Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning “great”, and rajan, meaning “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom!

The Maharaja is the second installment in our Dictator Series.

102 IBUs

ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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Photo of JayS2629
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cool amber with moderate white head that fades slowly and leaves descent lace.

The smell is of orange, grapefruit, and pine with a sweet caramel and honey backbone. Floral elements throughout as well.

The taste is overly sweet for a DIPA with rich honey and caramel. A small booze bite that lingers and loads of grapefruit, melon, sweet orange and pine. Black pepper notes and some grassy, floral elements.

Overly sweet for this style. A bit cloying, sticky and but interesting and descent DIPA. A big sipper that goes crazy on spicy hops as it warms.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours pours a dark copper color with a litt bit of jead that laced. The smell is infused with hops and is bitter. The taste the is very bitter; very hoppy. Strong flavor stays on the palletee. Overall fanstastic, strong flavor very hoppy, strong flavor.

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Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Surly Darkness tulip.

Batch No. 13, March 2011 release.

A - Pours a deepish orange, amber color with a little bit of haze in it. Not exactly translucent, but not cloudy. The head is a dense cloud of microscopic bubbles, with larger ones interspersed, and is off-white in color. Retention is moderate, lasting a few minutes, and the lacing is nice as well.

S - Almost immediately this beer takes me by surprise. This is not hop-forward in the slightest. They are there, of course, but this is sweet and malty. I'm not sure if it's the age on this or just the malt bill, but I almost immediately thought of a dry-hopped barleywine when I smelled this. It smells thick and syrupy for sure. As it warms and the smell lingers, however, the hops do shine. There's a lot of orange peel and almost tropical hop influence coming through that gives it a nice bite at the end.

T - As in the nose, this is extremely malty for a DIPA. It's not bad, but it's something to take into account, as it is not the typically effervescent, light and citrus DIPA. It begins very sweet and syrupy, again, like a West Coast Barleywine in my opinion. But it blazes a trail that the IPA contrast thrives on. It brings influences of oranges and mango and pineapple, which when combined with the malts, gives off impressions of sugar-coated fruit which is addicting. The finish is long and a good mix of orange peel and sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. This is probably one of the heaviest, syrupy thick DIPAs I've had, and in my opinion blurs the line between it and a barleywine. It's heavy in the mouth, but flows easily and finishes rather dry for how big it is.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This is an interesting beer for sure and I'm almost glad it's not a proto-typical DIPA. I think the thickness and sweetness is something that Avery does well to include in this beer. I'm sure it's exaggerated with some of the age on this, so I'd love to try it fresh, but as it stands now it is a unique beer that sort of shatters some preconceived notions I had coming into it.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes, 22 oz bomber poured into an Avery pint glass, 12th edition, May 2010

A: pours a clear dark amber with some sediment floating in the glass with a thick off white head with good retention and leaves a nice lacing pattern

S: floral and citrus hops, sweet oranges, malt, some alcohol

T: floral and citrus hops as in the smell, some sweet and sugary malt but the hoppy bitterness lingers and overpowers the sweetness, the alcohol is definitely detectable

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a slight burn/tingle from the alcohol

O: Well-balanced hoppy bitterness and sweet malt, alcohol not very well hidden, but stilll very drinkable and enjoyable

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap on 4/18/2011 at the Gingerman in NYC. Typed from notes. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Copper color with a large off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves thick lace.

Smell: Lots of melon and citrus with a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Begins bitter, rounding out to some sweet malt before finishing with grapefruit, melon, and blood orange flavors. These hops are sweet!

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A perfect IPA. This brew has all of the great IPA flavor with lots of unique melon characteristics I have never experienced in a beer of this style. Try it NOW!

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Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent amber with a well maintained beige head of about an inch in height.

S - Just simply bursting with grapefruit goodness.

T - Like the nose, giant grapefruit funtime taste with a nice well balanced touch of honey sweetness.

M -Smooth, decent level of carbonation and a wonderfully citrus bitter aftertaste.

O - Well worth the hype. Great all the way around.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Majaraja 2011
A - Pours a clear amber with a nice amount of off white foam that slowly faded and left lots of lacing stuck on the glass
S - really wonderful citrus aroma, pineapple, mango & lemon blend well into a juicy smell.
T - tropical fruit hops come through with alot of mango, lemon peel, malty sweet with just a bit of alcohol warmth from the 10+ percent. It all finishes with a slight pepper spicy note
M - full bodied with alot of creaminess to it, the carbonation is there but comes out in the finish, there is a bit of alchol warmth but that seems to disappear with a dry finish.
D - I could drink alot of this, but it does get a bit much with the alcohol, so I'd stick to a bottle or two and enjoy it on special occasions.


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

2009 Vintage

Just wanna say that I am so happy to finally OPEN & review this beer, as the
forces that be have made it unavailable in Oklahoma as of a few
months ago.


Bomber -> CHOC Rastal Pint

A ~ Poured slowly a cloudy, Rusty-Mahogany-Red that I could not possibly see through. For being almost 2 years old, this still has a pretty intense, sticky-pillow of a head. With some lacing that was pretty difficult to clean out after all was said and done. Visible yeast sediment in glass that I can only assume is from conditioning for so long. Can't wait.

S ~ An astringent & acrid bouquet of fermented apricot, Pomander, Lime Zest, Citrus Peels, and some definite Pine Sol. Chemically, Bitter, Dusty Earth. Super Excited.

T ~ HOPS!!! Spice and Citric Acid hits first. Shocks tounge, then mouth, then throat, teeth & tummy. This is some amazing stuff, straight up hop juice. Aged grapefruit, lemon & mango slathered in tree sap. Less boozy than expected but there is still a definite bite to this one. Almost a cat pee like acridness on the finish. This is one that I am glad I split with friends. Aggressive.

M ~ Attacks mouth in all levels in almost a specific order. Pretty incredible how complex this beer is. Silky smooth bubbles and almost every flavor profile achievable from hops; Spicy, Citric, Earthy, Fruity, Bitter, Piney. ABV comes out more halfway through.

Spicy Hop bomb for sure. Recommendable to any hop head. Wish I had copped more when I had the chance.

I <3 Avery

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally I get to try this one. Pours a clearer than clear amber,with some lighter golden highlight's Tremendous off white heading that was a thick as cool whip.Amazing lacing throughout the tasting and a nice white cap stuck around the entire ride.

Amazing hoppy nose with not really a trace of this being a high ABV beer.Biscuit malts are apparent as well and a slight fruity character to it.

Well ok I jumped the gun a bit.ABV is not hidden whatsoever.Unlike what the nose suggests this is a very heavy malt bomb in which is kind of crude on the palate. The bitterness is there but just not keeping up with maltiness and it only comes into play when the heat of the higher alcohol pushes through. Slight burn in the throat after it is consumed.

Full bodied,with some excellent carbonation a bit thick in the mouth and kind of sappy.

A good IIPA. A bit overrated in my book,but I would really like to try this again fresh. The bottle I had was bottled in March it is now June.

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Photo of colt45n
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a wonderful dark orange/amber haze with a light sticky head.

S: Getting a lot of sweet malt upfront on this, there are some grapefruity hops there as well but not as there was in previous years.

T: Sweet malt very little hops, sweet sticky malt is all am getting.

Overall I thought it was a "good" beer but unlike the other years I have had a was disapointed with the lack of hops, I love the sweetness but I thought it would be better with more hops in taste.

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Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken in March.

Served in a nonic, this brew appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellowish merange-like head. Leggy lace sticks to the glassware and a swirl revives more than a finger of head back across the top.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with scents of pineapple, mango, fruits, rind like grapefruit and orange. Lots of different sweet smelling notes to take in with other hints of light sulfur and a yeasty greenness finish out the nose.

The taste is fruity with hop chsracter initially flavored like mango and other tropical fruits. Notes of pear, sulfur and rinds emerge as well. This brew has a young green yeastiness that runs all through the profile. Light malt backing provides a sweetness that accents the fruity rindy flavors. The finish has some spiced peppery notes to the finish that accents the alcohol

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This brew comes across to me a bit much like spoiled fruit meets young yeast as I partake in the rest of my serving. The abv is hidden quite well though if that helps matters at all.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a perfect pint glass...split two ways with the wife.

A massive 2 fingers of grey/white foam formed on top of the dark orange/amber body. Wonderful lacing after a long head retention.

Lots of crystal sugar and sweet malts balance out the resin of hops in the nose.

The taste is right in line with the nose...sweet and biscuity up front with a bitter hop finish. The 10 odd % abv comes out in the aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel...oily at first but the finish is rather dry.

Complex offering...many layers to think about as you drink. The alcohol is present, and you sure can taste it. I imagine this would turn into a fine barleywine with some age...

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Photo of jamescain
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at 24 diner in Austin, TX.

Appearance: Copper-orange with a white head about a centimeter thick that lingers before fading into a thin lacing.

Aroma: pungent hops smack you in the nose, grapefruit, citrus, pine are the dominate aromas.

Taste: Grapefruit is the predominate flavor with pine notes and a nice malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a nice dry finish and lingering bitterness.

Overall: Impressive double IPA, not overwhelmingly bitter, and complex enough to have you coming back for more.

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Photo of HosP
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a bif from stageseven. Poured 22oz into snifters.

A- pours clear, dull copper in color. White half finger head, receded quickly down very thin cap.

S- very sweet smelling. Grapefruit aroma that blends into some mild citrus hops. Sweetness takes over the nose quite a bit.

T- like the nose, sweet flavors of grapefruit, pineapple maybe come out strong at the beginning. Sweetness stays through the middle. Finally at the end there is some pine hops along with some bitterness. Tastes very malty throughout until the very end.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation. Feels a bit syrupy.

O- much sweeter than expecting. Typically like more hop heavy iipa's so this one wasn't my favorite. Still a good drink, just not my kind in this style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dirty copper amber like color with an inch of fluffy tanish head that has some very impressive lacing throughout.

S - Surprised it smelled more than just citrus hops but I do get a very fine gram cracker malt. Almost spiced like the guy bellow a gingerbread.

T - I really enjoy this one. Where is the ABV, completely masked by the sweet bitter hops then the malt kicks in almost like a barleywine but quickly picks up with a bitter twang of resiny piney hops that coats the tongue long after the last sip.

M - It was surprisingly drinkable. I think of Hopslam without the sweetness of honey. Really such a balanced DIPA.

Overall I was impressed with this. On par with most DIPA's being more malt forward this ones got a pair with a strong hoppy finish that masks the ABV. Dangerously drinkable and for only 9 dollar a bottle for such a "limited" release I will try to grab another before the rest are gone. Good Stuff.

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Photo of bmwats
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy golden / amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving lots o' sticky residue behind. The best way to describe the dissipation of the head would be to say it decays. Plenty of uneven peaks and valleys as it melts away. Lots of beer ring lacing.

S: A little syrupy sweet malt, subtle but full hops, and... gingerbread?... yes, gingerbread.

T: Slightly sweet, hoppy goodness. Raisin, licorice, and pine nuts are present.

M: Thick, syrupy, hearty. Sweet and hoppy in the front, really dry finish. High alcohol character is readily apparent.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmospher is great. Really solid appearance featuring a golden amber body with very little carbonation (in the body which i like), with a great frothy head, and tons o' lacing. Nose is not complex, but a very full combination of hops and the sweetness of gingerbread (or something similar of the sort). Flavor is a slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly hoppy combinatio of raisin, pine, and grains. Very well done. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of ajcobb24
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark orange mixed with a light amber color. The beer pours with a little head (about one third of a finger). If you look closely at the top of the beer (in a snifter glass), you can see the volatile chemicals on the top (they will give that rainbow effect in the light like your chemistry projects did sometimes). A lot of lacing on the glass as you swirl the beer around the glass.

Smell - Heavy hops smell mixed with citrus notes. This beer smells very similar to Bell's Hopslam, but also has a slightly bitter smell mixed in that the Hopslam did not have.

Taste - initially you get a pleasant and smooth hoppy taste which then morphs into some heavy citrus notes. Can taste grapefruit and orange. The only downside to the taste is that this beer has a heavy bitter bite at the end. I enjoy a nice strong finish to a beer, but not this strong.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant medium body at the beginning with a moderate amount of carbonation while the beer is in your mouth. The heavy hops that are in this beer really dry your mouth and throat at the end.

Overall - Reminded me quite a bit of Bell's Hopslam, but with an unpleasant bitter taste at the end. Despite that, I was pretty impressed with this beer. I enjoy the fact that they just didn't want to copy the Hopslam taste but try a little bit less hop bitterness at the end.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a snifter.

Appears a brown with a subtle dark orange. A thin creamy head remains - 1/4 inch.

Smells heavy duty. No real fruits in nose but a noticeable non-citrus heaviness.

Tastes like a heavy wine. More malty than I expected. Want to research what hops are used. There's a bit of muddy overripe fruit in there.

I dont think I'd purchase another one so quickly but I'll gladly split one if you bring it over. :)

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Photo of
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-deeper amber color with a nicely formed off white head. Little carbonation in the beer. The head turns into a fluffy cloud on the top.

s-beautiful. Smells like a fresh cut ruby red grapefruit, but with much more bitterness from the rind, not a ton of sweet from the pulp. There are malts in here too, they are fairly big for this being a hop forward beer. Smell has some smal hints of the strength of this beer.

t-like it smells, big hops that play nicely with the malts in here. Has a little tang on the back sides of the toung. Some cinnamon, some spice to the taste too. The big hops shine through the entire experience.

m-has some syrup, but it rolls around the toung well. No real burn from this big beer.

o-they did well with this beer again this year. Has a lot going on, and demands to be sipped. Nice layering of the flavors that gives the drinker a lot to think about while enjoying. Glad it's summer again!

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Photo of BigDRS
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Dublin, OH. Served in a 10 oz glass.

A - Color is a deep tangerine/orange. The bartender poured this to the rim - there's very little head present. Lacing is minimal.

S - Nose is awesome. Really complex. Lots of citrus fruits - I get some pineapple, orange, a bit of lemon.

T - This beer is a hophead's dream. There's all sorts of fruits and lots of citrus hops with a bit of caramel in there too. I get just a slight bit of alcohol warming ... there's no excessive alcohol burn or booziness. I nursed this one quite a bit. The delicious hop bitterness that lingers after each sip plus the complexity of this beer encourages small, calculated sips.

M - Mouthfeel is quite syrupy and on par for the style. Not a ton of carbonation present, but it's overshadowed by the syrupy quality of the beer.

O - This is a great double IPA. I'd like to sample more of this beer (only had 10oz) and/or have it out of a bottle as well before I would rank it in my favorite double IPAs, but I'm quite sure it's going to be high up there on the list.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very clear. It is a light Mahogany to dark honey color and boasts a frothy cap of off-white foamy head. This beer looks just amazing!

S: I could smell the hops right as I cracked the bottle. It's a hop-forward beer with things like tangerine, lemon, and maybe some clementine. It is so hops-forward that the malt is hard to pick up, though, I can detect a sweetness in the background.

T: The first thing I taste are hops, just like the smell. The second thing I notice is that this beer is quite boozy, but it doesn't have a 'hot' burn. You get all the hops right up front and the maltyness comes in on the finish with the lingering booze 'burn'.

M: Medium-full bodied to full bodied with little carbonation, and quite smooth.

D: Delicious beer, and I'd recommend it to anyone, but due to the boozy feel, It is a sipping beer.

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and deep copper with a one finger white/slightly off white head that slowly falls.

Wow! Absolutely amazing aroma. Lots of citrus with a bit of pine. Towards the end a caramel sweetness comes through.

Straight away there's a citrus bite, sharp yet not overly so. There's also a good amount of caramel sweetness present but isn't cloying, but is a bit on the sweet side. Well balanced and ends with a bit of alcohol burn but that's to be expected with an ABV of 10.54%.

Skirts the line of almost being syrupy. Low amount of carbonation.

Overall I was fairly impressed with this one. Avery's standard IPA I felt was a bit flat and left much to be desired. Not so here. The aroma alone is reason enough to love this beer. If I'm being honest and had to pick one thing that I didn't like, it would be the nearly syrupy mouthfeel. Other than that I feel Avery really knocked it out with this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber with blood orange tint, small head with poor retention, heavy lacing

S: ripe tropical fruits with an emphasis on mango character, caramel malts hang around inthe background

T: taste starts out with citric hop bitterness, this smooths out to a fruit juice character, malt comes in on the finish which makes for a nice balance

Mf: everything on par for style, medium body, high carbonation

O: awesome dipa, very fresh, this one is up there with hopslam and double trouble

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clean amber color with a finger of white foamy head that retains well and laces alright. The aroma is very strong with cascade and chinook hops... Very piney and citrusy. The tast starts malty sweet with a bit of citrusy hop flavor... Finishes slightly too bitter. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced. Overall a good double IPA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taken from notes on 4.4.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, medium orange with a one finger tan head, that settles clear and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Mild citrus.

T - bitter pine, some tart strawberry finish.

D - A bit sweet, but no bitterness.

O - Unique, but enjoyable.

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