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Galaxy White IPA | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
White IPA brewed w/ 100% Galaxy hops, kumquats, corriander & peppercorns. Fermented in French Oak Foudres. Bottle Conditioned w/ Brett.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Light, nearly white, yellow color with billowing white head, 2+ fingers worth. One of the palest, lightest micros I've seen. Excellent retention and fine lace. Hard to get past the pale color, though.

Nose is dominated by brett with light grape and floral hops underneath. The wine barrel lends a nice touch. Spices are light and add to a tart, brett finish. Plenty of brett flavor here.

Body is just right for the style, but a bit on the fizzy side. Just a tad bit too much carbonation for me.

Overall, a strong entry in the field.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy straw color with huge carbonation, big white fluffy head, good lacing, some floaters in the bottom. Exceptional!

S: Wow. Wheat, coriander, little spice, fresh lemon zest, the breet really shines with a moderate light horseblanket covered in barf with underlying peppercorns

T: Immediate peppercorn like heat/sting meet lemon zest, coriander, some wheat, the finish is rather dry, some bitterness, little bit of passion fruit, light sting. The brett brings a little funkiness towards the middle-end of the beer

M: Crisp, well carbonated for the style, light bodied

O: Very well done. Anchorage is fastly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a pale hazy yellow w/ a huge billowing white head that leaves behind big cobwebs of lace as it settles. Lively carbonation.

Aroma is delicious fresh citrus, soft Belgian yeast, pale malt. Orange zest and spice.

Taste leads off hoppy, sharply bitter and crisp. Orange, spice, and a nice woody funk. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and dry. Soft and drinkable.

Overall another really great, creative beer from Anchorage.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear pale golden, and has that impressive yet annoying Belgian quality of being so carbonated that the first pour results in a tower of head that takes up half the glass
S - a strange mix of aromas including florals, sour peach, herbs & spices, and a bit of a strange rubbery smell
T - the coriander and pepper are prominent along with a strange sour tropical fruity flavour that I'm guessing is kumquat according to the bottle, yeasty easters and florals towards the finish, but still a strange rubber like thing is in the background
M - light with over the top carbonation that is fairly prickly, finishes slightly dry
O - this one is tough to decipher, in some ways its unfocussed and busy, but I think most of the flavours do jive well enough to create a unique brew within this burgeoning style, may not be for everyone but you have to try it to make that call

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since all the other pricey Anchorage options have been quite good, I decided to splurge and pick up a bottle of this.

Pours the usual cloudy haze, yellow appearance, substantial 1.8" white head. Looks good. Aroma, didn't have the same pungency of Bitter Monk unfortunately. Leaned more wit, then belgian, and only then ipa (last). Aroma of wood/oak, white wine, kindofa bretty aroma.

Taste, chalky bretty, spice, coriander, mild citrus notes. Lacked the hops and bitterness of bitter monk. This was more like a wit straight up. It also lacked the tartness/sourness and acidity that I was hoping for. If I was in charge, this would have more hop character, and less belgian wit character. Alcohol seemed higher than their other beers that are actually higher in alcohol content. A little bit of grassyness to it as well. I dunno, I think they should drop the 'ipa' reference on the label. A decent beer, but nowhere near as good as the Bitter Monk, for many reasons.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy yellow color typical to most white ales lots of carbonation and a 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts for awhile with some laceing

S: lots of orange juice and funk on the nose with a slight smell of hops

T: tart up front with tastes of citrus and Brett followed by some hop bitterness and some spiceness

M: very light highly carbonated and very easy to drink

O: an interesting take on the style it's great to see a beer that is 100% barrel fermented and then finished with Brett tough to find and worth the wait

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at a beer tasting a few weeks back.

A-Clear pale yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Some funk, oranges, wheat, not much of a hop presence.

T-Starts with some tartness, orange, lemon, wheat and pine. Rounded out with decent bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, crisp.

O-A nice interesting take on the style with the slight tartness. However more bitterness and hop flavors would have made this beer better.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-bottled with brett, brewed with galaxy hops,coriander, kumquats and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in french oak wine tanks.

A: Twist key cage broke off, while unraveling the cage the cork exploded from the bottle with a loud pop without warning. First pour was nothing but snow white sudsy foam, glass consuming, pale lemon-orange with a good clarity. Chunky sudsy lacing is meaty on the glass. Consecutive pours built upon the monstrous foam monster and showed a dense, obstructed clarity, murky from the yeasty goodness from the bottom of the bottle. Head retention was forever.

S: Slight nose of sour musky funk of lemons, basement and vinyl. Hard to get a scent at times through the monster head. Not much signs of the galaxy hops nor fruit just yet.

T: Flavor of funky brett, sour lemons, sour grains and sour fruit, the kumquats the easiest to identify. Quite a slap on the tongue the first time but this does get progressively easier to handle. Acidic, light and peppery wheat, grapefruit juice and a warmth of alcohol rounds things out with some sour oranges.

M: Mouthful is sharp, well pronounced, crisp and light bodied with a sour funky leave on the tongue.

O: Overall sour lemony hops, drinks like a cross between a saison and wit. A lot of breweries hold back on the brett, this one is very well pronounced and goes balls to the wall. Slow methodical drinker, offers a varying degree of complexity and a good dose of brett.

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Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again for the killer beers, Alpineclimber.

Appearance. Pours a hazy lemon-straw with a massive, billowy white head that lasts for frickin' ever!!

Smell.Very peppery belgian spices, some lemon and banannas, and some unrecognizable sweet and floral exotic fruits.

Taste. Whoa, lots of funky brett thagt I didn't pick up in the smell, some peppery belgian spices again and fruity belgian yeast. There's a little spicy prickle in the finish along with the brett.

Mouthfeel. Approaching medium body with pretty full carbonation.

Interesting, lots of flavour, easy drinking. No complaints here.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have a big, thirsty towel handy when you open a bottle, because when you work off the cork guard - Houston, we have liftoff! Pours a hazy, barely translucent butterscotch yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head. Strong aroma is quite hoppy with a citrus undertone and a grassy hint. Hoppy flavor has lemon, grassy and even floral notes, with some hoppy bitterness. Body is good, fizziness strong; finish is hoppy and lemony. You can feel this one going down the pipes. A truly stellar beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy straw, finger fluffy pillow head, great lacing

S: lemon peel, mild pine/grapefruit, fresh yeast, wonderful french oak

T: lemon peel, french oak, yeast, grassy/pine mellow bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth/solid carbonation

O: POW, nice to explore shelves at my local beer store.
The clerk even said heard great things about it and was
shocked it didn't fly off the shelf. Really enjoyed this
gem from "The Last Frontier" state.

DELIGHTFUL, TREAT YOURSELF

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Photo of mattsander
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ginormous carbonation, decent clarity straw color with a puffy white head that rises out of the glass.

S: This smells really nice. Lots of earthy brett character, some unique fruity/slightly skunky hops, lemon and an herbal sweetness. Brett funk dominates.

T: Again the brettanomyces character takes the lead with a soft 'wet leaves' and earth vibe. The galaxy hops aren't prominent but they play a nice role.

M: Huge large carbonation, overcarbonated IMO but very refreshing until the end of the bottle.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, batch 1 from January 2012. It was poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Anchorage's Galaxy White IPA pours a fairly hazy lemon yellow. Four fingers or so of frothy white foam balloons up to fill the top two thirds of the glass. Head retention is very good, but lacing is a bit on the spotty side. Eight to nine months after bottling, it's hard to rate this as a Belgian IPA, as it's more of a wild ale at this point. The nose has a good bit of barnyard funk to it, as well as a citric tartness to it. There's also the last remnants of some more tropical fruit aromas from the fading Galaxy hops. Again with the flavor profile, there's a strong funky, brett presence. I don't know what kumquats taste like, but given that they're related to oranges, I'm attributing to them the citrus bent that the light tartness here has. Just as with the nose, the fruity hop flavor is a shell of what it must have been soon after bottling. The body is wonderfully dry, and the carbonation is very lively. It could stand to be just a little bit more so, but it's still very close. I really dug this bottle of Galaxy White IPA, and I'd love to try one that's much more fresh, as I think it'd be a very different, but still very good beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and hazy color. The head is extremely thick, tall, and frothy. Great retention.

The smell is lemon, the funky barnyard/horseblanket scent that is brett, and citrus.

It's an extremely interesting beer. The cirtrus notes and lemon compliment the funk of the brett. There's a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is clean with good carbonation. Slightly sweet yet bitter.

This is a fantastic beer with plus points for being highly original. A definite must try.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 29/9/12

A hazy golden yellow with not many visible bubbles but there’s lots of them in there because I’m having trouble fitting it in my glass. The massive loose soapy head retains very well taking its time to fall leaving just a few random patches of lace

S lots going on with this one, I’m getting the coriander no problem, the Brett’s hard too miss, faint peppercorn but I can’t remember smelling a Kumquat before, it’s a mix of mango, passion fruit and orange marmalade. Earthy notes and oak with some vinous notes I can’t quite place, tropical citric hops round out the mix. Everything just blends together so well and I can’t think of how this beer could smell better

T a step back from the nose this only tastes awesome, spice comes out stronger with more earthy vinous notes, the funky Brett and fruit works well, I could drink this all day…or at least until I couldn’t move

M over carbonated and foamy, a swirl produces a two finger foam after the original head fell, I could do this several times, no heats a plus but quite airy, a mild bitter bite and just a fine tannic like grit

O very pleased with this one, a nice blend of fruit, hops and a very interesting yeast profile and a spicy kick. This one has a little bit of everything and its working well no matter how you look at it.

I’m stoked to drink this one and could take down another 750ml no problem. The Brett’s already strong and I’m going to find out how funky this will get, I’m going to buy another to drink now and lay one down for fun

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Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now THIS is a unique beer. I've said that so many times but I really mean it this time. It pours incredibly pale, paler than a Miller Lite. Topped with a massive, soapy, bubbly swelling tower of curdled latte froth.

The nose - clove, hefe type spice character, mild brett presence, wet hay bales, slight alcohol spice, obvious floral and citric hops, very smooth, very nice.

The twang of the brett is perfectly married to the still bitter hops. The spices are dialed back appropriately, clove is still apparent, some orange zest qualities, love the bitter finish. Impeccable mouthfeel.

Try this beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, January 2012.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a billowy 2-finger thick fluffy white head which leaves clumpy and mosaic lace.

N: Bretty funk, wheaty yeast, citrus (lemon and grapefruit) pith, floral. The horseblanket is mild and allows some tropical fruits (guava and passionfruit), herbal with peppery spices to show through.

T: Musty barnyard as the door opens revealing floral grassy herbs and yeasty spices. Citrus is bright white and illuminates into the corners revealing crisp wheaty grains.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry bretty finish with citrus and spicy finish.

O: Fairly light and refreshing. The Galaxy hops combine well with the brett and wheat and spices. Very enjoyable and look forward to what is next from this brewery.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of this beer's description makes it seem, at base, to be a hoppy sort of wit; with the coriander, spices, and Belgian yeast, perhaps the hops make the difference. It looks, in any case, like a classic wit: light gold, somehow simultaneously bright and cloudy, with a fluffy pure white head. That head rises high and strong, making a beautifully rocky and densely pillowy crown that lasts, fades to a thick 1/2 finger, and leaves chunks and heavy patches of lacing. Full retention and very slightly more lacing are the only barriers to a higher score.
The nose is brilliant, mending vinous, citrus and tropical fruits with a raw, leafy bitterness along with vinous notes and a touch of pepper. The Brett comes through in such a way as to show off the funk without interference in the overall profile. Belgian yeast adds just a ghost of earthiness and more light pepper, but like raw green buds before maturation.
The taste is very nice, mingling the same notes with the exception that the funk isn't really drawn out until this beer has warmed a bit. The vinous dryness and pith pull into the finish, but the fruitier elements keep it from going particularly dry. There is a noticeable, though faint and ghostly, note of band-aid.
The feel is crisp and smooth mingling together for a nice flow in a fairly light-bodied brew.
While it seems like a lot thrown together coming into it, brewing expertise is showcased in that these guys can do so much without making it a muddled mes, and blending it all together so well. I hope they come out with more.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw-colored and hazy ale with a big fluffy white head; ample lace will adorn your glass as the beer moves past

S: grassy and herbal; something lightly funky and slightly citric; clean, fresh grain-field aromas

T: dry pale malts bring minimal sweetness; lemony citron and brettanomyces musk; oak and drying wood with a touch of tart on the pith side of things, and even a little dank around the edges; some herb and pepper; a very subtle fruitiness, mostly citric, something faintly pale and perhaps tropical...

M: medium-bodied, smooth with some slight coating of funk; medium bitterness but/and essentially clean and crisp; some mustiness on the aftertaste; drying finish, slight tart astringence

O: I thought this was really good beer - has a lot going on, and I like the effect of brett in beers. Classified as a Belgian IPA, but open to interpretation. Hoppy, sure, but not really bitter. This is going to remind folks of farmhouse ales and witbiers. If you like ales with brett and barrel-aging, you will want to try this.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as a part of a free tasting held at GBX! Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a pale yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, coriander, funk, earth, fruit, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, fruit, wheat, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the level of complexity that the Brett addition to the bottle added to this brew. This was a fairly light IPA as the name would imply, so the nice kiss of funkiness went really well here. Anchorage is definitely doing good things and I can't wait to try more offerings from them that I have not tried yet.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very (very) pale gold with a snow-white head. Looks just about perfect. Head gets nice and comfy and sticks around for awhile, whiting out most of my glass with thick lacings.

Unbelievably fresh zingy aroma. Big hit of lemon zest and coriander complimented by mild fund and lively yeast. Just beautiful.

Sharp bitterness up front. Settles to some lovely fruit flavours, mango comes to mind, though I'm guessing if I had ever eaten a cumquat that would be more apt. Bitterness kicks up again near the finish, just to let you know its there. Dry finish and all yeast and restrained funk.

Wasn't sure what to think of this one at first, but a few sips in and I was really digging it. IPA is a bit of a misnomer here, this is sort of an Imperial Wild Wit or something like that. Seek this one out.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #2, April 2012. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a huge off-white head that grew for a while and took some time to settle. Also, there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, brett, hay, peppery spice and some coriander. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some white wine and pineapple flavors. I liked the taste of this beer more and more the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's very carbonated. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, although I do wish the carbonation was lower. $13.99 a bottle.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, bottled January 2012.

Cork eagerly jumps out the bottle. Beer is a very pale and cloudy golden with a massive white head. Good retention, lots of sticky lacing.

Tonnes of funk in the nose- a really huge amount. The brett is pretty dominant- horse blanket, barnyard, etc. Coriander, lemon. An unusual smell that I expect is the kumquat. Alongside the brett is some tropical fruit notes, which took me awhile to find in the face of the funk.

Funk is upfront in the taste, but not as intense as the nose. Light fruit flavours, lemon. Coriander, a bit of pepper. Certainly has characteristics similar to a witbier. Finish is slightly bitter with a bit of tartness.

Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, not bad. I like it but was expecting more. I would not call this a Belgian IPA, but it is admittedly hard to classify. The brett aspect is most dominant, so perhaps an American Wild Ale.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Split this bottle with my fiancé who loves a good Belgian.

A loud pop sends the cork flying and hits the ceiling. Pours a lemony golden color with some haze. A large 2.5 inch white head billows up. Quite soapy and sticky and as it recedes it recedes into an uneven chunky mess.

Nose starts off with tons of spices. Nice peppercorn, coriander and grassy herbal hops. Nice lemony notes in the nose as well. There are some good Belgian yeasty notes in the nose. Some cloves present as well. Pretty refreshing.

Starts off with tons of lemony notes that are balanced and tempered well by tons of coriander and peppercorn. The nice lemony zest accompanies the beer all the way down. There is also some nice citrusy and grassy herbal notes more similar to an American IPA mixed in with the slight sweet notes of the belgian yeast esters and the spice. Quite a funky brew with nice vinous notes. Some white wine notes as well as some nice woody notes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice dry and bitter hop finish.

The brew is delicious. Anchorage really knows how to do these Belgians. I love their Love Buzz and this is right up there.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours bubbly hazy bright yellow with a huge bubbly white head that grows in the glass and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is spices, soapy floral notes and brett.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts and sweet honey fruitiness with floral hops and peppery spices that leaves some good bitterness in the finish. The brett is a bit subdued. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, an interesting well done beer. One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. I still don't really love the blend of Belgian yeast and the hops - maybe fruitier hops would be better for me. I'd also like more Brett out of this one.

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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 926 ratings.
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