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Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Imperial IPA has an assertive aroma of sticky, resinous Summit hops. A complex flavor profile includes notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, and spruce. Though the flavor focus is on hops, a trio of malts provides a balance to the beer, creating a delicious level of palatability. Hints of caramel, toffee and freshly-baked biscuits are also apparent in the flavor profile.

Added by bashiba on 12-28-2007

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out soft and clear. Sort of a tiny little head, granted it sticks and leaves some lacing but just not as frothy and massive as I would like to see. Color is nice and that's about all I can say about it, pale copper with a soft, faded orangey brown tinge.

S: Dankness, ripe, sweet melons, tropical, citrusy fruitiness, but really this beer is about the heavy wet pillow of melony sweetness that wallops you over the head.

T/MF: Sweet, thick and boozy, less of the ripe melon is apparent here and more of a malty, loose and even a bit watery and dry which is sort of disappointing considering the aroma seemed so promising in terms of taste. This beer redeems itself a bit given some time to warm up and more of the aromas become part of the taste. Also, for as heavy as this beer is, it leaves the tongue suprisingly clean and clear after each sip, not sure how that happens.

D: This beer seems to have fallen off a bit after spending about a month in the fridge and tastes and feels a bit washed out and blander than it should normally be as previous bottles of this beer have indicated.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 6 Jul 2010. Served in a Brewbaker's shaker pint.

Small khaki colored head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy dark copper in color. Aroma is nice, lots of caramel, orange, floral and perfumey. Lots of resin and caramel throughout, becoming more bitter in the finish and aftertaste but not overly so. Some candied orange peel. Medium sticky body. Ethanol warming in the finish.

Overall decent but would not go out of my way to get this.

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Photo of lochef81
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dipa pours a cloudy brownish copper color with a small, short lived off white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is rather sweet and malty for the style with pine and herbacious hops merely supporting the maltiness. The mouthfeel is sticky and coats the palate almost a little too much. Flavors are malt driven and seem closer to a Brandywine than a dipa. The hops are present but not in their bitter gloriousness like I had expected. There is no date on the bottle but I am guessing that this was not super fresh. Would like to try a fresher bottle because, if hopmouth is any indication of Arcadia s abilities with hops, this should be much better.

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Photo of BB1313
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a pretty burnt orange w/ nice fluffy white head and sticky lacing. Super hoppy blast of orange, tangerine, and a slight pine note. I'm picking up Simcoe hops. Everything is balanced in the flavor w/ its' maltiness, not overpowering; bittersweet. Finishes pretty juicy, rich and creamy; full-bodied. Drinkability is nice and smooth; alcohol is well masked. Very enjoyable.

This one reminds me alot of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, but better, IMHO. Don't get me wrong, Arcadia made this one their own. A well crafted complex DIPA, recommended.

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Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just got this bottle as an extra from vwcraig. Thanks again.

I am thirsty, so here goes...

A pretty nice looking beer, pours a bright orange color, a bit hazy, with a good white head.

Aromas are pretty good too. Some sweet hard candies, grapefruit, and some other citrus notes as well.

Initial hop bitterness is strong upon first sip. Beer is dry, kind of sour, with puckering citrus hop bitterness. Finish has some malt flavors, that are sweet and creamy... but they are faint. Most of the finish is more crisp citrus hops. My only nit pick is that this is a bit harsh and unbalanced. But not enough to make this bad beer by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit prickly feeling, but still feels full and thick.

Drinkability is OK. This is a pretty good DIPA. Certainly not a stand out, but still better than average. The harshness detracts a bit from the drinkability though.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, believe I picked this up in Buffalo.

Pours a mostly clear dark amber/orange highlights, thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, few chunks floating around in there, kind of look like whole hops. Smell is nice, alcohol and caramel, lots of floral, grapefruit, oranges, lightly piney, a bit of sugar, some biscuity malt, quite a bit of fruit, apricots, lots of good hoppiness. Taste is nice, sherry and floral, grapefruit, some pinesol, alcohol hops out, biscuits, caramel, a bit raw but I like it, some citrus like acidity, not as bitter as I would like, but good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some heat going down. Little hot and a little raw but not a bad DIPA.

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Photo of b3shine
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip. Looks good; a deep, opaque burnt-orange. Smells good too; floral and citrus. Taste is decent, but not anything special. Could be an old bottle though. Pretty bitter, and not in the most pleasant way. Mouthfeel suffers from the bitterness on the palate too. Overall, pretty overpriced for what it is (which usually isn't the case with Arcadia).

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a small white head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Perfumed and peppery spice. Some faint orange and other citrus aromas.

T&M: Bitter orange with a slight woodsiness to it. There is a maltiness to the mouthfeel, but there isn't much malt in the flavor. The hops display mostly citrus and earthy characteristics. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitter that lingers on the tongue. A bit hot on the finish.

D: A decent beer with a mostly earthy flavor.

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Photo of malcontent
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty shade of orange liquid without much head is at least an attractive alternative to the gushers I often get from this brewery.

Well, that's a nice change; wonderful juicy fruit scent that veers into tangerine-like citrus hops and a modestly floral nose.

Huge rush of floral and piney hops up front with far less fruitiness than the aroma betrays. Slightly solvent-like finish tarnishes an otherwise pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

On the thin side for the style although trace amounts of hop oiliness masks that reality somewhat. A nice enough brew and one of the better I've had from this brewery. Still, with almost every American brewery trying their hand at the style, what is there to make me go out of my way and find this?

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Photo of cr0ckett
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Surprisingly dark; redish, almost brown amber with a decent off white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves nice traces.
S: At first a piney/citrusy hops aroma; some malt sweetness.
T: Begins nicely enough with the citrusy hops, but the malt character keeps them in check, almost more so than I’d like in a DIPA. Slight tangerine and maybe lemon cut in shortly in the end. This is not a brew that leaves much hop flavor on the tongue after a sip. Little to no alcohol flavor; almost too easy to drink at 9%.
M: Not abrasive, medium to full bodied, pleasant carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this beer, but with a name like Hop Rocket, I expected a bit more of a featuring of the hops. Many interesting flavors make this a fun one to try, but not what I usually expect from a DIPA. I would recommend tryin it, but not to someone just getting into DIPAs. Enjoyable.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a glowing orange with a slight chill haze and some fine particulates. creamy white head and lacing. inviting nose of honeyed bready malts, citrus (tangerine), apricots, and floral notes. biting bitter hops dominate with just a bit of underlying malt sweetness; an almost peppery, astringent bite to the hops. almost full-bodied, nice lively carbonation, and a long bitter finish. would have liked just a bit more malt sweetness in this for balance, or a less peppery and astringent quality to the hop bite.

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

Poured from a bottle a clear reddish-gold with a light, but creamy white head. Lacing was very light.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and full of both citrusy and grassy hops.
The alcohol is there as well but doesn't overwhelm.

The taste is dark ripe fruits, raisins, brown sugar, and honey-alcohol notes.

Medium mouthfeel, rich and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

A fine American Double from Arcadia. A must try for sure.

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

Pours a nice fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with light notched lacing, hazy pinkish orange red colored beer.

Nose candied orange hops, light floral and earthy hops, has that aura of big bitterness, slight sweet malts, reddish caramel malts, light fluffy malt, light toasty biscuit malt, hint of booze.

Taste bit of sweetness, caramel malts, toffee, light biscuit and fluffy malts, and slightly juicy malt. nice bitter bite but not quite dipa level of bitterness just malts and sweetness. Hops again bring candied orange, hint pine and earthy hops. Finish add a bit more bitterness, slightly sticky but drier, lingering candy orange hops, hint of booze and sweetness.

Mouth is bigger bodied, decent carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall not bad, bitterness is a bit lighter but balanced with the sweetness and malt level, a bit on the sweet side but hides the booze well, hops aren't the best profile either which i think it could have used a lot more hops all around, plus more flavorful and aromatic style hops not just bittering.

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

A: Amber-bronze, off-white head, nice retention & leg.

S: Apricot, tropical fruity esters, pine, citrus, slight sulfur, toffee, candy apple.

T: Toffee & cotton candy with a dark fruitiness. The hop flavour is not as forward as the aroma (apricot with a little pine & citrus). Alcohol is remarkably subtle. I'm not a fan of the sulfur-like minerals (are they mimicking the Burton water?). It doesn't seem like a big DIPA.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slightly smooth & creamy.

D: Decent.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy golden amber with a very thin, quickly dissipating white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, sweet cream, grass, fresh herbs, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, spruce, and pine mingle with a hint of peppery alcohol.

T: Incredibly strong notes of caramel, toffee, sweet cream, brown sugar, biscuit, honey, grass, fresh herbs, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, spruce, pine, and cedar give way to an astringent, prickly hit of alcohol that imparts a brief sensation of white pepper. The finish is peppery and bitter with alcohol, white pepper, spruce, pine, cedar, lemon, grapefruit, and caramel flavors vying for dominance.

M: Full in body and initially slick, though a sticky, resinous sensation establishes a firm grasp on the palate by the fade. Carbonation is a little too sluggish and too unobtrusive compared to some of the higher rated DIPAs currently on the market. Alcohol presence is very intense. This is definitely a sipping beer, and taken in that context it is fine, but the oddly lacking carbonation is a bit of a concern for me. Perhaps there is something wrong with this bottle.

O: I was looking forward to trying a DIPA that put the Summit hop varietal on display, as it is one of my favorite varietals, and since many of the brewers and beer geeks I have spoken with tend to view it as the hop one uses when one cannot procure Simcoe, I wanted to see how it fared in a big beer more or less on its own. This beer is not bad, and I do admit that I am probably being rather harsh as my expectations were high, but it never really pulls everything together no matter how hard it tries. Still, this is far from a bad DIPA-it is just that there are far better examples of the style on the market that are readily available year round. The next time I see this, though, I am buying another bottle just to see if there is something a little off about this one.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a quickly dissolving white head and foamy white lacing.

Scent is strong on citrus and sweetness, but the hops are very apparent. Some malts lie deeper in the scent, with a hint of honey and caramel.

Taste is sweet with heavy citrus and a bit of alcohol up front, and hops sneaking through the powerful citrus punch. Finish is slightly hoppy with alcohol.

Stinging mouthfeel from alcohol, but carries through the mouth well.

Drinkability is good, not too high, but can be enjoyed at a comfortable pace.

More citrus than the typical IIPA, but it is a nice change of pace. Even though it is nothing to write home about, it is quite relaxing, and enjoyable. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I would have it again if it were readily available.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass, and delicate lacing in between on the surface.
S: Light aromas of pineapples are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of pineapples and other tropical fruits (such as mangos) but then some alcohol begins to creep in. Not that much bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some interesting and unique aromas and flavors of pineapples, but the alcohol is a little too apparent in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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

This is the fourth Arcadia beer I have tried. So far, the best one I have had was their Pumpkin Ale. This is another IPA from them, and possibly the least English tasting of all their beers I have had. Here is my review:

A: Pours a hazy, golden amber. Head is pretty small but lacing is decent.

S/T: The aroma is very bittersweet. Lots of grapefruit hops. Taste is much hoppier than their Hopmouth DIPA. Lots of grapefruit and malty sweetness. There is also an armpit like character in there, which is slightly offensive. This tastes a lot like the Mendicino Imperial IPA, but with a fuller flavor. A far cry from Founders Double Trouble or Bells Hopslam, but easily the best beer I have had from Arcadia.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a juicy feeling in your mouth. Drinks very well. Probably could drink a couple in a row.

Arcadia has been pretty unimpressive so far, but this is the best I have had from them yet. Nothing outstanding, but still a solid IPA. I am impressed how different this is from their other DIPA, Hopmouth. Worth checking out.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nose has a nice mix of piney hops and sweet citrus.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice mix of citrus and heavy caramel malts. Hops really come through in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable throughout.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel.

O - A decent DIPA. Definetly worth trying.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow orangish with a nice white head, dissipates fast, leaves some notice it was there.

Not a hop bomb as expected, nose is spicy but not like an orange or lemon or grapefruit, subtle.

Big flavor is there, however, of a sold hop/malt together, very balanced, very nice, doesn't blow you away, but makes it an easy drinker. Refreshing and tart, dry on the finish. Very nice.

Solid body and could have several of these, hides the abv very well, would think it's a session beer if I didn't know it is 9%. Very nice. Good not great. Doesn't quite match up to it's neighbors at Bells.

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Photo of Lothore
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fairly clear orange hue with a small but sustinate white head.

S- Smells sweet with a thick malt backbone and very grassy smelling hop notes.

T- Taste starts off with the grassy notes as in the nose, moves into a doughy maltiness followed by a hop bitterness that can't really be described as grapefruity or piney, perhaps leaning towards citrusey grapefruit but there is definitely a unique flavor to it.

M- Thick with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I enjoyed this one but it definitely isn't one that I would session. There is that off grassy note that throws me a bit but other than that it's a solid double IPA.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a vague hint of fog, a decent cap of white head is there initially but quickly fades.

Smell is citrus and pine hop, grainy malts.

Taste is packed with hop flavor, the citrus and pine mentioned in the scent, and also some woody character and slight soap-bite followed by a light alcohol burn.

Nice enough mouth feel, rich and slightly creamy; though the alcohol is not so well masked as I'd like.

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Photo of MVG7113
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It appears that since the picture of this beer was posted on the site it has received a new look. The new bottle is pretty cool, but it looks like the old one was cool also.

12 oz. Bottle poured into a 'Ball Mason Jar'.

L: Golden and transparent appearance. Poured aggressively into a 16 oz jar, a 3 finger head quickly dissipates to a lingering spotty ring with mild lacing coverage. The appearance does not take away from this beer. Having said that, it does not set it apart from relevant others in any distinct fashion.

S: A somewhat surprisingly mild smell for a 9% abv imperial IPA. Nonetheless, I want to say it has a strong caramelized pineapple-mango scent possibly with mild honey undertones. A good balance of citrusy hops and mild malts, adding a mild grassy scent underneath it all.

T: 9% abv is nearly impossible to gauge with this one. Other than a lingering warmth across the palate after swallowing, it is hard to tell it's a 'double', or 'imperial', IPA. Something about this finish is remarkably good. Hop presence is noticed over it's malty characteristics, often the case for the common IPA today. A level of the 'pineapple-mango caramelization' sticks around for the palate after already pleasing the nose. A sensational experience to say the least.

F: The lingering warmth mentioned previous is what really drives the 'feel' of this beer. The hop and malt presence does not overwhelm, or compromise any part of this beer, providing for a tremendously enjoyable brew.

O: Honestly, I had reservations before trying Hop Rocket. First, I was in the market for some of Bell's Hopslam, but apparently Bell's is uninterested in providing a decent supply for the massive demand they have produced. So Hop Rocket jumped out to me as a viable MI microbrew option to replaced my thirst for some Hopslam. Not only was this beer not my first choice, I had hesitations about Arcadia themselves, as a brewery. In fairness, I gave a lot of their beers only a small chance a few years ago when I first started drinking beer frequently. I'll have to give them a second chance, because they really proved their ability to make a solidly sensational imperial IPA. Bravo Arcadia.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear marigold hue with a fair one-finger head that has fair retention and leaves decent gobs of lacing.

aroma is honey, lemon zest, caramel, nougat. earthy, grassy pistachio. lemony hops. interesting.

taste is citrusy, juiicy hops paired with some intense caramel sweetness, ample malting, and a decently bitter clean finish. some strong alcoholy heat is hiding in there.

mouth i thick, luscious, almost syrupy. ample carbonation but just a bit sugary slick. lingering bitterness and slightly drying astringency is a pleasant surprise cutting through the syrup.

all in all, an interesting one. Not sure how much I want to drink, but it's certainly solid and there's something about it that I definitely like. but there's also something about it that just doesn't quite work perfectly. All in all though, I like it and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with some nice copper hues to it. The head is parchment and small as the result of subdued carbonation, but it leaves very nice lace on the glass. The nose is dominated by an interesting hop aroma that I would say is more apricot than anything. Very fruity and somewhat floral with nice bready malt aromas in the background. The flavor is just as fruity as the aroma. Apricot, peach, lemon and a bit of pine are the dominant hop characteristics. The malt backbone is quite sweet with a bit of a sugary thing going on as well as your usual bready, slight biscuit malt flavor. Not very bitter at all, and well balanced. This beer has a definite alcoholic heat to it that I believe is its only major downfall. The body is medium with a nice finish that leaves a lasting hop flavor on my tongue. Average drinkability from a beer that is pretty average overall, except in that it has a different and enjoyable hop character.

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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.
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