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Double DaddyDouble Daddy

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Doubling down on malt & hops, Double Daddy raises the stakes. Double Daddy pours a fiery orange with a lasting creamy white head. Triple dry-hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, the aroma is lush and floral with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and spice. Fresh pale malts and an orange marmalade tang balance the bold, bitter hops and lean mouthfeel.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 for a bomber from DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY. Pours near clear, orangydull amber, under a lasting medium khaki head, that leaves better then average and quite ample fluffy sheeting and lace. Minty, herbal nose. Pleasant DIPA, packs a respectable hop wollop, seems minty again, with lesser notes of oily, piney hops. Not super large malt wise or body wise. Respectable if not amazing DIPA. Locks real hop interest and overall appeal. Basically this stuff costs the same as Stone Ruination, I would go for Ruination every time.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a good deep copper and orange color. Good hop aroma, not pungent, but noticeable.

Taste, bitter, but doesn't taste like a lot of dry hopping went on, doesn't taste like amarillo or summit, tastes like more of the old school C hops. Very strong alcohol and bitter presence over the hops. Heavy malt bill too.

Mouthfeel, gets a little woody later on, bitterness remains rampant. Drinkable to a degree, very bitter, priced decently.

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Photo of HopHooligan
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised to see that this is rated higher, I drank a Pliny the Elder a few nights ago and this is on that level, or so I think.

A- Cloudy unfiltered dark golden color. Little foam, average lacing.

S- Grapefruit smell right away with some pine. Hops kicks in after wards.

T- Smooth tasting, but definitely a hint that its a imperial IPA. Hoppy sweet taste with citrus backgrounds. Malty caramel taste for a finish.

M- Good carbonation, medium body, overall good mouth feel.

D- Very easy to drink, smooth but this one can creep up on you.

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Photo of jdense
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX poured into tulip glass 2.22.10.

One finger white head, tiny bubbles, medium slow dissipation with some lacing. Deep gold body, cloudy (chill haze?) no visible carbonation. The nose is grapefruit and dry bready malts. Taste is very, very fruity, grapefruit offset by stone fruit (peaches), hop forward though balanced by sweet malts, fairly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit chewy for the style with the alcohol fairly well hidden. Pretty drinkable for this high ABV, but the peachiness detracted from the flavor profile you expect for the style. To be honest, not sure I'd have this again, though willing to try the tap version to see if the same peachy taste comes through.

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking DIPA. Requisite hazy orange color. Nice size white head, decent retention and good thick lacing. Smell is impressive as well, floral and piney hops.

Taste is not as hoppy. There is a good bit of bitterness up front but it melts into smooth caramel malts, very much like a barleywine. The finish is an alcohol presence, which is not harsh but definitely affects the richness of the taste

Mouthfeel is good, would be even better with less alcohol presence..tends to thin out the richness and make it a hair less smooth.

Drinkability is fairly good. High abv and alcohol presence minimize it a bit. Still a nice balance between hops and malts at this high alcohol level. I've had better DIPAs but I wouldn't turn another one of these down at some future date.

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Photo of goldbot
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, undated.

Pours hazy yellow golden to orange with a good amount of foamy, white head. Lots of streamy carbonation.

Lots of pine with a bit of grapefruit and orange citrus aromas. Backed by a good amount of bready malt as well. Not bad but a bit muted and one-dimensional.

Wow, no hops in the taste at all. Very malty with caramel and a bit of chocolate notes. Not too sweet but not too bitter either. A bit spicy towards the end, but that seems superseded by a strong alcohol heat and flavor which is pretty dominant throughout.

The carbonation makes a light body but the alcohol yields a rather astringent, thinnish body. This drinks more like an English barleywine to me. Too much alcohol flavor and way light on the hops. I wish I only bought a single instead of a 4-pack.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent DIPA that shows a bit much its boozy backbone.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Cartoonish and stereotypical speakeasy-prohibition imagery, DD playing card as the main illustration with the Speakeasy iconic eyes on the bottle neck. Back offers a quick context for the new of the brewery, and a brief and generic description of the brew. Lacks date of bottling, and shows Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber body with a good foamy head. Medium to short retention with good lacing and a surface memory of the foam while the drink lasts.

S - Hoppy, citrusy and somewhat fruity nose with a hint of alcohol as it ends.

T - Hmmm, it has a nice hoppy profile with a respectable malt backbone, citrus and pine flavors that lead to a warmth alcohol presence.

M - Medium body, nicely carbonated, with a sticky final texture and warmth.

D - A bit below the better DIPAs in part because of the unusual alcohol presence. If one likes that aspect then this will go fine, if not...

Notes: I really don´t mind the alcohol note, it is not that it is above average in Alc. by Vol. for a brew in this style, but while not unpleasant it feels a bit overpowering. Likable, but not a top notch offering, and surely not one I will be using to introduce others to the style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice hop haze and some bubbly action going on. the head is pure white, lingers for about half a minute, and leaves a light lacing on the glass. the color and haze are awesome, the lace and retention are decent.

S-the nose is relatively light, it brings nothing but hops though. the aromas i do get bring a majority of citrus, some grapefruit, and a small amount of piney resign

T-the taste is slightly more balanced than the nose but still favors the hop side (i would hope so for an imperial ipa). it is also pedestrian in terms of intensity. there is some sweet malts of caramel and a touch of brown sugar, the resinous pine comes in next with some tropical fruits towards the back, grapefruit and citrus. a light presence of alcohol towards the finish.

M-it has a solid body, almost full bodied, extremely smooth and syrupy.

D-balanced ipa with a good mouthfeel. they balance this out well but nothing is big like an imperial ipa.

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Photo of sbs540
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- poured into standard pint. dark amber hue w/ a thick head that disappears quickly. light lacing left on the glass.

S- Floral hops, not a bomb but a good showing. Light malts are noticible.

T- hop forward with what I feel to be a decent malt back. Light astringency to the finish.

M- definatly carbonated, little bit of alcohol heat.

D- For the malt backbone which hides the alcohol well, Id give it a 3, its easy for the ABV to drink a couple.

I'd like to try it fresh on tap, but not super impressed. Better IIPA's to be had, but this one was worth it to try.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and hazy yellow, nothing special. Thin and disappointing head, some okay lacing to follow.

S: Citrus, and a little floral. A good hop smell.

T: Very weak for a Double IPA. I have not had their original IPA, so I can't compare it, unfortunately. It has a weak floral taste, and pretty big citrus flavor. A slight hoppy aftertaste.

M: Very light, considering it is a Double IPA.

D: Above average, only because the 9.5% is masked as very easy drinking.

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Photo of lbkornlb14
1.85/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As a big fan of speakeasy beers since trying their Big Daddy IPA, which I can say I was pleasantly surprised with, I also enjoyed the Grandaddy Barley wine, so Im in no way bias against this brewery.

First the appearance is good, its what you expect from a typical IPA/DIPA, Dark Straw/Light Copper. The smell is almost non existent, maybe a slight grassy hop, here's when it starts to go awry, at 9.5% this beer is no joke, but it doesn't hide the alcohol at all, the alcohol taste on this dipa is very, very strong, borderline undrinkable unless Ice cold. I taste a slight malt presence but you almost have to look for it with the immense alcohol taste. This beer needs to be overhauled, reduce the alcohol or hide it better Speakeasy. Your better then this. The mouth-feel is easy/watery and the drinkability is not very good until you get drunk enough to no longer taste the alcohol. If you have only tried this beer from speakeasy, try their others as this was a miss.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I enjoy Speakeasy's IPA, so I was looking forward to giving this a try. Poured on tap into a tulip at Amsterdam Ale House.

Appearance: Nice hazy golden amber. There's a one finger, remarkably even, foamy white head. Unfortunately, it goes all black hole and collapses on itself shortly thereafter, leaving no trace in terms of lacing or even a lingering ring.

Smell: Nice hop profile. I'm getting mostly citrus, with a solid showing by pine and floral. Not bad at all.

Taste: Hoo, boy. The hops, which smelled so nice, are overly astringent and peppery on the tongue. Not very pleasant. There's grapefruit, and pine that comes out more as it warms, but it's all very harsh. Keep in mind, I'm a major hophead, so if I say it's harsh, it's harsh. No balancing sweet malt to speak of. This is enhanced by the very strong alcohol presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, but on the whole a bit light for the style, which makes the strong alcoholic presence seem out of place to me. I don't mind a boozy IPA, as long as it's thick. This is not.

Drinkability: Double IPAs are undoubtedly my favorite style, but this one is the first I've strongly disliked. Doubly disappointing since their regular IPA is solid.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had hear about this beer a lot from west coast oriented podcast and was dying to try it. After my first taste of this i was not as impressed as i hoped to be. HOwever, i just bought a bottle at Whole Foods and this might now be one of my favorites. A very unique hop flavor and aroma that is a little more on the piney side than citrus. Color is a little darker than usual. In general this will be one I get as often as I see it.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy amber body with a creamy white head that stands about one finger...the head falls into a ring rather quickly but still leaves some lacing

S - Hops are very big...at first they come across as fruity and citrusy...as the beer warms a spicy, piney hop presence comes out

T - The hops really shine and are able to show off their flavors...the malts in this beer make an appearance in the middle of this beer but they never stand out...they mix well and add an extra sweetness to the fruity hops...again as the beer warms a bit of spiciness comes out...the hops aren't too bitter at first but they do become bitter as the spiciness comes out after warming

M - Medium bodied...a nice bittersweet finish

D - This was a decent Imperial IPA for me...the 9.5% was very well hidden and the hops presented their different flavors nicely...the warming effect hindered this beer being rated higher for me

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Photo of kshankar
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours well carbonated, with a decent white head with minimal lacing. Color is a clear golden/orange. IPA? Where's the lacing?

Aroma is hops. Pine, floral

Taste is mostly the hops. Malt backbone is slightly lacking, though it is there at the finish. Hops aren't overpowering, so this doesn't mess with the balance as much.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Decent carbonation. The lighter mouthfeel makes me think its a bit blander than it should be for the style

Drinkability isn't bad, considering this is a 9.5% beer. Not the best of the style, but not a bad offering.

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness or bottled on date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.85.

A: Clear goldne-amber with 1-2 finger ecru head with average retention and spots of lace down the glass.

S: The aroma of this brew definitely changes character with warming. When cooler, the pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit notes lead the way. With warming, however, the spicier components of the hop bill move to the forefront. Sweet pale malt iw the main balancing aroma.

T: The flavor is good but neve delivers on the promise of the aroma. The hoppiness is more raw bitterness with few of the hop nuances expected from the best of the style. None of the tropical fruit or fruitier flavors come through, but mainly spicy bitterness carries this brew with a little pine in there too. The malt is adequate but that's all -- more malting would have helped this beer somewhat to give it a better feel and maybe a better chance to show off the hop complexity that the nose shows. Alcohol is in the background and not readily detected.

M: The mouthfeel is more commensurate with an IPA with a good coating, filling quality but without the density of a DIPA. The carbonation is too high for the style but doesn't hurt the feel much. The aftertaste is mainly spicy, earthy flavors which doesn't match the nose at all.

D: I liked Double Daddy but didn't love it. I would take Hopslam or Hop Wallop or Hercules anyday, but this is still a good beer that has nothing to be ashamed of.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Duvel tulip. Poured a murky burnt orange with a half inch, off-white head that dispersed into a skim, while coalescing around the edges of the bowl. Some spotty bands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is really sweet and malty; somewhat reminiscent of a barleywine, with a little bit of grapefruit hidden in the back. Taste consistent with nose - malty in the front, some citrus and sweetness in the middle and a little bit of lingering bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel approaches medium-bodied with a mild background effervescence, some silky/oiliness to the texture and a little bit of astringency. Not bad, but a little out of balance. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of capra12
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/4/09 from notes taken.

Appearance: Dark wheat colored with little head.

Smell: Floral and piney hops

Taste: Opens with floral hops as malts emerge in the middle but mellow out a bit as piney hops and alcohol take over into the finish leaving a piney, alcohol and mildy hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and coarse.

Drinkability: I would have this again but would recommend this to those who seek a brew with two distinct hop profiles.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this one in the cooler at Papago Brewing, where I included it in my mix-a-six-pack. The brewery name stood out to me, but then I noticed the really high 9.5% ABV and figured it wouldn't hurt to try.

The beer looked as expected - a clean, golden amber color with a decent head. The smell was a light citrus floral aroma, with a decent hoppy scent to it, but nothing overpowering. I do like my IPAs was a lot of hop though... The taste was also subdued. It was mellow with a medium thickness, but bitterness but not enough to really stand out. Aftertaste was crisp with lingering citrus flavor. Not a lot of carbonation either, so didn't fill you up. The beer did go down pretty smooth, which was appreciated. This isn't a beer I would likely get a lot of, as I like my IPAs much more characteristic than this beer. Also, the high alcohol content would get me into some trouble.

Appearance - clean, golden amber - light head - 3.0
Smell - 3.5 - nice citrusly floral hop aroma - not overpowering
Taste - 3.5 - nice mellow taste, bitterness there but subdued
Feel - 4.0 - smooth and little aftertaste; crisp, cirtus aftertaste
Drinkability - 3.0 - dangerous beer because of high alcohol content; being a smoother beer, these would go down fast without knowing it.

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Photo of Lothore
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear peach color with a nice, 2 finger off white head.

S- Smell is very hoppy, deep piney notes, resiny, sweet light fruit notes.

T- Resiny hops all the way through, an unbalanced grainy maltiness followed by a raw alcohol character.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- It was all going so well until I took the first sip! The unhidden alcohol and lack of cohesiveness really make this one I wouldn't revisit.

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Photo of boogyman
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up because I can't say no to any IIPA.

A- Poured into my snifter a lighter golden color with a good 2 fingers of head that dissapated to just a ring of bubbles around the side. So far the lacing looks as if it will be good.

S- Classic hoppy grapefruit smells is awesome! I can already tell I am going to like this beer. Although this smells good, it doesn't quite compare to the potent smell of some other IIPA's I have had including Pliny the Elder and Avery Maharaja.

T- Wow... Powerful brew with the hops and it is lovely. Grapefruit and orange peel and almost no alcohol taste. I like me a strong and hoppy IIPA.

M- Feels very light in the mouth while also feeling bubbly. Hops linger on the palate and as the taste goes away your palate is begging for more.

D- I could drink a few of these if I wanted get knocked out fast. I wouldn't mind this however since this is such a tasty brew. Goes down fairly easy, 9.5% ABV is well hidden, I approve.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Double Daddy is making it hard to type a review! Almost 10% alcohol numbs you up half way through the beer, luckily I wrote this review only halfway into the beer so I think it's accurate. However, I apologize for any typos...

Hops! Citrus, pine, fruit juice, mild spice, even a slight semi-sweet smell maybe of malt hiding below the hops. Can't smell any alcohol despite the 9.5% ABV.

Huge creamy white head, very uniform bubble size. Hazy orange in color with some red tones, head lasts a long time and leaves very good lacing

Hops and malt fight back and forth, each quickly appearing on top then being subdued by the other, like two school kids fighting and tumbling about in the play ground. In the end, the hops prevail and celebrate into the aftertaste. Not surprisingly, alcohol shows up towards the end to congratulate the hops on their victory. Full bodied, almost creamy. Bitterness starts to build (just like the hot in hot salsas does) as you consume this IPA goliath and you start to have doubts about having another about half way through this beer. I know I could only handle 2 at most. Carbonation may be a tad low but it's close to right on and doesn't distract from the overall impression of the beer.

Slight prickling bitterness lingers a few moments then fades until you are well into the beer and then it sticks around

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Photo of yelterdow
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz. bottle and served at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Three-plus fingers of bone white foam adorns this golden DIPA, glowing crystal clear in my glass. I was expecting a bit of haze, but this guy didn't seem to have any yeast lingering around whatsoever. The soapy crown finally falls, leaving webs of lacing thoroughly caked onto the walls of my glass.

Smell- Gobs and loads of juicy, grapefruit-infused hops with a little bit of pine resin meld with a bold, substantial malt backbone. Lush and quite deep.

Taste- A malty, richer version of a classic American DIPA... the hops are of course huge, but the depth of caramel malt and overall beefiness really keeps them in check. Surprisingly more approachable for the style than almost any other I can think of, it's not just a wickedly bittering hopbomb.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and certainly more restrained than most of this style... it's definitely good but not the best of Speakeasy's lineup.

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Photo of mikey711
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A one finger thick head. nice golden organge with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: Boozy and some hops. The hops are a bit overwhelmed by the booze.

T: Kind of hoppy, but definitely a bit past its prime. The sweetness is a bit cloying. Not the hop bomb I was craving...

M: The heat is very present and the mouthfeel does have a bit of a harshness to it.

D: Meh, reallt just meh. I can drink it, but don't know if I would really want to

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Photo of Ruaidhri
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Sheil's Dorset Street Dublin. Only €2.39 a bottle, pretty sweet deal.

Ale pours a lovely light amber/yellow colour with a big white creamy head that settles to an inch against the glass and retains well.

Fantastic aroma from this IPA. Lots of sweet caramel and honey fragrances with some malty and slightly citrus notes.

Taste is sweet up front with malts and caramel to the fore followed by a serious whack of alcohol and a slightly spicey finish that warms beautifully.

Mouthfeel is quite full due to the carbonation and extremely dry to finish.

Given the 9.5% abv, this is hardly a session IPA but there's no doubt it goes down fantastically well and I'm a big fan of a few of these guys on a cool autumn evening.

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.64 out of 5 based on 699 ratings.
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