Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA | Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Contract brewed by Laughing Dog Brewing.

Added by Jason on 02-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 149
Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This beer has a deep amber color with a nice white head.

S: Some citrus, and some pine mixed in with very nice hops. Truly a remarkable Imperial IPA.

T: There are quite a bit of hops present, which is a good thing, and expected from an Imperial IPA. One can also taste the citrus and a hint of pineapple. The alcohol is very well hidden despite ABV of 10%, making this a truly a remarkable beer in its class.

M: The finish is somewhat dry and leaves the mouth coated with a layer of caramel, pine and a hint of citrus. A very nice full body that leaves you with an exceptional mouthfeel.

O: An employee at Total Wine recommended this beer to me, so I decided to try it out. An excellent recommendation! This is "The" Imperial / Double IPA that I will continue to buy in the future. As a side note: I had two of my friends over, who have somewhat limited exposure to the microbrews, and they absolutely loved it, and went on to buy couple of 4-packs of their own. In closing, this is a truly great Imperial / Double IPA that I would recommend to anyone that likes a great well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of BHopp12
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A: A very dark golden brown with a thick white head that remains throughout and leaves a nice sticky lace behind.

S: Very strong sent of hops and very strong malt with a touch of caramel

T: Immediatly the malt hits on the front end, then the hops take over with a touch of citrus and I get a slight taste of honey on the back end. AMAZING!

M: citrusy, piney, thick malt feel to it.

O: I have to say this is probably my favorite beer. Everything I want in a DIPA is there. I highly recommend everyone, especially hopheads, give this a try!

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Photo of JayWhiteNM
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Suffered some initial chill haze, but cleared to a beautiful amber color.

S: Wonderful aroma coming off this from the Simcoe. Piney and fresh. Really dig the smell.

T: Big taste. Lots of malt character and a good hop punch. No where near bitter, though. Finishes with a malty/earthy note.

M: Very thick and rich. Quite nice. Does not feel weak or watery.

O: I'd drink this again, although I do prefer their Alpha Dog for the higher IBUs. I will be recommending this one to friends / family.

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Photo of deepchills
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA at Halls. I don't see a price tag on the bottle, but I think it was $9 for a bomber.

A dark amber pour with big head. No lacing thoughout the tasting.

Fantastic rye, malt and pine nose with the rye being almost overpowering.

Huge sweet malt & caramel taste with lots of rye flavor, along with light hop bitterness. There is some honey in the middle and some fruits sneak through as well from underneath the powerful malt rye.

Very easy to drink, though every so slighlty undercarbonated. (Everyone's a critic!)

This is a unique IIPA, so much so that maybe it's something else? That being said it is delicious and will find it's way into my regular rotation.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, with ample lastingy lace. Aroma is stanky, piney, fruity fresh hops.

Taste starts malty sweet, then comes on strong with all the fruity hoppy flavors seen in the nose, and closes alcoholic and lingeringly bitter. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is dangerously easy for the abv. Great stuff.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle..

Appearance - Poured a finger of golden yellow head, color of the beer is a transparent deep copper, leaning towards red, just gorgious. Leaving some nice lacing.

Smell - Wow, citrus, grapefruit, pine, juicy green hops, even getting some tropical smells like passionfruit and mango, delicious!

Taste - Exactly follows the nose, starts out with lots of complex citrus and tropical flavors, grapefruit, grapefruit and orange zests, some mango and passionfruit, gentle transition to floral hops, sticky green hop buds and just a touch of pine. There is a malt and citrus sweetness, also what I would describe as a sticky natural hop sweetness, no honey or carmels here, and just enough to balance out all of the other green hop and citrus rinds and zests.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't feel quite medium because of the tartness of the citrus and hops. The sweetness feels much more natural and organic, not syrupy or mouthcoating - but the flavors are definitely bold and complex, and the hops are sticky and substantial. Carb is nearly medium, and adds a welcome crispness, and a few edges on the sides of the tongue. This is a very drinkable and refreshing imperial ipa.

Overall - While I almost prefer just a little more sweetness, I am blown away by the boldness of the flavors, but they are so well harmonized and balanced, no standouts or punches at all. Alcohol is well hidden, even at 10% - although you will start to feel it halfway through the glass. 12oz of freshly pressed sticky hops, two thumbs way up from me :o)

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great understated DIPA that can rub elbows with some of the best.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Simple and lazy dark green label with an illustration of a dog (Sneaky Pete?) having marked a beer pint as "water" with a pen. Notes 10% Alc. by Vol. Served into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour with a good head, medium retention, and some good lacing with a nice surface memory.

S - Rich and complex hoppy nose. Long citric notes, grapefruit, resin, pineapple... And the scent of good ripe melon emerges too. Thinking of that honey touch of a Hopslam there.

T - Taste follows the nose with hoppy sweetness, grapefruit, pine, pineapple and a honeyed touch of melon nectar. Nice touches of caramel and malt with a hint of rye in the background pushing up the sweetness undercurrent under the rich hops.

M - Medium body, working pretty well with a rather smooth, even creamy feel, and a nice finishing bite.

D - Great DIPA, too easy to drink in fact. Fresh, with a long and rich hoppy profile nicely woven throughout.

Notes: Contract brew aside, despite the credit to Laughing Dog, this is a really nice DIPA. In fact it is beginning to show in places entirely credited to Laughing Dog so we'll see how its perception/marketing evolves. In any case, Laughing Dog is a quality brewery, and on this contract they shine providing a rich, pungent, and long DIPA. Actually it is not out place when some say "this is their Hopslam style", because it rings a bit of a tune with the quality and range of that brew, at half the price.

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Photo of vaughnski
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours light brown/orange, pretty dark for even a DIPA.
solid lacing still around as i type this.
S- smells frickin amazing. its like mostly grapefruit and a bit of caramel and a hint of pineapple. one of the best beers ive ever sniffed.
T- honestly not as much hops as i expected. very sturdy malt backbone that allows underlying flavors like the aforementioned grapefruit and caramel to present themselves. hops are muted but still there, and the finish is clean and not heavy.
M- fantastically drinkable and straight up delicious. perfect mouthfeel that leaves the little bitterness you would expect from an IPA but an uncommon smoothness that is suprisingly sexy. Really goes down easy, no problem.
O- If i wasn't a tough grader i would give this an A+. its beautiful even despite the lack of hop flavor (this coming from a hop head). Still snorting in the gorgeous aroma of this beer which i hope never ends. Honestly its unfair how drinkable this is, considering the ABV and even though i am cheap and this was a bit expensive at $12 a four pack it was waayy worth it and i will be buying many more in the near future.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass and the brew makes a tan colored two finger thick foam cranium, and the body is dark copper in color an mildly hazy.

The aroma is fruity, fig, caramel and toffee, pine, fresh cut grass, and slight perfume.

in the tase, I'm getting dark dried fruit, mixed with apple. Lots of caramel sweetness.

Feels well carbonated, thirst quenching for a strong beer, and a defenit alcohol warmth in the end. Damn good imo.

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Photo of b3shine
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a bottle. Tastes great. It's hoppy, but in a piney, not overwhelmingly bitter way. One of the better first-try Imperial IPAs I've had in awhile. Very drinkable, especially for a double IPA. I was impressed and will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber hue with a bye creamy head that lasts forever. Thick crabby chinks line the glass and has sheety lacing. Strong malt aromas of biscuit and doughy bread along with piney earthy hops. Taste was very well balanced for a 10%er and is surprisingly non alcohol. Very nicely done

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Photo of jgasparine
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a huge 3-finger, proteinaceous offwhite head, which was well-retained and produced some super sticky lacing. The body was a ruddy orange amber color, dotted with small bubble trains.

S- Big earthy hop aroma over a big malt backbone. Impressions of dried citrus fruits, grass and a slight, pleasant metallic.

T- A bold melange toasted malt and earthy and piney hop flavor... in nearly perfect balance. The dry finish is surprisingly light on bitterness considering the strong hop flavor. This come across more an an Imperial English IPA... and I'm loving it!

M- A big chewy body, with mild astringency and a soft carbonation. Unbelievably no EtOH heat!

Overall- This super-quaffable beer quite tasty and nicely textured. Deceptively high in alcohol... I would have totally pegged this to be a 7 or 8% beer in a blind tasting. I would definitely reach for this again!

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Photo of therica
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= nice copper-amber, nice foamy off-white head.

S= tangerine is what seemed to hit me in the nose; very nice citrus, bready malts, sweetness.

T= bold hops but not at all what I expected as far as hops flavor-- a more unique and complex combination of flavors yet with high IBU. Nicely complex bready malts, slight honey, plentiful citrus and fruits.

M= the complex malts and complex hops create what seem to be a more unique aftertaste and feel.

O= decent, I hope to try on tap again and will update as necessary. It went fine with broiled cod and baked potato.

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Photo of dpianka
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

date of tasting: 3/15/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Sneaky Pete
type: Ale
style: Imperial IPA
brewery: Laughing Dog Brewery
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 55

Appearance: light caramel, think hennessy or urine at a fair

Smell: cream, peaches, peaches and cream, caramel, mango

Taste: like someone blended peaches and cream together with a whole lotta hops, no that’s not a bad thing. A little blueberry comes out as it warms up

Mouthfeel: creamy, damn i cant get off this peaches and cream thing

Overall Impression: i’m never crazy about sweetness in much of anything except dessert. It’s not my favorite in that aspect. It would be unfair to give it a poor review on that basis because it really is a good beer. Absolutely well made and would be great for someone looking for a hoppy beer that had perfect balance of malty sweetness.

Peaches and cream
I need it cause you know that I'm a fiend
Gettin' freaky in my Bentley limousine
It's even better when it's with ice cream
Know what I mean

Food Pairing: i want this with chocolate cake. Or a grilled cheese with havarti and sourdough topped with coarse sea salt

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Photo of droomyster
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body that all bu impenetrable, with two fingers of tan head that show no signs of dissipating any time soon. Aromas are packed with notes of molasses and toffee sweetness, with plenty of citrus hops and earthiness to add support. Mouthfill is extremely full and creamy, with burnt orange peel and brown sugar lingering long on the finish. The is an extremely complex beer and one well worth trying.

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Photo of cpolking
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

he beer pours a very deep amber, dark copper, burnt orange in color. There is an inch of thick, creamy head of off-white foam that leaves a medium density of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is big and jammy, orange marmalade, some tropical fruit, some pine, and strong sun tea.

The taste is heavenly, creamy, big jammy fruits, orange and tropical, lots of tea and crusty bread underneath, well-balanced. The finish is perfectly bitter, moderating the sweetness that would otherwise come from all the fruit and almost caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and surprisingly light for all the flavor and high alcohol content.

The aftertaste is long, lingering and pleasant, reminiscent of all the original flavors. This beer is stellar, utterly delicious.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clean orangish brown. A bit of white head... great head retention. A bit hazy but overall not bad looking. Smells like simcoe hardcore! Lots of cat piss on the nose. really not bad smelling but the simcoe is over the top. Tastes very sweet and malty. Tons of great hops balanced nicely with the malt backbone. Good thick mouthfeel. Very nice overall. I really enjoy this beer!

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Photo of jdb8507
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. So I have heard that this is a Hopslam clone. Not really, but very good.

Rich color, thick head. Huge amount of citrus, hops, but not too malty and bitter on the finish. Very smooth drink. Highly drinkable. Maybe not as full of flavor as I would like.

The smell promises to lead into huge flavor, but comes up a tad short. Either way, still a great beer. I would get this again and again. A double IPA you could drink a lot of.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper brew, small off white head

S: Big caramel malts, pine and citrus in the hops. Very much like Lagunitas beers that use CTZ hops.

T: Follows smell, but orange citrus hops prevail on the front end, drying out to the pine on the back end. Lots of crystal malts in this one- lending themselves to a big caramel character too.

MF: fairly thick, but not chewy.

Really nice beer, my first from laughing dog. It really reminds me of a lagunitas beer- which is one of the highest compliments I can give a beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber color in to the glass with a beautiful 2 inch head. The head laces the glass as the beer goes down.

Smell - very prominent hops with pineapple, orange, and some roasted malt hints.

Follows the nose really well. I think the roastef malt stands out in this beer. The hops and citrus fruits play together Well. No alcohol

Overall - its really easy to drink but can be dangerous @ 10% abv. I like the roasted malt that stick out in this one and makes it very unique.

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Photo of shand
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a very hazy, deep orange-red color with af giner's worth of head. Retention and lacing are great. Aroma is full of piney hops and grapefruit. The taste here is that of a big, brash beer. Up front piney hop oil and big grapefruit. Finish is a bit malty, a bit hoppy, and a bit boozy. The mouthfeel is solid, it's a bit prickly at first but becomes a smooth drinker. The drinkability is very good for a 10% brew, this one goes down easily. Overall, this is a solid DIPA, even it it didn't do anything to wow me. It's surely more than competent, and better than a lot of hyped DIPAs on the market.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 4.5 Nice looking brew. Transparent light burnt orange color. There's a finger of smooth beige head that settles to a quarter inch throughout. Ultra smooth bubbly lacing with active carbonation. Somewhat slippery, somewhat sticky as well.

S- 4 There's a citrus/hop punch to the nose at first smell. Grapefruit and hops, that's pretty much it. Nice, although I don't get much else.

T- 4 Like its scent suggested, the Sneaky Pete tastes of citrus and hop oil. There's a hint of malt sweetness inside, perhaps a touch of honey, but the others dominate. Good but straightforward. Slightly bitter finish.

M- 4.5 A hair under medium in body. Crisp going down, and a great carbonation level that coats the mouth well and then finishes smooth and almost creamy even. Just a bit dry on the finish, but not too bad.

D- 4 This is a solid IIPA and is quite enjoyable. I could enjoy a few, and the 'Sneaky' is fitting as it sits at a decent 10% ABV and I didn't feel all that much heat considering. It has good flavor and feels very nice overall despite a slight dryness that is fairly common to the style. I'd recommend this one to fans of the style with no hesitation... Provided that it is fresh.

I'm surprised to not see a little better feedback after seeing its ratings now, and I wonder if freshness could be an issue potentially. I picked mine up as soon as it hit the shelf, for what it's worth.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The burnt amber colored body was clear, and the carbonation was modest and gentle, forming a one finger thick foamy head. The head was very durable, and formed a solid sheet of lacing. The aroma was somewhat timid for the style, with the hops coming across more earthy and herbal, than piney or citric. The taste was much more aggressive than the smell suggested. The hops provided a massively bitter and spicy assault on the tongue upon first sip, and the prickly spiciness just lingered on and on. The hop oils in the taste were enamel removing bitter, and I loved them for that. There was a burnt sugar sweetness, and a hint of nuts as well, but they were soon forgotten under the hops that steamrolled over them. The mouthfeel was sticky and creamy, and the alcohol was very warming. The aftertaste was everlasting. This was a very different kind of IPA than most, and yet still firmly within the realm of drinkability.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea who they are, and never heard of them until this beer suddenly showed up.

Pours a nice frothy 1.5 finger head that fades fairly slowly, over clear amber orange beer with tons of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom of the glass, a bit of lacing as well.

Nose has a pretty nice hop aroma, fresh citrus hops, bit of pine, bit of tropical fruit, some malt aromas, a bit of a sweet malt balance, some light earthy hops as well, the aroma is nice, just muted a lot and hard to get out.

Taste starts fairly bitter right off, with lots of hop flavors, some earthy hops, citrus, light tropical fruit, very light pine, tangerine, nectarine, juicy fruits, and behind that is a nice big malt balance, the malts are crazy or even heavy but they let themselves be known, a bit of sweetness, light malt flavors, a bit of booze. Finishes a little bit drier but still a little sweet, some light booze, malts, and plenty of hops still going around. The bitterness never gets overwhelming but lingers for a loooong time after.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied but more medium, with good carbonation and hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nothing spectacular but a good drinking IPA, nice malt and hop balance, good hop flavors, the bitterness gets strong but not overwhelming to a pretty good balance point, the finish could have been a bit drier, and the nose could have been a bit more aromatic, but otherwise a nice take.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep copper amber color with a one fingered off white colored head and super fine, tight bubbles.

S - Has a very slight slight PVC smell which is a little disturbing. Mild grapefruit, pineapple, citrus fruit, and some pine mixed in with a caramel backbone.

T - Just like the nose, has a very, very slight PVC taste up front (which I think squashes the potential pineapple character this beer could have), before being quickly subdued with a nice wall of citrus and pine bitterness. Of the different hop bitterness flavors, the pineapple is a little more dominant as the grapefruit and pine follow in unison on the tongue. Towards the end, there's another short burst of pineapple, followed by a piney caramel finish. The bitterness seems to intensify as the sip develops. There's some alcohol warming in the throat but in terms or taste and aroma, at 10%, I have to say it's rather well hidden.

M - The finish is bone dry and leaves the mouth coated with a moderate layer of caramel and pine. Body is on the heavy side of medium, which I really like. As I work my way through the bottle, the mouthfeel gets a little thicker.

O - I just discovered this beer today at my local beer distributor and being an IPA head, had to try it. Sneaky Pete drinks extremely well, and aside from that slightly annoying PVC nuance, this is a really good beer. Because I have kids and have seen Toy Story about umpteen times, I keep referring to this beer as "Stinky Pete", inadvertantly, of course! Definitely worth checking out, I'd buy another case.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.
3.87 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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