Homo Erectus | Walking Man Brewing Co.

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Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by freed on 09-04-2003

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4.07
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
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Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Orangey amber brew with plenty of white foam in the New Belgium snifter. Peculiar aroma makes me thing of very old oranges. Sharp and spritzy mouthfeel.

Quite bitter and hot with hop oils. My lips are burning. Grapefruit peel. Sweet and fruity with flavors of peach and wet wood.

Interesting but really intense. More pain than pleasure. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a slightly hazy coppery orange with a small cap of white head that left some doily lacing. Aroma loaded with piney hops. The taste reinforced the piney hops of the smell as the dominant factor, with undertones of citrus. Dry and bitter in the finish, with some alcohol burn. Medium-bodied, and quite drinkable, but can be a palate-killer in larger quantities. Which is okay, if this is all your drinking tonight.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale orange appearance, huge frothy creamy-toned head...leaving loads of lace...

Piney, citric aroma, bittersweet, fresh and delighfully hoppy.

Zesty in the mouth, flush with fruit, creamy and delicious. Fine and mellow hop attack, blasts the tongue, but smoothly. Very smoothly, but then the flavor gets stronger, fuller, more prominent on the palate. Grapefruit grinds it up with berries, lemon, orange, mixed well with bitter hops.

Medium bodied, fullish mouthfeel, long finish, fruity and bitter and ever so delicious. yum, and...9%? Wooo, here it comes...burns brighter, gets bolder, smacks the senses about a bit. Yums, yums...

lipsmacking bitter hoppiness, easy-drinking, but higher booziness...makes one big, bad, beautiful brew!

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Photo of BillRoth
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Uber Tavern Seattle. Funny thing...this a wallop of a beer. Big, bright, huge aroma and flavor...but it was enjoyed as a session beer Yep...that's right. A real quaffer.
It started with the mouth feel. There was a huge flavor profile, but the very smooth drinkable carbonation melded with a full malt backbone...well, let's say it was a rich, satisfying drink. Granted, sitting in Uber with the fire pit and a cool, rainy night outside...it was a nice for contemplation and sipping. But in fact I was on Beer Safari with 3 bros, and everything was upbeat and let's do more, more, more...
the appearance is a rich yellow/amber with a smooth head, followed by righteous lacing. Aroma is full hoppy-ness, fresh and bright. Flavor rolls with citrus, slight mellow caramel, maybe a touch of banana. The mouth feel is sinful. Sinful! Soft, luxuriant...inviting....
Damn, I'm poppin down a full octane beer, but it seems like I'm sippin on a perfectly poured Brit Pale Ale.
Let's face it... there are many, many excellent IPAs...but not unlike PTY, this one stands out for the drinkability above and beyond the great flavor.
Hope you're lucky enough to have one poured on tap for you>

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a three finger light tan head with good retention and pillowy lacing, looks great. Nice aroma of caramel and bready malt, citrus and lightly piney hops, orange citrus. Flavor is rich caramel and biscuit malt, resiny citrusy and somewhat dank hops with hints of grapefruit and pine, finishes with very nice caramel mixed with hop resins. Great mouth feel, medium with a pleasant creaminess. A quite intensely hopped IPA, but with a big malt body to support the hops. For all the hop flavors and power, suprisingly little herbal hop flavors. However the balance of rich malt and strong hops works out quite nicely. I like malty IPAs and this one hits the spot. Glad I got to try this now that they are bottling it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at the brewpub today .... I was hoping to score some Jaywalker or Old Stumblefoot... but alas, they were no longer on tap.... I was able to talk the fine ladies working behind the bar to fill some 22's for me (I had sanitized bottles and caps with me and a capper.... I'm a nerd.... and I'm okay with that :-)

I am reviewing this one as a growler because it was off of tap.

I had a pint of the homo erectus at the pub and was pretty damn happy with it.. soooo... I want a beer.. one 22 down. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Slightly hazy golden amber.. great head and lacing..

Nose is a fresh battering ram of PNW hoppiness.. pine and citrus.. but a surprising smack of floral hops are a nice distraction.. lite pale malts with only whiffs of caramel.. this just smells soooo fresh.

Flavor mirrors the nose with only a little bit more pale maltiness and with a bunch more juicy hops.. the citrus and pine are waaay up front with a more floral essence coming out on the finish... the malts are not an afterthought by any means.. instead more of a way to get the hops into the front of the palate.. the finish is fairly dry with a lingering hoppiness that sticks around and makes me want another sip... drinkability is really fairly high.. body is lite for such a heavy hitter, but really spot on for a nice dry PNW DIPA.. this one should certainly be considered for a place among the big boys.

Edit: I can't believe that I've never been to Walking Man before today.. for some stupid reason (mainly apathy), I've always just assumed they were somewhere up near Seattle.. instead, the are only a couple of minutes off of I-84 on the way home from PDX... They can count on seeing me anytime I make the trip.

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Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One could argue that this is the beer that has ruined me for lesser DIPA's. My palate has never been quite the same since I first sampled this hop nectar at the Rose & Raindrop years ago.

Had on tap at numerous places (HorseBrass, R&R and the brewpub in Stevenson), but most recently at Concordia Alehouse (where, along with the knuckledragger, it's almost a regular).

The beer pours an intriguing dark brown color with nuances of amber. The beer has a persistent head with sticky lacing everywhere. This does not look like your typical DIPA, but don't be fooled. This is a hop bomb ready to explode. On the nose one gets some dry citrus, earth and tobacco. There's a hint of sweet malt as well, but only a hint. The beer smells pretty good, but again not like any other DIPA I've had. On the palate this DIPA is unique. There is a huge mouthfeel/presence, and it doesn't have the usual piney, orange citrus flavors. There is considerably dry citrus bite from the hops, but this beer is amazingly smooth and quaffable. I don't know how Walking Man does it, but there is enough malt in this bad boy to counter and balance the hops, but without being overly sweet or tiring. The finish is pretty dry and is very long. The abv. is very well disguised in this beer, but it's more then just that. It's actually very refreshing on the palate and each gulp begs you to take the next gulp.

The most drinkable DIPA on the planet, IMO. Excellent and highly recommended.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a hazy dark copper with a small off white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, pine, herbal hops, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a floral & herbal flavor coming through with a touch of biscuits found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, sweet...'tis ok.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a orangish gold color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Flowers, pine and grapefruit.

T: Taste is well hopped, slight bite and very balanced, not overly done but a treat to drink! Grapefruit, floral and a tad pine. Caramel backbone

M: Mouthfeel has a medium body with a slick texture.

D: Very good!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

SEP 7, 2014
Growler from ABV. Pouring a clear copper with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this looks great! The nose opens with a big blast of Cascade hops, citrus, chalky and moderately juicy. Candied grapefruit and citrus are present along with an intense pine oil aroma. Malt is moderate, caramel and bready in nature. The palate opens with an intense, pungent pinesol bitterness and flavor, massively resiny, immensely dank and hilariously over the top. Alcohol and sweetness are noticeable and add an intensity to the palate. Simple syrup, bread, caramel and a little burnt toast are noticeable. The mid palate has some of the citrus and fruit flavors with candied grapefruit, honeydew melon and orange peel. Mildly sweet and quite bitter on the finish, this beer is medium-full in body and softly carbonated. The booze, the bitterness and the sweetness make this a little difficult to drink a ton of. Decent stuff.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Brouwers in Seattle

appearance: served in a pint during hopfest (an extraordinary surprise), bold orange body with a big foamy beige head and pretty nice retention...looks inviting

smell: zesty hops, pine and citrus, rather floral with a noticeable thick caramel malt base

taste: great DIPA...thick and chewy with strong bitter hops...apricot, grapefruit and other citrus and a big caramel malt base. This has a big oily finish with a varietal of fruit-jam flavors (citrus, peach, berry) - great DIPA

mouthfeel: huge body, thick and full, molassess and citrus

drinkability: good

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Photo of RoyalT
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The promise of a big, malty backbone looms large here. The body is a dark, creamy thick brownish-orange that supports an ample, foamy, lacing head.

Smell – The smooth citrus hops mix well with an underlying piney aroma. The sharp floral notes almost make this one seem dry-hopped. The big caramel-laden malty base is present in the nose as well.

Taste – This will be too much for most. The malt backbone in particular is drenched with unsulphored molasses. How I missed this at the nose I’ll never know. There’s also a stinging sense of alcohol. The ABV is not published but beware.

The hops fight back enough to stay in the game. The smooth citrus and complimentary pine are almost lost in the malty shuffle, though. They just do manage to stay on top.

Mouthfeel – Full in the body, hands down the fullest IPA I’ve had to date, with a creamy smooth middle and a bitter dryness at the end. There are so many flavors, all very big, that your cheeks and taste buds will go nuts (is the “kid in a candy shop” too worn out here). If you love big beers, though, your mouth will love you for drinking it.

Drinkability – This is too big for most beer-lovers, even those that fancy the PacNW IPA style. The ABV will take the social drinker to the mat. The huge malts will put off hop-heads. The bitter, dry finish will leave women and children crying. That said, I love this stuff.

Comments – Skyhand discovered, introduced me to, enticed me with, made me dependant on, and finally satisfied me with this “ultimate IPA” from an obscure brewery that I otherwise would have never found. BA Buds are the best!

Update – Since I loved the ’04 so much skyhand was nice enough to bring a growler over to my place for the 1st Annual NYC/Chi-town Pizza Cook Off. I found the beer very sessionable even with all of the big flavors. The excellent malt structure of this ale stood out a little more for me this time around. Overall this is one of my absolute favs.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/orange with rusty edges and a big/fat tan/brown head of foamy foam foam. Aromas are all fresh cut citrusy hops, herbal hop notes, pines, hop resins, oils, and cones. The taste is a bit bready and biscuity, and than the orange citrusy hop flavors come into play with some lemony/lime/herby goodness in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is medium>thick and the drinkability is damn good for a double ipa as well. Damn good stuff.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I love the irony in the name. The beer named for the man that stands upright delivers a roundhouse kick of hops and enough alcohol to knock you on your butt. For the record, the ABV is 9.0%.

There’s a lot to like here: the clear sorrel color, the two fingers of suds, the seductive floral aroma. The flavor is alive with leafy, herbaceous hops that still leave an opening for a sweet flush of malts. Alcohol also makes its presence known.

This is a buccaneer beer – a real swashbuckler. Imperial in every way.

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in trade with riversideAK (from the Uber Tavern). Thanks!

Poured a deeper and slightly hazy amber color wtih a larger sized off white head. Aromas of fresh floral hops, earthy, and pine. Tastes of the same floralness, toasted caramel, pine, and some citrus. Alcohol content well hidden. Some lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on several occasions, most recently on-draught at Concordia Ale House. At 9% ABV, this is definitely in the Double/Imperial IPA category.

A: Rich auburn orange/brown, crowned with 1/2 of creamy light tan head. Only slightly hazy when held to light, showing off very few lazily rising single carbonation bubbles. Good-looking sticky bands of lace.

S: Immense hoppy nose, full of pine and grapefruit with an underlying layer of caramel-sweet malt. Served a little cool, so the full aroma didn't immediately burst forth, but as it warmed the hop aroma really developed and shone.

T: Thick sweet malt is engulfed by big grapefruit and resin bitterness. Malts are full of biscuits and caramel; hops are juicy and pucker-inducing. A huge, flavorful IPA with excellent balance.

M: A creamy mouthfeel, thick and clinging. Surprisingly smooth; warming from the elevated alcohol level is stealthy.

D: A terrific DIPA, bold, balanced. Huge IBU's, listed at 100 on WM's website, make this a Hophead's dream. It's one that I like to have occasionally (simply because the extremely hoppy beers are not my favorites). However, this is definitely one of Walking Man's best and is one I highly recommend.

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Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber/mahagonny depending on how the light interacts. Head is white, thin and holds no length.

Fruity and delightful. A very gummy peach fruit aroma with a pinch of tangerine and dried apricot. Leads to a thick bready malt backbone.

Tis one thick DIPA. Very viscous and jammy with an oily finish. Very balanced but not as complex as I had hoped. More pine in the taste than fruit with a hoppy floral finish. Thick toffee malt and caramel, with a grainy finish that brings things to a halt.

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Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF 2005. I am pretty sure this is a Double IPA. Although I loved their Jaywalker, I wasn’t happy with either the IPA or this Double IPA. Darkened gold color. Very mild hop nose, with a light hint of flowers and grapefruit. Medium body with a slick texture. Approachable hop flavor, very mild overall, without much complexity.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gal growler from the source.

Pours dark gold with a copper hue and a viscous, robust head of off-white. Plenty of dotted lacing throughout the glass as well as a thin skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with a nice blend of citrus, pine, and sticky malt. Not screamingly pungent but enticing nonetheless. Powdered grapefruit and pine resins.

Medium bodied with a plump, tacky mouthfeel.

Ripe fruit, gummy malt, and leafy resins start the palate. Plenty of juicy malt to balance and bitterness is fairly light for the style. Sturdy in nature with a good amount of heft and hops. Freshness abundant.

Finishes with lingering, sticky resins, pine-rubbed grapefruit, and a bit of warmth.

Tasty IIPA. I was also able to sample a beer similar to this one (after hours) which was brewed with agave nectar, which kicked ass. Shot down on the growler on that one though.

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Photo of portia99
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler received in a trade with Piclee. Thanks! Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

A - Pours a dirty, dark amber color with noticeable yeasty haze, low head and sparse lacing.

S - Citrusy hops - oranges mostly. Bready and biscuity malt...surprisingly low aroma intensity, but what is there is pretty good.

T - Mid level bitterness, balanced toward the malty side. Very biscuity flavors, a bit yeasty with low citrus and some earthy flavors as well.

M - A touch on the thin side of medium with a lower carbonation level (could be due to the growler serving type), smooth.

O - Not bad double IPA...I wish the hop flavors were a bit more intense especially on the citrusy side. Balanced beer with a firm malt base.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwers, 9/10/10

A-Clear copper with some honeyed highlights, frothy off white head, great sticky lacing.

S-Fruity and juicy. Peach mixed with grapefruit and a hint of honey.

T-Starts off with a stone fruit sweetness, then citrus hops kick in followed by a dry finish of white peaches.

M-Medium bodied with a light lingering bitterness.

D-Quite tasty. Hard to believe this is 9% ABV.

HV

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful golden amber color like amber the jewel. Nice head of sticky white lacing.
Sweetish Malt and fresh piney hops in the aroma. Does the 9% alcohol raise it's head after it warms? Nope...aroma stays clean and fresh...even more hops with more of a citrus note as it warms and more fruit notes to the brew.
First impression is the sweetness of the amber malts...clean, not cloying, but definately sweet. Immediately there is the presence of piney hops that melds to grapefruit citrus peel hops....intense and all that is left of the complex flavors after you swallow.
Hmmm...again I ask, 'Where is the alcohol'? It isn't present in the flavor, either.
Aftertaste is palette scarring citrus....nice dryig in the mouth.
After'feel' is....'Ah yes...THERE's the alcohol.'
Carefull with this one...it is deliciously addictive and the alcohol REALLY needs to be respected. It's there...you just don't know it while drinking it.
Thanks skyhand for sending me a growler - 64 oz. of amber drops from heaven. Good stuff.

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Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy coppery orange w/ a 1-finger sudsy head that settles to a thin film of sea foam

Aroma is citrusy and herbal/floral, with more tropical fruits like mango and papaya. Some cool pine in there too.

Taste is likewise a blend of grapefruit and other equatorial fruits, some pine. Gradually I get more juicy orange, and strong alpha-acid bitterness on the finish. Plenty of pale and caramel malt serve as counterbalance to the resinous hops, maybe almost too much malt? Taste seems a little unbalanced, but this could also be an older bottle. No bottle date so we will never know.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, not quite chewy.

Overall, on the one hand I'm enjoying the complexity of this imperial IPA in a world where the style seems to be trending toward more in-your-face pure hop aroma/flavor; on the other hand, it still seems a little muddled. As a more traditional Northwest take on the imperial IPA I can see what they're trying to do, so I'm scoring it at or just shy of outstanding on all counts. Glad to finally have tried this one anyway.

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Photo of Spikester
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange with 3 plus fingers of pale yellow head that really lasts. Lots of fine bubble lacing. Smell is mostly bready malts with some floral hops. Taste is rich malt bomb with some tasty fruity hops that try to break through the malt barrier. The hops keep building with some pine notes that get washed away by the malt waves.
I had to stop and think about this beer. Did I get the wrong version? It drinks like a really big American Pale Ale. Smooth and delicious. After a few more tastes I could feel a bit of alcohol at the back of my throat and eventually in my stomach. That was my only assurance that I had the correct beer. I drank about 12 very tasty easy drinking ounces before deciding to cut short my progress on the fresh filled growler.
Overall a delicious big tasty and sneaky beer. I loved it. Mouthfeel is medium and it finishes lightly dry.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange-amber with a thin slick of eggshell head. Nice hoppy aroma dominated by pine, grapefruit, and floral notes.

Lowish carbonation from the cask and a smooth, light mouthfeel. Grapefruit and floral hops up front with gentle toffee biscuit. Pleasant pine bitterness and just a hint of booze on the finish.

Would never peg this at 9% - really smooth and very tasty hop-forward IIPA.

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Homo Erectus from Walking Man Brewing Co.
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