Ass Kisser Double IPA | Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Double IPAAss Kisser Double IPA

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Ass Kisser Ales
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Retired in August 2013.

Added by Brad007 on 06-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jayli
1.94/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Consumed 10/14
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange, some floating sediment is visible, and a one finger of khaki sudsy head. Head recedes quickly to a film that retains and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel malt and fruit...and not well balanced...

T: Taste is caramel malts that really dominate the profile with an oddly balanced fruit notes...mostly mango flavoring with an odd cough syrup like alcohol flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick feel.

O: Does not go down easy, not tasty, somewhat filling, big kick, and not a very good representation of style. I tried to like this beer, I really did, but with each passing sip, the more wretched it became. This was a drain pour for me, and the first one in about 2 years.

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Photo of brotherloco
2.11/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No bottled on date to be found.

Average looking pour. Smells extremely bready. Gingerbread almost. Label says this DIPA is malty, but this is out of hand. Can't get any hops out of it at all.

Flavor is exactly the same as the nose. Wow, a very different tasting DIPA. Some hop bitterness, but not very nice. Finish presents harsh alcohol, not a pleasant aftertaste.

Wish I knew how fresh this was, but I don't think I'd like it in any case.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.22/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I picked up this bottle on my journey to Boston recently. I have not seen it in Philly before.

No freshness date on the bottle. I poured it into my snifter beer glass, which according to the label is the way "to get maximum aroma and flavor."

The beer pours a rich copper color with an attractive, cream-colored head. Hazy body, and no lacing on the glass. Appears fairly dark for the style, but then again, what isn't acceptable in the world of IIPA's?

The aroma is where this beer loses it for me. Unless they are using an aroma hop which I am totally unfamiliar with (completely possible...), then I think that are either using the wrong hops for the job or they just don't understand what someone is looking for in a Double IPA. Sweet nose, with some hints of plum, it smells heavily dominated by the malts and alcohol.

The taste is obviously no better. You get a sweet caramel flavor, followed my honeyish notes and then a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. No real bitterness up front, and the bitterness on the back end isn't the most pleasant either. This is "Double" for sure, but no IPA....

As for the carbonation level and the mouthfeel, I think this is excellent. The beer has a soft, almost creamy texture and there really isn't much wrong with it.

I do not dislike this beer, but I do take issue with the labeling of it as a Double IPA. Check your facts first! The Double IPA should have a considerable hop presence, not a diminished one. Even the label states "Ass Kisser Double IPA is a rich malty ale that has warm caramel notes that open up as it warms up to your glass." Call it something else! Get a better score...

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Photo of GRG1313
2.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark semi hazy dark orange amber with a night short bright white head.

Nose is assertive fresh oranges with undertones of lemon crème and pineapple. Floral, fruity and quite nice, albeit a bit simple.

Mouthfeel is medium to fill but it seem grossly out of balance. There seem to be a lot of really good and interesting "parts" to this beer but the whole is not as good as the sum of it's parts. Mouthfeel starts out nice but then you get the big imbalance.

Flavors have some nice componants but they do not integrate at all. Sweet malt fruit front gives way quickly to carmel/coffee/malt but then it goes to a big burnt toast flavor and not in a good way; burned coffee; burned chocolate and burned malts in general. It tastes like someone had a good double and "cooked it too long and it burned."

Finish is huge bitter but it is not bright, welcoming or appealing. Finish is big burned bitter.

This beer had potential but lost it somewhere. I get the feeling that this brew got away from the brewer who started with a good idea - something went wrong.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.32/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is amber with a thin white head. No retention noted no lacing noted on my glass.

Smell: Light pine aroma caramel candied citrus. The beer smells really sweet.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt leads the flavor. The beer goes a bit bready on my palate. The hops are faintly pine with a little bitterness. Hey Rahr & Sons you forgot something very important in this beer. This beer needs a hell of a lot more hops! You guys brew beer way better than this beer. No off flavors no alcohol present.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium and lightly carbonated. The beer is not a drain pour; however, the beer is majorly underwhelming. This beer can kiss my ass!

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Photo of Hatzilla
2.41/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a tulip, no freshness date.

A: Cloudy rust with a slowly dissipating one finger meringue-like head.

S: Yeast, caramel malt, apple juice and a touch of citrus hops.

T: Very malty and biscuity with a trace of grapefruit. This beer has more in the malt department than the hops department, unfortunately.

M: Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation but lack of hop bitterness hurts this ale.

D: Drinkability is not high with this DIPA. The scent and flavors do not lend themselves to the style - Too malty for a DIPA with a hop profile that is missing in action. Avoid.

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Photo of ccrida
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a tall tumbler, Ass Kisser is a murky burnt gold / pale auburn, with thin off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is malty, really dusty. Hops?

Taste is, uhmm, not so kick ass. There's a firm hoppy bitterness, but the flavor is really earthy, dirt, aspirin. Smoother then an epic fail could be, but as my taste in DIPAs go, it's not good. It's more like a 4x English bitter. A little peanut butter on the aftertaste, which I get from certain American hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, dry, slick.

Drinkability is low. This is a heavy, hot gut bomb. I was down for the count.

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Photo of Brent
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Double IPA? Doesn't that require hops? The best this beer could hope for is to be a sub-par ESB with a big ABV. Poured a caramel. Up front very malty, with caramel and toffee notes. Nondescript, vague hops bittering, followed by a rather raw bite of alcohol. Given the name and label, I can only assign this beer the the gimmick category.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Bev Mo in Hollywood for $5.99 and poured it into a Stone branded tulip.

A: Pours an unattractive murky dark orange hue with not much of a head or lacing.

S: Real yeasty (raw biscuit dough) - overwhelming, some mild hop aroma - earthy and mossy, apples and grains.

T: Thankfully the yeast in the nose doesn't come through as strong in the flavor, but it's unfortunately a big malty mess with only a faint presence of hop (especially for a DIPA) - there is some hop in the mix - grapefruit rinds and bitter pine, but this is just a weak attempt at a proper DIPA.

M: Medium bodied but thin and watery with too little carbonation and no lingering bitterness from the hop that one would expect from this style of ale.

D: Struggled to get through this one - would never revisit.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok, the name is interesting. The brew isn't so much.
Pours a light rusty color, mostly clear. Head struggles to be fluffy and the density just isn't there. Not sure how fresh this one is, but I didn't see it on the shelf last time I was in (about a month ago).

Aroma is crude. Some baked caramel is fleshed out, but overall it's piney-resin and oil dominated. Some green grass that seems burnt.

The Ass Kisser wouldn't be a good way to brown nose anybody, especially hop heads. The caramel in the nose is gone, but the hops just feel oily, which inhibits the taste for me. It's like the flavors just slide past.

A bit of a bite in the end, alcohol is noticeable. From some other online publication (can't remember which) Rahr and Sons ranks up near the top on 'best breweries' lists. From just this beer, I don't see this as anything other than locals spamming support. Would not have this beer again.

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Photo of climax
2.54/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This bomber was $7, so hopefully my review yields a better score than the overall average. Haven't had an IPA, er double, from Texas.... so this will be interesting. The blurb on the bottle seems to concentrate more emphasis on the malt than the hops... hmm.

As it tells me, I pour it into a snifter. It's a cloudy caramel color, weird bubbly head. It didn't form too quickly, but it rose methodically and had bubbly retention.

The nose was very caramel, and not very hops. Very Barleywine, not very DIPA. It seemed a bit cidery, dare I say tainted. Red apples, curry, brown sugar, made up a complex, but off-putting aroma.

The taste is very tart, yet sweet. It still is swarming with caramelized malts, yet the overall experience is bitter. The hops do their job, but in a disguised undignified sort of way. No real bright hop flavors like citrus, pine, or floral notes hit the taste buds. There is just a resiny lingering bitterness that sets in when the aged malt taste subsides.

The feel is decent. It's very crisp with carbonation, and underneath has a creamy texture. All finished into an overly dry finish that keeps me SIPPING, the key word sipping. Sipping, and contemplating what to do next... and it may be degrading.

Bottom line, I just don't know if this beer is typical of what it should be or if I have one from a bad batch. I don't have enough fingers pointing in the bad batch direction, so I'm gonna draw the conclusion that I'm not too impressed. Watching a beer I spent good money on go down the drain hurts, hurts.

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Photo of silentjay
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

when I first saw this brand arrive in MA, i figured it was just a gimmicky name, so I put off buying it until I read reviews, which affirmed my assumption. I won't buy a $9 bomber unless I've had good beers from that brewery or heard good things about their beers. It seems they started distributing this in 12ozers, so I can try it for much cheaper.

Pours very good for the style. a slightly hazy golden copper with a huge cloudy almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces in chunks.

herbal and floral hops intermingle slightly with crackery malts and some butterscotch and acetone aromas. not that old (5 months) but not at its peak freshness either. definitely a malty IPA as far as the aroma goes, but there is no complexity in the malt profile either.

a bit bitter, but with tons of bready, crackery, caramel tasting malts. The hops are mostly herbal with a bit of bitter citrus. The hops are evident in the bittering stage, but fail to provide a good hop flavor (or aroma) to go along with that.

medium bodied and prickly with a bit of resin and graininess left on the palate and a bitter aftertaste that mixes with some harsh alcohol heat.

Glad I didn't spend the $9 per bomber on this. Its a tough style to compete in given the strength of the competition. I will finish the glass and pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of jomo
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted twice at Bevmo and am reviewing from memory.

Look is murky burnt orange. Almost dirty.

Smell and taste are confused and not cohesive. Hop flavors are not fresh. On the nose, there is a little pine and citrus, but on the palate the flavors are muddy. Primarily, the hops show up in the form of a slightly bitter, not very appetizing finish. Malt profile is like a carmel sweet bread gone bad. Perhaps something wrong with the ingredients? The beer did not taste skunky, just not a good mix of flavors. Perhaps old....twice.

This tastes like a beer that people will buy for the name.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 15 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large foamy peachy colored head, moderately carbonated. Clear coppery color. Aroma is of resin and a faint touch of caramel. Starts slightly resiny hoppy. Touch of caramel. Maybe a touch oxidized. Medium body, warming alcohol. Finish is fairly clean with a light lingering bitterness.

There are far too many better DIPAs out there at a better price point ($9) to waste time with this. I am ashamed I purchased two and sent one on to a trading partner.

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Photo of seeswo
2.59/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark golden color with a small off-white head. Smell is big malt, caramel, grain. Not much if any hops. The taste has the faintest suggestion of slightly orange/pine hops, but mostly the hops come through as a reserved bitterness in the finish. The malt dominates. It is also a bit boozy. Totally unbalanced. Only half the bottle was consumed and then drain poured. Blue Dot was also open and was 100x the beer that this was. Mouthfeel was ok carbonation with some sticky sweetness. Overall, this was not a good representation of the style with the lacking hop profile and the malt out of balance. It also didn't taste good. Not a success.

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Photo of BostonHops
2.6/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.
no freshness dating found.

pours a cloudy, dull amber tone while yielding 3/4" off-white head. head lapses fairly quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. nice lacing, both otherwise nothing to write home about. nose is headlined by caramel malt. the label does indicate a malt backbone but this is more in barleywine territory than anything that could be considered a DIPA. muted floral/citric hops in the background. a hops bouquet this is not.

flavor follows the aroma. much more a malt bomb than a DIPA, with at best a few hoppy notes as secondary characters. and due to the lack of dating, it's anyone's guess as to how much of this is intended. not a drain pour but decidedly underwhelming... mouthfeel is decent, medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

overall, not too impressive. too malty. sorely missing that potpourri of hops i look for in my DIPAS. brewery needs to bottle date as this is almost certainly past its prime.

(originally reviewed: 04-26-2011)

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Photo of FanofHefe
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, who wouldn't want to try this if you see the bottle on the shelf? It's almost like a dare.

No dating found on the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a nice light tan head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Hmmm. Caramel malt in the aroma and very little hops.

Where are the hops in a DIPA? Missing here. Sorry but there are so many good DIPAs out there, this brewery needs to date their bottles and put some hops in the recipe. I actually like the balanced malt/hop DIPAs, but this one misses the hop part.

Overall, a miss as a good DIPA.

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Photo of Dmann
2.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very non traditional DIPA, the name alone had me interested enough to purchase once but I don't think I will get it again. The beer poured a cloudy copper color with a thin white head. Smell was very bready and malty with a slight hint of citrusy hops. Flavor was a mixed bad with a powerful malt presence, slight citrus hop bite in the middle and an unexpected nuttiness on the back end finish. For a beer at 9% abv the alcohol flavor is not very prominent at all. Mouthfeel was thick and not over carbonated, but the heavy malt flavor translated into a heavier mouthfeel as well.

This tasted like a beer that does not know its own identity. Definitely not hoppy enough to be a DIPA and a confusing malt profile that made this a not too enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.69/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary malts and tropical fruits with a little caramel.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and some fruit with a big watery middle and a decent resiny /charred hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and watery.

Overall, a subdued DIPA - too sweet and watery for me with not a lot of hop profile.

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Photo of Sudsanonymous
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer had a nice color to it. But generated ZERO head. It has a pleasant scent but I expect my DIPA's to have more of a citrus scent. The taste left something to be desired as well. This beer has a pleasant flavor I rather enjoyed it, but it is definitely missing something. The hoppiness is there in force but, its rather overwhelming. I love my beer hoppy so I liked that but, there didn't seem to be much else to it. Mouthfeel was average, the carbonation is noticeable, not TOO carbonated it felt good. Again, this is a very hoppy beer but its lacking a bit in flavor.

Ass Kisser Ales Double IPA is a good beer I would drink it again however, if I am in a mood for a DIPA (and I often am) this may not bee my first choice.

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Photo of perrymarcus
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.
no dating found.

pours a cloudy, dull amber tone while yielding 3/4" off-white head. head lapses fairly quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. nice lacing, both otherwise nothing to write home about.

nose is headlined by caramel malt. the label does indicate a malt backbone but this is more in barleywine territory than anything that could be considered a DIPA. muted floral/citric hops in the background. a hops bouquet this is not.

flavor follows the aroma. much more a malt bomb than a DIPA, with at best a few hoppy notes as secondary characters. and due to the lack of dating, it's anyone's guess as to how much of this is intended. not a drain pour but decidedly underwhelming.

mouthfeel is decent. medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

overall, not too impressive. too malty. sorely missing that potpourri of hops i look for in my DIPAS. brewery needs to bottle date.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- deep amber color with a finger of off white head. Below average head retention.

S- big malt forward aromas of burnt caramel and toffee. Some leafy hops on the finish with a big asprin character.

T- very malty burnt caramel and toffee flavors up front. Minimal Herbal leafy hops on the finish with a touch of asprin.

MF- syrupy sticky mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- low drinkability. The malts sit heavy on the palate with the faintest touch of hops that a great DIPA needs.

Overall this was a very one dimensional brew that is begging for more hops.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - a hazy brown/copper color with a decent head but very good lacing. Not a bad looking beer, but slightly darker than the hazy orange color most of the DIPAs I tend to like have.

S - Maybe a slight bit of pine, but I'm only getting malt aromas with caramel, nutty, and bready aromas being most prevalent.

T - Follows very close to the smell. As the description states, it's a very malt forward beer. Lots of bready caramel flavors. Not a lot of hop flavor and/or bitterness. Is someone handed me this beer and didn't tell me what it was, I would never guess a DIPA.

M - Nice mouthfeel, very style appropriate. Not watery, but not too chewy. Wish it was a bit more carbonated.

D - A bit too much malt sweetness for me to session this beer, but it's not bad.

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Photo of Swimsum
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

Pours out a murky copper gold color. A good sized hear emerges due to a fairly straight down pour. Head is creamy and bubbly. Settles to thin layer on top of the beer. Head is thicker around the glass but there is some foam floating in the middle of the glass. Bubbly lacing is left as the head settles. When held to the light it is still murky but a nice copper color. As the beer declines in the glass, some thin lacing is produced but not much.

Smells of some grapefruit rind/zest and malt sweetness. The grapefruit is more of a supporting smell. The malt dominates the smell for me.

Hmm...double IPA you say? Sorry but I'm not getting it. Mostly sweet as the beers is consumed. Malt sweetness quickly hits you with bitterness finishing this out. There is a citrus rind taste. It reminds me of peeling citrus and tearing the rind to get the mist sprayed up at you. That's the scent and taste I'm getting from this beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty much what I expected. Body is medium bodied and carbonation isn't really noticeable on the tongue. Upon swallowing the beer however, a unpleasant bitterness hits you that thankfully doesn't stay around long.

Overall, an average DIPA. Nothing I would recommend to anyone. More malt based than I would have liked and not enough hops and good bitterness to balance it out for me.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small fizzy white head. The head dissipated very quickly, but there was some rings of lacing left behind.

S: Very light hop aroma, really not much there. A little bit of orange and orange peel, but overly malty with some caramel and a bit grainy as well.

T: Quite boring and grainy. Not much hop presence on the flavor profile. Overly malty, full of caramel and a little doughy. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and a little grainy. No sign of 9%, wouldn't have guessed it that high.

O: Not even close to hoppy, and overall quite boring. No bottle dating, so could be old, but I have old DIPAs that are still good, this one, new or old, just didn't do anything for me.

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Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
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