Hop Savant | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew is made of a blend of different hops (36% Citra, 36% Mosaic, and 28% Simcoe). To keep things interesting, each batch is dry hopped using different experimental hops varietals. The bottles are marked on the back to show which strain was used for that specific batch.

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Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy golden haze. Nice lacing.

S: Bubblegum citrus. Sour patch kids. Apple juice.

T: Tart grapefruit. Sour Galaxy Hops. Slight oak.

M: Dry, bitter, citrusy, and tingly.

O: Excellent/Delicious brew. A creative take on Galaxy Hopped IPA's with a brilliant sour/oak aged addition. One of my favorites.

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Photo of dowen17
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon yellow. One finger head with great lacing and retention.

Smells like someone shoved a grapefruit in their ass and shit it back out. Dirty, dirty, dirty.

Taste is heavy citrus. Lemon rind and grapefruit. Dirty yeast. Sour finish. Refreshing.

Good carbonation. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle generously given by 4DAloveofSTOUT for me to try. Brian, you're the man! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/14/2013.

Pours a beautiful, hazy light orange body with an extremely effervescent head. It took a few minutes to fill up the whole glass because there was so, so much head. The head slowly recedes, leaving craploads of lacing all over the glass. Very pretty beer. Looks absolutely refreshing.

Smells great. Up front is this light, rubbery funk that I'm really enjoying. Then there's a nice quotient of hops. Mostly citrus and pine. So basically funk, rubber, orange zest, lemon juice, hint of pine.

Whoa, this beer is deceptively hoppy. Packs a nice, hoppy punch that you don't get as much of in the nose. Throughout there is a nice background of Bretty funk that persists into the aftertaste. In the middle there is a nice juicy citrus hoppiness that finishes with a nice orange peel bitterness along with the funk. Very interesting and (to me) enjoyable combination of hops and Brett.

The feel on this is outstanding. This is definitely a medium bodied beer but with such a light yet creamy mouthfeel because of the beer's effervescence. The brett really contributes a lot to this beer's particular characteristic. Aftertaste is mostly lemon zest with a hint of funk with a dab of pine.

Great flavour profile combining funk and hops with such a creamy mouthfeel on this beer. Thanks Brett. This being my first real Crooked Stave offering, I will have to see if I can score a couple more of their bottles to try. Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2013/batch 2 (centennial and simcoe).

A: Pours a lemony amber with a huge, dense, and pillowy bright white head that took forever and a day to collapse into a thick film with a dense butte in the center. Sheets of patchy, sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: huge notes of brett, grapefruit, apricot, and crackery malt come through on the nose. Brett dominates followed by citrus and leafy hops. There is a mineral quality as well. Centennial easy to pick out.
T: More citrus and less brett than the nose. Grapefruit still dominates the hops, as it did in the nose, and I get flavors of apricot and slight simcoe hop. The finish is drying with notes of brett and earthy yeast. The aftertaste is minerally and lightly bitter with flavors of lime.
M: Crips and refreshing mouthfeel, light and fluffy carbonation that froths up in my mouth, and a drying and clean medium body.
O: The nose initially reminded me a lot of a lighter Bitter Monk, but the flavor profile is completely different. A well-rounded and interested pale ale, would love to see this kicked up a notch into an dipa.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy apricot color with a healthy tan foam head. Really good retention.

S: Light musty aroma with some Brett, tangerine, white grape and lemon. A touch of dry white wine as well.

T: Opens nice with some light wood and funk. Then I get a strange band aid flavor. Something tells me that's not supposed to be there. That sticks around for a bit, then I get some Brett, lemon and a pleasant drying finish. Nice citrus hop backbone. I would love this were it not for that off flavor. Gonna have to revisit this one.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


STYLE: Sour/Wild Ale

ABV: 6.7%


POUR: Murky Orange with a huge white head.

AROMA: A lot of lemon with some funk.

TASTE: Citrus, brett, funk.

Ratebeer.com rating: 99

Beeradvocate raing: 91

Overall: B+

My recommendation: It you are into farmhouse/saison/wild ales you want to try this brew. Very good stuff from Crooked Stave!

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle as an extra from Corey. Thanks!
Galaxy-hopped version.

Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a firm white layer of head that laced nicely. Piney hop aroma, funky, earthy, already getting some big oak notes. Piney hops in the taste, oily citrus rind, lots of oak, a touch of coconut, dank grass, earthy and bitter finish. Interesting and complex, though I thought the oak was just a little overpowering. Much like CC's oaked Jai Alai, I wonder what this would be like with a little age on it. Medium body, snappy mouthfeel. Overall quite good.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Batch #3, 2013, Galaxy hops

A: This is a gorgeous beer. Cloudy as hell, bright orange color. Big frothy head with excellent retention.

S: Funky barn wood. Tropical fruit from the galaxy dry hop.

T: Follows the nose, hops are a little less present. I normally like my hoppy APAs/IPAs pretty true to style, but this is very interesting. Nice balance of hop flavors and brett funk.

M: Good level of carbonation. Bubbly.

O: Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 950!

I wrote up a few somewhat negative reviews tonight from my notes. Lots of disappointments which I hadn’t felt like entering so I finally powered through them. Because, you know, OCD compels me. So I’m thrilled to be entering my review for the Hop Savant, my first Crooked Stave beer, and ending on a high note.

Wow, wow, wow!

From the tap this poured an incredible looking golden-yellow with some cloudy haze and this cap of foam. Impressive.

Amazing aroma with a citrusy hop profile featuring a strong tangerine presence, along with some grapefruit and a bit of a tropical fruit blend mixed in there. There’s an underlying Brett funk as well.
On the palate this combination just explodes with flavor. The tropical fruit notes and the tangerine citrus are just vibrant and lively in a way that pushes this beer above and beyond mere excellence. With the Brett character it has a complexity that is rivaled by few others. Tapers into a long, lingering, drying finish. I savored every sip and do hope I get to revisit this again someday. Try it if you can.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Batch # 2

Pours a very nice slightly hazy and cloudy golden color with some nice straw yellow edges. Nice 1 inch frothy and soapy dense head. Head is pretty sticky and retention is great.

Aroma starts off with some interesting funky Brett notes. Some slight phenols and some nice notes of mild lemon. Quite funky. Straw and hay with some nice barnhouse aromas as expected. Nice earthy woody oak notes.

Flavor is GREAT! Notes of citrusy and grassy hops that are balanced by some nice and pretty intense funky notes. Notes of hay and musty woody oak. Some slight phenols give a tinge of sweetness. Notes of pear juice and some slight crisp dry apple. The earthy funky notes play so well with the hoppy citrus and herbal hop notes. Mouthfeel is also great with some ncie vivid carbonation and a good dry light feel. The Brett really shine and there are some nice phenols that give the brew some slight clove like hints and mild sweetness.

APA or BPA? Who cares; this brew is delicious great hop notes balanced well with awesome Bretty funk and earthy wood notes.

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013/Batch 2
Aroma Hops: Centennial and Simcoe
Dry Hops: Centennial and Simcoe

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color capped by a massive head; fairly good retention and lacing action

Smell: Tangerine, peach and pineapple; earthy farmhouse tones, underneath

Taste: The malt presents a clean palette on which the hops can present their complex melange of fruit; tangerines are dominant but peach and apricot tones are strong; just a hint of pineapple, in the finish; all the while, the Brett is adding another dimension, bringing leathery and earthy barnyard tones and a touch of Band-Aid; the finish is somewhat acetic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: What a terrific beer!

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Photo of Florida9
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Number on the back of the bottle is 462. I don't know if that's a bottle number or a batch number...

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow in color. Forms a very large, very stable, foamy-bubbly head eventually reducing down to a thick, bubbly surface coating. Copious amounts of lacing bordering on sheeting.

S: Aroma is unmistakably Brett. That dusty-basement aroma dominates, though the beer is lightened and brightened by the citrus hops.

T: The taste brings out more Brett, but I've got to admit, this beer is surprisingly tame considering it's a 100% Brett fermented. Taste is more of the dusty basement with fairly strong notes of lemon-lime. The finish brings out a touch of melon and berry along with a slight funky quality.

M: On the lighter side. Slight tartness. Slight prickle in the mouth. Very mild bitterness.

O: A very interesting beer. Rather enjoyable if you like Brett, though I will say the dry hopping seems to have done quite a bit to restrain the Brett character (though I could also say it seems as if the Brett has done it's share to restrain the hop character as well). The result is a balanced, yet nuanced beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of almightyme3
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting brew indeed. You can taste the bretts and funk and definitely the smell of hops while maintaining a semi-sour dry profile. There is yeast and citrus on the palate as well. Great color and great head. It looks and tastes like a luxury hybrid - you can see that a lot of work went into making this brew. It absolutely shows as it is a spectacular beer but way too pricey for my taste. It almost stands in a class of its own but I am hard pressed to classify it and give it a rating. Think of it as an electric sports car. Expensive and different but nevertheless very good!

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Photo of joe1510
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


2013/Batch 3 (Galaxy)

Thanks, Mark, for looking out! Hop Savant's looks just like pineapple juice in it's sweet little Crooked Stave snifter. Sunset orange highlights accent the look. There's a good amount of murk but this one went from mail-to fridge-to glass, there wasn't much time to settle in between. A finger's worth of creamy ecru head forms on the pour and slowly falls to a fat ring and skim coat. The ring leaves sheet lacing down the glass. She's purty!

A big deep whif goes like this; barnyard, pineapple, mango, overripe peaches. The barnyard is pretty substantial with horseblanket, damp hay, and that all around horse stall aura. The barnyard rules but each deep breath is rewarded with juicy, dripping tropical fruit. The tropical fruit gets more and more assertive as it warms. This beer gets the salivary glands working over.

The flavor doesn't match the depth but it's pretty damn close. The hop profile actually hits upfront in the flavor while the brett pops on the backend. Tropical flavors kick off with a muddle of citrus, mango, and pineapple. There's a grassy note in the middle before the barnyard washes through. Each individual aroma was present in the flavor but they ran together a bit, not as clean, still delicious.

Snappy carbonation rushes th emoderate body through while the finish is dry as the Sahara. There's an assertive hop bitterness that, when combined with the dryness and prickly carbonation, make for a tongue thrasher.

This is the first of the Hop Savant series that I've had and I'm highly impressed. It's so unique and unusual. I'd love to be able to try two or three fresh batches side by side, really see how the different varietals affect the base.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale orange with a fluffy white head.
S: Wow, tons of brett, followed by a huge tropical fruit, citrus, floral and funky smell. A bit of rubber in the aroma as well, I only noticed it once the beer warmed up a bit.
T: Lots of citrus, a bit sour. Tangerine, grapefruit, peach, sweet malt and some nice funkiness on top of it. The only thing that detracted a bit was a slightly astringent flavor, but it was only noticeable once the beer warmed up a bit.
M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Carbonation is a tiny bit too high but it's not really a problem.
O: A great beer, would love to have this one again.

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Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic and very interesting beer. I love the contrast and partnership of the funk and American hops. It starts from the first sniff and goes right through the lingering finish. Both aspects contribute nicely without interfering with each other. This is a unique and well crafted beer!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 08/30/13 notes. Have seen this around NYC a lot lately so bought a bottle at Ginger Man. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip, bottle number 344 on it.

a - Pours a hazy, golden orange color with two inches of medium white head that leaves quickly, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, oranges, citrus hops, earthy notes, tropical fruits, light oak, and some light pine hops. Nice nose, more hops than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of brett, sour fruits, oranges, citrus hops, wheat, spice, tart apples, and floral hops. Little more sour than the nose and more brett, a slight step up from the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a very nice bretty pale ale. Loads of brett and citra hops so if you like those, you'll like this one a lot. I don't know if it is worth the price stores and bars charge for it, so I won't pick it up often, but it is a very good beer.

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Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale gold with some cloudiness. Big white head. Lots of fine foam. Lots of lacing and good retention. Nice looking for something that has spent time on wood. Aroma is a mix of oak, tropical and citrus hops and brett fruitiness. Big peaches, pineapples, mangoes, mint, tangerine. Also, a light mineral note and some gentle earthiness. Nice and clean like a good all brett beer should be. Taste is fairly dry but there's some hop juiciness counterbalancing that. Lightly bitter. Lots of wood. Light fresh malt flavor. Brett fruitiness and earth. Flavorful hops - big on peaches, juniper, lavender and limes. Light on the palate. Pretty gentle carbonation. Clean hop-brett finish. Another very nice beer from CS. I continue to be impressed with their work.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light bodied clear tangerine with a one finger, soapy and sticky head. The nose is dry, citrusy, and has a nice amount of Brett. It has a little dried peach skins to it. It smells pretty similar to Luciernaga from Jolly Pumpkin. The flavors are dry and fruity up front. There are dried peach and apricot notes before it goes into an off dry Brett character. The level of Brett is perfect in my opinion. It has great and well rounded flavors without any aspect really dominating. It drinks light and off dry and leaves just enough Brett in the after taste. Overall this is a near perfect beer for the style. I could drink this all the time if it were more easily available. Great job by Crooked Stave once again.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bright apricot oange color. Very hazy with a slight white head.

S- Brett yeast. Sour barnyard, hay, lemongrass. A slight citrus and pinecone. A bit of a tangyness.

T- A sour, bitter experience. well balanced. A touch of barnyard and hay. Wet lemongrass and a tangy spicy note. A bright citrus from the hops. A fresh pine and lemony, grape hop flavor. A well balanced and well blended beer.

M- Sour, bitter,sweet. Good carbonation. All in good balance. Easy to drink and not too bold in any way.

O- A very solid Brett beer. Not too sour and very drinkable. Good stuff.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark hazy golden ale with a big white head. Really a great looking beer

S - Light oak, lemon peel, blue cheese funk with a good citrus presence. Hops meets funk. Like a hoppy Saison

T - Lemony, tart, oak, blue cheese funk. Slight hoppy presence. Light white wine. Not much hops but there is a nice slight citrus and grapefruit presence near the end

M - Light carbonation with a sharp tartness. The finish is dry as well as a slight resin presence that lingers on the tongue

O - This is more of a Saison with hops than a hoppy Saison. This has great tartness, slight funk and a slight hoppiness on the backend.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice. 462 is written on the bottle. Batch or bottle number, I'm not sure.

Appearance - Bright orange. Hazy. Nice white head, maybe 2 fingers. Lopsided chunky collar and some nice surface wisps. A bit of lacing clings to the glass.

Smell - I could smelled the brett as soon as I poured it. Slightly earthy and the smallest amount of acid coming through. Tropical fruit hops push through in the background and combine with a bit of doughy malt sweetness.

Taste - The brett is much more dominant here. Much more of a tangy flavor that builds throughout the sip. Citrus hop up front with a bit of that grainy, earthy brett flavor. It turns more tangy until it overwhelms the malt and finishes with a lingering slight sourness.

Mouthfeel - Pretty dry. Medium carbonation. The only flavor that lasts on the palate is the tang from the brett.

Overall - I bet this would have been a phenomenal pale ale without the brett. I think the brett just manages to mask the hop and malt profile. Regardless, it's still pretty nice.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Bright, glowing, burnt orange with a very persistent, resilient, sticky, near-white head. Lots of irregular sticky lacing left down the glass. Mild sediment seen throughout and settling at the bottom of the glass. Very pretty American-brewed Belgian style ale.

A fantastic combination of bright, juicy, citrus hop components combined with rusting, earth, mild dirt, and just a little bit of funk from the yeast. A new world-take on an old-world style. Fantastic. The hop/fruit flavors come in mild waves of mango, overripe orange, and grass. The yeast presents a mild dirty, well-worn leather character as well.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma, with the bright citrus and juicy fruit components combining nicely with the old-world Brett yeast notes. Mild funk but lots of grass, earth, and dirty leather. Low-moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Yeast and hops linger nicely.

Fantastic. A wonderful beer from possibly my favorite American brewer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pleasure to drink. Well, it was a pleasure to drink. I enjoyed it enough that I went right through it without really taking notes. Great citrus tones on this one. They come out more as time goes on. Makes me wish this was a 750 instead of this smaller bottle. Mild wild tones. More of an accent. This ended up being a great beer. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Bill (forgetfu) for this one! Batch 263.

A- Pours a hazy orange golden with a thin layer of white head that recedes fairly quickly, webby lacing with some of it sliding back into the glass, consistent carbonation.

S- Oranges, some pineapple, earthy brett. Brett definitely comes out quite a bit but retains a nice balance with the hops.

T- Oranges, pineapple, passion fruit, guava, earthy brett. You can easily distinguish each hop in this beer as they all lend their own uniqueness to this creating a nice complexity. The brett balanced nicely with the hops adding a unique earthiness to an APA that would probably could on it's own.

M- Medium bodied, juicy with a lightly dry finish from the brett, decent carbonation, very easy drinking.

O- This was a great 100% Brett fermented APA. All the hops came together very nicely creating a nice citrus presence while the brett introduced an earthiness that made this stand out compared to other hop-forward beers. I would love to try this beer without the brett and see how it compares as I think it would be good even on it's own. This is easily one of the better brett hop-forward beers out there and I definitely recommend checking it out.

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Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
91 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.
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