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

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)
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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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Photo of Morey
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-copper in color, and it has a slight haze to it. Nice fluffy white head of about one inch following a medium/hard pour. Foam has settled to a lace which is still completely covering the top of the beer.

Smell is very heavy on the malty and bready tones for a DIPA. Also detecting some mild earthy aromas. The hops are detectable, but they're in the background.

Taste is more of the same. Big malty character up front which is then balanced by the hops. The heat from the alcohol is definitely noticable. Not overwhelming, but not super hidden either.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly chewy. I like where the carbonation level is on this one (not too high).

I could drink a couple, but the alcohol content and taste brings the drinkability down a bit on this one.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'm a fan of Stoudt's, but I think they could do a better DIPA. It's good, and I'd definitely drink it again, but it's not up there with Hopslam or Hop Wallop by any means.

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Photo of rwdkosak
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured lightly chilled into tulip showing a centimeter head that lasted for a brief time. A nice clear golden color.

Smell was not of the typical DIPA, nothing that smacks one in the face but pleasant hops are certainly there with piney-citrus and sweet.

Taste is of the same. Nothing that will grip you and shake your taste-buds but certainly flavorful. Sweet malt backbone, what I consider a higher AA hop characteristic, some citrus and some zeus-like quality to the hop profile.

Mouthfeel is really quite good. Very smooth, and quite nice to drink. Overall drinkability is good though not the highest due to 10% ABV. Certainly not a drawback, just not something where I'd be able to crack open multiple bottles and remain standing; which is typical of the DIPA's out there...again, not a bad thing..just inevitable with a higher gravity beer.

First for me from Stoudt's and glad I have more of there stuff in the cellar to try in the near future.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep gold and slightly hazy in appearance, with a third of an inch of slightly off-white foam that fades to a thin cap, leaving behind some nice rings of lace as it falls away and the glass empties.

The nose is much more subdued than I had anticipated, unless my sniffer is just a bit off this evening. Aromas are faint, but I detect some light sweet malt and citrusy and piney hop notes, but things are very restrained.

Body is medium-full with a mild level of carbonation that lightens the feel a bit and keeps it from becoming heavy. The flavor is a little malt-forward, with light sweet notes of caramel, honey, and a little light toasted bread. Maltiness is balanced in the middle by another round of restrained hop character, reflecting on the nose a bit but showing some resinous notes as well, lending a medium bitterness and drying things out for the finish, which is mostly dry and leaves just a little grapefruit lingering on the back of the tongue.

This is quite a highly drinkable Double IPA. Alcohol content is virtually undetectable, and the balance is quite splendid, making this brew a little dangerous. A little more hop flavor would have been nice, but overall a very nice and easy-drinking example of the style.

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Photo of twoheartedheel
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer. Not as much pop on the front end, nor does the bitterness linger after, as you might expect with the 10% ABV. Definitely more malt than hop.

A little syrupy, but it finishes smooth enough. Don't think I could drink more than 2 of these in sitting.

Good beer to buy in a MYO 6-pack or as a single with some bombers. Definitely a good DIPA, but not quite up there with the elites.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 10.00 %

Appearance was a light copper/caramel color with nice white lace and fluffy collar.
Smell was a dance of malt, hops, booze and maybe a dash of honey aromas.
Taste is pretty malty profile for a DIPA, but hops and alcohol boozyness are present.
Mouthfeel is semi syrupy body, medium carbonation.
Drinkability is less hoppy than expected for the style due to the heavy malt backbone, but fits DIPA style fore sure. It's a bit boozy at this ABV for my taste, I like it hidden a wee bit more in my opinion. Not a bad brew, I would rink it again, but not more than 1 at any given time.

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Photo of jdmcel
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 bottle into a Goblet

A: Poured a coppery color with a 3/8 of an inch head. Nice lacing with good retention.

S: Nice hoppy smell, citrus and piney.

T: A nice bitter tasting DIPA. A little alcohol on the back end.

M: Nice carbonation and a the hops stay on the palate after the taste.

D: Overall, it is a very drinkable beer. I was looking forward to trying this after I tried the Stoudt's Pale Ale and Stoudt's Pils on tap at Track 84.

I would picked this up again and would really love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly orange color with a moderate white head. A brisk pour didn't overflow, and it didn't build as high as I anticipated. It retained for a bit, but there's nothing remarkable about this head. Mild lacing.

Aroma and taste are surprisingly balanced/malty for the style. The hops and the bitterness are there, but not as dominant as most examples of the style. It probably goes without saying, but citrus appears in the nose and taste. The alcohol is extremely well hidden - never would have guessed 10%.

Maybe it's because I drank it recently, but the first DIPA I want to compare this to is Bell's HopSlam. Like HopSlam, this DIPA isn't a bitter bomb - it's fairly balanced with nice sweetness. And again, like HopSlam, the ABV is expertly hidden. However, don't be confused - Stoudt's DIPA is a far cry from HopSlam. But if you're out of season or just out of HopSlam, this might scratch a similar itch.

All in all, I enjoyed it for being inoffensive and drinkable, but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the better DIPAs out there. But in lieu of those selections, I'd be more than happy to drink this.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet from a tap at the brewery. Formed a single finger foamy head, the swiss cheese. The body is a dark amber color with ruby hues. Translucent and hazy.

The caramel malts and hops dominate the nose...the typical citrus pine aromas come through.

The taste is similar to the nose...hops at the beginning and end surrounding a malty bakcbone. Nicely balanced and not overpowering.

The mouth feel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable...a nice, balanced offering! You can throw back a few of these!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with the mildest of carbonation, really thin lacing on the top and around the sides of the glass.

The nose is a sweet malty hop aroma, is too mild for this beer. The citrus coming off the nose is mostly pineapple and orange, but very faint.

Taste is really well balanced and consistent throughout the entire sip which is interesting, I usually don't get that with alot of the Double IPA's, this is also sweeter than alot of the double IPA's too. Has a bready like toasty, mild malt giving a very strong backbone that plays quite well with the Golding and Willamette hops. Not one flavor overpowers the other, everything seems to be mellow, blended, and non-overbearing.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, almost creamy. There's a slight warming from the alcohol in the throat, but overall, not one thing is really sticking out as prominent. Finishes very well, not dry in any way, and very drinkable.

In its present state, this would be a beer I would suggest to my friends as a good intro to IPA's (especially the high octane ones). This particular bottle, I'm guessing has already peaked and is on the downside, letting it go much longer and I'm sure the malts would become more pronounced in the nose and on the palette.
I tip my glass to Carol Stoudt and her team at Stoudt's brewing company, this is a nice D-IPA worth checking out. What makes it even better is they're a local brewer for me. I'd buy a case of this, no question.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.52/5  rDev -36%
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 alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Clearing out the fridge tonight and stumbled across this one.

A- Pours a hazy coppery orange color. One finger light off-white head comes and goes leaving just whisps of foam across the top of the beer. Nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice citrus hops in the front of this with a nice sweet caramel malt backing it up. Alcohol is present in the nose but doesn't distract from the overall aroma of the beer. Light darker fruit in the nose as well.

T- Hops in the front of this beer come out in a bright citrus punch followed closely by the sweet malts in the middle of the beer. This beer has a big sweetness to it that I am not sure if I like or not. The alcohol is a little too hot for me to fully enjoy the tastes in the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little off for me...being a little too flat for my liking. Big sweetness left in the palate and in the aftertaste. The beer itself felt sugary sweet on the palate. The alcohol in this made itself known more in the aftertaste.

D- This beer might need a little mellowing out. The alcohol was too hot for me to really enjoy this beer. I was looking forward to trying this one and with any luck I will be finding another bottle to consume here real soon.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

friend bought me a sixer at whole foods. Bottles have bottled on date at top.

Appearence: Pretty clear not sure if its conditioned or not but pours nice orange gold color head doesnt stay around long and lacing is random.

Smell: Smells like alcohol to me kind of masks the other scents but some hops pull through.

Taste: Tastes good on the front like a lighter IPA (which is weird) but after the swallow it kind of leaves a strong vodka like taste ( might be normal for doubles im not sure)

Mouthfeel: A little stingy on the carbonation but its still there. has a medium full bodied taste to me.

Drinkability: Hard to drink more than one or two of these for me at a time especially at 10 percent ABV.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark golden orange with pale golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy yellowish head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with sheets of soapy lacing.

Sweet and sticky hop aroma with lots of dank hop oils, earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Lots of orange peel, mango and grapefruit alongside a graham cracker malt presence. Sweet alcohol also detectable.

Dry, bitter hop forward chewy medium body with a lot of dank oily hops that provide a lot of dry earthy pine ans sweet citrus flavor. Fuller body than I expected with a lot of sweet orange peel and grapefruit balancing out the dry earthy piny bitterness. There's also a nice biscuit, graham cracker malt backbone that provides nice balance without taking away to much from the awesome hops. Slightly creamy texture with a strong alcohol warmth in the dry finish.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz with an indistinguishable bottled on date... sometime in 2009, maybe july

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice fluffy cream colored head on top. Nice lacing is left as the head fades to a thin layer.

S: Initially quite sweet aroma of malts. Floral hops are also present, but are overshadowed by a pineapple like sweetness.

T: Again this is quite sweet for a double ipa. Nice malty flavors up front with a trailing bitterness and a good amount of alcohol warming on the swallow.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation which adds to the flavor and drinkability of the beer.

D: This beer is not as polarizing as many IIPA's I've had. It has a very large malt presence to balance out the hoppiness. I prefer a hoppier IIPA, but this one is quite drinkable because of the balance.

A high quality beer to be sure, but no where near the top of my list.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale tan with a huge head with medium retention. Smelled of citrus and malt.
Malty upfront, followed by a bit of grapefruit bitterness and sweet caramel. The hops are not pronounced.
Well carbonated and balanced.
Very drinkable for a beer of this potency.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of chcfan. Thanks Chris! 12 oz bottle with "bottled on 7/29/09." I would have gotten to this sooner but it was hidden in the back of the fridge. Oh what treasures one can find in a fridge full of beer.

A glorious lightly hazy copper tinted golden color. Almost looks like a hazy orange. A nice one finger off white foamy head. Retention isn't the greatest, but it does leave some intense lacing.

Obviously this isn't in it's prime. Huge maltyness is just about all I get. It's nearly completely void of citrus hops, but I can detect a substancial spicey and grassy hop aroma that still lingers even some 5 months after being bottled. Still, an incredible malt backbone is the main aroma I'm getting. Actually smells like a young barleywine, with a nice alcohol bite.

The taste is surprisingly mild. The malts have been toned down significantly considering how strong they were in the nose. Hops play a much bigger factore in the taste than they did in the nose as well. Spicey hops up front with a slightly dry finish. Literally no alcohol until the aftertaste, when you feel a slight burn in your throat.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, probably more medium. It's crisper than I thought, with a hidden carbonation, but it's still smooth.

Very drinkable. The alcohol is barely noticeable and the extreme maltyness of the nose is much more subdued in the taste.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this. Even though it's surely past it's prime, it's still very good. Thanks Chris for the chance!

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a chalice.

This is a peachy copper/golden orange color.. fizzy but minimal head. Smells fruity, a mix of peaches, grapefruit, and lemon.

Taste is mild and sweeter than most DIPAs I've been around. Hops are pretty well balanced and don't stick out very much. Still, the dominant flavors here are citrus fruits.

Medium bodied and fizzy. The flavors here aren't as powerful as in some other DIPAs which actually causes this to be more mellow and drinkable. Alcohol is masked well.

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Photo of alkemy
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden (pale amber) color. Both floral and citrus hops notes along with caramel apples, and mellow pine. The aroma gives you some idea of the sweetness. Only about half a finger of beige head, but it had pretty good retention and absolutely covered my glass with lacing. Not a ton of hops in the taste. It's sweet in the middle hinting of honey and finishing with an intermingling of pine and grapefruit bitterness. You can feel the warming alcohol once it hits the belly, but not much in the mouth. Pretty slick feel. A bit different for the style but good nonetheless.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with smallish white head that fades to wisps on the surface of the beer. Smell is interesting, with a fair amount of pale malt, caramel, candied fruit, citrus, and a hint of solvent. Makes me think of a mix between the DFH 90 min and DFH 120 min. Taste follows, starting with some sweet sugar and caramel notes, followed by a bit of citrus, and rounding up with some hop bitterness and lingering herbal flavor. Interesting, although not quite as strong as a DIPA should be. Full bodied and velvety smooth, this one has a near perfect mouthfeel, IMO. Drinkability is quite high in spite of the high ABV, an enjoyable and interesting brew.

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Photo of Soozy
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a big frothy thick head which diminishes to a thin lacing that holds together surprisingly well for the abv. Huge hop aroma of floral and orange tones dominating. There is also a strong bite of alcohol in the smell. This is one, big, bad, scary beer.

Tastes of light caramel and honey at the beginning with a big time floral hop flavor, some hints of orange. Finishes with a big time alcohol bite, big time in your face. Very smooth besides the alcohol bite at the end.

This beer is "hammered in a glass".

A big time DIPA that leaves you warm, fuzzy and satisfied.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose starts a little sour and fruity, soft pungent and herbal hops waft up, followed by sharper resinous and piney hops, a little clean caramel malt, and a twist of citrus. Smells pretty good, a little soft for a double IPA... no indication of date on bottle.

Pours clear light gold with moderate creamy head. Looks good, on the lighter side of the style.

Moderate malt backbone and sweetness and slowly the hops come into focus and gain momentum. Sweet nectar of hop juice - floral, slightly fruity, with an herbal edge. Some resin flowing like tree sap across the back of the tongue. Some pungent tobacco-like sparks here and there. Not very bitter until the finish, when I discover the signature trace of a nice IPA: the fleeting farewell of a tantalizing hop sensation paired with appropriate sweetness falling down the throat. At this point I notice a little pleasant alcohol. Sweetness is quite nice, very malty rather than roasted or syrupy. Notes of chocolate roast to the malt, otherwise just a little bready. Finishes with a bitter, pungent kiss of hop. Tastes very good. Feels good.

What a nice IPA! Clean, tightly balanced, and tasty. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of claminat420
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a hazy golden color with a yellowish off white two finger head. medium lacing.

S- not so much hops for a double ipa but a nice caramel malt scent tho. hop scent is earthy tho.

T- alcohol is very well hidden. once again not to much hops going on. decently blended tho.

M- medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could drink maybe 3 or 4 of these then i'm good.

Overall- well the best part about this brew is that the alcohol is very well hidden. i was expecting more of a hop pressence but what can ya do?? i wouldn't pick up a 6 of this cuz of the price but a single or two wouldn't be to shabby.

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Photo of ralree
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Rather cloudy gold with a white head, 1/4 finger, a bit of lacing, not much retention.

S: Lots of citrus/grapefruit hops, caramel and biscuit malts, very sweet. Brown sugar. Smells great!

T: Rich caramel malt really hits the tongue hard, covering up a lot of the massive amount of alcohol in this beer. Malt is pretty toasty. The hops are spot-on, giving the beer a great bitter flavor that's sweetened nicely by fruity sugars. Massive grapefruit with a honey undertone. Grainy malt sticks with you after swallowing, along with a lot of the sugars.

M: Rather carbonated, but not over-carbonated. Medium-oily. A bit astringent. Medium body.

D: Alcohol makes this one a little hard to chug, not because of intoxication, but because the taste gets through a little too much. You can definitely taste it after swallowing, and it's a little sickening to me, like many Belgian beers are. Not bad for the style, though.

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Photo of biophiliadude
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to SN pint glass.

A: Orange, cloudy haze, minimal head and lacing.

S: caramel flowers.

T: Orange, to bitter biscuit taste. Carmel and waffle on the end as well as a slight revelation of the abv.

M: Very smooth, moderate bite.

D: Really like the sweet aftertaste that lingers on the front of the tongue; in that respect unlike most IIPA's. Really a refreshing take that's just off the traditional path. Could have a few certainly. Recommended, liking it more with every sip.

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Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Off-white head. Clear orange body. Head retention and lacing are both pretty decent.

Smell: Loads of citrus, tropical fruits, and sugar. Pineapple and grapefruit are coming through the strongest.

Taste: Orange and mint. Not alot of complexity, but it sure is thirst quenching and tasty.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,283 ratings
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