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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally named Apricot Weizen

Added by Brent on 08-13-2001

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 2/18/12.

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch foamy off white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, subdued apricot, and some buttery aromas. Taste is the same with the butter coming through on the finish. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer. It's decent for what it is but I wouldn't get this one again most likely.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

mmm! pours a slightly blurry peach color with a diminishing white head. smells like fresh ripe apricots from the farmers market. beautiful aroma, punchy and sweet/tart. taste matches, fruity for sure, but more refined than say a magic hat number 9. fruit dominated but there is a hop presence somewhere back there. mouthfeel is weakened by the overwhelming fruitiness that sticks to the teeth, wouldnt maybe have 5 of these, but its an excellent pint. one of the better pyramid brews ive had, cant get over how fresh the fruit is in this, like a centerpiece not an afterthought. its really good

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy looking golden color. The head was foamy and white. The aroma is very strong with apricot and rather inviting. The taste of the beer is fruity with a nice apricot and wheat finish to it. The mouthfeel is light, perfect for the style. Overall it's a very fruity beer but since that's what they want then it's great. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose along with some hints of peaches.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has additional notes of wheat.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wasn't a bad beer because the apricot flavors seemed natural and not syrupy or artificial. I wouldn't mind trying this one again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apricots, Apricots, Apricots! I could end my review there. The newly branded "Audacious" Apricot Ale is all about the popular fruit. It tastes just like an apricot; smells like an apricot; feels like an apricot. If it had leaves, it would look just like an apricot. Ooh, and it has apricots in it too.

The shy and bland Weizen properties of the beer contribute a moderate haze and then backs away from the fruit. Maybe an American Weizen base beer doesn't exhibit any of the great esters or phenols that make the German varieties so appealing, so the base beer contributes very little compliment the apricot richness- carbonation perhaps, but that's about it.

The good news is that the rebranding ensures that the beers hit the shelves fresh. Under the Apricot Weizen name, the beer seemed stale, uninspiring, and oxidized. Fresh, this beer does fare much better but you have really got to like fresh flavors of apricots to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this one for ages on local beer store shelves, but couldn't bring myself to drop 20-ish bucks for a sixer. Once across our southern border, however, $1.69 (even in Yankee dollars) for a single 12oz bottle seems oh so much more reasonable.

This beer pours a hazy, somewhat murky medium golden amber hue, with one finger of weakly foamy and mostly just soap bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells rather strongly of semi-sweet dried apricots, some peppier peach notes, a moderately bready caramel malt, a subtle wheaty graininess, and meek earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more sweet apricot juiciness, tempered a bit by the natural acid offset, mildly wheaty and caramelized malt, a touch of hard water flintiness, and leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just an understated frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, well fruity in its plain-ass smoothness, and generally clean. It finishes off-dry, the muddled apricot fruitiness sort of loitering with the pithy pale malt, and the heretofore overshadowed hops carefully coming out of their shell.

At first glance and glug - a fairly one-sided affair, to be sure - ya gotta like the apricots to like this one. OK, once past that, this beer shimmers with the fruity balance of the sweet and adequately acidic, almost fruit wine-like in its bearing. Good stuff - once again, if you're suitably acclimated to the guest ingredient.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head that displays poor retention and leaves virtually no lacing; pretty disappointing for a hefe

Smell: Apricot and floral aromas

Taste: Starts out with a very fruity flavor without much hefe character; after the swallow, the apricots make their presence felt and take over the show

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like fruit beers as a change of pace and this one is very drinkable; it could be a lot better with a bit more character and hop balance

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Photo of emerge077
2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"327 10" on bottom of the bottle, wonder if this is was bottled in the fall of 2010 (if it is in fact a julian date). Label states "Apricot Ale"... seems like they rename this beer every other year.

Into a weizen glass it pours a nice saturated orange that reflects bright gold at times, and becomes murky and opaque once the yeast dregs are added. Bright white foam with a creamy texture to the surface. It does deposit random drops of spotty lace here and there, but nothing substantial.

Smells like peach candy at first, apricot sure, but more of a synthetic candy version, not the fruit itself. After sitting for a bit it takes on a funky wet dishrag smell, minerals and hard water. A little off putting.

Flavor is mild and wheaty, sweetened with apricot flavoring, that reminds me of scratch & sniff stickers of all things. Slightly sweet but not overwhelming, allowing some of the grainy wheat notes to come through. Light to medium bodied, mellow carbonation, some mild astringency. Nothing too exciting here, a flavored American Pale Wheat, simple and somewhat artificial, though probably a good gateway beer for the craft novice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a generic pilsner glass at a bar in Palo Alto, California. Expectations were high as I usually like apricot hefeweizens (and I've brewed a couple). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy cloudy copper-gold. Appealing.

Sm: Light citrus ester hops, with apricot and wheat. This is less pronounced and good than I remember the bottled version's aroma being.

T: Mild citrus notes. Orange and apricot. Simple wheat foundation. Decently balanced and built alright.

Mf: Sharp. Wet and smooth, but a touch too thick. Doesn't really complement the flavours.

Dr: Decent drinkability. Fair price ($4.00). Limited quality. I remember liking the bottled version a lot better; perhaps the keg lines are dirty.

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Photo of zeff80
2.13/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured out an orange color with next to no head. Obviously it smelled and tasted like apricot. Also it has wheat flavor, but the apricot flavor was overpowering. It had a fizzy mouthfeel. I wouldn't really call it highly drinkable. I had such a hard time drinking it, that I let my wife finish it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pour a moderate golden color with a bit of apricot (surprise!) coloring. White head and some mild lacing. The nose is light apricot and peach and light grain. The taste is very slight wheat and a bit of apricot. The feel is light with good carbonation. Overall, there really isn't too much to this other than light fruit, but it drinks well, especially in the warmer months.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/orange color with very little head to speak of,the aroma is very up front of apricots or apricot puree.The taste is also very apricot like with a slight wheaty taste in the finish.A little light in the body but also very drinkable.Iam not a big fan of these kind of beers but it was worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ug, screw this screw cap.

A super aggressive pour at least yields a fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a decent pace, fairly quickly, light lacing, over mostly hazy carrot orange yellow colored beer.

Nose is super fruity, lots of apricot, both fresh fruit and fake apricot syrup, bright fruits, light wheat and citrus like, some sweetness, syrupy, overly syrupy fake sweet and fruit aromas, but not too bad.

Taste starts with more fruity flavors, tons of sweet syrupy apricot syrup, stone fruits and bright apricot fruit galore. It is a bit sticky, light sweetness and syrupy feel tasting, trying not to be stereotypical, but more of a woman beer, light overall feel and more fruity than anything, although not undrinkable. hint of bitterness, and a bit of wheat and grassy tastes. Finish is drier but a bit sweet, tons of lingering apricot fake fruit syrup tastes.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lighter carb.

Overall not very good, but not as bad as I expected... lots of fruit but it's all fairly syrupy fake tasting, light carb doesn't help, and sticky sweet kinda icky feel brings the bad beer back to where I expected it to be.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/26/2014. Pours hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/fruit flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very authentic tasting fruit flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a damn nice fruited wheat ale. All around great robustness and balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated best by 8/8/12 served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow golden (aka apricot) color with a smallish and short-lived white head.

While the aroma is fruity and has a definite apricot component, it seems a bit dank or stale, and the apricot aroma is more like dried than fresh apricots. The flavor is much better, at least if you like apricot. This packs a pronounced and juicy hit of apricot. It is exceptionally fruity with a bit of bready malt in the background. Good balance between the sweet and tart, with very little bitterness. Strongly apricot finish and rather nice lingering aftertaste.

M: medium-light body; low carbonation -- too low, I think.

O: a change of pace: more like a lambic than a 'typical' ale. Fans of Magic Hat #9 should definitely give this a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid's Apricot Ale is, in my opinion, one of the best fruit beers on the market today. It offers a beautiful nose of sweet apricot that's remarkably authentic (although I'm sure it's from extract). The body is a bit hazy, and has a golden-orange color similar to that of an apricot. The creamy white head holds fairly well before dropping to a wide collar, and it leaves some spots and splashes of lace behind it. In the flavor, the same apricot fruitiness returns, and it's just gently sweet and not overdone. Some malt flavor backs it, and it's perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness that's just enough to keep it "beer", and leave it dry and refreshing. Some mild apricot flavor lingers in the aftertaste, nagging at you to take another sip. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth - again, kind of like an apricot - with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation and medium body. It's enjoyable year-round, but I really think it's perfect on a warm summer day outside. Very nice!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-tap 8/22/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light golden brown color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong apricots, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a creamy apricot sweetness. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is not a very good beer.

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Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think some decent fruit is the best way to improve this American wheat beer style. In this case the apricots add a really nice aroma. The tartness of the fruit provides just the right balance to the modest maltiness. A touch of hop bitterness gives the antidote to the substantial fruitiness.

I wish more people would make Witbiers with fruit instead of the usual spice and peeling. At the same time, this Pyramid beer would benefit from a little Belgian yeastiness. It's cheap, it's available, it's better than a lot of fruit concoctions, so enjoy!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Extremely cloudy dark apricot that doesn't clear over time. The off-white head is large to start, deflates quickly and doesn't look as if it's going to leave any lace at all. End result: razor-thin film and no glass coverage. The nose can best be described as apricot-like. There's no doubt about it, this is one aromatic fruit beer.

Apricots are far from my favorite fruit, but I thought I'd try this Pyramid brew anyway. If it's well-brewed, I might find some enjoyment. Several swallows later... sorry, this is not good beer. For whatever reason, apricot flavor is not as prominent as apricot aroma.

Rather than fruit sweetness, there's an unpleasant sourness and a strong metallic flavor. It doesn't help that the mouthfeel is thin and watery, which leads to an abrupt finish. On second thought, it's probably a good thing that the flavor fades so quickly.

Apricot Ale is not good beer, either in a general sense or when judged against other fruit beer. It needs to have a more substantial body and it needs to replace a large portion of its sourness with sweetness. Pyramid missed the mark with this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Poured a nice hazy, murky pale golden amber. Lots of suspension left no doubt in your mind that this one was an unfiltered one. A good two inch plus head formed at the top almost immediately and had a decent, but not long retention to it. After the head faded it left behind about a quarter of an inch of fizzy, fuzzy lace that just barely clung to the glass but was enough to let you know it was there. Ample carbonation could be scene streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session and gave it a very nice livily look, all around the look was more then decent and just about what I was looking for at the time.

S – Very strong, almost pungent smell coming off of this one from the very beginning. The first whiff was ridiculously sweet with the smell of, what would you expect, apricots. Very fresh and full aroma. Smelled like a nice summer day and was delicious to be honest. After you got through that initial assault of apricot, you came across a nice yeasty smell and a touch of wheat or bread. Overall though it was totally apricots and a lot of them that gave this a nice sweet and full aroma.

T – Wow, was this a fruit brew or what. Very very strong flavor of apricot pretty much overpowered anything else that was to be found inside of it for a good long time. It was a very sweet flavor as well, lots of, and I can not stress that enough, lots of apricot! The nice unfiltered wheat defiantly came through as well, but I would consider this to be way more a fruit brew then a Hefe, it was just overpowering in its approach. There was some yeast and wheat flavors, way way out on the backend of it. Also the finish had somewhat of a lemon like touch to it, something a bit different to be sure and separate from the rest of the main flavor profile. Overall a very strong, pungent but yet light flavor. It was defiantly something that was nice to have to drink on a hot day as aside from the absurd sweetness, was actually quite refreshing.

M – Very light, and frothy. This was due mostly to lots and lots of carbonation. It had that nice kinda sudsy feel to it, and it rolled through the mouth like a seltzer water feel. Great way to really let the flavors explode as it was just so smooth you really could just let everything go by itself. Just a great all around feel to it. Really impressed by the level here, really very very nice feel.

D – Well this is a bit tricky. It was so very sweet that I really could not see myself having more then one of these. I just don’t think I could stomach that much of the level of sweetness that it had. As far as feel, abv, and such it was definitely something you could put down, I just think that the flavor was so absurdly strong that there was just no way that you could possibly have more then obe or so, unless that is really your kinda thing.

Overall I have to say though that this was not bad by any stretch. It was a nice surprise and a good lively little effort of their part. I could see myself having one every now and again, however one would defiantly be enough for sure. If it is around I would defiantly say give it a shot, it is in the same kind as a Lindemans, however it has a little bit more of a punch. Pretty decent offering and good enough to get me to look at Pyramid again in the future.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of 05-11-07

Pours a hazed (clears as time goes on) bronze with 4 fingers of fluffy white head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty, apricots, peaches & honey

T: Apricots. peach juice, slight grainyness on the tip of the tounge up front. Finishes juicy, fruitty & sightlty dry with a hint of honey

MF: Medium bodied, medium carbonation & a little slickness

Drinks pretty easy despite the sweetness. Pair with BBQ chicken or ribs. These fruit beers are not my cup of thea, but this one works enough to have 2 before moving on

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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: The nose is just as I remember from my early beer drinking days, intensely sweet apricots without much else. The base beer is sort of bland and just serves as a medium for the apricots.

T: Apricots with some more apricots. There's really not much else going on here. As with the nose, the base beer is pretty bland and lifeless. A bit of sweet malt, but mostly just the fruit.

M: The body is fairly light with a high level of carbonation. At least it's not syrupy like a lot of fruit beers.

D: Not as horrendously sweet as I remember, but still approaching that level. I don't really know how much of this I could drink.

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Photo of smcolw
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no head and what's there fades very quickly. No lace whatsoever. Cloudy liquid with a dirty gold color.

Sweet, almost candylike, smell of dried apricots.

The taste is like the smell...too much so. The high sugar levels make the liquid thicker. The carbonation cannot overcome the cloyingly sweet flavors. The aftertaste is like peach cobbler. Not my style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bliss.

Another Bliss-ful tasting, this time focusing on "Summer beers". This one pours a mostly clear golden straw topped by a finger or so of ever-so-slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, and fake peach. I suppose the peach could actually have been apricot, but it certainly seemed more like peach to me. The taste brings nothing new to the table, and the "apricot" flavor not only comes off as more fake, but also more armpit-influenced. Boo. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I was not a fan of this beer. In fact, no one at Bliss was. I can't imagine why...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer appears hazy and straw yellow in color. The head is but a wee one, and leaves no lacing behind.

The aroma is of sweet apricots (natural flavors) and a subtle wheat character.

The flavor is pretty tasty, but the sweetness does become cloying after a few ounces. Apricots play the leading role here, with wheat flavors in the background. Natural flavors can't replicate real fruit, and aren't nearly as delicious. It's a decent beer, but not my cup of tea (beer).

The feel is relatively thin bodied, with alcohol content a non issue.

The sweetness lingers on the palate, reducing the drinkability factor.

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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