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New Holland HopivoreNew Holland Hopivore

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of davidthebruce
1.24/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I do not review beer. That being said I feel it is my duty to tell everyone looking for this beer to look elsewhere. It is quite possibly the worst example of an APA on the market. I don't know what New Holland is doing with this beer. I generally like everything I have tried from New Holland. This beer needs to go. HORRIBLE!

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Photo of maximum12
1.46/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow, shocked when I saw the score on this one; I thought it was just going to be me. Had a 10 oz. pour at the notably expensive Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Too bad they always have such great beer.

Pours like a standard IPA, amberish orange. Smell is a serious red flag; muted hops that have been rolled & baked in dirty, earthy must. My wife takes a sniff & her nose curls up. I probably made the same face.

Hopivore is some kind of experiment gone bad. The musty, earthiness permeats whatever hops, malts, water, & yeast went into this brew. Just like an IPA or APA that's been cellared for a year or seven. Tastes old. 10 ounces was way, way too much. I might have gone through 6 before I couldn't stomach any more.

What happened? I've visited New Holland, & really enjoy their beers. But this is a bad, undrinkable brew.

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Photo of GreenPea
1.72/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I realy can't say much other than this was a dissapointment. The smell was kind of un-pleasant and the taste...well not far off from the smell. I would think something called "Hopivore" would be a hop bomb. This is just a bomb period. I only bought one of these and actually grabbed it after seeing someone grab six. Luckly I'm the guy that only bought one.

If I had anything possitive to say about this beer it would be in reference to the color. It has a nice bronzy orange tint and is filtered well.

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Photo of corby112
1.91/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark caramel orange color with burnt orange edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly dissolves into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with faint earthy hops. Subtle citrus and earthy pine needle presence but the nose is overpowered by the malt notes. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and nut.

Medium bodied with more of a hop presence than the aroma suggests. Dry, resinous and slightly bitter with an earthy floral presence and some piny flavor. This is countered by a sweet malt profile with hints of caramel and biscuit. The hop flavor is kind of one-dimensional while not being very flavorful and the malt presence is a bit to strong for my preference. Not a fan of this one.

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Photo of Luganwarrior
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

HOPIVORE.... I DON'T WANT NO MORE... I like NHBC. They have multiple offerings,but this beer was a large dissapontment. No hop flavor-mild at best. I enjoyed the flavor of 3 f's broo doo, Founders Harvest ale, and The great divide Fresh hop pale ale. This Hopivore is at the bottom of my very long list of alleged hoppy goodness- bland taste--reminds me of a Milwaukee beer...light mouth feel.. not a refreshing beer craving more. Price was $7.29 a 4 pak so I am not crying. NHBC has lots of room for improvement next year.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.08/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep amber color. Half finger white head shows weak retention. No lacing at all on the glass as everything just fell back into the beer.

S- This is a very weak beer in the nose. There is a lot of caramel malts with a light toffee tone to it. Very bready. Some light grassy hops in the ending but that is about it. For a wet hop ale this one sucks in the aroma.

T- Tons of caramel biscuty malts the run through and through this beer. Light citrus hops that kind of fall into the background. Some grassy notes that only hint at best. Nothing wet hopped about this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Very watery overall on the palate with some light caramel malts. Burnt flavor in the aftertaste with some grassy hops. Balance is not in favor of the hops for the style. No real off flavors just boring at best for a wet-hop ale. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a huge miss for New Holland. Wet-hop is the last thing that would have come to my mind with this beer. The ABV is well hidden but this drank more like a amber ale then anything else. Go back to the drawing board on this one guys!

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Photo of BB1313
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a tupip. Pours a hazy glowing copper with a nice white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts. The aromas doesn't have much of a fruity nose, although there is a decent amount of orange peel that blends with the caramel. The flavors are pretty malty. More hints of orange. Subtle hints of grass and pine. The flavors aren't too bitter. There's not bite at all. It can be considered "refreshing". Mouthfeel nice is on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation. It drinks smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This just doesn't work. Aromas and flavors just don't pop at all. It's also not worth the price of admission. I rarely ever say to avoid a beer, but I'd personally pass on this, sorry.

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Photo of kenito799
2.34/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, IPA tasting
Clear amber brew with fine bubbled head, decent lacing.

Aroma really conveys little other than smoky burned autumn leaves.

The flavor is thin with very little interest...over extracted black tea. Not balanced by malt. This was the only dud of an excellent flight of IPAs and DIPAs. Don't understand how this is so expensive.

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Photo of claminat420
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- poured a transparent amber color with an off white/ tannish colored head. medium/ heavy lacing.

S- just malts. some caramel and slight raison kicking off. no hops which is LAME!!!

T- just how it smells. it's weird... if you take a sip you notice no hops but if you chug alil more comes out. totally weak if you ask me.
alcohol is undeteced.

M- solid medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- unless they do something (like add more hops) this will be the last 4 pack i buy.

Overall- i'm not going to be a "chode" and say this beer is great cuz i paid 10.99 a four pack and it's a special seasonal or whatever. new holland to me lacks in the hop department. their imperial hatter sucked and i've only heard bad about the regular mad hatter which i'm waiting to buy just a single. for the name "hopivore" this beer BLEW! i wonder if they even know about the 5:1 hop ratio when your using "wet" hops? coming from michigan new holland is a joke. i wish they would change and get some balls and stop making all their beers bland and step out. to me this so called "hopivore" reminds me of arcadia's scotch ale which is sad. sad beer = sad brewery

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Photo of homebrew311
2.44/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: appears a deep golden color, thin white head, decent lacing

S: smell includes big bready malt profile....but where are the hops? This is a fresh hop ale...right? Maybe an ever so faint tinge of citrus, but for a fresh hop APA, this one is seriously lacking

T: front feature malty sweetness, followed by breadiness, again a touch of bitterness is somewhere in there, primarily on the finish. The hops are hidden and what hop character there is is not entirely pleasant.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

D: What a disappointment. I opened the brew hoping for a nice freshly hopped beer, but all I got was a subpar malt bomb. It definitely doesn't meet style parameters and isn't a great brew regardless of the style.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.46/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$3.29 for a 12 ounce single at Oak Tree.

Dark but shiny copper body, good clarity, topped by one finger of rapidly decaying white foam. Little bit of lacing. Disappointing head for a hoppy ale.

Extremely mild aroma of fresh hay with bits of caramel and herbs. Not what I expected from a fresh hop beer.

Sweet caramel foundation. Bitter earthy herbal hops. Not as much hops as a wet hop ale would call for. Is balance a good thing here? A touch of juice at the finish. Touch of dust in the aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel, could use just a tad more carbonation to keep it moving.

Lackluster drinkability, not a bad beer, but not special either.

Definitely a disappointment to style. Nothing really note worthy on its own. Slightly pricey. Overall, not recommended.

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Photo of jsh420
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours bright clear dark amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smells of bready spiced malts

taste - NH underwhelms yet again! - hell you could have told me this was a pumpkin ale - watery spiced bready malts - where are these fresh hops????

mouthfeel - a medium body with an almost flat feel

drinkability not good - an under flavored overpriced 4pack screams not again

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Photo of jegross2
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 Vintage bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown amber that pours almost no head, and settles with even less.

Aroma: Malty brown sugar with a subtle piney hops and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Very malty with a slightly bitter bubbly finish from the carbonation. The flavor does not linger very well or long. Some earthy/caramel flavors detected too, though it is hard to tell because the flavor is "quick and gone" because the beer is so watery.

Mouthfeel: Very thin bodied and watery texture.

Overall: Very disappointed by my second venture into New Holland's beer following my trying Dragon's Milk this past weekend. This is a very weak IPA, and if you are looking for a more malty than bitter IPA just seek out Sierra Nevada Celebration.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep golden color with a thin white head. Head turns into a layer of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is quite a bit of bready and caramel malts. A tiny bit of citrus hops here not much at all.

T- Taste is again malty sweetness, and bready. Very little hop flavors.

M- Medium in body, and quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Not at all what I expected or wanted. After reading the label I expected a nice dose of fresh hops and all I got were malts. Nothing special here at all.

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Photo of Frosty80
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits a crystal clear dark copper

Smell: slightly malty with a toasty/nutty quality. no hops. what variety did they use?

Taste: clean, light malt flavor with a hint of toast or nuttiness. again, where is the hops? very subtle, earthy hop flavor and bitterness in finish that doesnt last long

Mouthfeel: light-medium body. smooth with medium carbonation

Notes: this would have been an OK effort had they been trying for something like an ordinary bitter. again, not sure what hop variety they used but this beer does not showcase hops at all.

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

[L] Hopivore pours a warm amber hue into the glass, which provides a decent amount of off-white head.

[S] The hoppiness releases some zesty, fruity aromas; not quite as aromatic as a wet-hop ale should be IMHO, but there is still some pungent citrus to be enjoyed. There is a much more dominant maltiness to this than expected, as well. Cookies and crystal malts. A tad sweet for a pale.

[T] Caramel, with pale malts in the background. The bitter on this is actually quite respectable, with a sharp lingering rind on end. Very malty for an APA or IPA, but its only strong point is the finish.

[F] This was a medium bodied brew, which was lacking carbonation.

[D] For an APA, I find this < average in drinkability. I wouldn't want to do more than 2 of these, compared to something like an Alpha King, which I could drink all night.

I bought this thinking it was an IPA, and later realized it only boasts itself as a "Harvest-ale". Seems like most of the hops were used for bittering as opposed to aromatics/flavor. Not a bad thing; but this was just a miss in my book.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, and light caramel malts. Not a lot of hops here, just mostly bready malts. Not offensive or anything, but not much to it.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, and light bitter hops. Again, not much to it; a slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - Not the best APA or the best offering from New Holland. Not much to this one besides some bready malts and slight bitterness in the taste. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of prototypic
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hopivore is a darker amber/copper color. It's very clear, and orange highlights are visible when held to light. An off-white head covers the top and rises to about a finger or so tall. It's quick to recede, leaving a moderate web of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is not so great. First off, it needs more strength. It starts out with a prominent toasted malt scent. Eh. Not my favorite thing. Caramel malt is also in the mix, and adds a bit of a sweet scent. There are subtle, light citrus notes. Frankly, they're so subtle that it's tough to identify them. Hops are very light. Far too light. Is this really a wet hopped ale? a bad way.

The flavor is a little better, but is still all kinds of average. It does have a sturdy base that consists of toasted and caramel malts. Honestly, the combo is not all that flavorful. Hops are more prominent here. The flavors are a mix of pine and spicy notes. It's definitely bitter, but not scathingly so. There's plenty of malt here to balance things out. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol doesn't come through strong. Finishes bitter, piney, and spicy.

Hopivore has a lighter body. Carbonation is mid-range. It's not smooth, but it's not altogether terrible either. Drinkability is pretty limited in my book. The flavor is not at all what I expected, and grows tiresome quickly. I guess the decision to put this in 12 oz. bottles was probably a good one. One's definitely enough for me though.

New Holland continues its trend of hit and miss. These days it seems like there are more misses than hits. Hopivore is really a disappointing effort for a wet-hopped ale. The biggest problem is that it's far too malty. I'm also not a fan of the toasted malt flavor. Addressing those two issues might dramatically improve it. I'd suggest taking a pass on this one.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was fooled by the name and the packing on this beer. Shame on me, I should have done my homework. I put down a mini keg of Bell's Best Brown to buy this crap. Since it was sold in 4 packs, and with a name like Hopivore, being very familiar with most New Holland's offerings, I expected something entirely different. I am so disappointed with this purchase. It's probably fine for an APA, but how the hell would you know when New Holland doesn't list ABV or IBU on their beers?!?!

A: Caramel amber with a less than average head, some lacing on the pint glass.
S: Nothing much going on here. Where the hell are my hops? The beer's name is Hopivore? It should be Maltivore.
T: Meh, I am so not impressed. I was mildly excited to find a wet hopped beer after having a few Founders Harvest Ales recently. This beer is a totally different category.
M: Nothing special. Again, this might be an OK beer in the APA style, but I'm so disappointed by the purchase, I really can't give this a fair score.
O: Never again. Thanks for nothing New Holland!

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear red-bronze color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes within seconds into nothing. The aroma is of grapefruit, with a hint of green hops. It is a rather light aroma for a wet hopped beer. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a watery texture, and aggressive carbonation. Overall, this is a very poor example of a wet hopped pale ale. I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Hopivore a few days ago for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on a lot of this years fresh hopped beers so when I saw this beer still on the shelf's I figured I should give it a shot so I can at least try one fresh hopped beer this year. so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I am sure it's pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks pretty good, I like the way the hop cones look. It poured a dark red/amber color with a half a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring with a thin lump in the middle that stayed till the end. Pretty dark for an American Pale Ale, and the head was pretty lackluster.

S- The aroma is a nice half and half mixture of malts and hops. The first to show up is the toasted malts that impart a slightly sweet caramel aroma along with some brown sugar. Next comes the hops which smell like a half and half mixture of citrus and piney hops with grapefruits sticking out the most. The aroma is pretty balanced which is unusual for a fresh hopped beer.

T-The malts and hops aren't as balanced as they were in the aroma, the malts win the battle in this beer. The first thing I pick up is the malts which have a very low amount of sweetness to them and impart the same caramel flavors I picked up in the aroma but in the flavor there is a much more pronounced grainy bread flavor. Instead of the hops being a mix of piney and fruity like they were in the aroma, they are much more earthy with just a very slight bit of pine and grapefruit. The finish had a very low amount of medium bitterness and the aftertaste was full of lightly toasted caramel malts.

M- Smooth, dry, on the heavier side of being light bodied, with a low amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average ale, I thought this beer tasted more like an American Amber or Red then an American Pale Ale. For a Harvest Ale this beer had a very dominating malt profile that really subdued the fresh hops and it didn't let a lot of those nice hop aromas make their way into the flavor. It had good drinkability with a low amount of bitterness, I could put a couple of these down, but the flavor doesn't really hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma it was pretty balanced and the hops showed up nicely with a good mixture of citrus and piney hops. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor and the fact that this beer is called Hopivore, the flavor was just too malty for a beer that should be hop forward and the name really makes you think this is going to be one hoppy beer, but it isn't. I don't think I would get this beer again there are a lot of much better APA's and Fresh Hopped Ales for me to spend my time drinking this beer. If your looking for a good Fresh Hopped Ale I recommend looking elsewhere this beer won't fulfill your need for a Fresh Hopped Ale. This wasn't a bad beer, it just wasn't what it should be and it for sure doesn't live up to it's name. New Holland can make some pretty good beers, but when it comes to the hops I have yet to impressed, this beer could use some work and a name change.

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Photo of crossovert
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

It pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head. It sticks for a bit and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is standard pale ale fair, it isn't much, a kiss of hops with a big candy/caramel malt presence.

The flavor follows. It is mellow, the hops seem quite vegetal. Low bitterness, low carboantion.

It is an average APA.

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Photo of cokes
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, burnished dark copper with a low-slung off-white head that sags hastily towards the liquid. Lacing is low-to-moderate.
Caramel malts, dusty flour, old pennies, and some traces of citrus peel, pine tar, and dead flowers. For a wet hopped beer, this carries little in the way of freshness via the aroma.
A firm maltiness hits the tongue, rife with caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and walnuts. Hopping fares about the same here as in the nose. Subserviant to the malts, it brings mere squeaks of grapefruit and pine and dried florals, and a more pronounced metalic bitterness. It ends with lingering toffee notes.
Medium bodied, inching larger with its low and slow levels of CO2.
The malts are in place to support a drippingly fresh hopped beer. Those hops never arrive.
This is a hard style, regionally, to get right and this Hopivore isn't eating very well.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was at my friends house and tried the New Holland Hopivore. The beer pours out a clear ice tea color with a slight amount of white suds that included lacing around the glass. The scent is had a sublte hop with a sliught malt undertone. The taste is a bit of a letdown....kind of plain for the type of beer this is. Watery with some malt and a very small amount of black bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation and clean as what flavors are in the brew leave quite quickly.
Drinkability is OK but needs more flavor to keep me interested.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear dark copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is earthy and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. From what I can smell it's a nice aroma, however it's pretty weak. Not very impressive for a fresh wet-hopped ale. Luckily, the taste is stronger than the aroma. However, it tastes mostly like caramel malt with a bit of hops. I expected a lot more hops in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not too hard to drink at all. I'm disappointed with this brew, I'd think with a name like Hopivore that there would be a lot more hops noticable, but unfortunately that isn't the case. It's not a bad brew, but it doesn't live up to its name. And it certainly isn't worth the price, either.

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New Holland Hopivore from New Holland Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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