Lost Continent Double IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Lost Continent Double IPALost Continent Double IPA

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grand Teton’s Double IPA was born in our renowned Cellar Reserve program. Fans of our Double IPA and XX Sweetgrass demanded we brew the style on a regular basis. In response, we created Lost Continent in 2009 and updated it for 2010. This year's version is brewed with well over three pounds of hops per barrel in the kettle and another half-pound per barrel of “dry hops” in two additions during conditioning. A revised fermentation program has produced a more traditional Double IPA flavor profile--drier, less malty, more hoppy.

We use only American Pacific Northwest hops. Galena hops are added early in the boil for smooth, balanced bitterness. We add Columbus, Centennial and Amarillo later in the boil for flavor, and Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe in the whirlpool for aroma.

For even more aroma, we dry-hop with Summit, Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops in the conditioning tank, and dry-hop again right before bottling with whole-flower Cascade hops. The result is fruity, floral and complex, with notews of tangerine zest and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German CaraHell and Vienna malts give this ale its lovely pale copper hue, with flavors of orange marmalade and dried apricots, supported by a strong backbone of hoppy bitterness.

90+ IBU

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little chill haze on the amber brew. Plenty of head in the big chalice.

Really big and blowsy and loaded with hops, just like they promised. Fruity and bitter. Lots of the leafy, vegetable flavor with a touch of wood. I does seem a little more dry than a lot of DIPAs, but it's still plenty malty. Murky is my general impression. Lots of resins and enough hops to kill anything living in this stuff. The excessive bitterness does seem to flame out early, but it leaves an acidic aftertaste. Earthy finish with some older fruit, like peaches that are overripe but not sweet. Just the ticket for those that like them big, hot, and messy.

From the 750 ml bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lost Continent Double IPA poured a dark hazy golden color, with very little head. There was a very strong dry floral hoppy aroma. The taste was rather hoppy, lots of floral flavors, but wasn't to the point of burning the palate. Wished this had a dry flavor afterwards, but still a strong floral flavor. Overall a good beer, I found it a little different for a double ipa without the dryness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with ample bubbling and a finger-width head which settles to a thin layer. Smell is, naturally, of hops and grapefruit. Not strong, but pleasant. Taste follows suit. Not particularly bitter, but the hops do stand out well above the malt. While it's not particularly complex or distinguishable from other DIPAs, it is a solid brew and I would get it again.

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Photo of HOPHEAD79
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Marty's in Newton where I also got a Leffe Brune now in bottles a great beer which I will review soon.
to save you a search here's its link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/470/1862

Comes in a 4 Pack didn't see it in Bommahs (Mass.MA Accent) but didn't really look. In case you don't know I'd say 5% of BA users a Bomber is a 22-24oz or so Double size beer usually made for non mass produced specialty beers like the Harpoon 100bbl (barrel) series and others like Brooklyn's Local.1 and Local.2 beers which are excellent.

Look L: Bright Golden Hue mid cloudy 40% opacity just a guess no detailed measuring was performed at 3am

Smell (nose)S: Floral hop color Lemon or citrus feel. only first taste I hope I can edit this later this is my virginal review so bear (beer) with me. :)

Taste T: Slow appearance of hop flavour then gradually increases to mid perfect hop happyness hoppYness instead of Iness. Wonderbread style light yeast feel.
Post: Aftertase has a nice slght hop linger to it not over or under pimped

Mouthfeel M: very light body but has a syrupy fluid(liquid) behavior as it moves around the mouth talking to your taste buds and budettes.

Overall O: Great beer definately on my will have in future not an extremely hoppy IPD but it's pretty good and definately hit the spot.

HOPHEAD79 it's my cap sensitive user name but I like being all caps :)

Have a good 1 everybody.
post rules minimum NicE almost never see that one I thought I'd be overtyping my review being character blocked. Hopefully I don't get booed for any puns I may have let loose.


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

Poured from their foil wrapped 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of yellow eggshell foam, body is a hazy vibrand yellow orange amber,

Smell - Huge citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, and lots of floral hops, touch of honey and yeast, really nice.

Taste - Wow, a perfectly balanced flavor of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, and just huge floral hops with hints of clover and lavender. A nice drying finish of grapefruit pith and floral pollen comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel comes from the smoothness of this ale, there is a juiciness from the citrus, and a slight drying from the floral hops. Carb is lower side of medium and is smooth and foaming, no sharp edges here at all, but provides a nice transition to the bitter dtying nuances of the hops at the end of the quaff.

Overall - Really a nice, complex, balanced and well done DIPA. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. For those that like a DIPA with strong citrus and floral hops this is a must try, recommend!

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Photo of jsulko
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orangish color with a small white head.

Smell is piney with some sweetness of the malt with a hint of carmel.

Taste is a heavy oily pine with slight citrus and carmel from the malt. Odd bite on the finish.

A decent DIPA but nothing that stands out.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at my local liquor store and for the price of $6, I couldnt pass it up. Cool label, tin foil wrapped head & neck and 8%ABV.

A: Beer pours a dark, cloudy orange color with a 2-inch solid bright white head. The head is slow to fade down but has some good lacing when it does.

S: Very citrus in the smell, nice and orangy at the top with a little bit of banana. Through the smell I get some Black pepper spice, a hint of pine that is finished with the smooth, sweetness of honey.

T: Tangy citrus on the taste, again more like an orange than anything. A hint of banana, black pepper spice and grapefruit come off behind the citrus and has a mild hop finish.

M: More sweet than tangy, not as much hop bite as I was anticipating. Carbonation was more than moderate, but really didnt make a difference in the taste.

O: A good IPA to try at a good price. This is a slow sipper, but im going to slow sip all 4 of them and see where it takes me. I'll be sure to pick me up at least one more 4-pks of these before they're gone, gone, gone!

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack at Smith's in Rapid City, closest place to Iowa that sells it. Bought in June and reviewing today.

Pours a hazy, medium-copper with almost 2 fingers of foam. The aroma has a real punch at first but quickly simmers to a muddled fragrance if citrus and grass. The taste is somewhat similar; it's strong and punchy at first but seems to settle to an earthy mess that's to muddled to really pick apart the componets. There's pine and a touch of lemon, really earthy. For 90 IBUs it doesn't seem that sharp tasting, but still leaves a tingling sensation on the back of the tongue. I've been on an IPA kick lately, and this one doesn't seem to set itself apart from others, apart from the fact there's some dirt taste in it. It's nice, but there's many better out there.

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

Second draft for my 4th of July stop at Monk's House of Ale Repute. Almost white head on a clear, two-toned amber ale in a tulip glass. Again, a pretty lace (in a well cleaned glass) which funnels a strong grapefruit, tropical fruit and pine resin into the nose. 8% ABV is hidden in the nose, but a light peppery note betrays it on the tongue, which is assaulted by spice and sweet malt and an oiliness that coats sweetly. Very fun Double IPA, and, from memory, seems to be a bit brighter on draft. Not exactly news that a draft surpasses a bottle, but there seems to be a significant boost to the hops for this particular beer (or the bottles I've sampled were not up to snuff).

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Photo of C20Percent
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper with a thin head of foam on top. There is some complexity in the color making the beer look very rich. Not much standing out here, though.

S: Mostly malty with some hops in the back. Caramel. Candied citrus. I think this is what an English IPA looks like. Not bad -- just not the hoppy IPA I look for.

T: Mostly sweet caramel with a metallic bitter finish. Not much complexity here. For a DIPA I'd expect some more hops. This brew was bottled 3 months ago, so this might be a freshness issue. Again, not terrible, just not great.

M: This beer is pretty smooth and creamy. It slices on the tongue a bit at first, but it's barely noticeable. Nice carbonation. The chewiness brings out some more of the hops and flavor. I think the feel is the best thing about this brew.

O: This beer isn't bad. The smell and taste were on the verge of a 4. The feel was great. Overall, this beer gets a four from me. Would really like to try a fresh beer.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled 2-24-12, so a 4-month old DIPA, no major concerns (would be worried if older than 6 months).  Pours a slightly hazy light orange color with a small head.  Little retention and just a bit of lacing.

The aroma is not overpowering but brings decent notes of piney hops and caramel malt.  A light amount of grapefruit hop aroma in the mix.

Solid DIPA flavor with strong pine, grapefruit and citrus hop flavors that mix well with the caramel malt.  Not an overly complex flavor but the hop notes come through cleanly and are not overshawdowed by too much sweet malt.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel and very drinkable.  Overall, a solid DIPA.  Doesn't stand out in a very crowded field but I would recommended it for those who like the hop flavors to shine.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottled 6-22-10

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of perfume and floral hops, with some toffee and bread malt thrown in. The flavor is a little bit different, with quite a bit of orange citrus, which is complimented by the toffee malt to keep the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Lost Continent opens with a bright, hoppy, citrusy aroma full of pink grapefruit, lemon, lime, and mandarin orange, but also containing more earthy hop notes, such as pine resin, dandelion stem, and rose hips. The hop aromas are well balanced, featuring a broad spectrum of hints and suggestions, and present in good strength. The beer also sports fig, banana, and plum fruit esters, as well as a healthy dose of brown sugar and vanilla. Smidgens of toast crust and wheat dough help offset the sugary notes slightly, but are largely lost beneath the sweetness. As a whole, the sugary and citrusy notes in this beer are excellent, and the fruit esters help counterbalance this with darker notes. The sweetness might be a little too much, however, for the beer can pessimistically smell like a mixed citrus fruit spritzer, and needs a bit more darkness to remedy this.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a pink grapefruit, lemon/lime, orange citrus blast, held only slightly in check by pine resin. The hops are easily the most detectable note here, and swing wildly toward the citrus portion of possible hop flavors. Some touches of toasted nut, toast crust, and biscuit from the malts help here, and there are nectarine and pear fruit esters (completely different from the nose) to add a bit of variety to the sugars. Subsequent sips do bring out a slightly larger pine resin and dandelion stem note from the hops, but the sugars are still mainly in charge, coating the tongue with citrusy sweetness. The aftertaste, after the sugars die off, features a far more bitter hop taste, much like plain dandelion stems, as well as lingering, but far weakened sugary notes, and remains on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a decent Double IPA, but the sugars and citrus profile of the selected hops simply overwhelm the brew, at times even creating a near-saccharine feel around the edges. There are a good amount of bitter, plant-like flavors in here, but they are simply overwhelmed for much of the mouthful, and only really present themselves in the aftertaste. As a whole, the beer feels slightly out of balance because of this, and needed a few more darker notes, whether from hops or malts, to smooth out the flavor profile.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new hoppy brew from Grand Teton!? Yes please. Poured from 750mL to pint glass the beer arrives a nice slightly hazy orange amber with a decent 1.5 finger white head, decent retention and lacing. Off to a good start! The nose is a disappointment. Not much going on really :( Not much in terms of hop presence, perhaps a hint of citrus but quite muted. Malty sweet even in the nose. The flavor follows suit with little character for a DIPA. The fruity hops are more prevalent though don't seem to blend with the 2-row well. Almost stale in taste, which is odd as the beer was on the shelf exactly 3 days. Good carnation but a bit muddy on the palette. Overall, a swing and a miss. Not much of anything. I'll stick with Teton's other more impressive brews.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not super into this one. pours a glowing orange color, some haze, small white head. smell is a bit flat or stale, that hope sweetness more than bitterness. flavor is just big sweet hops, a little fruity, just bitter at the end, but lots of weird funk as it winds down. overall just off in the taste, its filling as well, and just leaves a gnarly taste in the mouth. fine carbonation but too much of a sweet thick extractish body. not cutting it for me grand teton...

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Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of citrus, hops, malt, and a floral quality as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot, as you might expect), some malt, that floral quality, and a big shot of citrus (an orange element). A focused, complex flavor. A bit more subtle than some, but still very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, very easy to drink DIPA.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium tulip. Served chilled.

A) Bronze with slight haze, maybe a finger of head, which settled to a thin bubbly dusting. A little lacing. Nice looking...

S) Peach syrup, green apple and mandarin oranges. There is light pine and alcohol in the distance.

T) Follows the nose, but with more hops presence. This has a nice balance. There is a light citrus rind finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

M) Medium body and well carbonated. This is crisp and lively. The drawback is the way the aftertaste lingers about. I don't mind the rind finish, but the aftertaste is like chewing orange peel, and it is uncomfortable from a palate standpoint.

O) Setting aside the aftertaste, this was a very enjoyable DIPA, and I would gladly recommend.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a very turgid raw honey body, dense in appearance. Slim ¾ head of eggshell white rises and then fades quickly leaving patchy froth along the edges.

S: Heavy on the malts, fresh baked molasses and ginger cookies, Graham crackers, baking bread. There is an undercurrent of medicinal hops, earthy, and tea-like.

T: Tea with milk and honey, lemon, pie crust, wheat crackers, dried pine needles, grapefruit jam.

M: Starts off moderately syrups, moves to chewey, fades with a slight slickness. Overall medium bodied.

O: A DIPA much more in the English fashion, which I wasn’t expecting from a brewery out west. Heavy handed on the malts, which makes it out of balance in a different direction. While the malt profile is distinct, I wish there had been more of a distinct hop presence and even and bit more direct bitterness to even everything out. But, certainly worth giving a shot.

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Photo of stealth
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid DIPA entry. Your typical golden pour with a nice thick white head. Grapefruit, citrus aromas, but not too strong. The bitter hops are balanced with a sweetness in the beer coming from somewhere. Taste ends bitter, and goes away quickly. Doesn't hang around too long on the palate.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange until the last half ounce of the bottle is poured at which point it turns into a slightly hazy, pale orange-ish yellow. A thin layer of foam dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edges.

SMELL: The Lost Continent has a nice aroma filled with citrus. Orange and grapefruit dominate along with a good dose of pine and slightly spicy hop aroma.

TASTE: It is a bit thinner than I expected based on the nose, but it is still pretty tasty. Grapefruit beats out the orange in the aroma to come through strong. Mid-sip a sweet wave of malt quickly sneaks up on the palate and then just as quickly recedes with a hoppy and piney flavor that leaves a nice, clean, bitter aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a refreshing, well-carbonated beer. The sweetness only lasts a moment and then it dries out, cleansing the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is a pretty strong Double IPA. The sweetness in the middle of the sip could be toned down just a bit, but I will reach for the Lost Continent again.

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Photo of bashiba
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of an older sample than I would have liked, bottled 06/09/11.

Poured a very cloudy dark yellow/orange with a thin bit of head.

The smell has a nice light bit of malt with a great tangerine and tropical hop nose.

The flavor is a nice even mixture of big bready and biscuit malts with a nice even citrusy pine flavor and light tropical fruit and a bit of mandarin orange coming through.

The mouthfeel is thick and resiny.

Nice double IPA, even this slightly old sample is very nice.

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Photo of soughtbygod
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with lots of white head.

the color of the beer is a cloudy amber more toward the orange side

the carbonation is a bit high.

the smell is citrous and hops

the taste is all bitter grapefruit on the front, but leaves your taste buds with a strong malt. not an usual ipa at all.

overall good beer.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a foggy amber color and has a somewhat decent 2-3 finger white head when poured into a pint glass. The head lingers longer than most beers. The beer has a very strong hoppy smell and has hints of sweet citrus. The taste is hoppy but not too much and has a strong orangy citrus flavors to balance out the hopps. To a lesser extent there is the taste of toffee in the background of the beer. The beers carbonation was perfect (as seen in the head) which allows the aroma to fill the top of the glass.

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Photo of climax
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint, it glows a hazy amber. The head is modest, mostly large bubbles that cling to the edges but don't dissipate until the beer is a memory. Small filmy lace spots speckle my glass when all is commenced.

Loads of bubblegum and citrus fill the nostrils, primarily sweet and bitter pink grapefruit. Leafy garden greens and The malt base is substantial and offers bold caramel, toffee and sweet flavors.

Zesty orange and tangerine flavors are up front accompanied by a pine and grapefruit bitterness that escalates and eventually dominates the finish. It is all checked by a moderate amount of sweet and toasty malt cues. They certainly did not neglect the grains needed to back 90+ IBU's, therefor balance and flavor are right on.

The viscosity of this one is excellent, it just fills the dark corners of the mouth with a resiny goodness. The carbonation is sharp initially and mellows out with just a bit of a tickle and all finishes dry and earthy.

I wouldn't expect anything else from GT brewing. They have always delivered a robust west coast hop profile and balanced it wonderfully with more than a minimal malt backing. This beer is 5 months after the brewed on date and still delivers.

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 464 ratings.
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