Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

very good
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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.43%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gavage on 10-23-2004

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Photo of Sammy
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA, with orange and good head look, very grapefruit and orange citrus aroma, and intense taste. Well drinkable. Surprisingly 10%. Very hoppy yet not bitter as well malted. Medium to full mouthfeel. Great with fish. A good effort by this brewery.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.52/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a medium crystal clear orange with a short, and fast white head.

Nose is assertive ripe fresh and pure assertive pineapple.

Mouthfeel is nicely creamy and rich and tastes full and bold.

Flavors follow nose and mouthfeel and are assertive, bold and distinctive. Unfortunately, there is an over riding sweet sugar/honey/syrup front end to the big malt which then goes to nice bitter lemon/grapefruit hops. However, the damage is done and the front end is just too almost sickeningly sweet.

This one is way out of balance although the sweet grapefruit finish is pleasant and the highlight of the beer. Just not worth drinking through the front end to get to the nice finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger thick off white head on a hazy golden with crimson hues body. decent lacing.

S: very fruity with grapefruit, candied oranges and nice malt notes.

T: begins minimally sweet and citrusy which becomes an alcoholic malt note finishes with a pine

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. dry finish.

Overall: a little too boozy without enough balance. decent malt presence and the finish is way too dry for the way I like my DIPAs.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice copper color with a white head. The aromas on this beer are certainly hoppy with the citrus notes along with some pine. The taste of the beer is fairly hoppy but is it really a double? To me this beer didn't have enough of a double kick to be a double. That's just my opinion. The beer beer is still a good IPA though. The mouthfeel is decent too. The beer deserves another try, if I come across it again I'll try it.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear amber in color.
S: There's a moderate aroma of piney hops in the nose.
T: There are hoppy flavors that share a lot of similarities of the aroma in the taste, although these are a bit more subdued from the underlying malts.
M: It feels both medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: For its strength, this beer is very drinkable; the alcohol is very well masked.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for $2.

This brewery seems to be well hyped and I see why. While I do enjoy IPAs more than DIPAs, this one was pretty damn good. Great aroma, color, and taste. Tasted very well balanced and even though it has a high ABV it is well hidden, although it has a nice warming effect. I came in with high expectations and it met them.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really good beer, but not the Double IPA as indicated. Big on balance and rich with flavor. The look brings a vivid, rich copper color with a hearty headed foamstand. Aromas are rich citrus and pine, that counters nicely against the cotton candy, caramel malts. Moderately full and round with the texture with an expected hop-dryness and crispness. Certainly a terrific American IPA, but a bit light for a Double IPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a very pleasant store in Dearborn, Michigan. Bottle conditioned, eh? My last foray into that concept didn't go so well...

This beer thankfully pours a somewhat cloudy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of dense foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice pocked marked limestone cliff of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet tropical fruit - sugary pineapple, mostly, cotton candy, booze (I feel dirty writing that), and a faint caramel malt. The taste is sweet fruity malt, the pineapple still domineering, with some mango throwing its hat in as well, and some mild, subtly probing booze (this is 10%, really?). The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes less sweet, the hops' bitterness finding new claim.

An interesting DIPA, the dominating fruitiness really stealing the show, rendering the malt character to a sideshow, which is less of a big deal than the equivalent treatment afforded the big booze, which needs to be more outspoken, given its potency, if you care about that sort of thing. Given the current Saturday night hour, I sure don't...

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a long-lasting head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Primarily fruity, with grapefruit, pineapple and peach tones and a little malt in the background; fusel alcohol as well in the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nicely balanced fruit and malt combination; rather sweet, in fact; the hops never quite rise to the expected level and are slightly rough in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth; modest carbonation; the alcohol feel is definitely there, too

Drinkability: More like a double APA than an IPA, I really enjoy the style; I would be happier with a little less alcohol, but that is a quibble

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear (for the first pour at least) gold with an inch of thick foam.

Smell - Sweet pale malts and alcohol, not much of a hop aroma. Very mild.

Taste - Mild in both hop and malt flavors. Very boozy. A bit grassy and honey-like with mellow resiny bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

Notes - A decent DIPA, but the high alcohol content drowns out the flavors quite a bit.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid Double IPA all around.

High clarity orange with a flurry of carbonation that rises and settles into a creamy head of foam. Eventually it settles to a skim, with a delicate ring of lacing left in the glass.

Malty, spicy hop aroma, light sweet citrus around the edges.

Orange slice candy, sweet malt, toffee, mild bitter finish. Pretty full bodied. Herbal burp. The 10% isn't that apparent in flavor or mouthfeel. Easy to have one or two, it's a nice one to sip.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy deep orange color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of citrus hops is dominant but definitely not as much as in other IIPA that I’ve recently tasted. Taste is also dominated by the citrus hops with some nice sweet malt to balance this beer. Not as bitter as expected but I wouldn’t hold this again this beer. Alcohol is very well hidden and was even surprise to see how much there actually was.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Big piney aroma with some boozy notes. There were mild caramel notes.

T - Lots of pine and grassy hop bitterness. Boozy malt with caramel and burnt toast flavors in the background.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a big, boozy double IPA. Strong yet very tasty.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of huge amounts of grapefruit, orange, caramel, lemon, mango and a bit of pine; small amount of booze as well. Huge sweet aromas here, with very little spiciness, all fruits. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, mango, caramel, and a bit of pine. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus, caramel, and pine flavor. A very malt forward DIPA. Low-medium carbonation with a fairly full body. Surprisingly no alcohol noticed except for a warming on the finish, well hidden. Overall, a good DIPA, enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with one finger of off white foam on a hazy, copper colored body. Settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - pine and sweaty grapefruit with lots of toffee in the background.

T - sweet malt and fruity hops up front. Toffee and orange notes in the middle. Finishes with grapefruit, pine and migrate bitterness.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - nicely done, sweet and thick without the dark malt character that covers up the hops in some other sweeter dipas.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep hazy burnt orange with a tight one finger head,aromas of spruce and pine abound here big and bold to say the least with a light touch of brown sugar in the background letting u know there is some malt here.Wow this beer is big in flavor and body big resiny,sprucey pine hits the tastebuds hardcore with a nutty malt base that is subdued but there for sure.The alcohol burn comes on late but damn what a nice burn,a huge ass east coast DIPA from a fine brewer who I enjoyed alot living in eastern Pa,hell yeah!.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured, Stoudt's bottle-conditioned Double IPA delivers a just slightly hazy orange-copper body beneath a full head of frothy "antique" white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves very nice rings and dripping sheets of lace throughout the entire glass. The nose is enticing with bright notes of citrusy hops (orange, grapefruit, pine), summer fruit (peach, melon, pineapple), and sweet malt. It's delicate carbonation gently tickles the tongue, and it's medium-full body is viscous, slick, and smooth across the palate. A beautiful combination of sweet malt and fruity, citrusy hops appears upfront, and then quickly gives way to more piney hop flavors and a bold, rising bitterness. As big and sweet and rich as its maltiness is, it's balanced! It finishes with a fleeting tide of sweet malt and hop that gives way to lingering bitterness and piney hop flavors. Superb!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from NeroFiddled, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with complimentary notes of caramelized malt and hops.

T: Just like the smell, the taste starts out with strong fruity flavor of citrus. There’s a decent mixture of hops and a mild alcohol burn that comes in next, but the intense sweetness keeps those flavors in the background. Once the sweetness finally fades, the after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty if you can handle the sweetness, which I did, goes down dangerously easily, not very filling, hell of a kick, it might not be the hop bomb that most 2IPA’s are but it’s still a really good beer with a enough potency that can get you going in a hurry. I think I could start quickly on a six-pack but it would catch up on me pretty quickly before I finish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DIPA-ADVENTURE! In order to progress on this beer journey, you have to OPEN the BEER. OPEN BEER. And off I went... on my own DIPA-ADVENTURE! An adventure... to extreme flavors. Let's review, shall we?

Appearance: Orange-copper color, marked by some scant haziness, and crowned by a frothy white head. Solid head retention and spectacular lacing.

Smell: Fragrant fruitiness (pineapple) and citrus characteristics mingle amidst the piney hop aroma. Also, there's a considerable amount of malt in the nose. There's a touch of alcohol too, but it's very insignificant amongst the other key components.

Taste: Initial bitterness, which soon gives way to layers of luscious, juicy tropical fruit flavors. Soon, and moreso as the beer warms, sweet caramel malts emerge to add a bit of balance to the hops. The finish is dry, though very brief, leaving the tongue free and clear of any scalding hop oil aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The gentle carbonation rescues this beer from ever becoming syrupy, instead allowing it to simply be splendidly mouth-coating.

Drinkability: Altogether drinkable, especially with the 10% ABV never becoming offensive. A delightful beer, and along with Stoudt's Fat Dog, is one of my favorites among this brewery's offerings.

Stoudt's Double-IPA is living every beer's dreams!

I think in one way or another, we are all trying to OPEN a BEER ADVENTURE in our own lives. We just want to being our own beer adventures. Am I right, guys?

And in the end... the BEERS are in our own hearts.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perspicuous pumpkin with burnished amber edges. The pastel orange head is on the small side, so I guess the ABV won the battle against the hop oils. It's thickly creamy and nicely persistent, though, and looks good in contrast to the color of the beer. A modest amount of lace isn't a big surprise.

The nose, while good, isn't as hoppy as I'd hoped it would be. Double IPA smells caramel malty and orange fruity, but I can tell that it won't be a resinous hop bomb. Not a trace of alcohol greets my nose; an amazing feat since the ABV is in the double digits.

The flavor is a member of the caramel malty, non-brilliantly hoppy school of DIPAs. In fact, if blinded, I'd have said 'barleywine' with guesses one, two and three. A prodigious pale and caramel maltiness dominates, providing generous amounts of toffee and butterscotch. The amount of sticky sweetness is just right; any more would be too much and would enter the realm of cloying.

What hoppiness is present is noted as orange fruit and a lingering, slightly puckery bitterness that sneaks in on the finish and counters the malt quite effectively. Better late than never. The flavor is good, it just isn't DIPA good. The alcohol adds rather than detracts. I'm still impressed at the relatively refined nature of this 10.0% beast.

The mouthfeel is well done. It's somewhere in that netherworld between medium and full and is infinitely smooth. I like it more and more as the beer warms. Bubbles provide interest and lift, but don't intrude.

Stoudt's Double IPA is not the stuff of dreams for those hopheads among us, but it is good beer that is best enjoyed cool rather than cold and in sips rather than in gulps. While I'm disappointed that my ever-present 'hop jones' wasn't satisfied, I'm pleased at the beer that Stoudt's has chosen to brew. I'd gratefully add a sixer or two to my cellar if I had access.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass

A: This beer poured a brilliant orange with a nice head and lacing down the glass as I drank it.

S: Not as citrusy/hoppy as expected, especially for a double. There is certainly some citrus though, with hints of banana and orange.

T: Same as the nose, not as hoppy as most doubles I have had. As it warmed could taste the alcohol a lot more, which was a bit of a turn off.

M/D: Good carbonation, a nice creaminess. I love hoppy beers, and while this one wasn't as hoppy as most doubles and even as some regular IPAs I have had, I really enjoyed it until it warmed a bit and the alcohol really came through. I could not find a date on the bottle, so it may have been sitting a while. I would be more than willing to try it again with a bottle I new was fresher.

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Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cheers to GnomeKing for this one!

Pours amber with a slight haze & a pinky deep sand colored head. No lacing & some head retention

S: Fruittyness & some citric hops. Some alcohol as this warms

T: Big-time fruittyness gives way to piney & citric hops. Breadyness/biscuitty tastes follow. Treacle . honeyed malts& toffee comes through as this warms. Finshes warming, hoppy & bready, very balanced approach

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & great balance

Dangerously drinkable, this would put you on your butt after a couple of pints but a really nice DIPA

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So here we are with yet another double IPA,. Why do I find myself drawn to these so oftern, gee I wonder? I got this one in the BDAY 07 BIF and had been waiting to try it for quite some time. Something about an orange bottle with a circus elephant on the front, I just had the feeling this one was going to mean business. So I decided to open it up last night with dinner and see what was going on under the cap…

A – Poured a bright prange amber. Very hazy and cloudy, almost looked like there was some suspended particles in it as well. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent from the very beginning. This thing was shooting bubbles to the top of the glass like crazy. A big two inch plus head of white sticky foam formed on the top of the glass immediately upon pour, it actually may have been higher then that. It gradually faded and left behind a lot of sticky side glass lace and a good half inch or so layer across the top. Overall looked like a good double should, very big and bright.

S – Aroma was very astringent and bitter. Lots of grapefruit tones were the first thing I noticed. It was a rather sharp smell. Lots of hops in this defiantly. As it started to warm it began to get notes that were much much sweeter. Some sugar started to come through, almost like a candy like aroma. I have seen this before in some others, its almost like a candy apple sort of sweetness that is mixed in with a very bitter smell. It was quite nice and bright actually. Looking good so far on this one.

T – Now here is where it started to get very intresting. First thing I noticed was it was so darn smooth. I was expecting to be knocked back a little bit as most strong doubles do, but this was super smoth, almost sessionable at first sip. It was not insanely bitter as I had thought it would be, rather it was quite sweet. Reminded me almost immediately of DFH Burton, it had that cotton candy like quality to the malts. Not to say there were no hops in here, trust me there were plenty, but it was very nicely balanced, none of the hard to handle, suck your mouth dry style. This was more subtle with a nice tangerine taste and some orange cream sickle like notes to it. Very nice and really unexpected. Good dry finish, but with a candy like touch to it. Very nice. No hint of the ABV what so ever, and I actually did not even know what that was going in and don’t now as I write this, but it was defiantly not present in the flavor profile.

M – Again very smooth here. The carbonation that was so evident upon pour, and even during the session did not translate over completely during the tasting. I thought it would have had a bit more life to it. It had a somewhat sweet syrup like feel to it. Not to say it was dull and void of carbonation all together, but it was definatly a tade bit flatter then I had envisioned. Still good full feel and a nice thickness to it, no watery or oily feel at all.

D – Very good sipper. As with anything that is that sweet it is hard to really drink a good quantity of it, as it just because a little too much after a while. However this was a good one to sip on during a session and really could be a nice late nighter as well. But would always probably be a one and done. It was farly strong ABV wise, but not detectable at all, but I noticed a bit of a warming after a while.

Overall this was pretty decent. I almost wish there was another category for these types though. They are doubles, but not it the traditional sense. It is more of a sweeter candy type then anything, maybe a dessert double IPA, I don’t know. But they don’t have the lip smacking bitterness that others do. Still a quality brew and something I would not turn down, definatly worth a try for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ring lace from each sip. A good initial head on the pour--three fingers. Great staying power; one finger after five minutes. Gorgeous dark honey color (light amber); slightly cloudy.

The smell is more muted than I would expect. I can detect the floral hop, but it is subtle. Little else shows up on the aroma.

High hop flavor up front which fades with time. Very low level of malt in the mouth....The aftertaste is all hop in pleasant way (not overly bitter). The body is above average, which is to say perfect. The carbonation is high. Interestingly, there is very little alcohol warmth in this beer.

An excellent entry in the Double IPA category. Very little I would recommend except for a stronger level of complexity. Try this one!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange copper hue with a light colored cream head leaves immaculate lacing all around my pints glass, when I say immaculate I'm saying evenly dispersed nicely streaked foam. Aroma: Deep sharp citrus, not just loads but mounds of hop varieties exist in this frolicking field of hop desire. Worw I wish I could explain this one to everybody two layers of sugar and citrus peel damn near plug my nose now this is amazing just come near this brew of beauty. I must proclaim I'm going out next Friday evening and if any beer is as close to this recipe as I am dreaming then everybdody is in trouble. Taste: Deep piney layers of grapefruit much like last year's Hop Wallop I hope this rings a bell wtih somebody, damn past incredibel brew leafy hops protrude with bitterness man I'm satisfied syrupy filled texture comes with much warmth of the alcohol layers that satisfy me time and time again. Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied nothing can seperate this brew from thie big leagues cause it's already there nice carbonation big syrupy body can't be beat. Drinkability: I'm in amazement hands down seek and you shall find all of that bullshit aka beermail me it's that good.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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