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Juicy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted with American and European malts, American and New Zealand hops and conditioned with our resident microflora in barrels that once held Mimosa.

Added by MasterSki on 11-20-2012

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, Batch 2, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 1.16.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a copper orange color, light amber, very hazy and cloudy, with an off white head, good retention and great lace. The aroma is fantastic, huge melon hops, bright citrus, tropical fruit, mild funk, chardonnay grapes, cereal grains, lemon zest and soft oak. Even from the nose, Juicy is the most appropriate term to describe this beer. The flavors are fantastic, again, "juicy" is the best word, huge melon forward hops, citrus, funk, tropical pineapple, white wine, chewy oak, light pine, wildflower, doughy cereal grains and mineral water. The bitterness is completely absent allowing for a pungent hop flavor with nice funky wine barrel and a great saison base to work in harmony. The mouthfeel is fantastic, thick, coating, creamy, juicy, lively, full bodied with a dry but not unpleasant finish.

Verdict: A stunner from Hill Farmstead. Almost a styleless wonder of a beer, insanely juicy but with delightful funk and wine influences. Balanced to perfection, I'd wager this is a beer best consumed fresh to sufficiently enjoy all that the New Zealand hops have to offer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper body with a thin off-white cap. Aromas of wine, honey, brett, mineral water. Funky. Huge brett character. Light in body with little carbonation. Biscuit / cracker notes. Earthy. Rain water and citrus. Delicious.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark orange, comes out almost light a light syrup. Has a very familiar Hill Farmstead saison aroma filled with funk and a 'chlorine.' Taste does not follow the nose -- Orange and fruit, sweet candy, tropical with a funk and oak. Some carbonation on the tongue. This is a very tasty, tropical, and flavorful sour. Seems like it could be appreciated by just about anyone as it does a lot of things right, and nothing over-the-top. The hype is real. Hoping to try another one of these from the cellar after a year or so.

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Photo of jjdc
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, went into it with high hopes and was a touch disappointed. It's a great beer, but not quite the homerum I was hoping for. Still, it's a barrel-aged HF saison so you know it's good.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served to me and split at hill farmstead brewery, batch two.

Pours a clear Amber body with a small white head that reduces slowly to leave some retention and spotty lacing.

Aromas are funky and oaky, wet oak, musty basement, white wine, tart citrus, grapefruit zest. On the tongue is oaky, funky tart fruits and citrus, lemon zest, white wine, light hoppyness on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing with low carbonation and medium light body.

Glad I got to try juicy, it was a great experience.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2

A: Pours an amber copper in color, small fizzy head, darker than I expected.
S: Super complex, big fruity peach and mango, oakiness, funk notes, more citrus, beautiful aroma on this thing.
T: Extremely well balanced - oak and barrel, punchy tropical fruit and citrus, light white wine, slightly acidic.
M: Crisp and clean, super drinkable.
O: Wanted this to be as good as I hoped and it certainly was. Would love to drink this more often, just a joy to drink.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Gold to amber with medium head and lacing. The first half of the bottle will pour clear, the second half will pour hazy.

S: Wine barrels and tropical fruit.

T+F: The first half of this bottle pour is funky, earthy, bitter, and heavy on the wine barrels. The second half of the pour is juicy and frothy, exploding with fruit and wine characteristics, tailing off with doses of salt and faint hops.

O: A Top 5 Hill Farmstead bottle. Batch 2 is basically a better tasting CD11. Keep in mind, though, that if you are going to be sharing this bottle, you will want to pour slowly and evenly into glasses, as the bottom half of the bottle is the true star of the show.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color with a tropical fruit nose. Smells super, wait for it...juicy. Taste follows the nose. Very fruity and tropical hops with flavors of mango and papaya mixed with clean crackery malt undertones and slight vinous wine barrel. Very floral as well. Juicy, tropical and floral overall. Medium body, tingly carb, smooth, mouthfeel that's lightly greasy with a surprisingly solid bitterness. This beer is still going strong.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:
Consumed 5/21/14 with my buddy an hour before his wedding. Thanks again jstillwell!

A: Hazy dark copper body topped with a creamy one finger head that persists for a long time. As per usual from HF, the beer is absolutely glowing.

S: Dear God... Can literally smell this across the room. Tons of fruit upfront including mango, pineapple, and zesty orange. Tart white wine and bretty funk take up the back end of the aroma. One of the best aromas I've ever encountered from a beer.

T: Tart citrus followed by acidic white wine grapes. Brett has clearly taken over at this stage, and gives off notes of musty tropical fruit. Grainy malt rounds everything out. Not as mind blowing as the nose, but extremely balanced.

M: Medium bodied and airy mouthfeel. Typical superb HF mouthfeel. What does Shaun Hill do to his water?!

O: An amazing beer that I only wish I could have tried fresh when the hops were still a factor. Hopefully I can now that's it's been rebrewed. An extremely appropriate beer to be sharing with friends before such an important event.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy orange. A little hazy and murky looking. Nice white head. Gushed a little.

Smell - Citrusy. White wine. Bright and acidic. Hoppy orange with some lemony aromas.

Taste - Very bright orange citrus. Acidic white wine. Grainy malts. White wine lingers past the citrus flavors, but the hops come through to provide some bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Dare I say refreshing. Well carbonated.

Overall - Extremely impressive. This review is from the first time I had this beer, which was pretty fresh. I was surprised to find this review after years. It does lose its punch and unique hop flavors after a while, but it remains a good beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

It slowly gurgles out of the bottle after opening, needs to settle for a second before we open it. It's alive!

Pours a dark peach color, with a one inch head, and small little dots of lacing.

Just an incredible fresh fruit touch in the aroma- melon, orange, pineapple, lemon, some white wine.

The taste is similar, but the funk has clearly taken over the proceedings at this age. Fruity, slightly chalky Brett flavors abound, some barnyard funk, light acidity, melon, orange, pineapple, lemon, white wine acidity. A little bit of hop presence is tasted near the end, of the zesty, citrusy variety. Lingering acidity.

Medium bodied, juicy but crisp mouthfeel. For all the flavors, this is quite drinkable.

One of the most interesting and well-crafted beers I've ever had. Shaun Hill is a genius.

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Photo of jegross2
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont. This dry hopped saison is aged in the barrels that were used to age Mimosa.

Score: 95

November 2012 vintage bottle served in a Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 03/19/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a nice murky orange color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and splotchy, wispy coating. Amazing lacing and retention; crazy cling. 4.75/5

Smell: Apricot, grapefruit, grapes, a touch of barnyard funk and sweet malt. Really nice tropical juiciness, wine character and young-ish saison aroma mix. Warms up to a little bit of lacto and PDO comes out of the woodwork into the mix. 4.5/5

Taste: Bready malt and white wine, following by grapefruit/stone fruit and a little tannic acidity. Straw-like flavor and tropical juiciness in the finish, lingering with just a kiss of funk. Really nice flavors here, blending gracefully. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, good carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Nice earthiness with a good light tartness. 4.5/5

Overall: Many have said this beer aged is a shell of its former fresh self, but I found it to be delicious aged nearly a year and a half regardless of how much better it may or may not have been fresh. Relative to Dry Hopped L'Brett D'Or, as aged, my palate prefers Juicy. With ample tropical juiciness, a nice wine character and a dry finish, this beer offers lots of complexity. Drink 'em now fellas.

Cost: $8 for a 375 ml bottle.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hill Farmstead.

Poured into a HF white-logo fest glass (rarwale). Cloudy orange-amber color, with a small, puffy, white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely. Delectable aroma, oaky, white wine, grassy, light citrus and mild funk. Lots of citrusy tang in the taste, assertive but delicate hop bitterness, white grapes and a nicely defined barrel character, with a slight sour twinge, crisp tropical fruit notes, mild grassy funk, pulpy and juicy (harhar) orange and lemon lingering into the aftertaste. Very light and toasty malts. Medium body, clean and crisp mouthfeel. Complexity through the roof. I would have called this "juicy" even if it wasn't the actual name of the beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle generously provided by Tom and shared by Kyle. Thank you both so very much!

Pours a clouded orange with a thin white skim. Looks very enticing when backlit.

Smells is predominantly saison-y....green pear, loads of pepper, funky, and yeast with only a faint hint of tart. It's nice but subtle, if not a tad muted.

Tastes much different than it smells. The front end is a wonderful tangerine-grapefruit blast that coats the tongue and lingers on the lips for a good long while. When the beer hits the back of the tongue it transitions into a very dry and sandpaper finish with a light sulfur fade.

Such an interesting beer with a very noticeable transition from front to back. The juiciness sticks to your lips and front of the tongue while the dry finish just hangs on the back of the palate. Like no beer I've ever tasted.

Another beer I feel very fortunate to have tried and am appreciative of the opportunity.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky redish/brown with a small head. Not any hint of a gusher like some mention

S: Actually reminds me a little of a slightly soured Saison, but in a good way. Very peppery, funky and a slight touch of tangerine/grapefruit.

T: It has a some OJ/grapefuit flavors. Very dry on the back with a very good citrus quality. Barnyard, hay and straw.

M: Light on your tongue but coating at the same time.

O: I could probably drink this all day long everyday. Drink em if you got it!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is copper orange with a thin tan head that dissipates immediately. Nose is fruity, light hints of brett and some peppery yeasty notes with some malt lingering in. Lots of mango and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and fairly bright. Brett is underneath but a hint disorganized. Lots of mango and pineapple. Tropical fruits with the Brett and notes of muddled malt trough the finish. Body is light with very strong carbonation as semi dry finish.

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Photo of Crookdrain
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml Bottle split between some great BA friends. Been waiting to open this one for a while.

A: Lighter than expected - a tinge of cloudy orange. A gusher but was to be expected from a HF wild ale.

S: Amazing, I think only Flora has a better nose. Wine and fruit and hops. Lemon/tangerine/dry white wine. Can smell a bit of funk seeping through the citrus. Some nice hop aroma at the end.

T: Brett on the tongue. Citrus and a moderate bitterness through the middle. Wine-soaked tangerines and a slight hint of grapefruit through the finish. Complex and delicious. Hard not to gulp the entire bottle down.

M: Moderate. Not as thin as the color suggested. Nicely carbed (could have been the year in the bottle that did it)

O: Cliche to say - I didn't think this could live up to the hype - but it did. The tasting group was blown away by this one, and I can't wait to snag another now that it's been rebrewed.

If you have the ammo, definitely trade for this one. My 2nd favorite HF beer of all time, behind the mighty Flora.

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Photo of Pahn
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml split with Morningthief. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange. Gushed when served slightly cold, but didn't lose much. Decent lacing.

Smell: I hate to sound like an asshole, but the aroma transported me to some sort of ocean of citrus. So full that it's not like a "note" or "smells like grapefruit," but "bustling citrus market located on a boat in some sort of verdant pond in the rainforest." Brett funk underneath the grapefruit and lime. Just amazing.

Taste: Almost as good as the aroma. Harsh bitterness that usually ruins pale beers like this, but balances with the firm brett and big hits of citrus. Lives up to its name; like magic fruit and wild yeast juice.

No confusing this with Russian River or Cantillon. Not minerally. Sour but smoothed over completely by big hop and yeast flavor--it's the picture of balance (like most Hill Farmstead beers) save for overreaching in a good way with the citrus flavors.

Definite winner. Worth seeking out if you chase interesting beers.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Not world class, but doesn't get in the way, and it is indeed nice and juicy.

Overall: Another fine, fine beer from Hill Farmstead. Especially interesting for the way it balances high bitterness; this exact bitterness has ruined other sours and BSPAs for me (as stated in several reviews, actually), but here it's a perfect element. Great stuff.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden with light brown accents to it. Small white head

S - Grapes, light citrus from the mimosa, light oak, blue cheese funk as well for this.

T - You get a lot of Mimosa up front with the citrus coming through. There is also a lot of funk that leaves a strong blue chesse funk. The finish is tart and has some of the oak and funk that linger on

M - Thick body with a light creaminess to it. Finish is slightly dry

O - Call this a poor man's Mimosa. It is a really good sour that gets a ton of flavors from the Mimosa barrels which gives it a lot citrus to go with its tartness and blue cheese funk

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Photo of justforrazors
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened 6/22/13, poured into a HF taster glass.

A-Upon opening, this one is a bit of a gusher. Nothing bad, but if I hadn't started pouring the beer would have gone all over the table. It pours dark copper verging on red with effervescent carbonation running throughout the beer. It is very cloudy from some yeast sediment that got kicked up from the gushing bottle. A two inch fluffy white head falls a little over the first minute, but remains on top of the beer throughout the entire glass. Some yeast sediment settles at the bottom of the glass.

S- Lactic acidity as well as brett is apparent on the nose. Grapefruit and citrus is also there, although I can't tell if it is from the hops or bugs. There is a very interesting barnyard/musty note as well, most likely from the brett.

T- Up front is some phenolic brett, although right away the flavor is dominated by a grapefruit juice like flavor that immediately dries everything out. There is a tiny bitter note on the end, although with the complexities in this beer, it is easy to miss.

M- It starts out extremely effervescent, with high carbonation, but not over the top. There is medium body that sits right where I want it for a beer like this- not too over the top, but still apparent enough. After you swallow, your mouth is immediately dried out, and without another sip will remain that way for quite a while! This beer encourages you to keep drinking it.

O- Incredibly complex beer from start to finish. I was expecting more hop flavors, but It seemed like the bugs have really taken over on the flavor front of things, making for a very interesting wild ale. The only real fault I see with this beer is that I don't have another to age out and see how it develops over time.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a dark hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, fruit, sour, funk, earth, and wood. The flavor was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, wood, funk, earth, subtle sour, and orange zest. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was pretty good brew. I had heard lots of really good things about this one as it has quite a bit of hype going along with it. I am usually fairly skeptical when it comes to hyped beers, so this one wasn’t any different. Granted what I found was actually quite good and had a fairly good balance to it. This kept my palate refreshed and interested throughout the glass. I really wish that this one came in a larger format bottle so a larger pour could be enjoyed, but that is the nature of the beast I suppose. Definitely worth your time trying at least once if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t trade my soul to do so in my honest opinion.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle opened on 3.1.13

A - Pours a dark copper, almost red with an active light tan head that fizzes away pretty quickly to a clump that sits in the middle.

S - Lots of barrel characteristics, almost Bretty. Hoppy leaf with some white wine.

T -Tart white wine, hoppy leaves and grass, buttery wood.

D - Lower carbonation with a light body. A dry tart finish.

O - Lots of barrel, hops and white wine. Winner.

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Photo of Rutager
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big big big thank you to Franklinn for sending me this treat. Cheers man!!

Appearance. Pours a rich, hazy, peachy orange with a finger of off white head that leaves some clouds and pretty lace behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell. Just awesome. Mangoes and papaya, sweet citrus flesh and melon, a bit of peaches and pineapple with a sweet and lightly peppery saison yeast and woody white wine. Oh man...

Taste. Fresh squeezed yellow grapefruit juice, dry woody white wine, orange zest and grassy hops, and some tropical fruits with a slight trace of savory herbs. There's some bitterness in the form of grass and yellow grapefruit rinds in the fairly dry finish. Something reminiscent of brett as well, in a lighter, more earthy way.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium fine and fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall. These guys really know their shit. Just an amazing brew with a very fitting name. Here's hoping that many many brewers try to follow suit with the type of saisons being put out by this place. I would buy this by the case on a weekly basis if I could ...which makes me ask why the hell can't I??? Thanks again Franklinn, awesome of you to hook me up!

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Photo of langchops
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a slight gusher, nothing bad

A - Pours an apricot orange with a slight off-white head

S - A balance of white wine, citrus and grass. The wine faded more into the citrus side as it warmed ,very enjoyable

T - So much going on between the wine characteristics transitioning into the citrus with a funk added in. All of the flavors play off each other very well. What I want from a more "rustic" HF offering. I think the dried grass portion adds a lot to the finish

M - Smooth with a fair amount of carbonation

O - The layers are amazing and keep going. I was pleased how the beer changed over the 30 minutes of drinking with different profiles emerging. I would have liked more citrus but this is being picky. This was my first HF barrel offering and can't wait to try many more.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened at a tasting 2/16/2013.

Nose is a lot of wine barrel and brett, some tart citrus character (mandarin oranges?) too. More wine and brett than hops though.

Taste is also big on wine, lots of dry grape skin, tart and a bit of bretty funk but this is more dry than acidic. Pretty bitter, some grapefruit and orange from the hops.

This is a great beer for sure, but maybe not quite what it's hyped up to be. This was the rarest of the HF saisons/sours we opened last night but IMO not the best one.


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4.5 out of 5 based on 448 ratings.
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