Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Outburst in a refreshingly bitter Imperial IPA. With 80 IBUs, and 8.5% ABV, our dry-hopped Imperial IPA delivers a bold taste with a massive hop flavor.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best by" date stamped on label. Fairly fresh bottle!

Poured into a goblet. This beer pours with a classic looking soft two fingers of white head of a flamed orange sunburst body with just the tiniest touch of amber to darken it up. Very clear.

Smells of juicy northwest hops, primarily pine trees and pineapple. A fair dose of citrus is thrown in as well. After a swirl I smell a little solvent and lemon scented cleaning agent.

Alcohol and synthetic lemon are unfortunately strong in the flavor, and the heat is a detractor. Some spicy hops manifest with strong bitterness and a noticeable vegetal quality. "Earthy" would be a positive way to say it I suppose. There is a little malt around the edges but it is scoured away by the abrasive bitterness and strong alcohol.

The mouthfeel is slightly hot and prickly from carbonation. This isn't a "nectar" feel like some DIPAs achieve.

Conclusion: This really isn't a bad beer in any sense, nor is it a bad DIPA. The hops are pretty good and the overall structure doesn't have any flaws. However, this is a country that has glorified hops beyond any standing they have ever held in history, and there are so many fantastic DIPAs out there that I couldn't justify buying this again unless I had local loyalty or it was much cheaper then the competition.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at MacTarnahan's Taproom in Portland, OR.

appearance - poured a very clear amber color, 2 finger head that settled quickly, not much lacing at all

smell - chinook and centennial dominate the nose as well as some of the malts, very sweet

taste - all of the dominant nw hop and malt varieties are here, but there is a chemical taste and lack of organic presence here

mouthfeel - medium body, good carbonation

drinkability - something was missing in this, maybe an organic flavor, the aftertaste isn't my favorite for an iipa

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Photo of chumba526
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears darkish gold/ amber in color with a white frothy head.

It smells of pine and floral smelling hops. I get a bit of a caramel sweetness to the beer.

It tastes of pine like hops. I get a bit of an earthy flavor. I get a sweet sort of floral flavor. There is a bit of a caramel malt flavor. The beer finishes with a substantial amount of bitterness that balances out the sweet caramel flavor of the malt and the sweet floral flavor of the beer.

There is a moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is somewhat smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down smooth though the beer does not seem to be that exciting. I could easily drink a few glasses of this though.

Overall not a great IIPA but pretty good for the price. It is not a complex IIPA but it gets the job done. This is the best beer I have had from Pyramid. I am probably going to pick up a few more bottles of this as they are only 1.89 per 22 ounces at a local store.

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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Deep amber, medium tan, one finger head and some lacing

S - Really, really malty up front. Toasted barley, maybe some wheat, and a bit sweet. Hoppy in the backbone. Pine and citrus notes are very prevalent

T - Very hoppy, with subtle malt and very sweet. Not a huge alcohol flavor which is nice. Pine, flowers and tons of citrus fruits

M - Coats the mouth with bitterness and sweetness lingers the whole way through. Nice and carbonated and a bit fluffy

D - Really nice for a 8.5 abv. I could drink a sixer with no problem other than getting nice and toasty

Final thought - $6.99 for 6 - 12oz with 8.5 abv. Count me in

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Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with minimal head and lacing. Pine and citrus hop aroma with bready malts. Pine, grapefruit, and apricot hop flavors, with sticky sweet bready malt backbone. Medium carbonation, dry finish, not too keen on the oversweet aftertaste. Overall this is not a bad DIPA from Pyramid.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Coreylag for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

Crystal bright copper color with a solid 2 finger head that leaves a curtain of lacing. Pretty beer!

Stewed fruit and yeasty aroma. Pleasant but not exactly typical for DIPA.

Crisp citrus and herbal hop flavor with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Some caramel presence, but dry and not detracting from the hops. A bit of the strange stewed fruit flavor comes through.

Juicy with a light-medium body. Not a bad DIPA - very drinkable and I didn't realize it was an imperial version until I checked the label. I couldn't find a freshness date so I can't help but wonder if it would be a little more impressive right out of the brewery.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Reddish copper color with a 1/2" off white head.

N: Dense pine and earth rounded off by pineapple.

T: Moderately bitter and moderately sweet. Pine and earth are here. Nothing mind-blowing, but definitely solid.

M: Decently resinous with a dry, scraping mouthfeel.

O: I thought this was going to be underwhelming, but it’s really solid stuff. Not complex but clean.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a tumbler glass from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a crystal clear golden amber, big fluffy 2 finger head that dies down and turns to a bubbly froth that lays over the top. Sticky, dank, piny notes big on the nose. Mango, peach and fresh cut orange also present. Mango, peaches, grapefruit, all on the tongue. Slight alcohol breaks in, sweet and juicy with a hint of caramel malts. This beer is mediuim bodied, very juicy, and bitter. Overall, this beer really suprised me, very easy drinking DIPA, full of flavor, not overwheamling but good and well balanced.

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Photo of Philousa
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley. Arrived to me with little to no head and the clear pint glass showed how deep red the beer is. Citrus and hoppy nose gave the overall impression of a bright beer.Tasted caramel up front, then citrusy and bitter, fading to an acidic aftertaste. The beer is watery and the hoppy bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

I went on the brewery tour with some friends and our guide told us that Outburst is out of season, but they brewed it for the GABF competition and had some kegs leftover. We all felt special. Pyramid does a good job hiding the alcohol level in this DIPA, but I felt that they do it mostly in the aroma, which is completely unique. It's also one of the most acidic beers I've had, probably due to the dry-hopping, which also played a role in masking the ABV. This is a bright beer that fades to acidic. It's lacking something to give it that kick over the edge, but it's an interesting beer and I'll definitely buy a sixer when it's in season.

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Photo of Luigi
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a massive off-white three finger head that laces around the glass just a great IPA should. The retention is nice as it leaves a thin blanket on top till the last drop. Rich clear amber color with a few carbonation bubbles swimming to the top.

A rich bouquet of fruity and pine like hops blend together with a fresh bread like malt. Oranges and fresh pine come to mind as I take in the aroma. There is a bit sweetness from the alcohol, but it never over takes any of the aromas.

There is a big malt flavor in this DIPA. Something a lot of breweries do not focus on. The taste is like fresh baked bread served with orange slices while you sit under a pine tree. That is the only why I can describe the rare balance of this DIPA. I am so used to being hopped to death. Nice to have balance sometimes.

Full bodied, a little slick on the tongue. Easy to sip and enjoy. Finishes dry with lingering pine notes.

Pyramid Brewery has been a friend of mine for years. Their brews are sometimes over looked. I'll be dammed! They rarely disappoint and bring you great craft beer at reasonable prices. West coast style all the way! This was a delicious DIPA.

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Photo of mnrider
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date printed on label. Twist off cap.

A: Pours a murky/hazy amber color with a thin white head. I see plenty of small bubbles rising to the top. An adequate lacing is lest behind.

S: Alcoholic! fruits and citrus with a hint of hops. Masculine.

T/M: Full bodied and goes down slick. Citric--->Pine hop taste. Fruity bitterness is strong but balanced out some by a thick malt taste. Like bread or something. The finish is somewhat clean with the remnants of hops and the fumes of alcohol.

O: I have not had many DIPA's in my life. I think I need to start looking for more. With the higher ABV this beer is surprisingly easy to drink. The alcohol is concealed pretty well letting the wonderful taste come through.


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

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint. The small print on the label identifies the beer as a "dry-hopped India pale ale". No freshness date, but I bought it at a discount as if they were trying to get rid of it ($2.44 for a bomber). India Pale Ale shouldn't lose its freshness for a long time. I think this may have been sitting around the store for 3-4 months, if not longer.

The reason I mention this is because the lapse of time tends to mellow out the hops. And, since IPA was highly hopped primarily as a preservative measure (along with the elevated alcohol) so that it could survive the long sea voyage to India, my own personal theory is that, by the time the beer got to India, the hops had mellowed and aged to the point where an average Englishman could pronounce it good pale ale. I think the people of that day and age (and certainly many English and Americans in our own), would have thought the fresh stuff too bitter. Were it possible to actually taste the IPA of a hundred years ago, properly aged, I surmise that it would be considered under hopped, at least to American tastes, and perhaps to the British and Indians as well.

An average pour produces about an inch of creamy white, billowy head. This sticks to the sides quite well, and hangs around for the duration, after dissipating to about 1/8 inch within about 2 minutes. The beer is moderately carbonated and is orange-copper in color, with just a touch of haze.

The aroma-flavor is extremely hoppy and in your face bold, as you might expect. The nose becomes accustomed to it rather quickly however, so that it soon strikes one about the same as an American pale ale. The beer is quite bitter on the tongue, with aroma-flavors suggesting the usual grapefruit and pine, with a hard edge of grapefruit rind and pine sawdust. Despite the hops, you can actually taste some bready malt with also a distinct malt-o-meal aftertaste. It also has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Definitely some substance here.

This is well-balanced for the style, and obviously a good value at $2.44 for a bomb-load. As alluded to in my sermon above, the hops probably mellowed out a little with aging. I wonder what this would taste like in another 5-6 months? Like a good pale ale?

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Photo of hickmancase
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the variety pack.

A: Looks like an IPA. Slightly sticky two-finger head. Doesn't quite look imperial.

S: Great flowery, hoppy smell. Almost as pungent as Port Brewing's Whambo (one IPA whose nose I cannot find a match for).

T: Great taste. Excellent hop profile. Can't believe such an excellent offering could come from this bigger brewery.

M: Can't remember.

D: Excellent. After offering a friend the last of the four bottles, I actually snuck it away in my pocket for myself. What a jerk!


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Photo of Glibber
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, poured a nice creamy 1/2 inch head that settled out to 1/8 inch. Good thick lacing on the glass. Very aromatic, with citrus pine and peach front. Decent carbonation and smooth to drink for a high octane beer. Nice citrus hop flavor on the back end- warms the stomach. I did not think the hops were overpowering at all. The malts come out when the beer warms up a bit. Very drinkable beer. To tell you the truth, I was suprised it was so good. For the price the beer is a steal.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden clear with a very wide white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with a hint of pine. Taste is refreshing, balanced, bitter lots of hops and malts, excellent body that remains in the palate, I really liked this IIPA. Cheers

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Photo of gkunkle
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This isn't going to knock your socks off, but for the price, it is definitely worth it. It is a well made beer that is a great value. As a believer in the free market economy, this will be receiving my dollar vote frequently when I just want a good overall beer.

Pours a copper color with a decent white head that left a little lacing in my glass. Smell is pretty darn hoppy, I am noticing citrus and pine hops, pretty standard for the pacific northwest. Taste is surprisingly good, definitely more on the hops side of the IPA balance. The hops stand out, but don't kick your ass like so many others. I enjoy an ass kicking on occasion, but this has the right level of hops to enjoy alone or with a meal. Mouthfeel is good, medium weight with decent carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding for a DIPA.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a solid finger+ of solid, off-white eggshell head. Body is a gorgeous hazy lighter orange amber, golden hilights at the edges.

Smell - Really nice floral nose, big bready malts, nice touches of pineapple and mango, some nice citrus and touch of vanilla carmels - wonderful nose.

Taste - Wow, Huge floral hops here - clover, lavender, dried semisweet flowers, and unfiltered clover honey sweetness. Nice muted pineapple, mango, and some surprising banana esters, tropical. As this goes to the back of the tongue there is some sweet ruby red grapefruit and then huge bready malt flavors. After the sip there is grapefruit pith, and dried wheat breat crusts. This is a very complex, balanced and unique flavor profile, really nice.

Mouthfeel - Bolder flavors make this nearly medium, carb is nearly medium and has a smooth foaming feel, yet has some nice crisp edges at the sides/back of the tongue. Very drinkable, but there is a slightly dry and chalky finish on this..and a juiciness from the tropical notes - again, very unique.

Overall - I'll tell you what, this is alot like a dipa with a hefeweizen influence - in both flavor and appearance. The alcohol is barely sensed between sips, reminding you that this is 8.5%, but not unpleasant at all. A very unique dipa, and one that you should try. If you want a floral and tropical dipa, then look no further.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields a thick and creamy looking 1 finger head, beer is not totally clear darker orange, I would say copper but not quite bright, head receeds to about .5 finger

S: Has that distinctive aroma that is a combination of sweet caramel malt and resiny hops that combines to smell like one aroma, good though, a tad sweet

T: Tastes about like I expected from the aroma, the balance shifts distinctly towards bitter hops, which is good, too often malt dominates these beers because of the crystal malt, that sweet toffee is still there for balance and blends with the resin, assertive bitterness finishes with a little tingle in your mouth, a well proportioned imperial IPA but lacking a little bit of that hop flavor punch that we've come to expect from the top DIPAs

M: Strong carbonation to keep the heavy flavors from sitting on your tongue, almost masks the mouthfeel which is dry but medium body

O: As I mentioned, a well balanced DIPA (as in correctly proportioned, not even between hops and malt), but lacks that flavor punch. It has the bitterness necessary.

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Photo of GeoChase90
1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

Maybe I have a super old bottle (no date) but this is awful. Almost no hop presence whatsoever, just an attack of malt sweetness. Almost felt like like I was drinking a barley wine or something. Terrible representation of the style in my opinion. I will give this a shot however if I can find a bottle with a fresh date on it.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Crystal clear amber with a 1 and a half finger head of creamy white suds. Good lacing. Solid head rentention.

S – Strong aroma of cut grass, dank resinous hops, white bread, and citrus.

T – Big, lush, fruity hops upfront with hints of apricot, pear, grapefruit, and even a little banana. Mid-palate features malt dough reminiscent of white bread, and earthy hop dankness. Finishes slightly peppery. Everything works together well. Refreshingly sweet.

M – Good firm body and medium carbonation. Alcohol comes through just a little in the finish. Nice.

O – A damn good DIPA. Very lush and if you favor sweeter, more fruity DIPA’s instead of tongue peeling bitterness, this could be the IPA for you. I’d buy again.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A SURPRISE FROM THE WIFE! I have now enjoyed half of the six pack, and now I feel confident to compose a review.

Appearance is red to amber brown, with pale gold at the bottom. A two finger tan, the color of deer hid quickly disappears to bubbles. Carbonation is pleasant, and not overpowering, furthermore this is just a smooth beer.

Smells: Grapefruit, pine, and bread pudding. Of course not a sweet smell, but an opening one.

Tastes: Pine, alcohol, and lemon zest. At the finish you can really taste the booze.

Mouthfeel: Thick and warming, not as warming as Old Raspy of course, but not too many people are comfortable in long beards, hair shirts, and priestly vestments.

Overall, this is a good beer. A grand Double IPA that does it's job well. Refreshes, and relaxes!

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Photo of vic21234
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle has a best by date of 2/28/13.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a large amount of an off-white head. The head sticks around awhile and forms some nice lacing along the sides of the glass. Nice looking IIPA.

S- Not an overly aromatic beer for an IIPA. Some citrus notes are apparent but nothing pops out at you.

T- Some citrus notes in the taste, other than that it seems overly sweet and almost syrupy. Not a fan. Could this be a bad bottle?

M- Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, bitter with a dry finish.

Something is off with the taste. I'm drinking it a day before the best by date but I don't think it would effect it with the way it tasted.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #206
Served On: 08/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.5%
Date/ Code: 10/04/2012

This was from a 6-pack I found at A.K.A. Friscos in Frederick, MD (awesome sandwich shop by the way).

Look: Poured a cloudy burnt orange with a thin beige film on top. Some random carbonation bubbles formed just below the top.

Smell: Strong hints of juicy grapefruit. Some sweet malts were noticeable in the background. Also an herbal hop note.

Taste: First off was a sweet creamsicle character that moved into a strong citrus. A nice bitterness set in around the middle to balance things out. The finish was a lingering combination of herbal hops and more of that bitterness.

This was a very well balanced imperial IPA that offered a milder palate than other similar offerings out there. The 8.5% ABV was nicely hidden and the drinkability seemed rather scary on this one. It was like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo without the harsh hoppiness and a slightly higher ABV.

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Photo of julian
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with a good amount of slightly off white head. Lacing is a little oily, but otherwise nice. coats the glass nicely.

S: First impressions are the most important and right off the bat, this smells delicious. Lots of fruity hop aroma, sweet tropical candy. Very nice.

T: Less fruity flavor than the nose led me to anticipate. Kind of subdued, more of an earthy bitterness than anything. Not much in the way of complexity in the flavor.

M: Good mouthfeel, it coats the tongue and mouth nicely with a proportionate amount of carbonation and has a balanced flavor/feel and no off aftertaste.

D: Not my favorite IIPA, but definitely a step up for Pyramid. They're trying to branch out and I see that. Keep it up Pyramid, and keep these new "seasonals" coming...you just might hit the jackpot with one of them eventually (cmon do something BIG, like a RIS or something barrel aged).

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear light amber in the glass with a couple fingers of ecru head. Moderate lacing help this look pretty solid. 4/5

S: Light citrus and light pine backed up by some bisuity goodness. Not bad. 3/5

T: Big and pure bitter citrus with a touch of sour citrus. Bitter lingering citrus on the finish as well. A little one dimensional here and refreshing given the big ABV. 3.5/5

M: Thin bodied and low on the carbonation. Smooth and clean on the finish put this in my ball park. 4/5

D: I probably could have had $4 worth of this stuff. Instead I had a $1 worth since I split the bomber with my wife. Find a better tulip full of DIPA for $1. I bet you can't. 4/5

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 681 ratings.
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