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Dream Crusher | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good
36 Reviews
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States
deepellumbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
2x (Double) Rye IPA

A quantum leap beyond our IPA, with rye, of course.

It’s no secret, at DEBC, we’re fond of hops. Citrusy, piney, floral and fruity hops are at least a third of the reason we got ourselves into this whole adventure. Hops may be the current ruler of the craft beer scene, and we, for one, welcome our resinous, spicy, bitter overlords. We’ve taken the IPA category to its Event Horizon, and pulled back just enough to see the edge. Get the big picture, it’s hoppy!

Added by Mora2000 on 03-05-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
351
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
37.34%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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Photo of smakawhat
2.57/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a spiegelau IPA glass. Canned June 9th 2014.

Big thick head. Enormous but not to fast forming or too out of control, but it's big retention leaves a lot of waiting. Soapy and light khaki colored, sitting on top of a dark rust orange body, with fine carbonation, and a bit of a cloudy appearance.

Light caramel nose, hints of light icing sugar. A faint sweet floral nose to go with it, but do not detect much hop presence. A bit of spice and cream, the sweetness is all over this from caramel, icing sugar, and so forth.

And like the nose hints, it's way too sugary. Lots of syrup and sweet malts all over the place. Sticky caramel and sugar water. THick bodied and poured on pancakes sweetness, honey coating lip and mouthfeel.

So where are the hops? This brew isn't that old, and it's malt component is just overpowering and cloyingly sweet. This actually tastes like beer that has no yeast added to it before fermentation. Ughh, I can't finish this.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz aluminum can with a standard pull-tab purchased for $8.00 a 4-pack at a local Austin, TX bottle-shop (hint: beer rescue) and served into a pilsner glass in me gaff. Label is purple and red, with uninteresting skeletal artwork.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label. 8.50% ABV. Canned 06/30/14. Expectations are average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 6 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Could be frothier and softer-looking. It has a nice supple consistency and a fairly glistening complexion. Retention is good for the high ABV - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves spotty inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent transparent orange-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. But it's a bit murky, and has poor clarity.

Appears well-carbonated. Far from unique or special - we've all seen this before - but it's generally appealing for the style, sure.

AROMA: Copper. Tame piney hops. Some floral hop character. Hints of light hop oils. Loads of caramalt lend it what seems like too much sweetness. Pale malts, of course. Candied notes. Syrup. A hint of grapefruit.

I'm actually a bit surprised by the hop aromatics; it lacks what I look for: no citrus (aside from the weak grapefruit), no nectary notes, no juicy evocative fruit, no clean bitterness. The aroma comes off too sweet, and suggests a syrupy brew with a coating dragging mouthfeel.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I detect no yeast, alcohol, or off-notes. It's too malty for an IIPA aroma...

TASTE: The taste matches the aroma in the sense that malts dominate, though they shouldn't. The candied sweetness, overindulgent caramalt, and malty syrup easily overpower the modest hop profile, which offers only uninteresting floral hop character, some troubled pine, and a hint of grapefruit, with some light oils in there too. Hops should dominate - this is an imperial IPA! Grapefruit should be the strongest flavour in the profile, but it lacks the usual grapefruit bitterness and hop bite. There's no juicy fresh citrus or oily nectar here. It's not dank or herbal or interestingly flowery. Just bland and boring, with an unfortunate malt dominance that ruins the balance. More pale malt, less caramalt please.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

It's not a well built imperial IPA by any means, and features dubious choices right down to the ingredients on the malt bill - why choose these hops? This much caramalt? I don't like it much, and it doesn't bring much to the table in terms of complexity or subtlety, though I do find some cantaloupe sneaking out as it comes to temperature.

TEXTURE: Sticky, coating, and artificial, with an unnatural creaminess contrasting with its scratchy roughness on the palate. It's smooth and wet, which is jarring alongside that scratchiness. Medium-bodied, with an apt thickness and not too much weight on the palate. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing.

This texture neither elevates the beer nor complements the taste. Subpar execution, with an irritating overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: Even on-sale, this imperial IPA from Deep Ellum is overpriced for its (lack of) quality. I'm none too keen on drinking the 3 remaining cans in my fridge, and wished I'd opted for a single of this. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but in terms of the local market it's not much worse than your average Texas imperial IPA. Just more mediocrity to fill the shelves. It's pedestrian stuff, but isn't very drinkable. That said, it does do a decent job at disguising its ABV. I'd like to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that it'd be better more fresh, but then this is Deep Ellum...

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a darker copper color. Slight haze, foamy head moderate lacing.

Smell is very one-dimensional. Pine foward with slight citrus. Maybe slight sweet bread. That's about it.

Taste was good. Still quite one-dimensional, and similar to the nose (pine and citrus) with slight candied orange and caramel sweetness. More of a malt bomb than hop bomb in my opinion.

Overal okay at best. Pine, citrus, malt. Pretty much all I get.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Amber in color and clear. Pours a two to three finger head.

Aroma- Very piney with fruit and caramel sweetness.

Taste- Bitter pine upfront, pineapple and citrus in the middle, and caramel malt in the finish. Very mild taste overall and packing a light hop punch.

Feel- Medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little syrupy.

Overall- Not too impressed with this dipa. Some nice tropical fruit flavors in this, but the hop are mild and malt is a little too sweet. Besides being a little too sweet there is no glaring issues, but it just isn't appealing to my tastes. An ok dipa that I'd pass on in the future.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.43/5  rDev -14%

Deep copper color. Boozy sweet and floral nose. Big malt body with a orange citrus hop profile. Creamy, bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a dark copper color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is caramely sweet with lots of deep malts. Hops are there as well, mostly citric and tropical - but this one definitely has a strong malt backbone.

Taste is loaded with resinous hop bitterness, sweet, candy-corn maltiness and a fair amount of alcohol. There is some hop flavor, but it is overshadowed by the aforementioned triumvirate of malt, bitterness and alcohol. It has balance, and the mouthfeel is full. It goes down fairly easy as well. It is a pretty good beer, though I dont think quite as good as the ratings here suggest.

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Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Wow, everything kind of hits me all at once here. Citrus, juicy, passion fruit hops with bread/biscuit, and caramel sweetness all intermingle together. Then a linger bitter grapefruit.
T: Similar to the nose, everything intermingles. Juicy, passion fruit hops. Bread and biscuit from the rye. Plenty of caramel sweetness. Then a large bitterness lingers on forever. A bit to oily and soapy for my liking as well.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Resinous, oily, and slightly soapy. Though still on the smooth side, with not a lot of rough edges. Pretty easy to drink considering everything. This is a big beer with lots going on, though still manages to be enjoyable.

This is a big one. Lots going on from the huge oily hoppy flavors, to the big bready rye character as well. I do enjoy it, and for the hop heads this should be gold. Though not particularly my style, and not one of my favorites from Deep Ellum. Still highly recommended for any hop head.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber in color with an inch think frothy off white head. Brussels lacing. Sharp aroma of citrus hops is dominating the nose. That carries through into the flavor when my taste buds are assaulted by citrus hops. There's a strong light malt backbone that quickly follows on the back of the palate. It's back to citrus hops in the aftertaste. The mouth is slightly sticky and creamy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the few beers i have had from these guys, and one of the best. even though its a little generic in flavor, the beer itself is really well done, and i always like a big bad hoppy beer in a can like this. a little hazy in appearance, honey colored and holding a full inch of thick white head on it, looks great in the glass. the aroma is sweeter than expected, and much sweeter than the style norm. hop oils and pale malts provide that, and there is a northwestern high alpha overall hop complexion to this, still juicy as it is bitter it seems. the flavor confirms that, and its nice in this instance to have that leftover sugar there to balance the intense hop bitterness, its sticky and sappy and dank too, pretty bold beer packed into this can! they must call it dream crusher because as a night cap, it was a poor choice. the abv is so well hidden and the flavor so enticing that i drank it pretty quickly, pushed myself over the edge to inebriation, and passed out dreamlessly, so i guess its appropriately named. i liked this one a lot, it has me keen to try the less intense ipa from these guys. thanks to be beerliner folks for hooking this up for me, what a cool mission theyre on, raising funds for prostate cancer and supporting bike trips. awesome. thanks guys!

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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Hay Merchant in Houston -- poured into 13 oz. tulip.

L: red. kind of awesome.

S: HOPS! citrusy grapefruit, classic American DIPA; so good over the second half.

T: possibly too bitter. but still --> grapefruity. tries to achieve balance, but at 100+ IBUs, let's not kid ourselves here: this dude wants to be bitter, is bitter, and frankly, I can't for the life of me detect much else. Rye? where? all I taste are hops.

F: just fine. a light-medium body. certainly not overly anything.

O: not bad, not fantistic. you want hops, you get it here ... you want a Texas-brewed beer with hops, you get it here. it probably goes for the fantastic with the 100+ IBUs and the name "Dream Crusher," and it definitely achieves it on the hops' side.

overall, it's good enough to make me want to give Deep Ellum lots of rope and a lot more tries for their other styles. based on the overall presentation/taste here, Deep Ellum makes a damn good showing. Bravo and all .. but I need not try this one again. it's a hops salad in liquid form and not much more -- with a name like "Dream Crusher," I assume that's what they're going for, and they nail it in a suprisingly drinkable form.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep red amber glass holds a solid cover of white foam that dries onto the glass.

Smell: Juicy fruit, pineapple, peach, pear, mild esters, no alcohol, yeast, or malt profiles, just fruity, impressive.

Taste: Forgive me; Hawaiian Punch. A real fruit basket, but under it slowly emerges a bitter hoppy IPA. The deeper in I go the more the hop flavor builds, and starts to show the alcohol.

Feel: Heavy, oily, burning, sudsy.

Overall: A good beer. Heavy handed in many ways, a brutal alcoholic slap hidden in a fruit basket.

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Photo of puck1225
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter, deep orange-yellow. It has a nice foamy head and good lacing. Citrusy smell, oranges. Taste is also citrusy, with a bit of vanilla, but not a lot of sweetness. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of gators3369
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love most of DEBCs offerings and this one does not disapoint. Im not the biggest bitter beer fan bit this strikes a very nice balance. Very hoppy but nice balance to the finish. Another solid entry from deep ellum. I will for sure buy another 4 pack b4 its gone.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.

The beer pours an orange color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is exactly what I expect from a double IPA. I get a lot of orange citrus and pine notes, as well as a slightest hint of some biscuit malt. The flavor is where the rye really comes through and it is strong enough to be able to stand out above the strong hop notes. I also get some nice orange and pine notes in the flavor with a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Banyon
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well... I was hoping for a little more i think with the $20 price tag for a 22oz. Not that it was bad but for the money i could have gotten something else.

Awesome golden orange color although it didn't pour with much of a head. It did have good lacing though.

Smell was great. Very aromatic with notes of citrus and an old school aromatic smell that we all associate with a well hopped brew. Love it

Well I taste the sugar in it first, the super quickly followed by the rye and hops!!!! WOW! Piney tasting with some citrus, and i even can taste the alcohol in it, which i really wasn't expecting. As a rye ipa lover this tastes really really good although i would have like just a bit more sweetness.

The mouthfeel is par on. Its not super heavy or anything. I cant get past the palate destroying hops personally. But i like the fact that it isnt so heavy. This is a solid reason why the hop lover likes these beers. Tasty and smooth!

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Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are reviewing this from 2014 and beyond, then you drank Dream Crusher Double IPA, not this version, they rereleased the new version in Spring 2014...unless you aged the Rye version, which was in a bomber and had different art work.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We're going double, not just with the hops, but with the rye as well. Here comes 12 ounces of high octane liquid. On to the beer:

Coming out like a very toasted orange and topped with a somewhat creamy inch of head. It smells like sweet hops, like carmelized hops. Sugar crusted hops. Resiny with a dash of orange.

Double Rye IPA or barleywine? Tastes rather sweet so I'm going to say barleywine. Once you accept that, this beer becomes quite enjoyable instead of cloying. Sugar crusted citrus fruits with a layer of caramel seems to be the theme. Not bitter, full bodied, and the alcohol is neat. I begin to warm up to the sweetness, and of course the low 60s evening helps too (cold for us Orange Countians).

Starts like an IPA, but overal tastes like a barleywine. It sure is a Dream Crusher for those who want lots of hops, but once you accept, it will take you on an adventure.

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Photo of Todd
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spice, Fruit, Bread, Deceiving

Golden with orange hues and a frothy, creamy head, Deep Ellum has brewed a beer with rye spice, bread and fruit in the nose. Creamy on the palate with a bit of chewy viscosity and prickly carbonation. Big notes of fruity and juicy orange with rye spice, some sticky pine, rind and pith steal the show. Malts are soft and bready with a some caramel and suggestions of vanilla here and there, but not overly sweet. The finish is coarse with herbal notes and the alcohol is well-hidden, but noticeable as the beer warms and adds more spiciness. Dream Crusher is a surprisingly balanced DIPA, and the addition of rye pairs well with all of its hoppy nuances.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #118 (November 2016).

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body and a thick yellow tinged white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Big pungent nose with caramel, sweet citrus fruits, and pine.

Pretty big bitter bite balanced with some caramel sweetness. Citrus and resinous piney hops. Big, smooth, oily mouthfeel.

A big IPA here with loads of hops and malts. Loving the 4 pack of cans now instead of the old bomber release.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a reddish-amber beer with a nice thick, persistent half-inch of foam atop it. It gives a pleasantly resinous aroma with an underpinning of toasted malt. Delicious flavor! Very citrusy, grapefruit hop flavor, with fresh grassy, piny notes as well. The malt takes a back seat, but it definitely is a key component of the taste. Finishes pretty dry but bitterness doesn't linger: the emphasis is on a really strong hop flavor, not simple bitterness. Very good beer from Deep Ellum!

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Photo of raffy313
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 6 oz. sample pour out of a 22 oz. bottle at the Rahr/Open the Taps Private Tour on 3-11-12. Special thanks to the Deep Ellum guys for busting a few of these out.

This beer poured a golden/orange color with a fingers worth of white head that left behind some excellent lacing.

Aromas are where it's at with this DIPA. Wonderful mix of fruity citrus and a sharp piney aromas are the backbone of this well balanced beer. Getting mostly orange and those bitter hop notes that you get from a well made IPA. Some bready malt aromas are definately present, rounding out the nose well.

Tastes follow the nose(almost to a tee), with some added rye spicyness to round out the flavors. Not an overpowering kick of rye... which was what I was somewhat worried about, but just enough to tell it's there. Really a nicely balanced beer.

Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Not overly bitter, or at all boozy for the amount of alcohol this claims to contain which made this very drinkable on what ended up being a nice warm day.

Have tried almost all their offerings, and really excited with what Deep Ellum is coming out with. Looking forward to finding more of these limited bottles, or eventually trying the draught version.

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Photo of stephens101
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The tan froth rushes to prominence above a hazy reddish-orange brew.

Prolific notes of citrus and pine play against a caramel background.

Pine with a splash of lemon and orange across the tongue. Not as bright as expected, but not boring either. Just somewhere in between. The sweetness comes in at the end.

Slightly hot and medium to heavy bodied.

While this is a bolder, although not as talented, big brother to the classic Deep Ellum IPA, it's still a respectable addition to an ever-growing list of fine Dallas hoppy brews.

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Photo of obrike
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a fresh 4 pack at HEB Round Rock for 9.99 over Memorial Day weekend. A nice price for a DIPA.

Impressive looking brew in my 512 brew co pint glass. Deep, burnt amber color and a very thick, 2 inch head. Fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing.

Catching sweet malt and tropical fruit tones on the scent, mixed in with some citrus. Taste follows...a very distinct cantaloupe, tangerine, grapefruit burst to the tongue. Hoppy yes, but a good wallop of malt for balance. Drinks very easy. Feels medium to heavy going down.

This is a tasty big beer. Another Texas DIPA to be savored. Nice job Deep Ellum.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

From a can.
This pours a deep caramel hue with thick foam.
There an aroma of candied orange, cut grass and a hint of pine sap.
The beer itself has a mellow hoppiness (for a DIPA, at least) with an overly sweet malt backing that takes away from the bitter citrus tastiness.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a deep honey color, touches of caramel and orange in its hue. Massive head potential, forms 2 and a half finger of slightly off white, dense head. Medium head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 4.25 - Things you would expect from a DIPA. Hops, grapefruit, oranges, apricot, peaches, mangos, and somewhat wet, dank hops.
T - 4 - Not so much a double on the taste as just a good standard IPA in my opinion. Begins with a bittersweet hop-forward arrival, ends on a somewhat neutral grapefruit and pineapple finish. Not exactly of the strength of a double in my books, but tasty nonetheless.
F - 5 - Very slick, oily and smooth textured mouthfeel. Really digging the mouthfeel on this beer.
O - 4.25 - It is very good... going into it with the mindset of a standard IPA. As a double, not anything crazy special. This should be packaged, advertised and sold in six packs as their flagship brew and I think it would do them a world of good!

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Dream Crusher from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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