Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing AleProfessor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale
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Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing AleProfessor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
BBC's version of an India Ale Ale, named as such because of its popularity with British Troops in colonial India. The beer’s alcoholic strength and high hopping rates (hops also act as a preservative) helped it withstand the long ocean voyage from England. Brewed with lots of pale ale malt and caramelized wheat and barley, we then add large quantitites of American Columbus, Simcoe and Cascade hops. Then we allow the hot wort to run through a bed of raw hops (known as the hopback) prior to fermentation. This process adds a burst of hop aroma and flavor. Big, bold and bitter, just like Jeff Gesser.

72 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-20-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of cabsandking
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big rush of CO2 from the bottle and an astounding five finger, fluffy, bready, cream colored head that falls to a finger and half and remains to the end. The orange/copper brew wafts with aromas of juicy fruits, citric grapefruit, caramel, floral esters, and a little marshmallow. The taste is deep with dry, peppery, hop spice, grapefruit and lemon pith, green apple, and sweetness in waves of honey and aspartame that is never overpowering. Bottle conditioning reveals a nice yeasty sour dough pucker and earthy undertones. Dry character consume the finish peppery, roasted hops, and florals lingering in the background. Medium body and medium to high carbonation leaves a smooth and sometimes foamy mouthfeel depending on the swill. As it warms nutty malt notes increase and as well bigger juicy fruit notes found in the nose.

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Photo of blakesell
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a rich golden amber with a HUGE head of froth, about 9 fingers large. Dissapates with big hard rocky bubbles. I have never seen this with an IPA. It's really acting belgian. Lacing clings to the glass and refuses to let up.

Smell- Citrus from far away from the glass. Up close, much more. There may be some hop in this beer (sarcasm). I may have some allergy to this hop as well as sniffing it made me sneeze. No real malt upfront in the scent. But pepper is there as well (hence the sneezing).

Taste- Took roughly 25 mins for this head to go down on this beer! Grapefruit with a huge crisp bitterness. Malt is there but well hidden in a doughy biscuity pepper spice.

Mouthfeel- Coating with hops and lemon pepper. I like it but it keeps making me sneeze. I'm sure it pairs great with cheesy dishes and chicken. I may end up cooking with the rest due to the sneezing.

Drinkability- Very, just I can't drink it due to some strange reaction that it looks like other BA-ers aren't getting. A pleasurable IPA/DIPA. I'll buy another because I'm a glutton for punishment.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the source. The beer came a copper color and a solid head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. The nose was divine, with brilliant citrusy hops swimming over a big malt backbone. I really liked the aroma here. The flavor was full of sweet hops but also let the caramel malt play a role. I liked the linger of the hop. Enough to keep me wanting more. The feel was thick with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed what I had of this beer. I would get this one again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Cresant
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this undated 25.4 oz. dark brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Bottle notes, "Bottle conditioned/sediment may occur". The label now reads "Professor Gesser's India Pale Ale" no more "Mind Numbing". Huge off white head overflowed my glass. The body was clear honey/copper colored. Clingy clumps of lace stick to the sides. This is an impressive looking beer.

Smell was floral, earthy. Fresh leafiness. When near room temperature tobacco aromas appeared (fitting for a Kentucky brewed beer).

Taste was grapefruit rind. There was a nice crisp bitterness. This was well balanced by a sweet maltiness. This is a very West-Coast-type of IPA (which to me is a good thing).

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Zingy. Hops oils coat the mouth. Borders on DIPA classification. I recommend this offering.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a deep copper color with two fingers of head. There is lots of sticky lace left on the glass. The smell is sweet and very very hoppy. Lots of floral and citrusy hops cling to the nostrils. The taste is gloriously hoppy. Hardly any malt present, as the hops dominate this one. Some are piney, some are citrusy, it's a great blend. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is good for 7.1% as well. This is a nicely done IPA.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll be brief as I have already reviewed this once. I just have to reaffirm the excellence of this beer. I've had nothing else from this brewery, so I wanted to be sure the bottle I had before was not a fluke. I picked up a couple more this weekend and it most assuradely was not a fluke. This is hands down my favorite IPA or DIPA. The price is fairly ridiculous - 8.75 for a 750, but I'll be damned if it is not worth it.

Taste is pretty one diminsional, big bittersweet grapefruit, but for me it is all about the mouthfeel and the drinkability, and that gorgeous creamy frothy head. I could drink this beer all day long.

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Photo of clvand0
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a tall head that has excellent retention leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of hops - floral, citrus, spice - not much malt in the background. The hops dominate the flavor as well. Very little malt present in the flavor. Quite a bit of sweetness and the hops are mostly pine and citrus. The body is fairly thick and the drinkability is good for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Liquor Barn on Shelbyville Road in Louisville. I shared this bottle w/ carlos, my brewing friend and BA buddy and Octopus87.

Decanted at just a skosh below cellar temp into my Great Lakes christmas ale glas.l

A - Deep amber w/ sunny fade that has a golden glow. The head is thick - about 3 fully expanded inches of tan tinged creaminess. The bea is fine w/ outstanding lace. The ale has a slight haze from the resinous punch of the hops

S - Sappy apricot and dried peach w/ a pine center that is woody, but sweet w/ a citrus note that is crips like tangerine w/ a subtle floral rose petal note. The malt sweetness is present and there is a hint of delicate warmth in th aroma

M - A git thick and sweet w/ moderately full to medium carbonation that lightens the dense malt that is cut w/ a bit of piney hop acidity. This makes for a somewhat balanced feel for an IIPA. Fruity and slick w/ a resinous almost sappy tongue coating nature that is very pleasant

T - the initial flavors are malty w/ sweet crystal and toasted notes that suddenly add to the taste w/ a carmel flavor . The cherry like fruit w/ a slight twiggy pine note and tannic edge w/ a bit of alcohol in the flavor. Rousing up the glass mid-taste w/ a swirl adds a bit of creaminess to the texture, but the bitterness which is slightly grassy w/ more piney essence that balances the flavor even more and gives a hint of spice the the experience and gentle yeast notes.

The flavors of bitter orange and clementine sweetness w/ an acidic bite are also up front and enjoyable. I love how eve as it is closer to cellar temp it doesn't let go, but keeps a uniform mostly balanced taste profile w/ tinges of subtle sweet grapefruit glimpses w/ more ruby red sweetness and subtle spice that allows the alcohol to seem restrained. This is a great IPA if you get to taste it certainly do.

D - I find the Professor Gesser to be a supremely drinkable IPA, but it does have a hidden strength that you mare notice if you consume more than 25.4 oz bottle that I sampled. I love that the taste is very stealth like in that it has plenty of bitterness, however it makes you think it is balanced w/ a sweet malt back and very fragrant aroma hops

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Bluegrass on 3-19-05. Arrives a nice clear amber orange with a small bubbly off white head. Looks good in the glass. Lovely fresh grapefruit, floral citric hoppiness. A bit of bubblegum seems to be in there as well. Enjoyable aromas...good and hoppy.

First sip brings a nice big citrusy, slightly floral hop flavor along with big bitterness across the palate. A nice caramel malt hangs in the background and brings everything together. After each sip there's a nice lingering bitterness. Quite a tasty IPA here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant smooth carbonation. A damn drinkable brew overall. I think BBC should bottle this'd be a hit. I hope I get the chance to sample it again sometime..

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Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle with intriguing label as pictured. Pours into a pint glass a cloudy, dark orange body topped by four fingers of eggshell tinted meringue. Profuse patch lacing borders on massive.
Aroma is solidly hops, with pine and grapefruit upfront. Not much malt presence in the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium full, with a bold hops bite on the tongue. Thick and rich feeling permeates.
Taste has an overwhelming hops character. Grapefruit and lemon rind lend substantial citrusy bitterness and a note of pine cone seals the deal. This one is a hop monster, and I say that with a straight face(I'm sipping a Dreadnaught as I write this). Hops turn earthy and woodsy in the middle but segue back into citrusy bitter at the finish. A slight touch of caramel is noticed and adds some welcome balance, but this Professor is all about the hops. Very nice.
An excellent IPA from an excellent Kentucky brewery. Wish this one was more widely available.

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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4 ounce champange like bottle. Had to stop pouring this beer so the head wouldnt creep over the top of the glass. 3 inches of honey amber colored body hosts 4 inches of thick foamy tan head. Hints of green olives, wheat, and maybe even a bit of pickle and citrus on the nose. Sharp monster bitter is well received as it enters the mouth. For as big as this hoppy masterpiece is it is very even and well balanced. Nice long and rich on the body. A very well made IPA. Enjoyable to drink. Try it with cheese, it even mellows out even more. Wow!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber, nice orange hue to it. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon pour a nice, two inch plus head of off white, tannish colored foam formed on top of the glass and had a very good retention to it.

Aroma was intresting, definite hop tones dominating from the start, notes of citrus as well as a piney sort of smell were both very evident from the beginning. However, there was more to it then that, in fact there was a nice malted back that made up the bulk of the aroma once it started to warm. Great first assault of piney like hops. Not extremely bitter, but rather mellow and smooth and just enough to get the ball rolling. A tremdous amount of malt then becomes apparent. Great earthen tones again, Nice sweetness, some light candy like sweetness, but primarily a dark, balancing sweetness to it. Great dry finish, lots of hops in the finish, with a somewhat lingering citrus like tone to it. Very well rounded and big. This was definatly a good one

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in an awesome beer trade with kmpitz2, thanks Kevin.
Cool, 750ml bottle with gold foil.
Poured into a pint glass, be careful with this brew, humungous head forms and will overflow in your glass. Please pour slowly!!!!

Super clear, orange, amber color. Giant sized head, that lasts forever, pour slowly and carefully. Excellent head retention. Leaves tons of delicate, foamy, lacing. Great aromas, piney hops, citrusy, grapefruit and a hint of pepper. Well balanced taste, lots of hops, sweet and citrusy. Leaves a bitter twang on the tongue. Very smooth with decent carbonation. Very refreshing, easy to drink. My first offering from Bluegrass Brewing Company, and a very good impression was made. Looking foward to trying more of their brews!!!

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped mag bottle with decorative foil cap cover. Poured a slightly hazy amber with a vigorous head - took a while and several small, careful pours to fill the glass. Big, bold, slightly harsh hops with a counterpart dense malt, a little sweet and almost sticky - this one pushes the line into double IPA territory. The alcohol is there, but blends in fairly well. Overall, this is a nicely pumped-up IPA, a little rough around the edges but enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always impressed with BBC brews, the IPA is no slack. A bright deep golden - copper color with active carbonation, a lasting head, and nice lacing. Aromas of citrus fruits, floral hops, and spices rest against a solid barley malt base. Tastes moderately sweet with barley for just a second before the flavoring hops dominate. Hop flavor of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and ginger-like spices abound and vary durring the jouney into the finish. A solid medium body provides good creaminess and texture. The hops cut through the body nicely, allowing a clean, bitter, and mildly dry finish. Never harsh, grainy, or astringent. Easy to drink.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a small, white, bubbly head. It left lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and floral notes. Also, a toasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of toffee and sweet caramel malt. It had a nice sharp kick of grapefruit flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty interesting IPA. It is certainy a malt-forward IPA.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(edit) This can't be the same beer I'm reading in the other reviews, even though the label is near identical with just a slight name change. This beer isn't even CLOSE to thin like has been described. Not sure if I have a beer that's not logged in yet to BA or not...I'll leave it here. It's labeled as "India Pale Ale" with no mention of "mind numbing" anywhere...

I guess this is also called the "mind numbing ale"...I'm starting to hate breweries that do this: take the same beer and re-name it.

In any event: thanks to most awesome trader Brian44556 for this nice tall bottle. Cheers, mate!

Pours a divine orange-red-amber. By divine I mean, thrrough some trick of the light/sediment/brewing, this beer has the effect of creating a halo like refraction of light through the glass. It's really cool. Head that adorns this is creamy, tall and leaves excellent lacing. Heavily carbonated from the bottle conditiong. Looks fantastic. Aromas are awesome. I get some tropical fruit - pineapple and mango. A slightly soapy smell, like ones of those super-fruity liquid hand soaps. Also bubblegum. Some hints of hop extract or, absent that, dry hopping in there also. Somewhat robust at first, but they mellow out. Very nice so far.

Flavor is very much like the aroma. A sharp bubblegum-hop components reaches right out and grabs your ass. This is countered by a swift smack across the face of the carbonation that makes for a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Super-creamy feel, actually. This creaminess is long and carries through the whole drink. There are some very sweet malt characteristics that come through in the middle/late middle. Mr. hops returns with his wandering hands in the finish which is long and bitter in a good way. This is really a great beer. Only drawback is the soap-like component that kind of flits about here and there in the brew. Very nice effort. ABV is around 7% I reckon...

What I like most: The beautiful, deific appearance.

What I like least: The soapy flavor and aroma characteristic that hangs around.

Very good beer and a nice East Coast beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a creamy yet rocky head that pulls away from the glass but holds its shape. The body is a clear amber copper hue with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head last and last.

S- The well blended smell of toasted malt, light yeast and green hops with a light lemony hop aroma come through even as the next glass is being poured.

T- The full taste of green pine and lemon hops has a nice support from lightly toasted malt and some biscuit malt. The finish has a green pine bitterness that lingers for a good bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has some good green hops with a nice support of malt. The malt has nice complexity that adds an interesting nuance.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance - uncapping the bottle creates an impressive rush of air, this one's loaded! A dark tangerine pour into a Belgian glass is quickly topped by four fingers of cream-colored foam. Large pockets of lace are left behind as the bubbles slowly give way. After a few minutes, there is a sloped formation in the glass like a snow-covered mound or something. Additional pours even things out but the head maintains a solid and thick cover.

Aroma - sweet citrus and pine with a definite heaviness as if saturated with hop aroma. Settles down after a bit to allow some toasty biscuit aromas to come through.

Taste - starts out sweet with some fruity citrus, malty with caramel tones. The swallow brings out the hops. Big time. Like concentrated grapefruit oil, the bitterness sets up pretty quickly and lingers quite well. An intensely bitter beer, approaching medicinal. Ruination-caliber palate destruction. Ends kind of warm from the alcohol and I think I singed a few tastebuds as well. Gets much better as the 'numbing' ensues. Once my tongue was pounded into submission from the relentless hops, this tasted better. I like it but this is more to the liking of the incurable hophead.

Mouthfeel - syrupy thickness and very carbonated. Putting it into a goblet does it proper justice, I think it deserves better than a pint glass. A big bodied beer.

Drinkability - limited drinkability for me. If I had an IPA tasting, this one's in, but just for myself, I don't think so.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a thick, creamy off-white head. Lacing is fairly thick.

S: Mild, muted aromas of lemon, lime, bitter orange, biscuit, herbs, caramel, and pine take some time to reveal themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, herbs, bitter orange, kumquat, biscuit, crackers, toffee, caramel, pine, and spruce fill the mouth. The finish combines lemon, lime, pine, spruce, and caramel flavors to great effect.

M: Medium-bodied and dry for the style. Carbonation is active and firm. Alcohol is undetectable.

O: A nice, somewhat underrated IPA. The nose is a bit uninspiring, but this is still a good beer. I could see this being a solid introductory brew for someone new to hoppier ales or a respectable go-to when better known IPAs are not available.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BEERchitect for this one.

Pours a very attractive dark amber color with a nice foamy head. This is a nice looking beer.

Smells quite surprisingly malty with a bit of a hoppy finish.

The taste is also quite sweet and malty. There is also a nice spiciness in the finish. Interesting.

Honestly, this beer is a little thin. It works well for the beer, I guess.

Aside from the light mouthfeel this one is quite good and pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of kdmorse
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: After a tip from a friend who tried this beer, I poured as slowly as possible into my Duvel tulip. After this careful procedure, I ended up with 2/3 creamy, tan head and 1/3 glowing orange body. Head hangs around forever and finally starts to recede but leaves a trail of rocky lace.

S: Sweet citrus and pine aromas. The smell that made me fall in love with Dreadnaught all over again.

T: Somewhat disappointing after the appearance and the smell. Spicy and sweet flavors. Malt is peppery. Hops finish the beer cleanly with bitter taste. Not much of the citrus or piney smells that I found in the nose.

M: Light and fizzy. Lots of carbonation.

D: Drinks almost like a DIPA. Alcohol isn't getting to me much, but the peppery flavors linger a bit too long.

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Photo of far333
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle compliments of Brent who has graciously shared many a BBC brew. Opens with a pop and a rush of air. Pours from the bottle a clear dark honey color with thick columns of bubbles rushing to the top and depositing a thick and frothy 2 inch high head that takes a few minutes to settle out.

Aroma is grainy and resinous with nearly a physical presence. Citrusy hops with sweet fruit and honey and some sweet candy. Flavor does not live up to the aroma. Hops are subdued, and very piney. A firm malt backbone rides beneath, but not many other flavors mix in and out. A citrus peel bitter lingers and remains on the pallette.

Mouthfeel is round and full, good carbonation. Better than average drinkability, but more complexity would make this one more enjoyable to me.

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Photo of Washuffizi98
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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