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 jeffjeff1
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits a few days ago.

Appearance- cloudy copper color, very thin head

Smell- some hops and malt

Taste- hop bitterness from the start, piney and floral hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good but light for a DIPA, probably won't buy it again

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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 caddybuyer
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter

A-Pretty bright copper amber with a near filted quality to it. Very little head to speak of, and that is a shame, because the coloration is very nice.

S-Not picking up any of the malts that one would normally assoicate with a DIPA. Earthy, bready rich caramel malts and some sugary caramelized dark fruits. Smells like a barleywine.

T-Rich sweet creamy malts mesh into bubblegum and caramel. Mild citrus rind with a hint of sweetness is drenched in astringent, but not necessarily tasty hops that round out the finish. I would not classify this as a DIPA, but probably put it in the "catch all" strong ale category. That said, it is not terribly drinkable, or tasty, and while interesting, I'm not sure why I would buy this again.

M-Creamy texture and decent carbonation balance.

D-Interesting beer that I have no need to revisit again.

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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 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 jzeilinger
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8-30-13 Revision:

A - Pours an opaque Copper amber color with moderate carbonation, and a medium lacing ring around the top.

S - Faint pine and caramel, mostly malt... that's it. Needs more substance.

T - Pine, caramel, and moderate orange /grapefruit citrus bitterness at the end. The beer has more bitter bite when cold and loses that edge as it warms.

M - Medium body and smooth on the tongue.

O - The best thing about this beer is the great name and label. It's an IPA, it has a bitter bite at the end, it's balanced, aside from the label, not very memorable. Better than some IPA's I've had, definitely better this time around now that I've tried a fresher bottle.

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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 MrVonzipper
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich cloudy caramel color with practically no head

Very simple and different nose for a DIPA. Caramel, alcohol and malt

The flavor is pretty much overwhelmed my the maltiness. Not like a DIPA at all. The defining DIPA characteristic hop notes are faint. Sweet maltiness up front with a little bit of hops from middle to the end and then a caramel aftertaste

Full bodied and a little heavy due to the malt. A little tacky. Very little carbonation

Overall I gotta say this is not a great representation of the style. It's very heavy handed on the caramel malt and lacking in the hops department to balance it out and better represent the style. Not sure I'd get it again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep honey gold, with a light tan head of two fingers. Head drops after a few minutes to nary a wisp. Some lacing evident.

Aromas of earthy, citrusy, piny hops. There is likely some malt in there, but you wouldn't know it from the smell.

Flavors of earthy, piny hops, hints of citrus. Good level of bitterness. Some sweet malt in the after flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, some sticky sweetness, mouthcoating bitterness, a slight pull at the back of the teeth.

Overall a very nice DIPA. A little earthy. Bitterness is subdued for the style. Not a punch in the face, but a light kiss.

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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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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark orange brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: very malty, little hop presence

taste: malty, grainy, some hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: needs more hops, not a very smooth drinker.


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Photo of patreely12
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - pours a very cloudy copper, can't see through this at all. the head is about an inch to 2 inches tall and off-white with a shade of orange. some sudsy lacing.

S - good bit of sweetness made up from caramel or toffee, really easy to pick up on. some citrus and fruity aromas. also a healthy whiff of hop bitterness and some rum like alcohol. as you let it warm up the flavors become stronger. really nice.

T/M - sweet malts and caramel right up front. very strong and rich. lots of citrusy fruit (orange, apricot) to balance out the sweetness and the bitterness of the hops. a strong bite of spicy, floral hops as well as some rummy alcohol on back end. finishes really clean. medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall this was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I really enjoyed the nose on this. worth a shot for anyone who enjoys double IPAs.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An enjoyable imperial ipa with a few celebratory attributes, but also with some flaws. Citrusy and resiny, the beer's hop character shines above a caramel sweet malt base for a balance that tilts away from malt character in favor for the hops.

A very appetizing appearance with a diffused amber glow. A creamy, froathy off-white head amounts to a thick blanket of foam, showing remarkable, durable staying power, leaving a heavy coat of lace behind.

Aromas are more balanced that you'd think. Deeply caramelized malts create the aroma of toffee, bread crust, graham cracker, and fresh breads. Hop character exhibit a sharp white grapefruit scent with pine resin, fresh cut grass, and ethynol. The sweeter-than-usual aroma reminds me of Avery's Maharaja.

Flavors however take a more Dogfish 90 Minute turn; with the malts sweetness receeding just a bit in taste, and allowing the hop flavor and bitterness to shine. Caramel and bread crust add the right amount of support for the strong display of grapefruit, sappy pine, and herbal grasses and teas. Very resiny and moderately sweet throughout. But again, the overall taste is disrupted by the strong flavor of alcohol, revealing a more bitey element of hops that make the beer less smooth than preferred.

Where imperial ips are usually medium-full, this one yeilds a more full character than most; partly because of the dense malt make up. Semi-dry in finish, the beer also carries a bitter alcohol/hop bite that lingers well into the next sip.

Even with the alcohol flavor hurting throughout, the bitterness and hop flavor save it. Looking for more delicate citrus notes could give this beer much more identity and charm, but the reliant on resiny hops soley leaves the beer regretably and slightly mundane.

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Photo of deepchills
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into a Tulip stemmed glass the color is brown-orange and slightly cloudy. The head is thick and large with a slightly foamy top. A sweet fruity aroma reaches me without having yet picked up the glass. After 3 minutes the head has receded to a half finger, leaving a nice, slightly loose lacing.

The smell is less sweet now as I bring the glass to my nose, some caramel and a light bitterness.

First taste there is a little sweetness which is blended well between the malty caramel and the fruit, which is now presenting itself as apricot. The bitterness of the hops is also present, though not overwhelming. The 9% ABV is well hidden throughout the tasting. The finish is a mix of malt and hops.

Continued drinking sees the fruitiness disappear. The malt starts barreling out, with the caramel and slightly bitter hop still present, by the end of the bottle the malt/caramel becomes stronger.

The beer drinks as easy as silk, with an ever so slight creamy feel.

As a Double IPA this seems to fall short. To be honest, this might not even be an IPA. The malt is strong and the hops take a back seat. But if you want to try something in between classifications this might be for you. I'll drink it again.

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Photo of JMad
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my tulip...

The beer is an orange amber color with a thick bubbly head. It smells of lots of sweet caramel malt with some sugar and tangerine. Tastes good but it's not nearly as bitter as a double IPA should be, the taste is mostly piney hops, grapefruit, an almost donut-like flavor followed by a lingering piney bitterness. It's really thick and has lots of subtle carbonation and a lingering finish. This is a different take on a double IPA but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I believe this may be my first brew from Texas. Let's see if the excitement of the premise lives up to the excitement of the experience.

Opens with a muted hiss, like a very tired and lethargic hurrah, and pours a flat looking orange-amber hue complemented with a bright haze. Head almost doesn't form, just leaving a smattering of big bubbles across the surface of the beer. Looks very heavy in the body, as though the carbonation can't escape. Quite a mediocre look to it, to be honest.

Nose is very muted indeed for a beer claiming to be an IPA, let alone a double IPA. Slight grainy sweetness, huskiness and a very slight twinge of green hops, almost lending a vegetative quality to the aroma. Very average.

Taste is also quite paltry, with a very mild bitterness vaguely covering a sweet molasses and malt extract flavoured basis. Dry finish, but without the sting I expect from an IPA. To be fair, the only flavours they mention on the bottle are "rich, malty", and "warm caramel", which is not the profile I expect from an IPA, but at least it's delivering what it promises.

Feel is average, and smooth, and to be fair the heat and booze of the 9% is well hidden.

Eh. A poor example of an IPA, but not an undrinkable beer overall. It's not something I'm particularly happy with, but I'm pleased to have tried a beer from the Lone Star State at least. I just hope they're not all like this.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta call this pour "true to style," that's for sure. Big creamy head, rocky and firm, sitting on stop of a lightly hazed orange sunset color. And absolute gobs of lace. Very nice.

Aroma is as malty as it is hoppy, plenty of caramel tones and some toffee too. Juicy and candy-like, similar to Arrogant Bastard or other US strong ales. The hops are herbal and flowery for the most part, even a bit of cannabis sneaking in. Trace of alcohol far back.

Taste brings it down just a notch, lacking a bit of character and direction. Still juicy, still candy-like, and very much not (unlike the aroma) leaning toward American Strong Ale land...Rahr & Sons calls this a double IPA and so it is. But there's a medicinal quality to the alcohol that could be reeled in, and the tangy, minty, orange-tasting hops don't quite mesh with the malt as well as I'd like, and there probably isn't enough malt here to begin with, but having said all that, it gets pretty close to the mark and brings at least something to the DIPA table.

Would have liked a creamier, silkier texture, as this has a fair bit of carbonation bite. There is, surprisingly, a softness trying to creep its way in, but it never makes it totally. Alcohol persists, if relatively tame, in the sticky finish.

Not bad, but after having a Surly Abrasive Ale just 24 hours ago, well, the bar just got even higher for this style. Glad to have tried Ass Kisser, though, and it's probably worth at least a shot by any Double IPA aficionado, if only for reference's sake.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, I only bought this because of the label, I totally admit it. Beer poured into a Golden Pheasant glass. Beer is dark amber and hazy with a decent head, some lacing and low to moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with a mild piny? hop aroma in there.

Beer is medium to heavy in body, pretty malty on the front but not overly sweet, the finish isn't too bitter and there is an obvious void of hop flavors on the midpalate of this beer. Oh well, not a repeat for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter per the directions on the bottle, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours an opaque reddish-orange coloring with a thin, densely bubbled head. The nose is complex, with a blend of citrus, caramel, and spice. There is almost a sour tang to the smell, as well. The body has a sharp carbonation to the mouthfeel. The flavors have a tangy caramel foundation with peppery spice and hoppy flavors playing off onto the palate. The beer has a tangy sweet aftertaste that borders on sour. Very smooth and creamy finish to begin with, that dries and puckers the mouth as you go. Pretty interesting brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a deep, hazy orangish-brown with a pretty good off-white head.

Smell – There’s a huge mix of tangerine and grapefruit hops at the nose laced with ultra-sugary caramel malt.

Taste – The rindy citrus takes over at the taste. I can get supplemental pine as well. The malts try to keep up but struggle. They are less sweet than I thought from the nose but still quite caramelly.

Mouthfeel – This is big, almost full-bodied, with a harsh dry finish and light carbonation.

Drinkability – The sum did not live up to its parts here. The hops were sophisticated and heavy and the caramel was very clean, but together the balance was off. The hops came across as heavy-handed, which often is good but in this case didn’t work.

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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 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 BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - SLightly hazy golden amber body with some beige lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose with some sweetness to boot. Spiced and inviting.

T - A nice well rounded hop profile. Some spice, floral, sweet hop flavors. Not incredibly spicy or hoppy for a double IPA but nicely blended. A nice noticable bitter taste throughout.

M - Nice and light bodied, semi tingly small bubbled carbonation. Some slight alcohol presence in the finish but well masked.

O - A nice well hopped double IPA. If you like the standard IPA this one is a good choice, not sure Id consider it a double but a good beer either way.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber ($7.99) of this at Winooski Beverage Warehouse on 01APR11 and enjoyed back at my B&B in Bristol that eve...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, this bier had a slightly hazy apricot hue. Minimal carbo was espied, though it had a frothy off-white head, which lasted well and laced things up nicely. Aroma was sweetly fruity, as of orange and apricot marmalade. Mostly smooth on the tongue, the body was a decent medium.

As for flavor, it had a mild sweetness, with apricot and tangerine being present. Rindy, resiny hoppage then comes forth, with a solid lupulin aftertaste lingering on the palate. Pretty decent overall, though a touch overpriced, imo. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that does much better slightly warmer than refrigeration temperature.

A= copper, fairly clean, nice white head, good lacing and rimming, a modest continual rise of small bubbles of carbonation.

S= pine and very nice malts, better than I would expect after seeing the lower ratings it's been getting. Nice citrus emerging as it warms and sets for a while.

T= strong pine but not as over-the-edge of many popular "West Coast" IPA's. For instance, I like this better than Sierra's Pale Ale. And it's not just pine but balanced with some modest citrus. Very nice thick malts, bready at times. No liquor hint which I would have expected at 9%ABV. Decent stuff.

M= dry, pine bitters, sweet rich malts lingering.

O= heck I'd session with this or would love to have it regularly available on-tap. I'm impressed and didn't expect to be. I figured with the hype-title and labeling it would be crap but it definitely is not. But at $8.99 for a 22oz bottle I'm not sure how often I'll be buying, unfortunately.

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Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
3.29 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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