Third Voyage Double IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts, a little fruit and piney peppery hops with a little resin.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a big acidic peppery bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste - a bit of salt(?) too. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a kind of surprising hop bomb from Sam Adams. I didn't really care for the hop profile though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams : Third Voyage Double IPA

Appearance: 22oz bottle. Pours perfectly clear deep orange with an impressive foamy cap. Makes a fine display of lace.

Smell: Balanced nose of nutty malts, orange zest, citrus oil, and floral notes. Clean alcohol is on the fringes but does not interfere.

Taste: Earth, pine, grapefruit, and mild spice can all be attributed to the hops. The malt body is mostly caramel, some honey and bread notes follow. One of the more balanced Imperial IPAs you will find, with only a small lingering herbal bitterness, otherwise I'd say it was dead even.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, alittle syrupy, creamy even. There's a small hop bite but not too sharp.

Overall: Enjoyable, the most mainstream double IPA I've had, may be able to convert some Sam Adams Boston Lager drinkers to the dark side.

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Photo of bobhits
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Years without even an IPA it seem Sam adams is tired of turning beer drinkers to the light only to have those drinkers move on to bigger and bitter things!

This beer starts out as classic Sam Adams, the perfect head with lacing and retention, perfect clarity, lovely color....only this time it doesn't seem forced to generic. There seems to be character here.

Sam Adams got the nose just to that citrus hoppy American IPA. Really good use of hops with a good but tame malt back.

Now what happened to the tame malt back? This stuff is insanely sweet. Good hop bites is in here, citrus as hell, but this beer is like a damn caramel dipped hop sucker instead of a good double IPA. Really really good citrus and pine hop flavors, sharp and an alcohol kick to dry the finish. The problem is the malt is too over the top.

By 2011 standards an 8% double IPA is rather tame, but this one has the heat of a 10% monster. Though really malty in taste the body isn't nearly as thick or chewy as expected.

Serve cold and split with those who will appreciate it. This isn't a great or even very good double IPA, but it is nice to see Sam Adams start going this direction. A bit of work and I see some great IPAs coming from these guys. For's a work in progress. Thankfully for a bomber the price is only a bit expensive (stone IPA after all is less and FAR better).

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Photo of engagechad
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 22oz from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - DFH snifter.

Pours a luscious looking deep, clean ruby color with a fat, dense pillow head that descends into net-like lacing down the sides of the glass. Rocky foam remains after. This is a beautiful DIPA.

Smells piney and citrusy but not too in your face. There is a little bit of earth in there with some flour like back end aromas.

Taste is bright and intense as the label states. Sweet on the tip of the tongue but bitter as hell on the sides and the back. Booze is hidden okay for an 8% brew.

Feels okay. Bitter back end is good but the booze feel is a little off putting. Not terrible but not the best

Overall this is a great DIPA, and for $6 this makes a very nice evening brew to have at an affordable price.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep copper pour, 2"white head, lots of lacing. The aroma is big and piney. The beer is fairly sweet and malt forward for a DIPA, there is also a good amount of bitter pine and grapefruit in there. The finish is nice, lingering grapefruit pithe. The body is medium, sticky mouthfeel. A good beer, easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering copper Double IPA with a thick, fluffy head and irregular bubbles. Time to linger on the smell as the head takes time to recede--clean grapefruit punches up. Side of the bottle lists Cascade hops from the UK and New Zealand with Simcoe hops from the US. Third Voyage refers to Captain Cook's fatal but otherwise successful voyage by using ingredients from associated areas. Very little malt, but a light caramel note with the citrus and floral hop. Citrus continues into the first sip through a moderate mouthfeel, but more robust that I would expect from the color. The 8% alcohol suggests a fair amount of malt, which would explain the fuller mouthfeel. Again, from the bottle, the malt bill lists Harrington, Metcalfe and Copeland pale malts, Caramalt and Honey malt. The effect is a full, sweet bready caramel and toffee base for the hops. Of these, I'm only familiar with the later two malts. The varied hop and malt bill lends the beer a complex but subtle flavor. Not being over the top, this beer might suffer a bit with hop heads. Hops are subdued by the body. An elegant beer that's good, Third Voyage is well worth a try but I don't think I'll buy another bottle. I would be interested in trying it on tap if it fell into my path.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark orange/amber body with a sticky white head. Very resilient head that clings to the glass. If it weren't so dark, it would be quite nice.

Smell - Citrusy, but loaded with malt. Caramel and sweetness come through and push the citrus hops out of the way.

Taste - Like the aroma, it's citrusy at first, but all malt throughout. It's not terrifically sweet, but it's got a good dose of caramel sweetness at the start. It's quite bitter at the back, which saves it from being overly sweet, I suppose.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick and syrupy for an IPA. Not an easy beer to put away, either.

Overall - A big, lumbering IPA that doesn't really deliver any exciting flavors. Certainly not worth the price tag and a beer I've had so many times before from other mediocre breweries. That said, there's nothing unpleasant about it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is a mix of orange citrus hops, as well as some caramel and biscuit malt. Smells like a malt-forward Double IPA. The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of toffee and biscuit malt, with some bitter oranges and a little bit of pine mixed in. The bitterness is low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

The second I've tried from SA's Batch 1 releases. Tasman Red was incredible, so let's find out how Third Voyage holds up. Nice pour (a bit viscous), with a clear brassy body. Not much carbonation rising from the etched bottom, and the head is thin, white, and well-retained with a bit of lace. Decent aroma, but I expected a much bigger nose given the style and hop selection. Candy sugar malts with caramel balance a fruity, tropical hop note.

Flavor dials up the hops appropriately with a lasting bitter bite that hits mid-sip and lingers into the finish. Piny, floral notes prevail atop a snappy alcohol bite and a backbone of cracker-like malt notes. Nice mouthfeel: chewy, but not overly thick with a good carbonation level and excellent hop bite. All in all, a pretty worthy release from Sam Adam's. Above average for the style, but probably not a beer I'd shell out $9 a bomber for again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those big bottles from Sam Adams, interesting beers so far. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer is kind of brown, pretty clear, dirty white head, small bubbles, some lacing, some carbonation.

Aroma is piny, resiny, with hints of malt backbone, interesting.

Beer is heavy, chewy, pretty bitter, decent overall, a good attempt at an IPA. It is quite hoppy on the midpalate, the malt is a little heavy for my tastes but overall I would have it again.

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Photo of stickynotes
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this bomber for $6.

Poured into a tulip. A rich, brownish-reddish head with good retention. Body is clear amber, looks nice.

I am disappointed with the aroma, its weak, I like a hoppy wiff when I crack an ipa open. Grapefruit, other citrus, a little sweet malt, pretty weak.

Taste is not too bold but well rounded. Subdued citrus up front, nice bitterness throughout, ends with caramel. Not too much hop presence. just a hint of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated.

Overall this is an ok dipa. All the components are there and come together well but not too boldly.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 22oz bottle the other day at The Beer Store ($5.99) and will now enjoy it while watching some NFL football... This batch #1 has an interesting blurb on the label about Capt. Cook and Cascade hops.

My nonic is now filled with a clear, deep copper-hued liquid. Carbo is sparse, and moves in slow-motion towards the surface. Up top sits a fine, thin creamy layer of off-white bubbles, and lacing is plentiful. Aroma displays plenty of citrus, along with a good amount of rindyness. Feel is very low on the prickle level and fairly high on smoothness, along with a medium-plus body.

I wasn't expecting as much malt as I'm finding here. A healthy dose of caramel malt, with a smidge of honey, layers the palate with some nice sweetness. That is soon offset by a more-than-healthy dose of lupulins. The citrus is plentiful, with resiny, piney, earthy hops coating the tongue and lingering long after the liquid has vacated the premises. I'm really liking this one, and the $5.99 price is very reasonable for a solid DIPA. Prosit!!

4.4 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with US Simcoe and Cascades from the UK and New Zealand. Funny that while some while some breweries are pushing local sustainability others are reaching out across the globe. And I drink it all.

Amber with a large off-white head. Good retention leaves a lacey mess.

Aroma is pine, pine, and more pine. Good thing I really like pine. Some freshly vacuumed carpet smell as well that I often get from Cascade.

Tastes showcases more piney highlights with a big, blunt, skunky grapefruit bitter. Mildly sweet bready malt underneath compliments the dry, piney hops.

The amount one likes this beer will be directly proportionate to the amount one likes pine.

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

A: The beer pours a very dark gold color with a thick head that leaves foam on the glass.

S: The beer Has a good amount of malt and hops. There is also some sweetness.

T: The beer has a defined amount of malt and hops. The sweet malt lingers on the tongue for a long time. I was hoping for more hops.

M: The beer is extremely smooth and it just goes down great. This is one of the smoothest when it comes to Imperial IPAs.

O: I was expecting this to blow me away, but it didnt. It is a very solid beer and has a lot of great qualities. Another solid beer from BBC

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours an extremely clear deep red amber with tiny streams of bubbles. A thick, foamy cap rose two+ fingers to fill the glass and never fully retreated. Some clingy lace along the rim of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt, pine resin, and some astringent grapefruit. The malt really dominates here.

The hops do their best to cut through all this malt--5 different kinds according to the label. Sticky caramel, toasted bread, and honey with grapefruit and dry, earthy cascade hops poking through. Some heavier hands with the simcoe would do wonders here.

Smooth and creamy with a touch of sweet malts coming in a rush on the finish. Medium bodied, a bit chewy. The finish is mostly sweet caramel and honey, but some grapefruit and orange rind bring a dose of bitterness.

Overall, this is imbalanced, in the wrong direction, for a dipa. This drinks pretty easy, and can easily be accepted by many palates, so I do understand the direction BBC was heading with this one. Slightly above average. This actually reminds me of a cleaner, maltier, less hoppy version of Yakima Glory.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearance, amber colour, off-tan head. Nose is full with musty grapefruit, pine, and candied malt. That candied malt is noted on the palate too, quite sweet and oily across the palate, with a very assertive piney bitterness to round it out. Surprisingly drinkable and lower abv than many double india pale ales. A virtue in the real world, but a vice on BA (sadly).

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Photo of JackieTH
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours and looks great. Reddish amber with a thick khaki head that leaves heaps of lace.

Smell is all grapefruit orchards and pine barrens with some mild malt somewhere in the background.

Taste is more malt forward than one would expect, but after the brief malt intro, the hops show up big, moving in from the edges of the tongue. Lots of citric and pine elements. Finish is mildly bitter, refreshing, dry but doesn't hang you out to dry.

Mouthfeel is medium but I'd like more substance. Carbonation is decent. Overall it's one of the best Samuel Adams I've had and a decent DIPA in its own right.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich copper/bronze with a well defined 1/2 white head atop,great clarity to the pour.Very light citric hops and sweet alcohol in the nose,very light for the style in my opinion.Like most beers of the style I think its to sweet on the palate,sugary and caramel sweetness to me overtakes the citric hops,a little boozy in the finish.Par for the course as far as the style goes,its good for the style,I have, and am becoming more disenchanted in this style.My least favorite of the new Sam Adams Batch series.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery/bronze in color. Real fuzzy and sticky lacing on down the glass. Very floral and aromatic hop wise. Good sized hop bite with a really strong hop flavor. Plenty of caramel malt in the back to hold it all together. Plenty of residual sweetness going on. Long lingering hop bitterness as well. Very full mouthfeel. A nice double IPA for sure. Rather ordinary in spots but then again it is Sam Adams. I quite liked this one.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a Brandy Snifter

Pours a clear deep mahogany chestnut, with a 2 finger full and fluffy head with a layer of cream on top it. Nice alcohol stickiness on the glass from the lace. Piny notes first followed by a mild citrus hop scent. Nice floral and grassy tones throughout. Citrus hops and sweet malts in the mouth, dominating the flavor (and thats not saying much) . Finishes bitter with a swirl of big alcohol that isnt afraid to let you know its there. Medium bodied, creamy, smooth. Overall, this isn't my kinda IPA, big booze notes, hops just seem misplaced at times. Worth a shot for the price, but wont happen again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful copper/amber color with an even one pinky white, creamy layer of foam and no carbonation after the beer sits for a few minutes in the glass.

S - Aroma is full of citrus, pine, grass, and lightly herbal with little to no malt in the nose.

T - Taste is different from most IPA's I've had in the past...There's the malt! Starts out with some light caramel malt touching the tip of the tongue for a second or two before a very large wall of pine and citrus come rolling in around midway through and builds momentum all the way to the end and beyond. Wow! This finishes fiercly hoppy and quite warm as it flows down the back of the throat. Pine and grapefruit citrus totally squelch the malt once they arrive on the scene.

M - Light body for a D-IPA which is this beers weakest characteristic, needs more substance or texture to compliment the big alcohol character. Finishes semi-dry and leaves a healthy coating of pine and citrus that lingers for a long, LONG time (which I like).

O - I've been looking forward to trying this beer, bought (2) bombers tonight at Wegman's, doesn't blow me away, but of the Sam Adams beers, this is one I would buy again. I tip my glass to you for finally brewing a big IPA. In terms of hops, wish these guys would bring back the Imperial Hallertau Pils which had even more bite than this one. Overall, it's definitely worth a try (even though my overall score may not strongly suggest as such...all D-IPA's are worth a try in my book...).

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Photo of zimm421
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. This beer pours beautifully. Dark amber, very clear. Huge tan head that has great staying power and leaves wonderful lacing. Probably it's best feature.

Nose is piney, citrusy and grassy. Not that powerful or enticing, but not bad at all. The malt is hiding behind, kind of have to search for it. Taste is interesting, but not great. Caramel malts, and a slight sweetness and then very quickly bitter. There is pine, and earthiness, but the citrus is missing from the taste. The end is just straight bitter. Not a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Too light for a DIPA in my opinion. Overall, not a bad beer, but by no means great. The appearance is beautiful, but nothing else really impresses. Pretty average, but worth grabbing a bomber of.

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Photo of adamette
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Live Review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor a few weeks ago into a clean, clear pint glass. No observed "best by" date but "batch 1" stamped on the label.

A Nice translucent dark caramel body under a generous light brown head that can be difficult to control so watch that pour! This is a good look for a beer in the style although I expected the abundant head. 4.0

S Floral and Piney hops hit me first but it is over a nice, medium roast sweet malt. This is a double IPA that is going to demand your attention. 4.0

T The hops are there but they are a bit more muted than I would have expected/desired. The medium roast malt is there too but there is an annoying grainy barley husk taste that leaves a lingering bitterness (on second thought maybe it is a certain variety of hops that causes the lingering bitterness) and I am not liking that. Honestly I really have never appreciated that taste in a beer and this one certainly has it. The taste is to style but I really don.t care for that lingering bitterness (it still lingers even thought I typed this entire paragraph). 2.0

M Big, bodacious and that gravely bitterness certainly increases the feel of the beer. That is, of course to style but the feel is part of what I do not like about the beer (that lingering bitterness like a burlap bag on the back of my tongue....I feel like I need to take a sip of ice water.... 2.0

D Not that good honestly because of the bitterness and burlap bag feel. Maybe average for the style which is not particularly drinkable as it is. Overall the beer loses points for that off putting bitterness. 2.5

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Photo of Gmann
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a tight puffy off-white head that settles into a light cap with a wall of sticky lacing.

The aroma is of a floral grapefruit hop. The malt provides some breadiness with honey sweetness. Not particuliarly strong for the style.

The first flavor that steps out is a smooth bready honey malt. A nice base for a DIPA. This is followed by a grapefruit rind and piney hop profile. Quite earthy and bitter. A bit of a metal taste from the hops. More tropical fruit notes pop out as it warms.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Good balance to begin with but does end with a dry asprin bitterness.

More earthy than vibrant, more bitter than flavorful. It is not sweet and I appreciate that; not a sugary tropical fruit hop bomb. However it is mostly bitter, I would like to see more grapefruit aroma and flavor.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark red, almost ruby red color from a 22 oz bomber. Visually stunning beer; very clear, very dark and very nice to look at. Decent carbonation with steady stream of tiny bubbles surfacing constantly.
Massive two finger frothy head that takes forever to settle to a nice film. Very good head retention and on it's way down leaves some really nice lace.
Aroma is hoppy upfront, with the pine and citrus notes predominating. Slowly as it warms up, the malt is noticeable in the nose, with hints of sweet fruity esters coming through.
Taste is a very nice blend of hops with malt. As it should be in a DIPA, the hops are dominant. Bitter upfront with some notes of sweetness from the malt in the middle, only to be completely taken over by a wave of hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very tasty brew from Sam Adams. The alcohol is very well masked and it definitely doesn't feel like a heavy beer.
Mouthfeel is very good, with a nice, oily hop presence that can be felt with each sip.
Overall, this is a really good DIPA and have to acknowledge the effort of Sam Adams in brewing this.
Definitely worth a try if you are a hop head.

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,010 ratings.
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