Exit 4 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This inspired Belgian-style Trippel has a hazy golden hue and the aroma of citrus with hints of banana and clove. Predominant Belgian malt flavors give way to a subdued bitterness in the finish.

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

Whew. I thought I missed the boat on this GABF gold medal winner, but luckily I was able to score the final bottle on the shelf at Capone's.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a slightly hazy orange-gold. A HUGE white head forms on top and gradually becomes a loose-bubbled but very rocky cap.

SMELL: Bready pale malt melds with the lightest Belgian esters in this one. Heavy on the citrus fruitiness with a background spicy note that tries to come through. An odd green apple aroma seems to be there too, but it actually kind of works.

TASTE: A good bit of alcohol burn initially gives way to spicy notes over a somewhat sweet malt base. Some light fruity esters come on in the finish and lead to the perfect dryness to finish this multi-faceted ale off.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin enough and dry enough with a very piquant carbonation. Maybe a tad high even.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good, but the alcohol presence is only slightly overwhelming. Even still, this 750 belongs to me and me alone tonight.

A really fine brew, but I wasn't blown away by it. Thus far, it's my least favorite of the 3 Exit beers, but that should really indicate how good the other 2 (and Flying Fish's operation as a whole) is.

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Photo of BTPete
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at good friends bday party where people shared a few nice bottles.

Flying fish exit 4

A: clear golden yellow, bubbly, active.

S: clean, hoppy, citrus and banana.

T: similar to smell, very clean, hoppy, bitter and fruity. Belgian yeast.

M: clean, active, dry finish.

D: great tripel in my mind. Lovely the whole way over. Great dry finish.

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Photo of bob3701
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ito a Weisse glass. Golden hazy yellow with a big fluffy head. Very fruity and spicy. Not a bad Triple but there are better. I do however want to support this series, love the concept and Exit 4 was my childhood exit. A decent beer and can't wait for other exits. Bonus is this series has really pissed off the Turnpike.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another in the Exit series I got to try. I was anxious to get a hold of this one and rightfully so. Served cold and poured into a tulip, it was enjoyed on 10/27/2009.
The pour was much lighter then I was expecting, almost a golden amber color with an ice head of white on top. Lots of lacing left over from very slow retention gave it a huge showing. Aroma was hoppy though, nice touches of grass and hints of light wheat notes on top of apricot and pear notes. Smooth, and light bodied with ample carbonation it was very nice to sip on for sure. Initial hoppiness faded over to the nice fruit notes and a light touch of herbal hops. Dry finish with some good alcohol notes in the back end.
Overall not your traditional triple by any means but very solid none the less, I would have no issue with going after this one again one day, very solid.

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Photo of FloppyDog
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow iwth hints of orange coloring. Small yeast particulate suspended in the beer when held up to the light.

Aroma dominated by sweet belgian yeast fruitiness. That is the best way to describe it.

Taste is similar to aroma, except with a very apparent hop betterness and alcohol punch. Belgian yeast flavor lingers in the aftertaste, and the alcohol is not well hidden at all.

Mouth feel is a solid medium with fine carbonation bubbles.

Overall, an average beer with very low drinkability due to the combo of fusel alcohol and hop bitterness being overpowering, and unenjoyable as the beer is consumed.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The day was long, in the thick, muddy yellow-orange haze... There was a vast, frothy cloud cover early on, but it left quickly and no traces remained. We had been rowing since early morning, our bodies drenched with sweat and the aroma of key lime pies with graham cracker crusts. The day had been long, but the catch good as we had sailed through the one-footed islands and spoken with the long-forgotten professors in the old, pillared halls of yesteryear. More aromas, notes of caramel and lemon, mango, warm alcohol and a hint of Hawaiian pizza... always a lovely aroma to come home to after a long day, and now to drift off before the roaring fire in a burgundy tassel-chair...
But the flavour disappoints, lacking complexities, honey-sweet throughout and a bit of hop-bite in the finish, and my toes are too warm. A lot of warming alcohol, but not very multi-dimensional, really. A shame, as the rain beats on the stoop and reminds me that the weather beyond those teak walls is anything but favorable.
The body is medium and not fluffy enough for the style, lightly dry and a massively sweet, syrupy, warming finish. I'll dream of something else, this is obtrusive...
Really not very drinkable, even for a tripel. It's too one-dimensionally sweet and syrupy, and too warming... and really just nothing else.
So I'll lie here in my easy chair and dream, dream of better times, and try to forget that I must wake to row again in the morning...

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Photo of bbeane
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Very thick head after an agressive pour. Light orangish color, cloudy with little activity

S- Nice aroma. Mix of sweet fruit, sour fruit, and alcohol

T- Not quite as sweet as I had expected. Starts out fruity sweet with maybe some cinnamon, but finishes a bit sour or bitter. Can taste some of the alcohol

M- Pretty light and watery. Smooth with not a lot of carbonation

D- Pretty tasty and drinkable. Not the best trippel, but definately better than most of the other FF beers that I've tried

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Photo of kkipple
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Nerofiddled for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a hazy orange, lots of active carbonation, fat, dense and Belgian-esque head, some fine spotty lace. Pretty good, all told.

Smells sweet, (good) spicy, (good) dry, (nice) estery and fruity (check again) and overall quite solid. Maybe some mango here, lemon, tropical fruits, pepper. Could be sharper and more focused, not a real "Belgian" nose here, but not bad... not bad at all...

Hmm, this drinks pretty good... pretty much an "American" tripel, not much Belgian character here, but a good amount of spicy, smooth pale malt balanced with some tropics of ester and sweetness. Pretty solid, does not stand up to the best US Tripels (Allagash...) out there.

Smooth mouthfeel, creamy, affecting. Drinkable. Finishes dry and semi-sweet / spiceful.

Exit 4 is good, but could be better with a more solid yeast strain, I feel like... hmm. A fine effort though, and from Jersey!

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Photo of Nesued
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Red foil surrounding the cap. First in the Exit Series from Flying Fish.

Appearance - Big frothy head, white with loads of character (i.e. peaks and valleys) as it resolved to a nicely defined head. Lively carbonation. half-inch head retains long after the initial pour. Golden yellow in color with a slight haze.

Smell - American Tripel huh? Hmmm, smells like an American IPA. Nice grapefruit nose, not overpowering but very much a hop (i.e "American") influence to this Trippel? I guess the taste will be the determining factor. Not really smelling anything more. Perhaps a bit of a peppery nose as well. Clean and fresh.

Taste - The first thing to grab me about this beer is the "legs" on it along with the hop initial presentation. Thankfully, the hop bite at the end isn't there. Mid-tones of pepper and cloves, along with a sweet malty balance. Mellow opening leads you into an overall sweet mid-game. Built well, while at the same time an enigma (i.e. what the heck is an "American Trippel"?).

Mouthfeel - A good palate cleaner. Crisp finish with a good refreshing "I want more" approach. Not a lot of carbonation, just enough, which makes this all the more enjoyable and not overly heavy.

Drinkability - No way can I compare this with a St. Bernardus tripel, tripel Karmeliet or a Westmalle tripel. In my opinion, this doesn't fit the "Tripel" class. No BJCP guidelines for this offering. To me, you add an arse load of hops to a tripel style and you get this beer. The beer's overall ease of consumption is there, as the alcohol is well-hidden throughout. Good density in this beer and would stand up to many foods that are exceedingly robust (pot roast, thick soups/stews, etc.).

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle capped and red foil over the top. No freshness info. Pours medium amber with an apricot hue. The head is off white, appropriatly huge initially, decent retention showed then spotted lace left behind. Fruity candy sugar sweet nose. Got to respect em for swinging for the fences with a take on this outstanding style, but this one does not make it out of the middle of the road. Some phenolic tendencies, but not enough, some hoppy feel but not enough. All in all a decent tasting brew, but ends up being a lower level American tripel, compared to the all stars of the style.

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Photo of LSUExplorer03
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

poured from a 750ml bottle into a Philly "BEER" pint glass

A - Appearance was a murky, golden hue

S - Smell was a strong citrus with apparent orange, lemon, apricot, and spice -- the alcohol was definitely coming through also!

T - I was not impressed with the taste -- this beer was not too balanced imho. The citrus taste hits you right up front, followed by a strong taste of the alcohol -- I was most disappointed that the alcohol was not well masked.

M - Mouthfeel was a little abrasive -- not very smooth. Again, I did not feel this beer was very well balanced.

D - Drinkability was low -- I choked down my pint glass. I have to be fair though and say that as the beer warmed up, I began to enjoy it slightly more. I've had Exit 11 prior to Exit 4 and I was much, much more impressed with Exit 11!


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Photo of donniecuffs
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Nice hazy gold color, with a thin head and not-so-great retention. Mildly carbonated. You could definitely pick up hints of the alcohol content in the aroma, but fortunately you also pick up a pungent herbal spice aroma, most notably cloves. Also picked up some lemon zest, orange, and bubble gum. The taste was medium-bodied, medium carbonated, with strong citrus and herbs throughout, and a stronger than expected alcoholic feel in the finish. Despite the slight burn, the citrus/spice bouquet and medium feel make this a decent session beer, at least before the abv knocks you out. Well done, FF.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured via 750ml bottle on 7/24/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Hazy golden/amber body with one-finger head that settled into a very thin ring, leaving spotty lace around the glass.

S - Hoppy, spicy and boozy nose with quite a bit of hop character for a Tripel. Some citrus notes and spicy yeast also emerged as it warmed up.

T - Spicy yeast with peppery, clove and earthy notes, but also a lot of fresh American hop flavor suggesting citrus fruit and mild herbs. Very fruity in the backend with hints of orange, mango and pineapple.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty soft carbonation. Spicy on the palate with a bittersweet finish.

D - I really enjoyed this Tripel, especially since it utilized lots of American hops, giving it a sweet, fruity twist.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Torry!

The beer is transparent yet lightly hazed pale peach (Torry) with a thick fluffy whitehead.

The nose is bready malt, phenolic, and slightly spicy. Some citrus is present in the form of lemons and orange pith, with lesser floral character.

The flavor is sweet bready and caramel malt, with prominent citrus and medium bitterness. The alcohol is more noticeable here than in the nose. The spice character is reminiscent of white pepper and clove. The finish is orange and lemon with some malty sweetness and white pepper spiciness lingering near the back of my tongue.

Medium bodied with low medium carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a slightly hazy light golden colour with a 1 finger and shrinking head of foam. It has some very nice lacing.

The smell has some spiciness to it along with an earthy malt that's almost horse blanket like, bubblegum, some pretty big notes of citrus hops, a lot of sweetness, and a light yeastiness.

The taste is earthy and tart and bitter and sweet, all rolled into one. Bubblegum and the earthy malt seem to be "battling" the rather tart and bitter hop presence instead of working together but I have to ask, for the style, why is there so much hoppiness in this?? Tone that down or eliminate it and I think this would be much more authentic and much easier to drink. As is, it's kind of a core to drink though the alcohol is not a huge factor here.

Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation just a notch below medium. Head retention is turning out to be very good.

Drinkability? The tastes just are not doing it for me so despite hiding the abv well, this isn't all that drinkable for me whether as per style or not. Glad I got a chance to try it though.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden amber and yellow color, very murky and cloudy appearance, slight white head, thin and quickly dissipating head and carbonation

Smell- sweet fruit and malts up front, slightly bitter hop nose but a predominate sweet smell

Taste- Slight fruit and sweet taste up front, with nice spicey yeast middle beat on the palate, finished with a long bitter hoppy finish, a unique flavor for sure for beer of this style, slight alcohol but not noticeable,

Mouth- light crisp soft feel

Drinkability- its actually a pretty nice balanced beer, good mix of the belgian style and the more american bitter hops, overall enjoyable example of the style and a unique beer worth a shot, best beer so far by far of the flying fish line

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this on a recent trip to Jersey. I was planning on letting it age a little but I had heard a lot of good things about this beer so its days in the basement were numbered...

A - Pours a little more hazy that your typical Trippel, although I guess this is true to the style of an American Trippel that this beer is.
S - A very pleasing hoppy scent to this beer. You can almost smell the sweetness in this beer. Very good smell.
T - A little more hops than I had expected but they don't over power the beer. It has a strong alcohol taste. There's no ABV on the bottle but you can tell after the first sip that this beer packs a punch.
D - Goes down smooth, again the hops were a surprise but they don't put me off the beer. Not something that you would drink mass quantities of.
M - Good body to the beer. Not too gassy. Held it's carbonation well.

Overall a pretty decent beer. My first from Flying Fish Brewing Company. I'd probably give them another shot based on this.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this at a Shop Rite in New Jersey. I poured it into a Goblet.
A: The body is a dark gold color. The head is two fingers tall, tiny bubbles, great retention and no lacing.
S: The aromas are citrus, dominating pine and yeasty notes.
T: The flavors are citrusy, something close to mint and yeast.
M: The mouthfeel is unbelively crisp.
D: This is an awesome beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.Pours a clear golden but a thick like syrupy bubbles in the middle of the glassware makes this look a little heavy. Great Lacing until about three quarters of the way down then turns flat.

Smell is of lemon at first whiff. Then a spicey, yeasty aroma takes over. A slight fruitiness in the middle but is lost do to the yeasts.

Taste is of lemongrass,a nice peppery taste hits you in the tongue and stays throughout. Very identical to the aroma.

Mouthfeel has excellent carbonation but again towards the end kind goes flat.Medium-full bodied. Finishes very clean.

Drinkability is a bit much for session but a definite must try.

I really did enjoy this again appearance looked a little funny.At first looked like a fine champagne but as you sip on it it turns to a fine wine as the carbonation disappears.

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Photo of magnj
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Pale yellow with a bit of orange in the thicker parts, hazy with yeast. Nice 1 finger fluffy head settles quickly but leaves lots of lacing behind.

s - American hops really stand out, this smells like an APA more than a Tripel. Mildly spicy in the back, sweet up front. Funky Belgian bready smells poke through here and there.

t - This is kind of weird for a tripel but the bottle warns that it will be. American hops are piney and up front. Only until the end does the spicy belgian yeast come through. Banana and clove are

m/d - Pretty average for the style, a little sticky sweet but easily mistakable for a low ABV beer. Quite drinkable and unique, I'd love to taste it with some more time on it to let the hops mellow.

Good beer but out of the classic style, I like it but it wouldn't be on my top 5 list for tripels if I was trying to teach someone about the style. I think I'll get a few of these and cellar them, should be interesting without the hops dominating.

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

Thanks to sholland119 for sharing a bottle of this one.

A-Clear bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head that held on to finally reduce to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Aggressive hop pop with lots of citrus coming through. Nice underlying spiciness and a bit of honey like sweetness.

T-Quite spicy with a sharp pepper bite and then a hit of citrus. A bit of Belgian yeast bite comes through in the back along with some malt sweetness.

M-Medium bodied with nice lingering spicy bitterness.

D-A nice fusion brew. Good stuff, even if it is a bit unbalanced and a touch too spicy. A decent beer for the first beer in the newly released Exit series. Looking forward to trying more of them.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed golden with a stream of bubbles vigorously rising up in the middle, forming a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of bubblegum/cotton candy with banana and a floral/citric hop aroma mixing in.

The taste is of sweet bubblegum/cotton candy, with growing honey as it progresses. It has a bready, spicy backing. An American citrusy hop taste, with mild bitterness finishes it off, along with noticeable, though not overpowering, alcohol.

It has an effervescent, medium body.

Certainly an "American" interpretation of the style. It has an American hop touch that works well here. Nicely balanced, unique, an interesting sipper.

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

In terms of this being an "American Tripel," I would say that this is even more of a hybrid than the label advertises. It's definitely an American-Belgian in that the brewers used a Belgian yeast strain and hopped the wort more heavily than a continental brewer would have. But there's a slight sourness to the beer here that I don't normally come to expect with tripels. The sweetness is downplayed (though you can taste golden malts and honey), so what you end up getting--in my opinion--is an Americanized saison. Further supporting this argument is that the beer is not as heavily carbonated as I expect tripels to be. I'm not getting the champagney mouthfeel that I've come to expect from Belgian tripels. In terms of the beer's "aim," I would definitely say that this is a more refreshing bee than it is a sipper. Alcohol presence is low, which is nice, as the fruitier qualities and the dryness are permitted to take the reigns. This beer reminds me quite a bit of the 2008 Stone Vertical Epic. Despite my semantic nit-picking, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this at a bottle king in NJ. I was going to age this but I saw it was hoppy so I figured I would go for the Belgian IPA over all else.

AL Pours a fairly clear golden color with a half finger of white head. Not as hazy as I like to see an example of this style.

S: The pieces are there is the nose but nothing is tying it all together. You get a touch of fruit but with nothing sticking out. You get quite a bit of bready malt and a touch of hops. Nothing really stands out though so in the end it just falls short.

T: Much like the nose it is all there but it just does not gel together at all. It not not an unpleasant beer. But for an American Tripel which basically means Belgian IPA I expect more hops. This beer was just released to.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. Light with quite a bit of prickly carbonation.

D: It is good but nothing remarkable. A very nice beer. I would say at this point to hold on to this one for a while to see where it goes. I think it needs a little bit more time. Right now the hops are not even fresh so you are not going to loose that aspect of it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish- Exit 4

A- Bright golden yellow orange with a thick billowy white head. Good solid head, little lacing.
S- Sweet citrusy fruits, sugar, banana, and alcohol.
T- Sweet sugary fruits, mostly citrus lemon and orange with banana and sweet buttery caramel malt.
M- Starts off sweet and sugary but quickly becomes dry, chalky, and calciumy.

Overall- Decent overall but I wouldn't purchase again. Hopefully the Exit series gets better!

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Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.
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