter bite out of the gate with pale malts that melt quickly into an unapologetic citric hoppiness.. some floral hoppiness and minor pine come into play... but wow.. this is an IPA... no where near an American Wheat!!!! Maybe a little bready as it warms, but again the hops just strip away any malt components.

I have had a very hard time with this one... I know lagunitas used a bunch of wheat.. but really... the hops are abundant and expected..


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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 8,951 ratings
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