Wytchmaker Rye IPA | Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version of Wytchmaker has been permanently supplanted by the farmhouse version - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24018/74714

Added by ckeegan04 on 10-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of obrike
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found a fresh bomber at Specs in north Austin.

Dark orange color, an incredible, ultra-sudsy head that nearly overran my pint glass...had to pull the old "lips on the rim" move to make sure there was no spillage. Super-clingy lacing throughout.

A nice, crisp IPA scent, but not one that stood out in any way...maybe a bit of citrus and spice.

Man, that's a tasty beer! Kinda surprised me a bit based on the scent. Very flavorful...could really taste the rye...and the IPA standard pine and citrus. Very good!

Super smooth, a little bitter on the backend. This is kinda like the little brother to Hop Rod Rye...well done Jester King!

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nicely vibrant caramel amber hue with an intense head... overcarbonated a bit? gentle pour yields an overwhelming head, that eventually fades and leaves nice lacing.

aroma of bread, hints of pepper and other green spices. intense hop notes, highlighted by citrusy - most lemony - hops. some floral notes, and a bit of cinnamon.

taste is complex. malt and that bit of rye spice up front, buffering the intense hop rush that follows. citrus hops dominate, at least for my palette. lemon with some resinous pine notes.

mouth is moderate and unexpectedly creamy, especially as it warms. the carbonation is soft, supple, and really builds to create a fluffiness that is charming.

all in all, a really solid rye ipa. I wish it had a bit more rye spice to it, but that's just personal preference... and while really well balanced, I'm not crazy about the lemon-heavy hop profile. that being said, it's still an impressive brew definitely worth seeking out!

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Photo of afksports
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember there's a character in the Left for Dead video games that's a creepy witch, and no matter what, you better not run into her or you're dead. This bottle reminds me of that character, and although it started out our tasting the night my friend Mile shared it, it creeped me out long after it was finishedouSt least one thing is true - you cannot fault Jester King for their bottle design.

The beer itself pours out rich and a reddish amber. It's got that typical rye IPA look, and a lot of great head and lace. The smell is standard too, but solid. Pine and grapefruit come through, along with malty sweetness. The rye isn't too present, which is good because I'm not a huge fan of it.

The taste is a partial letdown. It's good, but doesn't exceed ordinary expectations. The rye is there adding a bitterness to the malt composition that works with the hops for a clean finish. But nowhere within it am I blown away. The beer has a medium body and drinks nicely. It's a brew I'd buy on the regular in Texas, but probably wouldn't trade for while I stay in NY.

Thanks to Mike for sharing it, and tithe label designer for creeping me out. Wait, no... I won't give out thanks for that. Seriously. The eyes sparkle. It's creepy.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a big frothy 2+ finger head, big lacing, ligth hazy golden peach color.

Nose has fresh citrus hops, tropical fruit, juicy fruit, peach, pear, apricot, tangerine, etc, bit of spicy and fruity rye, touch of musty resinous aromas and pine.

Taste has some light toasty and grainy malts, then light spicy and fruity rye, some citrus and tropical fruit, light pine and musty resinous fresh hops, bit of spicy, fairly bitter but not crazy, bit sticky and lingers on the finish with rye and citrus hops, bit more bitterness on teh finish, long bitter finish with fresh earthy hops that linger for a long time.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall great beer, the rye cuts through the fresh piney, resinous and citrus fruity hops, a nice balance with a bit of malt to balance it well, very tasty.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Major Leauge Grill

Reviewed from Cell phone notes.

Appearance-Hazy orange body, Soapy off white head. Nice retention. Awesome sticky lacing.

Smell-Huge hop aroma, tons of grapefruit and lots of pine. Was able to pick out some rye and some alcohol.

Taste-Big grapefruit notes. Sweet malts in the backround, and the rye does linger throughout the whole beer.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, Creamy, very easy going down. Good carbonation with a medium body.

Overall-A very very nice IPA that I look forward to drinking more of.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rust colored beer with a foamy white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Nicely toasted grains with nice rye. Hops is mostly citrus with some tropical fruits. Some earth tones on the end.

T - Nice rye spice with a tropical fruit blend. Sweet malts are mostly caramel, but the rye balances it out pretty nicely.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Pretty good rye IPA if that is your sort of thing. Had this a couple times now and found it enjoyable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color was transposed into the glass. Lots of carbonation actively searching for a place to go, lands it up at the top of the glass and into the mix of a rich white frothy head. Nice two inches of head quickly races by and leaves with it a nice fluffy and intact pillow across the top that slowly deposits tones of spider web like sticky lace down the sides of the glass. This was a good looking IPA.

The aroma was pungent and fresh, dripping with hop resin so bitter you could feel it through your nose. Very floral, with big notes of orange and tangerine, hints of grapefruit and lemon, with a bit of pine tar thrown in for good measure. This was what it was all about. The flavor was more of the same Huge, sticky fresh hops, loaded down with candy coated sugar. Big notes here of orange all over the place. Lots of citrus of every conceivable kind just literally dripping in here. This is what I would imagine chewing on a still growing hop vine would be like. It was intensely fresh. Nice medium body, almost chewy at times gave way with more then ample carbonation and a nice profile that really just did not let up. As for drinkability...thank you sir and may I have another! This was fantastic.

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Photo of beenitty
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for introducing me to new beers from home, thanks lee

A: Pours hazy orangish brown. Sizable head, very nice lacing.

S: Mmm. Hops. Pine. Rye. Bit Doughy from the malt. Nice. T: Interesting. Tastes like a Belgian Pale to me. Seems like the rye takes the egdge off the hops for a very nice result.Fruit character as well. Citrus, Pinapple, Grapefruit.

M: Smooth and creamy. Growing complexity with each sip.

D: Very high.

This was an impressive beer. I think if more people knew about Jester King this beer would be getting alot more buzz. Definitely worth hunting down.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to lnashsig for sending me multiple bottles of this one in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a massive five finger cream colored head that subsided to three fingers very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, rye, citrus, citrus hop, spices, and subtle cinnamon. The flavor was of sweet malt, rye, citrus, citrus hop, clove, and subtle nutmeg. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. The citrus aspect on this one comes on quite strong in the aroma and flavor. However in the flavor, the rye has a definite presence for sure as well. Quite complex for a Rye IPA as far as I'm concerned. Definitely worth trying without a doubt.

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Photo of youradhere
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear bright amber, thick ample white head. Smell is citrus and pineapple, some pine. Taste is apple, some slight pine, floral notes, really muted and subdued, almost like a weak juice. Mouthfeel is slick and slippery, carbonation is medium and prickly. Overall not really impressed, a decent English bitter at best but not an IPA in the sense that most are used to. Decent beer none the less.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Both the bottle and glassware courtesy of davacano!

750ml bottle poured into my Jester King Grand Opening snifter

A: Hazy rusty red with a generous pillowy head

S: Sweet malt caramel, citrus and a hint of white grapes

T: Almost none of the malty sweetness that the nose indicated and the hops are more spicy/pine than citrus. Finishes with a fantastic bready dryness which I think is the rye’s contribution. Quite a bitter aftertaste but not unpleasant.

M: Medium mouthfeel and nice carbonation. I like that the head that the head stuck around all the way till the end because that adds a small but nice element.

O: A really good first impression from Jester King. I don’t know if I waited too long for the hops to play a bigger role, but I was more than pleased with what I was left with.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Spicy bitterness, grapefruit, floral and perfumy, some rye as it warms.

L: Hazy orangish red, tight, white creamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

T: Spicy, bitter malt with a slight bready maltiness. Firm spicy medium bitterness leads to a touch of rye. Finishes quite dry with some spicy hop resin.

M: Medium full mouthfeel, medium carbonation, quite creamy.

A really solid IPA, great flavors with a nice subtle rye component that contributed more towards the bitterness than flavor.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to twiggamortis420 for this.

4.0 A: Deep orange, nearly amber color. Seems to be a bit overcarbed as the first pour yielded a good four fingers of head. Second pour gave me two and a half fingers of creamy, pillowy white head with good retention and glass covering lacing.

4.5 S: Good mixture of barley, rye, and hops. Surprisingly strong caramel backbone with perhaps a light toastiness. Hops work really well with the malts and add a mostly citrus vibe. Mango and orange are at the forefront. Rye completes what turned out to be a wonderful nose with an earthy spiciness.

4.0 T: Taste is a lot like the nose, but the proportions are much different. Much less caramel in the taste and less malty sweetness in general. Hops give a moderate, but soft bitterness and orange, mango, a light earthiness, and an even lighter piny-ness. Rye could be a bit stronger, but as it stands, it complements the other flavors well. Light breadiness from the yeast. This would be much better if the caramel was maintained for this to be a malt first IPA. At least a 4.5 here with more maltiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and a light chewiness from the yeast.

4.0 D: For a malty IPA like this, a thicker body would have made this one hell of a beer. Despite this complaint, it still is mighty tasty and Jester King does a great job at balancing the three main ingredients (rye, barley, hops). This is still a good beer and one worth getting a hold of.

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in Austin.
I had seen some buzz about these newer brewery and this offering from them, so was happy to try it while in town.

Appearance is a burnt orange tone with a decent head. The smell of Wytchmaker is nice, with pine, rye, citrus present. Sipping this and bitterness comes out, oranges, more rye, some caramel. MF is medium bodied. This rye ipa is good and the folks in Texas are lucky to have this young company added to their scene.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL capped bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/7/11

A: Pours a hazy orange red with huge light tan head. Amazing retention that leaves plenty of lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is sweet with fruity and citrus hops, some spicy rye and sweet malts coming in after all the hops.

T: Hop bitterness up front which fades to reveal quite a bit of rye that adds some nice spice with juicy citrus hops and sweet malts. Nice balance and blend of flavors, the rye really makes a great addition to this beer.

M: Crisp medium body with moderate carbonation that finishes nice and dry.

O: Definitely one of the better rye beers that I have had. Good drinkability, solid all around.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to johnsalurubio for this bottle.

25.4oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - ver dark orange, almost brown with a huge explosive light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy, pine, grass, slightly floral

T - Rye, hops.

D - light, lots of carbonation.

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Photo of bisonkron
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The color is a great deep golden color. Cloudy, 1 inch head with long retention.

S: The rye really pops here. The hops are nice and grassy. Sweet smelling too.

T: The rye really pops out in the taste as well. Its got a hop kick to it, but nothing spectacular. Sweet. muted overall.

M: Light carbonation, a little watery in mount-feel. slight silkiness which i like.

O: Won't really grab this one again if there is anything decent on tap.

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Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a darker amber color with a huge frothy head filling half of the glass at first. Very nice head retention and excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a shows a very nice mix of bready rye and citrusy hops. I get some juicy, grapefruit and pineapple coming out of the hops that are particularly nice. The rye comes through nicely as well and gives it a nice bold, bready, slightly spiciness.

The taste shows a good amount of the bready, spicy, almost a little peppery rye flavor. The hops are very juicy and show a little tropical fruit character to them. A little of the pineapple and mango comes out at first, while it turns into more of a bitter, grapefruit rind like flavor in the finish. I get a little bit of a sweet, caramel like flavor coming out towards the finish as well. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very nice beer, it had some great flavors and brought them all together pretty well. Rye IPA's are one of my favorite combinations, and this one ranks up there with some of my favorites. The rye came out maybe even a little more then some of my favorites and hops had a very nice tropical fruit like character to them. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to champ103 for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a dark copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops that are complimented with rye

T - The spice from the rye is the first thing to hit then the citrus hops come out and balance things out some

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Generally I have to be in the right mood for a beer with rye in it and wasn't to sure when I cracked the bottle open if I was but after 2/3 of a pint I'm very pleased with this beer the rye isn't overdone making it an enjoyable beer thats worth getting your hands on

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Photo of Lunch
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle courtesy of the Counselor Thorpe429, thanks Mike!

Poured into my goddamn Jester King snifter as I will drink this beer out of no other vessel. Looks a bit dark for an IPA, but I'll attribute that to the rye. Smells malty with some earthy hops, but knowing that this bottle is pretty fresh is a real disappointment to me. Smell is balanced as is the taste. Rye is certainly there, but where the fuck are the hops? Mouthfeel is perhaps a touch thick, but I like it.

Best part of this was the bottle art, but this is certainly a drinkable beverage.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been really happy with Jester King in every way so far. Not only are the products excellent, the crew stand behind their products.

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/2" head of tannish foam that was active, but maintained by tons of bubbles rising. The head was more than half its size a couple minutes after the pour. There is lots of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Initially the American hops are coming out clearly with the Rye taking a supporting role giving the beer a really fresh and aromatic bouquet. The hops are coming across quite floral. The malts are getting more toasty as the beer warms, but the hops are still the biggest player.

Taste: The flavor is really nice with lots of malt in there backing up the whole hop ensemble. There are lots of well blended hops in here but they are taking a supporting role in the finish. The finish is tipped slightly toward the hops, but only slightly. The overall presentation of the flavor is still quite floral with grassy notes and the Rye contributing earthy notes. The body is medium with high carbonation, but this goes well with the presentation and softens up the Rye.

Opinion: I am really happy with this beer too. I tried it on tap at The Saucer a couple days ago and really liked it. I must say that this is one of the better balanced IPAs that I have tried and I will definitely be drinking it again. This is the kind of beer that you would take to a beer club meeting for newer brewers to try so that they can have ideas to aspire to. This is a well-crafted beer, so I highly recommend that you try it.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks to johnsaulrubio for this bottle. Very excited about trying this one.

A- Pours a light hazed orange color with amber hues to it. Three finger white head shows great retention. Thick sticky lace in sheets left on the glass as I drink this one down.

S- Citrus hops with caramel malts in the front of the beer blend together very well. Piney hops do show up a little in the next part of the nose. Rye comes through more so in the ending than anywhere else in the aroma. Alcohol shows a little in the final whiff but doesn't stand out at all.

T- Surprised that the first thing I tasted was caramel malts which came through in the underbody of the beer. Citrus hops come through with mango and light grapefruit. Caramel malts does come back again in the middle with a light rye tone. Ending of the beer is a nice big rye flavor that overtakes the light pine hop ending. Alcohol does come through in the ending but doesn't bother the other flavors going on.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Caramel malts, citrus hops, and light rye are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, big rye notes, hints of caramel malts, and light pine hops. Flavors for the beer are very in line with one another for the style I thought. No off flavors are present in this beer. Light to medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- I really thought this beer was worth seeking out. The rye really shows up in the ending making this beer come full circle. The ABV is not really noticed at all which makes this a great drinker. A brewery that is getting all the praise it deserves. Good job Jester King and don't give up the good fight for great tasting craft beer!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, I'm a sucker for rye IPAs, very excited about this one.

Beer has a head to it, big white head that rests on a hazy amber beer. Some lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma should be hoppier but after some consideration I find some citrus hop character in there a mix with the malt bill aromas. I hope it's not too heavy.

Light on flavors, especially in the hop department, could have gone more aggressive with such a pronounced malt bill, could have gotten away with more hop flavor. The hops that are there are citrusy and the bitterness is mild. There is an interesting malt bill overall but it ends a little astringently.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse, white, and slightly powdery head with decent retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is stringy, patchy, and web-like with great cling. Attractive.

S: Pine, sap, and grassy hoppiness with a slight balance of cane sugar. Moderately aromatic and very clean and crisp. Appropriate for the style with a very pure scent.

T: Citrus and pine hop bitterness at the start with some slight caramel and cane sugar malt sweetness coming in towards the middle for balance. Sap and pine hop finish with a similar aftertaste. Good flavor but pretty pedestrian and a bit muted overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with some nice crisp bubbles here and there. Oily and silky going down. Finish is dry and with a sticky aftertaste. I'd appreciate a bit more carbonation for the style but this is solid.

O: My first offering from Jester King doesn't dissapoint. This is an overall very solid IPA that more than holds its own in such a flooded category. Worth a try.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonik glass, as recommended on the label. What a superb pour, as well! It's an amber colored beer, slightly hazy, with a dense layer of foam about an inch thick initially, slowly fading, leaving excellent lacing. The aroma is chock full of piney, citrusy hops. The flavor follows, initially, with a burst of hop flavor. After a moment, the spicy rye becomes apparent, complimenting the hoppiness. One of the better rye PAs I've tried, with the rye really standing out. A very good beer, worth buying again and again.

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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 265 ratings
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