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Terrapin Indiana KrunklesTerrapin Indiana Krunkles

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #15

Added by Chaney on 05-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased at Rick's Wine and Gourmet for 7$ I think. Poured into a stein as it was handy. Currently listed as an American IPA, something I wholely object to, this is better classified as either a hefeweizen or an American Pale Wheat ale. A heavily hopped hefeweizen is not an IPA.

Beer is orange and completely hazy with a huge white head, lots of carbonation, moderate retention, some lacing. It is a really nice looking hefeweizen.

Beer smells like Brooklyn Hopfenweiss...well more like the Schneider version of it. It is hoppy, earthy, mild banana, mild esters, some piny, fruits, amarillo hops, smells awesome frankly.

The taste of the beer is a slight let down, I was hoping that it would be great with the look and the aroma reminding me so much of the Scheinder weiss but it is too sweet, too thick, and has this grinding earthiness to the whole thing that is a pretty big turn off. I don't hate it, I drank the whole thing but hoppy hefes have been done better and you know it.

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Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange peach with a thin white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Rather mild with some good wheat character and sweet citrus and earthy hops.

T-good flavor. Grainy wheat in the front, then juicy sweet citrus hops. Bitterness is moderate but pleasant.

M-Medium bodied, nicely dry and crisp.

O-nice. A bit of a letdown from Cap'n Krunkles, but I liked it.


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Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chaney for this snack!
Bottled: unk

A: pours apricot on apple cider in both color and clarity - as expected. Less than single finger loose white foam falls to tortuous sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing.

S: reminds me of a beer I made called "plastic pale ale". Has some processed petrol smells, and cloves, and the sharpness I sometimes get from wheat. Not particularly hoppy.

T: the yeast here is well played. If this were a simple Weiss bier, it would be shit, but it is not. Nice astringent edges help accentuate the yeast and wheat additions to this beer.

M: heavy body with fine and persistent carb. Dry.

O: good stab at a style outside the box.

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Photo of Heischman
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Indiana Krunkles/Terrapin
City/State- Athens, Georgia
STYLE – German Wheat/American IPA
ABV – 7.3%
IBU – 40
DATE – 19 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 22 oz Bomber
APPEARANCE –Golden Orange with a good flow of bubbles form the bottom of the glass. Also this is an unfiltered beer so there is thick sediment on the bottom as well. 1/8 inch head - good lacing. AS I poured more in the glass I was able to stir up the sediment, giving the beer a nice cloudy look.
AROMA- Hoppy and sweet like honey
TASTE – Some hoppy bitterness but not too much, than you get a little sweetness behind it.
MOUTHFEEL – Smooth and creamy with a little bit if carbonation lingering on the tail end
CONCLUSION – I like this beer a lot. The problem with one time brew is that I enjoy them more than the breweries normal brews.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.50 bomber from Abe's.

Hazy orange body, topped by four fingers of just-off-white foam.

Interesting aroma, cloves and banana and a hint of bubblegum mixed together with bits of orange and grapefruit.

Taste begins with a pleasant wheat tang, followed by a truck load of juicy fruit. Good hop nip at the swallow. Cleanish finish with a subtle mix of bitter and fruit.

Mouthfeel is light but not wimpy, ideal for a summer afternoon.

A nicely done hybrid of hefe and ipa, and while its not the equal of Gumballhead hoppy-wise, its absolutely worth a try if you're interested in hoppy wheats.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden amber color with a nice off-white head.

S- This is a cross between an American IPA and a Hefeweizen. I am a huge fan of both styles so I was anxious to try this offering. The aroma is pretty much what I was hoping for. The wheat, banana, clove and yeast from the hefeweizen part are spot on. There are some citrusy hops in the nose as well that set this apart from your typical hefeweizen.

T- The taste is fantastic. At first, the wheat and spicy clove stand out but the hops quickly make their presence felt creating a nice lingering bitterness in the finish to complement the yeasty finish perfectly. I am really digging this beer.

M- The mouthfeel is spot on as well. It is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Props to Terrapin for this unique offering. I have never tried a beer like this and that gets bonus points. I feel like they pulled off what they were trying to do and everything came together perfectly. I would love to see Terrapin make this a season offering, highly recommended! 

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Photo of mocktm
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've pretty much loved every Terrapin side project I've ever encountered, and after hearing about this one's release, went to several different stores to track down a bomber. Can't wait to dive into it, so here we go... 22oz bottle into traditional Hefe glassware.

Pours a golden orange hue with a slight haziness about it. Just a tad bit of head appears, which quickly dissipates leaving absolutely barely any lacing to speak of. Its as if an IPA and Hefe were mixed together, which I suppose is the entire point. Would have loved to have more head though.

Nose start off as a typical Hefe; lots of banana, clove and wheat. Then proceeds to nodes of grass, pine and lemon/orange citrus hops. I feel the latter's presence overpowers the former a bit too much. Balance isn't quite right, but still a interesting and nice aroma.

Tastes just as I expected, except in opposite order. Banana and wheat characteristics sit in the back and are more complementary rather than central flavors to the citrus and floral hops that kick it off. It finishes off rather nice and crisp with a slight bitterness that contrasts rather well against the sweet wheat and yeast. Pretty tasty stuff, but again, could use a bit more balance in the Hefe's favor.

Medium bodied and pretty drinkable. If it weren't so limited and hard to find, I'd go buy a few more. Carbonation could be better, buts that's my only real complaint in this department.

Overall, a solid offering. Although it didn't blow me out of the water as some of their other side projects have (Hopzilla, Wake N' Bake), but its safe to say that this collaboration of my two of my favorite styles worked out pretty well and is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a nondescript amber color. A finger of almost light brown off white head reveals itself. Decent retention but the head soon becomes pretty thin.

S- the aroma begins with dry banana chips with a hint of clove typical to a German hefe. Spicy hop aroma with a predominate herbal characteristic blends in with notes of lemon lime and orange zest. Finish is mineral like with a hint of floral leafy hops and ceral wheat. The two componets seem to be at odds. The banana/clove conflict with the hoppiness. Decent aroma just a bit disjointed.

T- fresh cracked wheat and banana flavor hits you initially. Leafy hop flavor with a citrus orange note comes in and overpowers the initial flavors. A very subdued bitterness hits the palate with a slightly spicy tinge. Finish is quenching and refreshing with a floral hop finish. Again this hybrid of style seems to be disjointed. I like that the hops carry most of the flavor it just doesn't wow me. A solid interesting brew though.

MF- mouthfeel is quenching at first then changes into a wheaty
slick consistency. Average carbonation with a suprisingly thicker medium body.

D- average drinkability

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Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a cloudy looking orange color. The head is fizzy and doesn't leave much lacing at all. The smell of the beer has a nice combo of hops and of wheat. The taste is really hoppy upfront and fades into a really nice wheat and banana flavor. The mouthfeel has a little bit of a bite to it but its still pretty smooth. Overall it's a really nice combo of the two styles I feel it's well balanced and has a good drinkablity.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot with a pinky of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, cloves & appleskins

T: Follows the nose, juicy fruit chewing gum, some piney hops lurking in the background. Grapefruit & cloves dominate as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, piney plus cloves & a touch of juicyfruit

MF: Light medium bodied, soft carbonation

Very drinkable, but I expected more to be sure

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

has this beer at mellow mushroom while exjoying a good pizza last night in jaskonville. Reviewed from notes taken last night.

22z bottle poured into a seirra nevada globlet type glass.

Appearance: yellow mild cloudy bodied beer. White head that foams up to about 2 fingers head and disapates quickly into ring of white head.

Smell: Smells like a mix between a belgian beer and an IPA. Yeast, mild hops(pine and citris), mild hay funk.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness. Mostly citris flavors(orange, grapefruit, lemon) noted in the hops and mild pine noted. Clove, bananas and yeast flavor come next.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Its pretty refreshing in 90 degree wheather and goes down easy all 22 oz.

Overall: Nice beer my first terripin beer i have ever had! I wil be bring home some terrapin from florida. Time to drink some more locals while in jackonville!

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Photo of vtfan77
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber with a hint of red and about a half inch of head that quickly dissipates.

S- If I'm picking out aromas, which I'm not particularly good at doing, then I suppose there's a good dose of clove, some citrus (orange and grapefruit juice), a little pine, and some bubblegum. If I'm putting everything together and just saying what it smells like to me, then it's like Juicy Fruit Gum. It's good either way, though.

T- A little tart citrus upfront and then quite sweet with a big malt presence. Clove hits hard with an almost weizenbock-like strength and is joined by resinous pine sap hops. Finishes moderately bitter with a good amount of residual sweetness.

M- Full-bodied but not syrupy. A good carbonation level keeps the mouthfeel lively.

Another interesting beer from the Terrapin Side Project series. This is probably on of their better efforts and does a pretty good job merging wheat beer and IPA characteristics. It's not the best beer in the world, but it's pretty good and certainly worth a pick up. Recommended.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The head settles down fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Citrus hop notes of orange and pine with a hint of grapefruit and lemon zest. Some spicy wheat and a little bit of clove in the background.

T - Clove and banana yeast notes up front, moderated by bready malt and a bit of toffee. Some pine hop notes begin to come out in the middle along with more clove and some orange. The hops come to full prominence in the finish with lots of pine and orange as well as banana yeast character and fairly strong, pithy bitterness that becomes a lingering grapefruit note in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - This is a very hoppy hybrid with less of an emphasis on the yeast than other hopfenweisses that I have had. There is still a noticeable yeast character with both banana and clove character that manages to work fairly well with the hops. The fruity, citrus nature of the hops interacts well with both the yeast and the wheat, but the bitterness in the finish is a bit too sharp for my taste and it clashes with the banana character a bit. Worth a try, but I really don't think that it needs to become a regular offering.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bennettrox! Thanks Ryan!

Pours similarly to a Hefeweizen with the cloudy orangy yellow, but with enough difference to make it it's own. Head was white-ish, a couple fingers, with minimal lace. Lot's of pine and citrus dominate the aroma initially, making it a very nice smelling IPA. As the head subsides, a caramel maltiness comes through and a quite pronounced aroma of yeast, banana and clove. Bitterness translates more in the taste, but it's all there in the end as the aroma. This is definitely a melt between wheat and ipa. Does it work? I think so. It definitely adds an interesting layer to a nice hoppy Terrapin brew. The feel has a nice slickness and slight creaminess to it. Medium in body with a nice carbonation feel. It's nice and solid, and drinkability is good...the bomber was a piece of cake. Overall, I'd say mission accomplished...and with positive results!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin : Indiana Krunkles (wheat IPA)

Pours a hazy burnt orange in color, obviously an unfiltered wheat. The nose is straight up bubblegum. Smells really good. In the taste, wheat malt, a decent citrusy hop bite and finishes with a hit of bubblegum. Bavarian yeast is at foot here and lends itself to the wheat and hops well. Moderate bitterness. Overall, I liked this beer, the bubblegum factor was cool. Would have this again.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours cloudy orange. Head was a good finger thick, white and left a good amount of lacing.
S: a mix of hop grapefruit, sweetened with a hefe banana and a little bubble gum. Also a touch of yeast spice.
T: good balance between a hefe and an ipa. Good hop pine and grapefruit. Yeast and wheat malt give a good balance of sweetness with banana and a touch of clove.
M: good and slick not very coating. Carbonation has a nice light bite.
O: I like these 2 style mixed as one very much. There aren't many examples I've had to compare to so this one is about even with the other that I've had.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bomber into Globe glass.

A: Murky yellow-orange color with a two finger bubbly head.

S: Yeasty with bananas and honey. Not picking up much hoppiness at first.

T: Traditional hefe taste with a hoppy citrus backbone. More emphasis on the wheat than I expected but enough hop bitterness to justify the IPA classification.

M: Creamy but lighter than expected for 8+%.

O: IPA's and Hefeweizen's are two of my favorite styles. If you like both this beer is worth the time.

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Photo of n2185
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a ring with a little lacing.

S: Cloves, bananas, and bubblegum at first followed by grassy and piny hop aromas. There is an underlying aroma of wheat bread and yeast.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some sweet banana and bubblegum at first followed by a pretty big hop presence with some grassy and herbal characteristics but mostly pine. There are some hearty bread flavors on the finish with a bitter bite from the hops and yeast.

M: Medium-light body with fairly low carbonation, this beer isn't too thick but I would have liked more carbonation presence to give it a crisp quality.

O: Overall, a decent beer. I'd like more presence from the wheat/hefeweizen aspect of the beer. As is, it tastes more like a Belgian IPA, though that's not necessarily a bad thing except that Terrapin already has a good Belgian IPA that's more reasonably priced.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Fathead's in Pittsburgh, PA during the 'Burgh Brew Tour 2011. Review is from notes taken on 6/6/2011 and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep apricot/coppery color, and comes with a scant, thin and slightly off-white head that fades to a cratered scum; body is very hazy/cloudy, and I have no visual idea of what the carbonation situation looks like; nice full curtain of lacing sticks around and eventually turns into random splotches and patches.

Smell: Slight bubble gum esters; slight fruity/peppery spiciness that is possibly reminiscent of cloves. Smell is quite robust, and the longer it sits, the more the bubble gum comes out... I'm very interested as I've never smelled bubble gum quite so much.

Taste: Straight up bubble gum... we're talking Bazooka Joe here, folks; burnt toasty graininess, definite bitter hop presence -- very grassy with a touch of citric fruit rind (perhaps lemon?); a slight smooth fruitiness lingers in the aftertaste (which is possibly more of an effect from the bubble gum presence) with a touch of the peppery spiciness lingering with it.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light in terms of weight; carbonation is strong and prickly and borders on being sharp, but just manages to resist and I'm OK with that; a thin, sticky coating is left all over the palate; gums and belly are left especially warm and tingly from the carbonation, acidity and ABV.

Overall: A great summer beer -- refreshing flavor spectrum from sweet and fruity to earthy and bitter; body isn't heavy at all so I would be happy sipping on this one from afternoon until nightfall. I really wish we got Terrapin where I live.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a clouded orange color with two fingers of pearl-colored head that lasts forever and clings to the sides beautifully.

S: Sweet grass, lemon, orange, some caramel and cracker malts, and floral hoppiness.

T: Lots of sweet malts, tropical fruits, citrus tanginess, and some breadiness late.

M: The body is medium-thick with average carbonation and long-lasting flavors.

O: This is interesting because it has many different fruit flavors and a wide variety of malt flavors blended. This is terrific and I'd like to see more of this.

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Photo of bbeane
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a DFH laser etched chalice... starts with a nice finger think head with ok retention and nice lacing... beer is a cloudy amber color

S- Smells very appealing, though not an abundance of hops... more wheaty malty sweetness. Maybe some spicey notes as well

T- Different... I don't think I really care for the wheat with all the hops, but it tastes exactly as it should I suppose. Starts out with some sweet and spicey wheat flavor coming through before being overtaken by hoppy bitterness

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

O- I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would, but I think it was more that I didn't enjoy the style (wheat with all the hops) vs the actually quality of the beer


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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle in a Terrapin pint glass picked up at a brewery happy hour

A - An cloudy orange color, with 2 fingers of head and very nice lace retention. It looks rich. Beautiful.

S - A very nice mix of Hefe yeast and citrusy hops. Bubblegum, spices, citrus, and nice alcohol kick at the end.

T - Sweet up front, hefe prevalent on the first taste, and then the hops kick in. Hops are a bit more bitter than citrusy, which is a bit surprising based on the aroma. Sweetness as well. Yum...nice finish!

M - Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. Slightly off balance (not smooth).

O - A damn tasty experimenal beer. I have had it on cask, on draft at the brewery, and bottled. Excellent any way you try it.

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Photo of ATPete
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

White IPA... ok im down.

Pours a cloudy deep orange color with a large fluffy white head. Spicy yeast is the first thing that grabs me and a massive, sharp hop character to boot on the nose, sweetness from the wheat, a mild waft of alcohol and a hint of banana. Easy to drink for sure, this one reminded me of the Brooklyn/Schneider Hopfen Weisse (750ml from Brooklyn not the 500ml) big time.

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Photo of oline73
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this over Memorial Day Weekend. Reviewed from notes I took while drinking. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a finger of white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour along with some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet from the malt with some fruity notes and mild hops.

Taste: Mildly sweet from the malt. Very crisp with some fruity notes that include pineapple. Citrus peel hop bitterness with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a good IPA, but I'm not sure how much the Hefe yeast added. I would drink it again, but won't search it out.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy tangerine color with a nice two finger fluffy off white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice sweet and fruity tangerine, grapes, light pine notes an bubble gum, on a caramel/bread malt background.

Taste is some malt sweetness loaded with hops citrus fruit notes orange with lingering lime like notes mingled with some pine. Overall taste is not as wonderful as the aroma defiantly more IPA then wheat or the hops are just taking over.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with average level of carbonation. Pretty well balanced feel.

Overall is a decent brew one of the better side projects I have had, was starting to worry about wasting money on them but this one is pretty decent.

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Terrapin Indiana Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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