Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first in a limited edition, Brew Crew Big Beer Series. 1080 OG; 76 IBU

This remarkably balanced brew has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter Malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.

Added by TastyTaste on 12-11-2005

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480
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1,030
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13%
 
 
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Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kindly given to me by glazeman

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours a hazy amber with a small head, a good amount of thin lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Some hops and citrus with a little bit of apple/apple juice surprisingly.

T: Not extremely complex, a definite hop-bomb. Mostly pine flavor with a little malt sneaking in on the back. It is mild on the front end, with the flavor increasing in intensity towards the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied that leaves a tingly feeling on your tongue. This beer was interesting, it looked great and smelled great, but the taste wasn't what I expected. It was pretty weak upfront and then you get hit with the hops and bitterness. Overall, confusing, but still likable if you are a hophead.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've sampled this one trice, and I must say I don't really get it. I like English Ales but if your doing a DIPA do it, you know what I mean. English DIPA doesn't do the style justice let me break it down. Appears a clouded caramel copper tone with a large off white head leaves even speckled lacing around my pint glass. Aromatics consist of caramel and biscuit malts which form a gentle sweet bready tone this is complemented by a tight herbal grassinss with mild citrus hops...this hop profile seems diminished and too mild for the style. Flavors collide with mild alcohol and a sturdy amount of hop bitterness upfront orange peel perfumey flavor that kinda lacquers the tongue other notes of grassy hop action but overall flavor is minimal here not as dimensional and flowing as I would expect. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodie moderate carbonation a bit of resinous feel but really does stay on the palate. Drinkability not something I would call sessionable or overbearing on the palate just too many English malts colliding with my beloved American bred Double IPA style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brownish amber with a thicker crème head that falls and leaves a small amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is thick and strong floral citrus hops. Flavor is kind of odd. Distinct floral tones hit quick, but they aren't very robust and deep really. It's much lighter than I was expecting. For the strong hop character it has, it's pretty light and easy. Feel is standard and the carbonation is decent. This is easy to drink. Put this in a cask and put it in the hands of someone who knows the right time to open it and it should be beautiful.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam for bringing me a 4 pack back from Michigan.

A: Darker color than what I'm used to in a DIPA. Nice head with some sticky lacing.

S: Typical floral, citrus, hops.

T: Lacking balance. Alcohol flavor present. Tastes like it's 10% instead of 8%.

M: Not as smooth as I'd like. Slight hop bitterness.

D: Not a bad beer, per se, but I'm ready to move on to something else.

Notes: I had a Pliny the Elder yesterday, and at a comparable 8%, it's fair to say that Hopmouth is not at the top of the class. There are too many accessible quality DIPA out there for me to purchase this one again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Red amber body. Dark and hazy. Not much of a head until the very end, but it manages to hang on and even create some nice lacing.

Smell - Musty pine hops with a strong caramel malt presence. It seems like this could be a sweet one. Diacetyl in the nose too. Hmm.

Taste - Yeah, the diacetyl is back here. Once I noticed it, I can't ignore it. It's not as sweet as I feared, but there's a lot more malt than there is aromatic hop to make it anything special. It's "balanced" I suppose. Would be much better without that diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - Bitter finish. I'm not really having any trouble drinking it, despite its flaws.

Overall - At first I thought I could finish it. Then I started struggling. Eventually I poured the last quarter down the drain.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours foamy and bubbly, but it bubbled down soon enough. A bubbly thick head rested atop a hazed orange/amber. Some sticky, bubbly lacing left on glass.

The smell is of Otter Maris malt, and plenty of it - for sure. Spicy fruity (citric), woody (piney-ish) in the back. Alcohol comes through a bit. What came to mind was an English IPA souped up (and with an American hop touch?) Hops are not in the forefront, but are there.

The taste is malty - Otter Maris - classic English malt bill - upfront. Enough hops to give it a spicy kick. The citrus/pine is enough to give it balance. To speak of a DIPA this way might sound odd, but it does fit the style, with a bitterish, alcohol finish. Alcohol noticeable, but integrated into the flavors well.
A different DIPA...not sure that it is necessarily what I would love in the style, but works well enough. Something reminds me of Cereal Killer (which is better than this, IMO).

Hits full-bodied well enough.

Certainly English-influenced - typical of this brewery. In a line-up of DIPA's don't think this would be the first I would grab, but it certainly is drinkable enough.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Huge Maris Otter malt and a more than generous amount of fresh hops make this beer memorable", so they tell us. Not which hops, though, or any other information, but let's open it up see, eh?

Big hoppy aroma escapes the bottle and into the atmosphere, right off the bat...nice going...hazy vermillion appearance, with a huge, puffy, off-whitish head. Looks great!...and...

...smells great! Piney first, followed by fruit, a mix of apple and grapefruit, with echoes of cherry and grape, and peppery spices whispering away behind them. Quite a treat for the nose! I rather enjoy it.

In the mouth, the juicy hop blitz mounts an assault, accompanied by massive amounts of bitterness. It sloshes about a bit, then fades amiably back. With each new sip, a blast of fruity flavor, with bracing bitterness, but unstoppable taste. Most ample body, quite sufficient to hold up the hops, and a firm texture, long, delicious, hoppy finish.

Abv is ungiven, unknown, but it's starting to roar up on me, after only half a glass.

Quite a sunny, friendly, extra-delicious brew, this one, and it reminds me a bit in the taste of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and then, at times, it doesn't.

Bright and tasty, this Hopmouth...quite nice.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On hand-pump at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Nice persistent off-white thick cap and splotchy lacework. Transparent amber-copper body.

S - Piney hops, candied citrus, some light dank and cattiness. Malt character is English toffee and treacle. Seems very English in general actually. Nose doesn't pop, but isn't as muted as some cask beer I've had.

T - Very sweet tangerine citrus morphs into a bitter finish. There's some toasty and light toffee malt character.

M - Dry finish, with residual resinous character. Soft smooth, medium body, and a nice creamy texture. Alcohol is not obvious.

D - This was surprisingly good. It went down quickly, and the hand-pump serving and cellar temperature complemented the English qualities of the malt and hop bill. One of Arcadia's strongest offerings.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour is a hazy orange almost seems like lots of yeast left in this one.Head is very thin with slight lacing.

Smell: Has a very hoppy floral aroma.

Taste: bitter hops are the focus here.

Mouthfeel: Body is lightand watery.

Drinkability: Not something I want to drink again. I cannot recall if I liked anything from this brewery but I keep trying.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a Russian River tulip...blah. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation low.

Aroma is super malty with some piny hops.

Beer is kind of a let down, not really feeling it. It's heavy and malty and bland at the same time, Bitterness is low and the finish has a grainy aftertaste. I'm done. There are much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle, no freshness indication. Pours cloudy, murky, dull almond amber. Head is basic tan and leaves gobs of thick medium bubble lacing. Nose is boldly of hops. Goey, thick and hoppy brew, lacks the citric bite of other of the style. This one is more smooth and malty then the "San Diego" style DIPA. Being a big beer fan I love this stuff, but I believe I'm more partial the the more grapefruit infused versions. Well worth a try.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't know....I'm thinking I have a funky bottle of Hop Mouth.....Its not very good and not something I'd expect from Arcadia. The beer poured a deep amber with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent has bitter hop. The taste is very syrupy sweet and just plain weird. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with subtle carbonation. Overall....no thanks....I might try it off the tap....but no more from the bottle for me.

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Photo of WesWes
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is very nice! It has a wonderful fresh hop scent along with monster malt aroma. It's big in both departments. The taste is decent. It has a pretty balanced flavor that's huge on malt character. It boasts of Maris Otter and crystal malts. It's also big on hops. They are incredibly fresh tasting. It's bitter as hell, but the malts do well in hiding it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey brew, although it's quite different from most DIPA's I've had before. Anyway, it's a good beer regardless.

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

Pours a cloudy, golden/copper. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong hops, slight yeast, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Overall, good blend, body, aroma, and drinkability.

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Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: lightly hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. Nice 2"+ head lasts a long time while also sproting some large bubbles. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: very weak pine and grapefruit.

Taste: decent malt sweetness paired with an oily pine bitterness. Orange and grapefruit citrus are easily detectable. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: prickly crispness at the start, mild crispness near the finish. Aftertaste is quite short on the bitterness and citrus tones. Medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability: not bad but this grew old on me by the time the bottle was empty. Worth a look, but nothing overly exceptional here.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown-orange with a white head. The aroma is very malty with a hint of hops. The flavor is citrus hops with a very strong malt backbone. This is a very balanced DIPA. Thin mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I want more hop presence when I drink a beer of this style.

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Photo of Duff27
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Two fingered light caramel colored head atop a very dark amber/red beer...darker than most of it's style counterparts. Well above average lacing and head retention. Looks great.

S- Faint tropical smell, some booziness.

T- Follows the nose only heavy on the booze. Deep caramel malt. Hops are present but don't stand out as much as other DIPAs.

M- Rich and creamy. Normal carbonation.

D/O- Lacks the hop bite that is at the forefront of so many of it's contemporaries, although the malt backbone is nice. Loved the booze factor in this one but would stop at one. Good, but not great.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alldeybrewin for the extra! In the 12 ounce format, soon to be poured into on Old Guardian glass, on to the beer:

Sticky, sticky, sticky is the head. It's staying on top and not going way. Dark copper/ orangish bronze color. A great sight to eyes, even more so with the patchy lacing holding onto the glass. Metallic hops in the aroma. Maybe a little grapefruit as well. A bit too subdued to warrant the next highest smell score.

Balanced. It's not overwhelming in flavor intensity as I've grown up with living here in California. A bit of caramel and squirt of tropical punch starts things out. There's still enough hops to go around....it's kind of a sugary hopfest. "Sweet hops". The alcohol is nowhere, and it's an easy drinker. A very light tap of resin lingers on in the aftertaste.

I wasn't sure where this DIPA would go. It goes to the balanced side of things, but the most important thing is it works out really well in the end.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BAs Vancer and MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

22oz. Bomber Big Beer Series

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus creamy tan head, lots of thick stick lacing throughout the drink. The nose is mostly hops, nice blend of malts, citrus (grapefruit), some piney, nice touch of caramel. The taste at first is slightly sweet/hoppy/bitter, nice touch of malts/citrus kick in next, the finish is dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, finally an awesome brew from Arcadia, glad I have another bottle.

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

This beer pours a drab, dark, amber-brown color, but shows pretty notes of a hazy, orangish copper colored beer when held up to the light. While pouring this beer from my 22oz bottle, it produces an initial head of about three fingers thick and it is a creamy tan color. The aroma is expressively hoppy with sweet notes of grapefruit and tangerine being prominent. The aroma is just sweet smelling enough that it almost reminds me of candied citrus peels, but there is a touch of crystal malt caramel flavors here as well.

The taste is fairly sweet as well, it is a combination of the bright citrus-like hop flavors and the sweet malt notes that make it sweet. This has a certain creaminess to it as it rests in my mouth, it is definitely on the full side, but is not heavy like say a Barleywine would be. While the citrus/ fruity hop notes certainly dominate this beer there is an undercurrent of herbal pine notes that sort of morph into a lingering bitter note that attempts to dominate the finish, but can't quite do it because those sweet citrus notes refuse to be subdued. This beer has flavors that make me think of ruby-red grapefruits, fleshy-sweet apricots, some notes of sweet tangerines and of course orange. The malt plays a supporting role, but does supply some sweet malt character in the form of caramel flavors as well as some lightly toasted grain notes.

This is a nice example of a Double IPA, it has the body and heft to stand up to the ample hops, but does not become too cloying. It is certainly not as abrasive and raw as some, but to be honest I am not in the mood for tongue peeling hops right now anyway. The focus on soft, fruity hop notes makes this version drinkable yet suitably hoppy for the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My Fight Club BIF battle is over ... I am now ready to enjoy my first brew from the fantastic box of brews from Bort11... tonight shall be Hop Mouth.... also enjoyed from my new Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet also courtesy of Bort11.

Shared with Brenda... most is mine though.

2 finger slightly yellow head sticks around forever... brew is a very hop hazed copper orange. alot of stick lacing and rings appear as I move through my first glass.

Aroma is unexpected hoppiness... sorta more floral than most.. almost a spicy perfumy hoppiness... some grapefruit as it warms.. with a little heat comes some pale malts and a little bit of candy sweetness.

Flavor is light for a DIPA ... yeasty phenols are also present toward the end of the palate... pale malts and a little sweetness is fairly balanced by floral hops with a slight citrus bite... also bitterness is a little high for the lightness of everything else... dry finish.

Body is on the light side... carbonation is fairly high, but still sorta creamy.

Overall... I can't give it a fantastic review... something just seemed a little off.. I prefer a little bit more body and the floral hops don't seem to be appropriate.... don't get me wrong.. still very good in it's own right.. Reminds me of a very hoppy saison or a Belgian style DIPA.

Huge thanks from Bort11 ... Tim bombed me in the Fight Club... it will not be forgotten.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arcadia HopMouth pours a light orange-ish gold with a bubbly, soapy head and solid lace. This beer exhibits fine clarity.

Aroma is of fruity, floral, juicy hops.

Taste follows the nose with a nice fruity hoppiness bordering on pineapple with just enough malt sweetness to balance. In fact, the hops arent nearly as overpowering as other beers in this style. I found the juicy hops to be right in line with a sweet honey malt character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a lingering hop oil finish.

This is a great double IPA in my book. Not over the top, everything is balanced very well. I would not hesitate to try this again sometime.

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arcadia HopMouth is a fairly deep and somewhat mysterious looking beer; dark in tone it is only minimally illuminated when held against the light, displaying a clear complexion yet not total transparency (something is preventing me from making out my finger on the other side). Foam exists only in the shape of a ring along the perimeter. None sticks to the glass.

Arcadia's British-leanings are apparent from the aroma; this is not a double IPA for those looking to cut their gums on citric hoppiness. It actually smells (and drinks) more like a cognac or something along those lines; it has a rich maltiness that begets fruity esters resembling fig and dates. Hop addicts have only a resiny pine flavour to cling on to.

The taste features a sticky toffee pudding-like flavour and hints of gooey caramel sauce, butterscotch pudding and dried fruits. There's just enough orange-y citrus, however, to lighten things up so as to avoid any overly sweet or resinous notes from lingering. There's just a trace of tropical character but it suffices (especially as the pine serum notes sink in).

HopMouth is far from a big beer at only 8% alcohol, and accordingly has a (relatively) appropriately easy drinkability, but also a good amount of richness. It doesn't coat the inside of your mouth or anything (differentiating it from a barleywine) but it provides a good degree of satiation for a 12 ounce bottle... assuming you weren't jonesing for the hops.

Arcadia HopMouth is enjoyable to drink but, truthfully, a bit disappointing as a double IPA. Whereas the brewery's revision - as opposed to reinterpretation - of British style ales works great for their barleywine and porter offerings, the more malt-forward conception of this style leaves a thing or two to be desired. I expected a bit more from such a capable brewery.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap during the Ortino Northside DIPA event.

Don't know quite what to make of this one. It pours a solid orange color and looks pretty impressive. There is good head retention and lacing, with lots of orange citrus on the nose. The orange aroma is actually pretty sweet and I have to say this beer does not smell all that hoppy. On the palate this is very much a light weight DIPA (and frankly really doesn't seem deserving of the name - it's that light). Flavors are pleasant; the beer starts off fairly sweet, but quickly turns very dry, with a real drop off in flavor. The beer has a very light mouthfeel and tastes more like a middle of the road pale ale then a DIPA. Abv. doesn't seem too high, but is still noticeable.

This is a nice beer, but is really nothing special. Doubt I will order this one again.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for the trade...
Appears a hazy, dense amber with a small 1 finger, off-white head that slowly fades into a small cap. Scattered amounts of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, light caramel, honey, brown sugar, citrusy, pine, and some of those orange slice candies.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet, sugary, orange flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, slick, semi-dry, mildly bitter, along with orange peel and a balanced amount of citrusy that teeters on sugary and bitter.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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