Rosabi | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with wasabi.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance : opaque with colorful reddish orange hue, white head. Aroma: hops, grass, straw, horseradish/wasabi comes later but once you key in on it, its there, and can start to feel that lovely burn in your sinuses. Taste: Odd (though not unexpected). Wasabi is very present, but seems to be disconnected from the main flavor. Some ash, sour fruit, citrus, grapefruit, Feel: medium carbonation. Some creaminess,that seems to evaporate. Strange taste makes this hard to evaluate. Moments of interest, but overall falls short. A nice effort by dogfish head is appreciated but i can’t say I’ll spend $14 on this again."


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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Rosabi was ok....not sure how old the bottle was that I drank as I see it has been retired. It poured a hazy golden with fizzy white head that dissappated quickly and did not leave any lace. The scent was common to most ipas....pine citrus touch of spice. The taste was also close to an ipa. I was expecting a bit of a kick....not sure why....I guess Rosabi is close to Wasabi.....death by word association. The mouthfeel was medium in body. Overall it was good and glad to have tried it.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Definite wasabi, on every level: green, rooty nose, with that freshly-grated horseradish stench; great red-gold color, with ample, billowy-pillowy head, not to mention lots of sticky spider-web lacing; and in the taste, as well as the odor, the wasabi seems to be supplanting hops as the inflection point of the imperial pale ale: chthonic bitters, green potato-skin notes, touch of rutabaga, sharp carrot-top and chard intense herbal leafy tones. Not, ultimately, the most sessionable, let-me-drink-a-lot-of-this IPA; but fucking interesting as hell, and a very well-executed expression on this seemingly atrabilious idea.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This starts with a very earthy tone, some malt, and the Wasabi. I get caramel, toffee and light hop. Sounds good but I just didn't like the combination.

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Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy amber reddish color with a 3 finger foamy beige colored head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading very slowly and leaving great spider web foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of caramel, sweet malt, toffee and what seems like the wasabi up front. The second wave is candied sugar, brown sugar, herbs, grapefruit, orange and grains which may actually be the red rice listed on the bottle as it have a very different smell. Mild spices and a strong caramel sweetness hides the alcohol completely, releasing aroma's that resemble maple syrup as it warms up.

Taste is a little strange with a very earthy presence combining with the sweetness that leaves a funny aftertaste. It seems like the wasabi alters the malt presence and drives this away from the hoppy sweetness and citrus in the nose to more like dirt and roots; it seems the wasabi root (listed on the bottle) doesn't taste like the green blob of wasabi that comes with sushi. The heat is minimal and the sweetness remains, but the beer tastes like it's dirty. The enjoyable citrus, caramel and malty presence in the nose starts to turn into a graham cracker tastiness, and then drives off the side of a cliff and loses all the nice pale ale flavors that seemed promising at first. I appreciate the attempt to brew with wasabi, but this combination just didn't do it for me like the nose did.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, with a medium to chewy body, moderate bitterness, minor heat and nice sweetness from the citrus hops and caramel malts. The finish has orange and hop bitterness, very mild earthy spices, bready malts and crackers, and then finally the root or wasabi plant which finishes like ginger. I should have had this with a sushi dinner, it may have been the perfect compliment. Overall it was decent and another nice Dogfish Head experiment, I applaud their creativity as always, but this is not something I'd seek out or go for again.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.66/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 finger head, poured from a 750ml bottle. Head retention is quite good and lacing continues for quite some time. After the head recedes, I was left with a nice foam ring around the glass. Deep amber/brown color and quite hazy and opaque.

Smells of powerful hops, fruit, and caramelly malts. There definitely is a spicy aroma that arises with each swirl of the glass.

At first there is a hop bite, then a sweet caramelly wave that comes through. It is not long before you get the rush of tangy wasabi. It comes in very forcefully along with some warmth. It's very noticeable, but it doesn't overpower your taste buds. Then there is a nice floral-hoppy finish that balances all.

Fairly full boded brew. A little thick and syrupy feeling.

Loved this one as I do all of Dogfish Head's brews. This one was so unique and unlike anything I have tasted before. I am a huge wasabi fan so this one was right up my alley. I will grab another one of these if I see one as it looks like it has been retired.

I am an off-centered person and I love their off-centered beers!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The vivid rose hue of Rosabi comes from a combination of Munich and Caramel malts and a touch of red rice from Louisiana, birthplace of musician and collaborator Julianna Barwick. Citrusy Simcoe and Centennial feed Julianna's love of hops, and the star of the show is her go-to ingredient: wasabi. What's hoppy? ,,, Wasabi. The Japanese root adds bittering and herbal notes simolar to hops, with its subel heat creepin in after the kick of carbonation. It's expansive from start to finish. So go ahead, take a sip, toss your head back, and howl at the red Rosabi moon." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale with Wasabi added. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy, smooth head of a batter-white color over a mildly hazy copper-orange body with ample carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Light bread malts, slight caramel graininess and delicate pale syrup base, with the bold bittering aromas of lemony, grassy and murky citrus hops, also a distinctive aroma that I deduce to be Wasabi with a bit of subtle heat on the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The impact of the wasabi is noticeable from the initial impact of the first sip with a slightly vegetal bittering agent throughout the flavor profile although the overall impact is much more transparent than I had imagined. Bread malts, caramel and delicate graininess, a lingering mild vegetable bitterness that I can only describe as slightly piney, slightly minty at this point but all-around very interesting- it makes little to no impact on the finish of this beer with heat, the spiciness is virtually gone as are the hop profiles included in this ale. Pretty interesting, fairly curious impact of wasabi, those who fear an overpowered ale can try this ale without fear, but for wasabi fans, this ale may leave something to be desired. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, smooth, mildly dry. Carbonation is light, generating a mild frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) I'm a bit saddened that I missed trying this ale at a younger age but part of me intended to hold off in case the wasabi was overly brash and intensely spicy when freshly bottled. What remains is a fairly enjoyable pale ale with a notable flavor of wasabi, but not overly dominant nor overly spicy and harsh. It's very distinctive and unique as far as flavors go and I think it would accent certain fruit beers fairly nicely. One may have to see if Dogfish Head ventures this way and rebrews this ale again but at its current age I'd sooner venture away from this incarnation than seek it out. 3.5

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down a bit but never completely faded away and left some bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wasabi are present in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste starts out with some light flavors of caramel and toasted malts and then transitions to some notes of wasabi. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is present.
O: This seems to be rather weak for a wasabi beer as you just get some notes of it in the smell and the finish of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a fizzy, quickly dissipating whitish head.

S: Aromas of caramel and biscuit are met by earthy, fruity scents of wasabi, herbs, and mild citrus. This ale seems very neutral and somewhat unappealing on the nose compared to many of Dogfish Head's recent products.

T: The entry presents muddled notes of brown sugar, caramel, biscuit, cream, pine, juniper, cedar, grapefruit pith, lemon rind, and herbs. The finish presents herbal, cedar hop and sweet caramel notes with a slight wasabi kick.

M: On the lighter side of medium and initially slick, though it turns sticky pretty quickly. Carbonation is airy and delicate. Alcohol is barely detectable. The stickiness and underpowered carbonation couple with the odd flavor and unappealing aroma to make this beer really difficult to drink.

O: This is probably one of the worst Dogfish Head beers that I have tried to this point. They were really trying too hard with this one and it shows. In my opinion, everything about this beer is unappealing; the muddy color, lack of head retention, neutral aroma, awkward flavor combination, sticky body, and underwhelming carbonation mark this as one on which to pass.

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Photo of RobAM
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy a good pale ale and this one is no exception... However I don't taste wasabi in this. If you told me it was just a pale I probably would have scored it a bit higher.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.77/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Well hazed amber copper color. Two fingers of frothy/pillowy beige head. Retention is about average and lots of lacing is left.

1.5 S: This smells interesting, but not good. The wasabi makes it smells like rotting vegetables. I'm not sure what else to say. It smells like a terribly brewed homebrew. Some caramel and doughiness. Orange citrus hoppiness.

1.75 T: It doesn't taste as bad as it smells, but it's not much better. This is just freaking weird and not in the usual good way that DFH manages. Again the wasabi gives a strange vegetal flavor. Unfortunately, it offers almost no heat, which could have helped a bit. Herbs, vegetables, tree bark, caramel, doughy yeastiness.

2.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Too chewy for my liking.

1.25 D: This beer is tough to drink. There's a good chance I'm going to dump some of this, which is something I've only ever done one other time. Wasabi gets put on my "do not brew with" list without a second thought.

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Photo of trickynicky
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For me this was a beer I could only slowly sip, I struggled to finish it. It's far from a bad beer, but I don't think wasabi pairs well as an ingredient in beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We pop a 750mL, pouring into our Great Lakes pints. It appears a beautiful auburn grapefruit coloring, supporting a two finger head of creamy, full oatmeal colored bubbles, showing excellent retention into cakey sheets of lacing and a resistant film across the top of the liquid. A thick, persistent haze dims clarity, and tiny hunks of sediment are found throughout. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives heavy malty sugariness of caramel, pale, and rye maltiness, buttery diacetyls, pesto saltiness, steel, cereal grain, syrupy and floury flapjack sweetness, nectary hoppiness, light molasses, cinnamon and white pepper spiciness, tomato soup, raw cauliflower, floral rose, and finally with warmth, on the back, we appreciate a subtle wasabi twang. The flavoring gives vegetal, metallic, and softly spicy wasabi from the very front of the very first sip. Following through is a blend of buttered popcorn Jelly Bellies, heavy but dusty caramel malty roast, dry pale and amber grain and grit, dried metallic straw, grassy and soapy hoppiness, peppery booze, vegetal poblano peppers, fermented strawberries and rhubarb, mineral water, melted brown sugar, old paper towel, hollow ethanol, Magic Marker phenols, and chemical chlorine. The body is quite full, and the carbonation is medium, but soft. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with a wet finishing pop. The mouth is left warmed somewhat neutral, but somehow both cooled and spiced, with a bit of a dry touch to the far back of the palate. The abv is appropriate, but on the high end stylistically, and the beer drinks back only okay.

Overall, this was an interesting beer. The wasabi is surely there as an additive, but I’m not entirely confident we would pick up on it if it weren’t plastered all over the bottle and in its name. Heat is mild and circumstantial; it doesn’t come close to being robust of frontal. The latter would have been nicer. It’s funny, actually, the best things about this beer are its supporting elements, such as appearance and feel. This is a gorgeous beer, in both color and head, while the feel is somewhat thick and hearty for the style. Unfortunately, none of this makes up for drinkability, which remains burdensome and novelty-driven for something labeled as a “pale ale”. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Dogfish Head, but it saddens us to see how poorly some of their beers can compete against some of the more edgy but excellently executed contenders that push the boundaries for their styles or ingredients respectively.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Supported solidly by the constant high level quality from Dogfish.
This IMPA exhibits a gorgeous hue orange to a red line capped with a thick froth head.
Pepper hop spice scent is noted and is repeated slightly stronger on the tounge. Nice chili bitterness spreads, expanding to a semi sweet malt finish-then an
encore of peppery dryness. Satisfying and unique- totally Dogfish.

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Photo of mchegash
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.75/5
The bottle claimed this beer had a "vivid rose hue", but it poured pretty orange-looking to me. Perhaps some red/brown hues to it, but basically it's an orange-red-brown color, emphasis on the orange. There is probably one finger of head. The beer is moderately clear. An average amount of carbonation is visible and is rising at a slightly slower than average rate. The look isn't bad, but I would have liked the brew to actually be red(-dish).

Smell - 3/5
Smells of citrus-pine hops. Couldn't really smell much beyond that. I would have liked to get some of the wasabi spiciness in the smell.

Taste - 2.8/5
Some sweet maltiness, a lot of pine-citrus hopiness. Maybe a hint of spiciness, but no more than that. I was kind of disappointed by the taste. I was hoping for more of a spice kick due to the wasabi, but there really wasn't any. This just tasted like a standard IPA (an expensive one!), for the most part. Also, the aftertaste is not very good.

Mouthfeel - 3.6/5
Beer is medium-light in body, fairly crisp. A fairly good carbonation kick, but far from overpowering.

Overall - 3/5
The wasn't a terrible beer, but it just didn't really stand out in any of the ways I was hoping for. The color wasn't red, I could barely detect the wasabi spiciness. The taste was only mediochre. I would never get this again, nor recommend this to others. Not because it's bad, but because I feel like I can get a better beer for way cheaper just getting a standard quality IPA.

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Photo of ism
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Preconceptions do this a disservice. The sharp freshness of wasabi is obliterated in the brewing process, but its essence is strong in the form of am herbaceous earthiness that combines well with resin and earthy hops.

It is fundamentally an IPA, and does well in that regard, delivered in an interestingly cloudy brown body with a 2-finger palomino head and below average retention. It is an artful offering and enjoyable in its uniqueness and strong base.

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy copper with thick light tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter citrus and herbal hops, with caramel malt and chalky wasabi paste.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest and resin hops, with some chalky and spicy wasabi and earthy caramel malt. It had a clean and slightly spicy bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an interesting brew that accomplished exactly what the beer seemed to intend. Nicely balanced scent and taste that clearly showed the wasabi without it being overpowering. The body was ok, with a surprisingly smooth finish, so it wasn't difficult to drink at all. Not an instant classic, but a successful eccentric brew that's fun to try once.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with excellent retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is pretty dominant with some lightly caramelized malt. Taste is also dominated by strong citrus hoppy notes with some light spicy undertones and some toasted malt notes. There is also quite a bit of residual sugar in this beer. Body is full with good carbonation. I was expecting the beer to be quite a bit more spicy but the wasabi notes were quite subtle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap in a snifter at Beelow's.

What, no ginger? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of soapy off-white foam. The nose comprises herbaceous greens, light biscuit, and a bit of dark pine. The taste is primarily a blunt streak of mild pine resin, sweet biscuit, and dark greenery, though the wasabi does occasionally make itself known in the form of an odd herbaceous character (and, no, there's not heat here whatsoever). I wanna say some wild rice comes through, too, but I can't really be sure; maybe it's just my constant drifting to the thought of sushi right now... The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly fluid feel. Overall, this beer had an interesting idea, but the execution never reaches the heights of that piquancy. Instead of a spicy, wasabi-invigorated departure from the norm, we are given a mild, malty pale ale that leaves me wanting. It's not bad, but nothing I'll ever likely wanna drink again.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Gotta love dogfish head. They always make a wonderfully balanced beer. The wasabi acts like another hop and gives a beautiful and slightly spicy green note that you feel in your nose. Definitely will drink again

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A hazy copper body, heavy bubbles within the frame and white head which is thick on the initial pour rising about to a notch or two below a finger's length.

Smell: Light hops scent,

Taste: Smooth, real dislike it is almost a sin. Bitter with a sour after taste. Comes off like lemon and mustard with pieces of spiciness. LIght but complex, almost feels like a liquid meal.

Mouth: Full carbonation, feels bready almost like a bavarian lager but has this sourness to it almost citrussy at the end as well.

Overall: I don't know what the bashing is about this beer, it is something totally different but not exactly spectacular. It exceeded my expectations by far, maybe a little pricey but worth purchasing. Salud!

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Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a hazy, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, alcohol, hint of pine, and wasabi. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight heat/warmth. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, hint of wasabi, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Rosabi pours a hazy bronze color with a big white fluffy head. There is a bigger hoppy aroma with a nice wasabi note. The taste is old hops, with very few but some wasabi flavors. Very flat body, weaker flavors. Overall interesting idea, but doesn't pan out.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

This is a very scary sounding beer that works surprisingly well. You first notice the wasabi upon opening the bottle where it joins some malt and spice aromas.
The beer pours hazy copper tinted amber under a 2” very finely bubbled lightly copper tinted off-white foam cap.
As the creamy brew sweeps over the palate, malt, fruit, a light bitterness and a touch of sweetness first appear then a little wasabi heat comes through on the finish with a little vegetal astringency. In the middle you start to notice flavors suggesting Sake and realize it’s the red rice that is being used to slim down the body while boosting the alcohol. Sam Calagione is using the wasabi instead of hops and he manages to squeeze just the right amount of bitterness out of the wasabi to balance the malt and the red rice while keeping the wasabi heat to reasonable levels.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Light hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light grassy, grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops, no heat from the wasabi. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Rosabi from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 563 ratings.
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