The Corruption | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
dcbrau.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Corruption™ IPA is DC Brau's take on a Pacific Northwest IPA. Brewed with Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey and Victory malts. Exclusively hopped with 40 lbs of Columbus hops per brew to ring in at 80 IBU. "The Corruption" comes in at 6.5% ABV. This beer straddle's the line between IPA and Imperial IPA and has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive hop presence that smacks your mouth with a dank, resinous bitterness followed by pleasant aroma's of pine sap and burnt spruce.

Added by akorsak on 05-21-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
1,200
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
27.13%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
189
For Trade:
3
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate golden-copper color with a good white head and a nice ring or two of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose is quite nice with a good dosing of piney hops plus some citrus and grapefruit. The flavor brings forward the hops as well. Nothing overpowering, but quite nice. Beautiful bitterness in the feel. Medium body and good carbonation. Looking forward to this being more widely available.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel coloring with a filmy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of evergreen, pine needles, and wet grass, with overlays of citrus and caramel. Roasted overtones, too. Flavors are resinous and piney forward, with bitterness dominating. Undertones and highlights of grapefruit, lime, and caramel attempt to balance, but this is a hoppy offering. Mid-bodied, but bold and substantial throughout, with a resinous and bitter lingering aftertaste. The finish is slick and dry, with a solid bitter and piney linger. Good beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in a snifter. Beer is amber and clear with a nice mildly off white head low carbonation and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice, piny, mild citrus, good.

Beer is medium to light in body with decent bitterness on the backend of the mouth and palate. The forward is a little malty but not distractingly so. A very nice beer overall, I'm really impressed. I'd have this again for sure.

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Photo of stevoj
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Orange / amber in color with nice fluffy head, but after that it s just average. Some nice astringent hops in the flavor, aroma seems almost sour. Malt and hops, with some tart hoppiness on the finish.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thank you goes out to woodychandler for the hook up. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is piney hops, some malts, lots of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I have had much better IPA's.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another brew received from Kmccabe33.. Thanks a ton Korey!!

Poured into my thin tulip... great retention and lacing.. the brew is hazy light amber...

The aroma is pretty much identical to the pale ale with a bigger citrus punch...

Flavor again... the same as the pale with a looong and lingering bitter bite and more of a citrus hoppiness... the bitterness is a bit abrasive... gets coarse on the finish.

body and carbonation are fine with a sorta creamy small bubble carbonation.

Unbalanced bitterness.. odd... okay, but needs dialed in and probably the maltiness pulled back to allow the hops to shine.

4/4/3/3.5/3

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Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at PP Dupont.

Golden amber color, much lighter than The Public. White head with adequate lacing and retention. Resiny pine and citrus nose. Flavor is similar to The Public, but has slightly more sweetness, both from malt and the resiny citrus hops. Bitter throughout, but not recklessly so. Cans of this will be nice.

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Photo of corby112
2.22/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned on 9/5/13

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden copper with apricot edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. A little dark for the style and looks exactly like their pale ale. I don't even think the head brewer could tell them apart.

Slightly grassy, earthy aroma with some resinous pine and floral hops but overall, the aroma of this beer is really weak for the style with a ton of malt sweetness in the nose. This was canned exactly two weeks ago and the hop presence is minimal at best. Some pine needle and spruce tip but its severely muted by lots of caramel sweetness, toffee and biscuit. Very disappointing.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with earthy hop bitterness that's countered by a prominent sweet malt backbone. Again, there is some earthy/resinous, dry bitterness but the hops are almost completely overpowered by the strong malt flavors. Some grassy pine and sticky spruce tip followed by strong caramel sweetness, dark fruit, roasted nut, toffee and biscuit. Overall, this beer was a pretty big letdown for me. One dimensional hop profile and the malt character is way too strong for the style. Their pale ale is more complex, better balanced and possesses more interesting hop flavor.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright orange pour not unsimilar to thier pale ale version "the public" almost indistinguisable with exception of clarity which seemed more filitered with a more clean visional sense. The head is skimpy, quick to dissipate leaving a freckled lacing. Small misty haze with a random light visible rate of carbonation.

S: The nose had a light hint of fresh mint, pine which was very soft in comparison to their well noted pale. Fresh fragrance, just a bit light in the offering and a bit ordinary.

T: The flavor was sweet upfront, toasted grain, caramel - vienna malt sweetness, with hints of mint, pine and citrus. Lightly dry hopped citrus comes through, flowery, with a moderate level of bitterness. The hops come late to the show, saving some grace and gets a pick me up.

M: Light bodied, could of benefited from a bit more crispness, with a lightly managable carbonation factor. Slightly creamy malt texture on the tongue.

O: Overall there is a late arrival of hop bitterenss and dryness that saves this from below average regards. Drinkability is good, lightly dry hopped citrus warmth. Push comes to shove and ibu vs ibu vs style, i think there public pale is much stronger is show then this. Minus the visual and carbonation factor this has a good flavor accounting for an overall 3.5

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received two as extras in a trade. One given to JLindros, the other poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slight hazy orangy copper with a nice one finger creamy white head that faded to leave a nice thin blanket. and leave light lacing.

S - Aroma is pretty solid. nice piney hops and resin with some light malty sweetness.Balanced on the heavier side of hops.

T - Taste isnt bad. Nice bitter pine notes and some malty sweetness. Actually, this is balanced quite nicely. Alcohol not noticeable with a good lingering bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, which is good so it doesn't distract from the bitter finish and mouthfeel.

O - Overall, not a bad IPA at all. Was expecting much worse from these guys. Nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold w/ good head and lace retention on top of a textbook citric hop aroma and touches of sweet caramel malt. Very citric and soapy, I love the hop profile in this IPA as it is real hoppy but easy to drink and not overpowering and while it is crisp it finishes clean and slightly sweet thanks to caramel malt (that is not overpowered). Not the most complex IPA but it gets the job done and does it well.

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

From tap to pint glass at ChurchKey on 5/30/11

I had the pleasure of enjoying this one with the man himself,
Brandon Skall - founder of DC Brau.

A: Rich tangelo-rust in color. It appears fairly brilliant, though this one is unfiltered. A good 1.5 finger head and some crazy, ridiculous lacing which envelops the glass.

S: Absolutely wonderful. The scent of fresh Columbus hop oil hits my nose before I even bring it to my face. It's floral beyond expression - grapefruit, fresh cut Blue Spruce and a trace of sweet alcohol. In a word: perfect.

T: Damn. This is one big league hop bomb - it's like sucking on a hop lollipop. Not for the faint of heart. The palate is immediately attacked with lush, bitter fruits and a sticky residual layer of Columbus hop oil. The malty backbone doesn't sit around and play second fiddle, as it breaks through and shows itself on the mid to finish.

M: Almost cloying. It's such a rich and dense brew. It gets into every single crevice in your mouth and lathers it with a layer of dense hop residue that isn't easy to wash away. Even a few beers later I noticed The Corruption on the back of my palate.

O: Let it be known that DC has a brewey to be reckoned with. DC Brau and their Corruption IPA ain't no joke: this is the real deal, ladies and gents. Step right up and get hopsmacked by one of the best IPA's on the market. This isn't hometown hype - it's simply great beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at ChurchKey, it's worldwide release. And yes, I have the first pour. That's what happens when you arrive early to beat the crowds. Brewed with Columbus (Tomahawk) hops, per the advert.

A: The IPA is hazy, a lighter amber color that is closer to golden. The haze supports a few flecks of sediment suspended mid-glass. A half a finger of white head laces as I get through the glass.

S: The nose is hoppy, aggressive with a citrus punch. Resiny, I like the citrus intensity. Pepper, more noticeable in the taste, periodically pops up. Caramel malts add sweet breadiness.

T: First sip - delicious. An IPA's IPA, hoppy but not ruinous. Citrus dominates, pungent in its strength. Oily as well, the ale slides down quite easily. Behind the first wave of hops, a spicy pepper taste pops up to smooth the transition to malts. Caramel is brief though, quickly getting the ale back to the business of hops. More citrus bitterness, strong and floral, sees the ale off. An impressive offering from DC Brau. I'm already a fan after two beers.

M: The mouthfeel is bitter but approachable, showcasing the citrus strength of the Columbus hops. I'm glad that I was in the right place at the right time for this one.

O: A big tasting IPA that doesn't lead to palate fatigue. Well done.

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beatjunkee for this one, from NBS BIF #3 ninja box! Canned on 2/24/16. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear, amber-gold color with just a cap of off-white head that very low retention and no lacing.

A nice blast of citrusy grapefruit hops hit the olfactory sense as soon as I cracked open the can. Upon a more snuggly sniff, a solid base of malts showed through as well. The situation was pretty similar on the tongue; solid, slightly sweet malts, bright citrusy hops, a touch of floral hops, and no real yeast aspect.

The body was a bit on the fuller side of medium, was smooth, and had a bit of sticky finish. Drinkability was good, I had no issues drinking it. Overall, I found this to be a pretty solid version of a classic NW IPA. This beer would fit right in on tap at most breweries and bars up here in the rainforest. Certainly worth a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. bottled on 5/15/13

Pours a dark copper color with a large white head. As soon as I popped open the can the aroma hit me. Nice resiny hops that arent too overpowering. Very pleasant smell. taste is perfectly balanced between hops and malts. Slight citrus/NW taste. fruity and bitter at the same time, the combination is something you just dont find in other IPAs and its something i really dig. Extremely drinkable and sessionable. Medium body with medium carbonation.

overall this is probably the best/most solid and drinkable IPA ive found on the east coast. Its unfortunate that this is only available in DC/Nova. If it was available around me it'd be my go to IPA.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricot, resin

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, apricot, and resin/pine.. and something almost marijuana like. It ends with a hoppy/resiny malty aftertaste.

Overall – A really good IPA with lots of interesting flavours going on. I can't find a date on the can, but it tastes fresh and very hoppy. This is something I'd buy on a regular basis if I had access to it. My first beer from this brewer and it's a winner.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this sitting on the shelves in CT

A-Pours a dark amber color. Mostly clear in body. Thinner off-white lining of foam. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is very interesting. Resiny pine and candied citrus. There is a really zesty component to the nose here, hard to put my finger on it. It's almost a lemony/pine hybrid smell. Bready, caramel malt. Reminds me a but of juniper berries or gin.

T-The flavor is also interesting. Very grassy and piney. Earthy and a bit hempy. Also plenty of candied citrus. A full caramel and bready malt balance. Something about this beer is interesting. It's almost generic except for that unique hoppy flavor that pops up...maybe a bit of chive or green onion?

M-Balanced. Moderate carbonation. Medium to high bitterness. Pretty drinkable. Lightly resiny.

O/D-I generally like my IPAs to taste differently but this one has a certain element to it that I can't explain. It's frustrating to not be able to find the right words. I usually like a different hop profile and a less robust maltiness in IPAs but this one actually works quite well for me.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #1700. I never really thought about what to review, but given that this brewery has been open for a year, and that I've drunk with the owners, it's unpardonable that I haven't reviewed any of their beers. Can from Chevy Chase.

A mildly hazy amber with a dense, creamy off-white head with great retention and nice lacing, this looks pretty good! The nose is solid. Big pine and moderate grapefruit nose with a moderate minty note as well. The malt character is relatively light, with a little bit of caramel and a mild pale malt sweetness. Solid stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of moderate bitterness and mild sweetness. The hop character is rather juicy and "smooth". The malt character is a blend of biscuit, a touch of caramel and a little honey. Resiny on the finish with a moderate bitterness and light sweetness that brings to mind honeyed toast, this beer is medium-light in body and has a rather high level of carbonation that's quite creamy. While the bitterness does feel a little lighter than it could be, it is not to the beer's detriment as it makes this beer eminently drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been smashing cans of this stuff during my stay in DC. Got a six from Whole foods. May as well review it on my last night here.

A - Darkish golden with a two finger nice white head. Mild carbonation. Good lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Grassy, earthy, pissy. Falconers Flight maybe? Dank, fruity. Some pine.

T - Pissy and earthy again. Pine and grass. Sweet, syrupy fruits come out more later.

M - Good bitterness, mild carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Fairly solid IPA. I wouldn't rank it too highly, but it's well done. Good from the can, however something holds it back when you really look at it closely. I enjoyed it. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IrishColonial for this one...

A: Pours a murky orange/red with about a half finger of off-white head. The foam settles quickly the is a little bit of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of malt. Slight onion in this too, that I hope doesn't translate to the taste.

T: Pine and slight onion right up front. There is a bit of sweetness in the middle, but the hops dominate this beer. Now don;t get me wrong, it's not like I'm drinking a Founder's Devil Dancer, but there is a good touch of huge hop in here.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's got a lot of flavor, but it's a bit stinging in the back end for a 6.5% beer.

O: I'm not a huge fan of this one. I preferred the Pale much more than this. Maybe my taste-buds are a bit out of whack after a 14 hours work day, but this just isn't doing it for me. However, I'm extremely pleased to have been able to try this brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz CAN, lugged 2800 miles west by "blackie"

appearance: hazy orange body, big fluffy white head with nice sticky lace. nice.

smell: resiny, grapefruit rind, bready, caramel. strongly hopped.

taste: citrusy - grapefruit rind, sugar, pine resin, floral with herbal notes. This passes the self-proclaimed "NW IPA" test - good stuff

mouthfeel: lingering bitterness, smooth body

overall: good - look out San Diego, DC is coming... (sarcasm)

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Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks to sulli520 for this. Canned Sept. 23, 2014.

A good mix of cedar & pine in the flavor; bitterness is low lying but always creeping around. Starts with a bang before tapering off some and is very dry. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with trailing film of taupe froth that laces impressively. 4
Big fresh orange blossom and pine needle nose - classic C-hop. 4.25
Apricot jam and breadstick up front, then powdery orange, dried pineapple, and dried basil hops that show some white pine, too. 4.25
Dried tangerine zest finish and dry but herbal linger.
Crisp, slight cling, lt-med. 4

Incredible nuance to the hops: Cascade-style perfumed floral-citrus, some Lagunitas pineapple, decent aspirin bitterness at 80 IBUs that dries things out without being abusive, and a hint of oily herbal essence, too. Like other DC Brau, shows what you can do keeping it old school; exclusively Columbus in this case. A thread of caramel anchors it on the east coast. Claims to be between an IPA and a DIPA, like Torpedo, and like that beer, exceeds its expectations/boundaries - better than Wings, in that way. Bright, fragrant, (7 weeks out from canning) and so very drinkable. 4.5

Talking to a local and seeing the average showing here, also hugely underrated.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a radiant copper color, pretty muddled and hazy throughout, almost completely opaque. Even the edges have a tough time letting any light beam through. A nice, thick cap forms during the pour; eggshell colored, showing good staying power and leaving a nice trace of lacing behind.

The first wave of the aroma is citrusy and full of fruits. Grapefruits and oranges are abundant; the beer has a very zesty and juicy quality to it that really opens up throughout the next few successive whiffs. Some lighter, spicy hops reside in the background, somewhat secondary to the fruit notes; slightly herbal and leafy with a hint of dank, resinous oils to back them up. It's hard to tell which of these stances (heavy citrus or heavy herbal hops) will reign dominant in the flavor profile just from the aroma alone. From prior experiences, I'd have to guess the raw hop flavors will take over.

And it looks like I was right... I take a sip, and while there's a slight, initial taste of watery citrus that hits up front, the raw and spicy hops come rushing in almost instantaneously and with much more force. Spicy, peppery, ashy, and herbal; big hints of white pepper, leaves, a little bit of resin, pine, and hop oil. Citrus hits the flavor profile hard on the bitter side - pith, peels, skins, etc. For such a little guy, this beer has quite a staunch bitterness that asserts itself quickly and lasts heavily into the aftertaste. Some bready malts are in the aftertaste as well, along with maybe even a hint of caramel malt. But they only provide a very light sweetness - the bitterness is dominant, even well after the beer has left your mouth. Medium bodied, lightly oily and a touch away from being sticky, medium-high carbonation.

Not a huge fan of the spicy hop characters being so dominant, but it's done pretty well here. Would have liked a bit more citrus coming off in the flavor profile, but you can't have it all, can you? Still a pretty decent beer that I wouldn't turn down in the future.

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Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a murky gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like bitter grapefruit and resin, with some unripe apricot and herbal hops and honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and herbal hops, with some grapefruit and a bit of honey malt. It had a clean and lasting very bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice IPA, with great scent and good taste, but only ok body. The finish was pretty harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not bad, but not great.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,200 ratings.
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