Unplugged Imperial IPA | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Imperial IPAUnplugged Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Skidz on 06-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up as soon as I heard that Osama was killed!

a-great orangeish yellow color with nice head retention
s-nice balance of piney and fruity hops. very inviting smell
t-just like it smells nice bitterness that sits in the tounge. very good
m-medium body and oh so smooth.
o-great drinkability and very good beer. looking forward to trying again.

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Photo of HosP
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this treat from blackhawks87 while hanging out at DLD. Found it in the box once I got home.

A- Pours a bit hazy golden color. White head that leaves a nice thin cap on top.

S- Very wonderful aroma here. Very nice hop smells come from this. Get a nice fruit smell coming from this. Get the hints of pine and citrus but still can't get over the sweet fruit notes to it.

T- Like the nose, lots of hops here, what you would expect. The pine flavor comes through the strongest. Over powers some of the other flavors. The sweet fruit smell, doesn't come in the taste either. Citrus hops tasted in the middle. Has a nice malt character at the end that cuts into the bitterness nicely.

M- Lighter medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resin oily mouth feel.

O- Very good beer here from New Glarus. Was pretty excited to get this bottle, even more excited to actually get it home and remember drinking it. Nose was something I'd never smelled before, if the taste lived up to it, might have been a favorite DIPA.

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Photo of cetherid
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip.


beer ilooks like your typical american lager. A basic pale yellow/golden color, however it has a huge amount of pillowy off-white head. (About 3 fingers worth dissipating to about a fingers worth after sitting for a few minutes.)


As soon as this one was cracked open, a big whiff of fresh hops came out of the bottle. A nice combination of citrus fruit and grassy/dank aromas. A nice little sweet malt is detectable as well.


hop dominant IMO. Getting lots of pine/resiny tastes to this. A slight touch of sweetness from the malts but that's about it. No "nutty" flavors detected which is apparently a trait of the Maris Otter malts.


about medium bodied with decent carbonation. A pretty dry finish on this beer as well which is probably attributed to the abv and lack of sweetness.


A decent DIPA, but one I wouldn't seek out. Definitely not a terrible beer but would rather grab a DIPA from FFF or Short's if I wanted something from the midwest. Can't comment on price but availability is a little difficult as it being a New Glarus brew.

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Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crossed the river specifically to pick this one up, & turns out the Imperial Weizen just arrived too...two for one!

Popped open on another dreary, rainy late April evening, it's almost May, for the love of god, give us a sixty degree day or two in a row! Pale, see-through yellow, & you could count the bubbles if you were so inclined. Smell registers sweet: citrus, pear, sugar. Not what I was expecting at all. Smells balanced...

This is a head-fake of a IIPA. The smell gets all sweet & cuddly, but the taste is rip-roarin' hops, just the way I like it. Hopsmack, which should be a word, leads with a helmet. Great bitterness, a dripping pine sap taste that coats & leaks all over the mouth. A dab of onion in the undercoat, which grows as the beer warms. Mango? Or is that grapefruit? Whatever it is, the bitterness wipes it off the map. This is a chugger of a beer, too. I'm busting a move on this weeny twelve ounces like it's a watery pilsner.

Borderline excellent, definitely quaffable, & this makes me almost completely forget that forgettable Hop Hearty beer. Now I know New Glarus knows what to do with a hop! Very nice.

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Photo of muttyd
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a giant fluffy white head that almost overflowed in the glass. Aroma is very fruity (grapefruit, peaches, and pineapple), piney, and slightly onion/earthy. Very juicy flavor with more citrusy hops, caramel malt sweetness, and resiny earthy bitterness. The "onion" character is present, but not in a harsh or unpleasant way. Astringent mouth watering juicy finish. Really enjoyable and well put together. Different from the recent IPAs I have been trying.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, courtesy of shellac01 (thanks Mike!), into a snifter.

A - Pours a pretty golden straw color, with a sizable three fingers of head. Nice sheeting lace and above-average retention.

S - This smells awesome -- it has similar notes to some of my favorites in this genre, including grapefruit rind, passionfruit, and cotton candy. Definitely one that has me sniffing constantly.

T - More piney than I would've thought, and the citrus is more bitter. The barely-there cotton candy sweetness that I got isn't there in the flavor. While it's good, it doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose.

M - Thinner than I'd like, with very fine carbonation. The finish is very dry and short, which contributes to the impression.

O - This is a great beer, and one I wasn't expecting to be this good. Not that NG doesn't put out world-class beers, but I haven't had a DIPA from them yet and my expectations were low. The entry says brewed once, which is disappointing, as I'd like to have more of this, and right now.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into Central Waters snifter:

A - Golden hay, bit yellow and just slightly darker brown, amber hues around the edges. Pour produces a rich, frothy eggshell white head an inch thick that eventually dies into strong ring around the edges with murky clouds in the middle. Slightly sticky lacing retention.

S - Light pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel and papaya. Bit of caramelized malts and hints of lemonade.

T - Nice mangos, pineapple, bits of grapefruit and strong citrus notes. A tiny bit malty and bready backbone, but mostly citrus up front. Pine notes are there in the background but not as bitter as I though it would be, or would have liked it to be. Not too bad though.

M - Really smooth and crisp. Carbonation is really good. The tingle of the piney hops leaves the mouth a bit dry but it is really refereshing.

O - This is a really nice DIPA. Very nice flavors and smell. Is this a 9% ABV brew?!? Nothing that I get from the taste or smell or feel suggests that this is a decently high ABV, but somehow it is. I like this a lot better than Hopslam and Double Trouble. Nicely done, New Glarus!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: partly cloudy/light orange body, trace head, fair lacing evident

S: clean fresh citrus scent, faint pine/earthy aroma

T: sweet citrus front, solid earthy middle, subtle bitter long drawn out finish.

M: med/heavy body, mild slick/oily feel

O: Above average New Glarus offering, but not equal to the best Double IPAs. Worth having, but not a must have. The 9% ABV is well hidden, finding myself gulping this rather than sipping it.


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Photo of Arbitrator
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. From a trade with CaseyK. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear, golden amber body with an off-white head. Retention is solid, leaving a firm cap on the beer and nice, frothy lace to adorn it.

S: A beautifully pungent nose that evokes comparisons to peaches, pineapple, orange, and lemon. Great citrus nose, and as someone that really responds to that particular side of the hop spectrum, I'm quite happy.

T: As you'd expect from the nose, this is a smorgasbord of citrus flavors. But here, grapefruit, orange, and lemon dominate. The more delicate peach and pineapple flavors are hidden underneath, though they are detectable. I'd love for it to be reversed, but then I think this would tread on the toes of Surly Abrasive. There's a mild, spicy herbal character that I don't care for.

M: It's not very sticky, but there is a lingering bitterness that reminds me of well-sauteed onions shortly before they caramelize. It's not unbearable. Good carbonation levels. It's a little rough in the aftertaste, but I can't spot any faults here.

O: I'm impressed by this one, though there are some things that could be improved in the flavor. I think New Glarus really knows how to work its fruit beers and German-style beers, but their experiments with other styles can be hit-and-miss. This one is a solid showing.

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Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the chance to try this one Barrythebear!

A - pours a nice light bronzish yellow with a huge billowing head

S - huge bouquet of grass, pine, and citrus hops with a bit of toasted malt

T - starts off with sweet fruity hops that are grounded by a bit of grain malts. Next up is a modicum of onion and finishes very with some nice herbally pine and a bit spiciness. Lot of different hop flavors going on in here. Definitely deserves to call itself a IIPA...solid stuff!

M - nice mouthfeel to it...very similar to the Two Women I just had...must be the water up in those parts

D - pretty solid IIPA. A lot of different hop flavors going on witha nice malt basis. I was really excited to try a IIPA from this brewery, doesn't seem like something they would tackle but they did it (as they do most of their stuff) very well.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed yellow body. Visible carbonation. Two finger bones white head set atop. Head recedes slowly leaving a rather thick sheet of lacing behind.

Full and layered aroma. Citrus and pine aroma pleasant upfront balanced by a decent amount of resin behind. I am questioning the hop bill, may be Summit, I am picking up some green onion aroma in a DIPA for the first time. This aroma is not too off putting though it is not what I prefer. Overall the aroma is pleasant.

Much the same as the nose, the flavor is equally balanced and layered. Citrus and pine still heavy upfront. Beneath lays a rather strong resinous flavor along side some more oniony flavor. This onion flavor is usually described as an unpleasant attribute, I would not go that far however. The flavor works but is not what I would choose. I appreciate this beer, I even enjoy it there is just on attribute that just does not agree with me. I really enjoy the Maris Otter, I love this malt. The warmth it provides really enhances the brew.

Medium bodied, moderate to lively carbonated IIPA. The texture is slightly resinous and oily. The finish is dry are pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent for the style.

Very good beer. Quite enjoyable, there is one singular attribute that throws me off. Remove this minor attribute this beer goes from very good to incredible. Overall I am impressed, very well crafted IIPA.

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Photo of joefeidt
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a tall wine glass and got a thick white head that dissipated quicky. Attractive light amber color. Slightly cloudy.

Slightly musty locker room smell, but the taste explodes with a piney, resinous hop pop. The English Maris Otter malt plays with taste buds on the side of the tongue. A nice balance of hops and malt. I'm a confirmed hop head and this one is enough for me.

All in all, a delicious DIPA from one of Wisconsin's best craft brewers. Enjoy this one while watching the Brewers or Twins.

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Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz thumbprint series..no dating on bottle

A- pours a slight hazed amber orange color with thin white head and a fresh whispy collar

S- is a tropical delight of mango ,pineapple, and papaya ..followed by hugh piney resinous hops with a grapefruit finish..its a wonderful sense of smell on this one

T- is tropical hop forward,with a very big pine/citrus hit of hops.. some malts round this but its a tropical hop lovers 2ipa for sure ..a tad bit bitter on the finish

M- is full of hops a little dry ,medium carbonation easy to drink for 9%. just a tad bit bitter and would have liked a little more malt sweetness

O- a good tropical hop 2ipa that smells better then it tatses..its a treat for the hop taste buds however..but not a top tier 2ipa IMO

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4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip. (thanks to my buddy for bring me down this bottle)
A: Nice white frothy head that forms well and holds up just fine for the style. A layered swath of lacing is left. Slow, low levels of carbonation.

S: Really wonderful use of aroma hops, this is a truly powerful and unique aroma profile. Hints at pineapple, dancing on the rim of passion fruit and notes of piny grapefruit. Complex and very well done. The hops used are cutting edge and project this passionate aroma.

T/M: The beer has a lighter character, than I was expecting, with a smooth, silky body, not creamy in any sense. The hop flavor dominates the palate, as the malts really are set back in this one. The spicy, citrus like hop profiles set this with the high contenders of the IIPA world, but as the nose suggested the pineapple is a element that is sought after and I believe was achieved here. The lingering finish is a bit short and I am wishing it was longer, as I keep going back for frequent sips.

O: Overall, very wonderful IIPA, one that I wish they would keep on the main line or that would surface itself again... The aroma is really the high light for me, truly awesome. Nearly no complaints, lower level of carbonation and a shorter lingering effect on the mouthfeel are just about it. But huge props for the blending of hop to create this Island Style like hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened a box from brian23456 about 2min ago, this was in my glass that fast. Big thanks to Brian, great extras that i'll be enjoying.

Was anyone else both surprised and intrigued when they heard Dan was making a DIPA? I know i was, i had no idea what to expect, but as always i trusted Danial.

Thick head, over a pretty hazy light straw colored body, looks like it will be a dry one, i like light colored IPAs, it's a good first impression.
The aroma, if you don't know what papaya smells like, go get one of these. Just tropical, with Papaya being the first fruit taking my nose over, it's not as sweet or juicy as a pineapple or mango aroma normally is, but i can get subtle impressions of those too.
Not a wild bitter taste, and follows the nose with a soft yet prominant tropical mixture that centers around Papaya and guava.
The malts are earthy but stand back and let the Hops do the talking.

A very good IIPA, that is unique for the style yet stays a solid addition.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale gold, spotty lacing, slight haze, small head

S: c-hops up front, tropical notes of mango, guava and grapefruit, some graininess in the back

T: sweet malts, fruity hops, bitter by the middle, beer loses momentum towards the finish, dry finish

Mf: light body, nice carb

D: easy drinking dipa, nice feature of fruity hops

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Photo of vespahulb
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Old Fashioned in Madison.

First off, the color of this beer is misleading. It's so light and honey-colored, you'd swear it's just an IPA. Upon first whiff, you're blasted with citrus fruits, tropical pineapple and mango with a touch of pineyness.

In the mouth this beer is rather rich for it's lightness. Flavors are super well balanced between bitterness and racey maltiness. Even a little buttery undertone.

A really great IIPA in a world of over-the-top hop bombs, this is a well balanced easy drinker (although it is still 9%!).

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours brilliantly clear yellow-golden color with a sticky white head. The aroma is highly hoppy -- very fresh pine and some citrus and sweet malt. The flavor is intensely hoppy, pine and quite bitter. The bitterness dries the finish with a long lasting hop presence. The carbonation and body are medium. Overall a hoppy, bitter IIPA with an ABV that is hidden tremendously--worth a try.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a little Delirium Tremens tulip glass a clear, golden orange color that like applejuice. 1/2 finger white head that settles out pretty quickly to form a collar around the glass. Danky, pine mixed with fruit notes like orange, grapefruit, mango, apricot, and pineapple. Medium mouthfeel. Not as fruit forward tasting as I would have thought but more of a mild sweetness of orange with a slight alcohol note. Really not a lot of bitterness in this one either except at the end which lingers on. Overall, it's ok, not outstanding and knock me out but decent.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear straw yellow color. Produced an awesome white fluffy head with fantastic retention. Tons of sticky lace left behind as it finally went down.

(S)- A great combo of dry pine and fresh citrus of lemon, lime, pineapple, and grapefruit. Neither overpowers the other; a harmonious blend of the two.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A really nice combo of dry pine and fresh citrus zest. Finishes just lightly sweet with caramel malts.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, yet a fitting bitterness level. Complex citrus and a mellow maltiness.

(D)- An excellent DIPA. Neither component overpowers the other; creating an excellently balanced beer for the style in my opinion. Crisp and refreshing, this would be an great DIPA for the summertime. New Glarus always comes up with a surprise each year, and this year, they have just started!

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Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap.

It is a light gold with a white head.

The main upgrade form the bottle ot the tap is the smell. It smells like straight-up mango, just beautiful, tropical, fresh mango. It is amazing.

The taste is reminiscent of the bottle, with perhaps a tropical fruit hinge, some citrus rind, smoother malt, and some decent bitterness.

This one has an epic scent, I wish the taste would be a bit more epic but I was satisfied.

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Photo of antoines15
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: light golden color, very clean looking with nice lacing on the glass -- sunflower yellow.

S: orange peels, possibly grapefruit. Not as citrusy as I was hoping. Bitter finish, but smooth tasting.

T: alcohol is well hidden, bitter hops but balanced with the malt. Almost reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 minute. The bitterness lingers quite nicely.

M: kinda thin on the mouthfeel for a DIPA.

O: Here's the thing about this beer. It is a good DIPA, maybe better than good, and then you factor in the cost (9 bucks for a 4-pack) and it becomes that much better.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small one finger head. The head recedes quickly and doesn't leave much for lacing.

S- Smells like a hoppier Moon Man, which is always a good thing. Lots of grapefruit, tangerine and a little bit of pine. There is some bready malt in there as well.

T- And people said Dan Carey would(could) never make a good imp. IPA. This one is very hop forward with not much malt being picked up. Good citrus and grapefruit with some grassy tones.

M- Medium bodied with a nice crispness and pretty dry on the finish. There is a good bitterness to it as well.

O- This is pretty much a double Moon Man, which is awesome. Dan Carey once again proves he can brew any beer and make it worth every penny.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice head. Lightly cloudy gold color. The smell is wonderful. Fruity, citrusy maybe a little floral. The first taste is slightly bitter. Grapefruit overwhelms everything.. After a few drinks my palate settles down and I get nice sweetness and some fruit. A little alcohol with a slightly bitter finish. Overall a very good double IPA.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edit: After working my way through several bottles I've bumped up the scores a bit since this beer is really growing on me. Original score of 4.15

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a 2 fingered nearly bright white head. Retention is medium low and lacing is minimal. A tiny layer of small bubbles remain on the top of the beer.

The nose is light bright and hoppy. The hop aroma has some juicy orange and that transitions into a medium intensity grapefruit. At the end there is just a touch of pine but this is much more focused on the citrus variety of hops. Little to no malt aroma is present.

A medium intensity lasting bitterness is present with the hop flavor pointed towards mostly grapefruit with a minimal amount of pine much like the aroma. A tiny amount of bready malt comes through at the end and then the bitterness just cuts through it and lasts well into the finish. The lasting bitterness isn't too harsh so it's not a huge turn off. While the hop flavor is full and present the intensity just isn't as in your face and not as bright as some of my favorite DIPA's

Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. The present bready malt lends just enough body to stand up to the bitterness but not get in it's way. Drinkability is great on this beer, but that's par for the course for NG. They always seem to land near perfection in the mouthfeel and drinkability department.

As an unapologetic NG fanboy, I'm glad to see a DIPA in their special releases. The prior release of their IIPA was before I got into craft beer. It's a valiant attempt, very tasty, but just not world class. It is, as all the unplugged/thumbprint series beer are, a insane value. $9/ 4-pack is nearly unbeatable in the market.

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Unplugged Imperial IPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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