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Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower Power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.

Added by Todd on 09-17-2002

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Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to krisandajt for this one!!

A: An orange hue, slightly hazy. My Cat must like the way it look,s because he is perched on my lap looking at it. Good bit of head. Thick, cloudy white, and so far it is sticking around.

S: Hops all the way. Grass and herbal notes, possibly leaves too. Also there is a hint of something sweet.. Maybe nectarine? Nice.

T: Hops, but with a nice backbone. Grassy notes come through in the tasty, as well as the faintest hint of something sweet. Almost reminiscent of a barley wine.

M: It feels slightly thick, possibly a little syrupy. Carbonation seems a little low for the style.

D: Overall very enjoyable. A nicely balanced beer, and not a complete hop bomb. Very enjoyable, and something I will get again.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet again, surprised with a brew from mymrnngjckt and number1bum. Kevin, Josh...you are gentlemen, a scholars, and a gods amongst men.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy, light coppery/golden color with a full inch of thick craggy head. Right off the bad I can see the sticky lacing in addition to the good head retention.

Smell: A nice splash of citrusy, bitter, grapefruity hops. Not overly potent, but most certainly there.

Taste: A moderate hit of the same citrusy hops picked up in the nose. There's a subtle bit of sweetness in the back that provides a fair bit of balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but the body is a bit light for me. Texture is a little bit thin, but not exactly watery. An easy drinker, but a bit lacking in this department IMO.

Drinkability: A quality IPA. Good hops with a sweetness to provide some balance. Certainly a brew I will reach for again.

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Photo of mikedepue
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - slightly hazed golden orange with 3/4" off-white head, very nice lacing

S - Mostly floral and piney hops. The citrus is there it just takes a backseat compared to other IPA's

T - I noticed the citrus much more in the taste. Its all there: grapefruit, pine, floral. Its lingers on the palat begging you to take another sip

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - Very drinkable. I lean more towards the west coast IPA's, but this is right there. A solid beer, one of my top ten from the east coast.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by the beer store guy at Oliver's Beverage Center in Albany, NY when I asked for good IPA suggestions. For some reason I always thought this was some kind of summer wheat beer and never picked it up. Apparently I've been missing out.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a one finger yellow-tan head. Plenty of carbonation visible in the glass.

S - The aroma of floral hops hit me immediately after pouring. Lots of citrus notes, mainly lemon and a little pineapple. I'm now understanding why they call it Flower Power. Very inviting smell that already reminds me a lot of the Victory Hop Wallop.

T - Wow. This is just like Victory Hop Wallop! Very similar approach to an IPA. Grapefruit hops and lots of them, and plenty of citrus, mainly lemon zest. Balanced by a sweet malt presence and a slightly bitter, floral aftertaste. Very much lives up to its name. Outstanding.

M - Very creamy and smooth. I like a floral IPA like this to have plenty of carbonation and it does. These beers just don't taste right if they are too flat.

D - I am very surprised that this is 8%. You definitely don't taste the alcohol very much. Be cautioned if sessioning a six pack of this, it isn't your average IPA.

Overall, very pleased with this and I will get it again being from upstate NY. Reminds me so much of Victory Hop Wallop yet is a much less expensive substitute in my area. I am surprised this is labeled as an IPA and not a DIPA. Very hoppy, floral, citrusy IPA as opposed to some of the more bitter and maltier versions out there. Recommended by this hophead for sure. Props to Ithaca on this one, I haven't picked up their beers too often since my college days but I am going to start.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours two fingers of a thick bubbly white head that lingers for almost a minute and leaves a light lacing on the glass, the beer is a cloudy deep golden color

S-light notes of ester hit the nose, flower mostly and light notes of citrus rind, hit of pale malt in there as well but faint

T-this is all hops,great hop flavor, mostly a flowery hop with a hint of citrus finishing with a nice hop bitterness

M-this is very smooth with a medium body, almost a syrupy texture with just the right amount of carbonation

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

giant shout out to kennyo, as ive been wanting to try this for some time.

pours hazy yellow and orange with a giant fluffy head, that... blocked the scent. grrr!

light citrus, mainly tangerine and orange with slight pineapple. light sweet malts.

hops are slightly bitter with a very balancing malt presence. light sweet citrus notes, mainly orange.

pretty close to perfect body, full bodied with balanced carbonation.

good beer! very easy to drink and not over the top in an way. very balanced.

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Photo of TommyW
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden/yellow with a sticky, white head.

S- Very floral hop profile with notes of lemon rind and hop spice.

T- Big floral hop bit mixed with some hop spice and orange/lemon citrus. Blends perfectly into a sweet malt backbone.

M- Medium body with a nice, smooth carbonation.

D- Really a great IPA from a brewery that I didn't pay much attention to until recently.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before January:

Pours lighty hazed amber with an off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is robust - floral/herbal/perfumy and fruity...Very hoppy, though a bit different than typical American IPA - but very nice!

The taste is of big bitter hops - herbal, floral, fruity with balancing malt in the middle that balances it, but recedes to leave a aspirin-ish perfumy dryness.

It is medium-bodied with ample carbonation.

Something a bit raw-ish about it...Alcohol is masked reasonably well in flavor (didn't realize abv until putting review in, though doesn't exactly surprise me - and that might be it). There's a different sort of hoppiness to it. An interesting brew and a good change to something a bit different in an American IPA hop character brew.

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Photo of FrankenBrew
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got his beer in a trade from SliverX, thanks Tim. These are my thoughts from having the beer a number of days ago:

A-light to medium bodied with a slight copper color.

S-citrus, piney, and overall delicious smelling.

T-not as bitter as I would've expected from the smell, very pleasant and easy drinking. The hoppiness is very noticeable and appreciated, but not overwhelming.

M-surprisingly creaming and smooth.

D-could've had three or four of these no problem. A very solid, boarding on great IPA.

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Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden yellow. Soapy white head that leaves very nice rings of lace. The head retains very well but there is not a lot of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass.

S: some nice fresh hops, slightly lemony and slightly floral. Not the same burst of aroma that other IPAs have but still very nice.

T: Mainly pine notes followed by a flowery/soapy note. The caramel comes out nicely and provides a good amount of balance to this IPA.

M: Some booziness detracts from the mouthfeel. It is creamy and full bodied.

D: Goes down much faster than it should but I think one will suffice

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Photo of ATPete
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, freshy fresh

Flower Power pours a brilliant orange color with a small, sticky snow white head. A booming bouquet of fresh, piney, slightly spicy, resinous hops greet the nose with a mild whiff of alcohol. Bright in the mouth and very well carbonated, a defined malt sweetness lay underneath an immense hop character. Weed, man...this offering is definitely, uh, inspired... Very drinkable for its size, honestly i had a couple last night and didn't even realize until now that this was 8%. Lingering bitterness leaves me wanting another sip constantly, not sessionable but 2 or 3 would suffice anyone's hop craving. New Jersey BA's...buy this quick its frrrresh.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following on the heels of their hopped-up Cascazilla amber, Ithaca does very well with their classical rendition of a floral-laden, high percentage ABV for this India Pale...
Floral notes stand out to the point of having an almost sweet lingering on the mouth... 8% alcohol by volume is difficult to detect...

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Photo of Kadonny
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass. I've had this beer a few times now from tap and it warrants my review. Please note, my previous growler review has proven to be a bit different from what I am tasting in this beer currently.

A: A medium copper goldish color with a fluffy one finger creamy white head. Nice full lacing left behind.

S: Hops, hops and....hops. Huge floral and citrus nose, with more citrus than before. Nice wafting caramel malt sneaks in.

T: The label is what this beer tastes like. A huge floral herbal hop character with an almost as large citrus hop bite. Flavors of orange, lemon, pineapple and grass accompany the floral hops to make this beer so stinkin hoppy. The sweet caramel malt holds things together but never has the opportunity to punch through the hops but provide a huge deepness to the beer. Finish is prickly with the floral citrus leading the way out. Bitterness comes out in the end with a drying aspect.

M: Smooth, herbal, clean, full and coating and bitter. 8% abv? Are you kidding me? Where??

D: Forget it, drinkability is off the charts good.

Overall this beer is so much better after having it a few times. I have truly come to appreciate how good it really is. This is an up and comer folks, this beer will rise the charts rapidly. Think this is an east coast style beer? Ha, this rivals the great west coasters. This is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine, and right now I believe this is my favorite IPA from the east coast, hands down. Sorry Smutty Finest Kind, Ithaca wins in a TKO.

Edit 1/18/2010. Purchased a keg for home. As I drink this more, the more I realize just how amazing it is. Freshness is the key which produces a nose that just pops with citrus and floral notes and a taste that follows. FYI, beer now is listed at 7.5%abv.

Edit: 11/5/2012 Keg purchased at home. This keg is really popping wih huge notes of pineapple and tropical fruits. It seems each time I drink this beer, I get new flavors. So complex.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap redbones oct 16/09.

pours hazy orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. orange and grapefruit. bit of pine. light caramel. white bread and cracker. light biscuit. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. resiny pine and grapefruit. medium-high bitterness level. light orange peel. bit of tangerine. light alcohol. white bread. bit of cracker. a bit powdery. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth.

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Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nearly clear, amber/orange with a 2-finger, whitish head that has decent retention and abundant lacing. Shows steady carbonation as well.
Smells of grapefruit & a hint of pineapple with a light, sweet malt following.
The taste is citrusy hops at first then some bitterness, though not a harsh bitterness. The finish has some light malt but it's not very distinct. It seems like there should be a bit more noticeable malt presence in this IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated throughout.
Drinkability is better than most. With a moderately high, yet unnoticed, ABV a couple of glasses would go down well.

I definitely thought this was a step above your run-of-the-mill IPA and woth a try for the IPA lover.

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Photo of david18
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't been a huge fan of this brewery but this is an aceptional India Pale Ale. The flavor is great and the alcohol by volume is very well hidden. Color is like most IPA's, nice copper. But the most oustanding characteristic was the aroma which was amazing. Get this beer if you can find it.

Had this beer a second time and now i'm upping a couple of the categories.

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Photo of wamu2000
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First stab at an Ithaca offering. Very Impressed. Being a Hop-Head this first taste was right up my ally. Hops flows through the nose at first, great but not overwhelming bite.

Smooth finish with a pleasing aftertaste. Similar in sweetness to Green Monsta, a bit more floral, hence the name i suppose.

Always a fan of high abv completely unnoticed, you get it here. High velocity hop aroma and flavor, instantly made my top 5 APA list.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from orcasteve... thanks Jeff!

Pours a honey color with a frothy three finger off white head with very good retention.

Grapefruit in the nose is most obvious... but there's a biscuity/bready smell there as well.

Taste is similar... a very even malt presence is here. Grapefruit skins, orange citrus right off the bat. Really nice carbonation but this doesn't finish as dry and crisp as I like my IPAs to. There's not a whole lot of bite here... hops have definitely faded some in this bottle.

All in all, this is a decent IPA that falls way short in the style. To be fair, this has a best by October etch on the label, but I don't think freshness would add a whole lot more to me enjoyment of this beer.

EDIT: Trying a fresh bottle of this and it KICKS ASS! There's a dry and crisp finish with some teeth-melting hop bite. Never again will I have an old IPA. It just isn't worth it. Old review score was 3.65.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from 6-pack poured into pint glass.
Thin, quickly dissipating head lies on top of opaque honey-orange liquid. Mild fruit, flower aroma with hints of caramel. Hop bitterness predominates, lingers, doing a fair job of masking the 8% ABV. Unfortunately that's the best that can be said for the flavor of this IPA. You could drink a couple of these if the alternative is a mass produced offering that boasts "triple hops", but with the plethora of IPA's now available, why?

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Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yet bright golden orange in color with a frothy white head, leaves some of the best lacing ive ever seen. Smell is of grapefruity hops, slight notes of other citrus, piney and floral hops. Some malt presence. Taste follows scent, but bolder, almost Double IPA like profile. Grapefruity hops upfront, nice spicey and piney back end. Medium bodied, a little less smooth and sticky than other full flavored IPAs. Very good IPA, although lacks a little punch to be full forced, but still not mellow enough to be drank in session.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capone's in Norristown PA, served chilled in a pint.

A - A lightly hazed golden amber w/ 2.5 fingers of rocky light khaki. Lots of lace, small beading and there is visible carbonation in the beer.

S - A very citrus and yes, floral hop smell w lots of c hops giving a citrus and grapefruit edge w/ a hint of herbs. A very strong hop presence w/ sweet notes in the back -great aroma

M - The feel is bittersweet, crisp w/ an astringent and bitter texture dominating w/ moderate carbonation and mellow resinous texture. An interesting citrus acidity with just enough malt to add to the layers of dry and bitter in the finish

T - The taste is very full of citrus and zest flavors w a grapefruit and lemon peel taste that is bitter w/ a hint of juicy herbal and mild pine elements. The malt flavor gives a light honey-like taste w/ gentle orange and mild bitterness in the taste carries on. The floral part of the beer is more felt in the resinous smooth way the beer sits on the palate and there is a tasty smooth lemon, mango, lime and orange blend even until the finish- packed with flavor.

D - A great Imperial IPA to me - at 8% it is above your normal Amerian IPA in my opinion. I find it smooth grant you and not intensely bitter, but it still makes the cut. The flavor is easy to drink while potent until the last taste. I will definitely have this again, it took 3 tastes to review this. I enjoyed this, but figure at 8.2% it has its limits.

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a rather cloudy darker straw gold color and has a nice finger of slightly off white head. There is a good amount of lacing and the head sticks around for a bit. This beer was poured into my DFH signature glass.

Smell: This aroma is wonderful. I mean this is a very original smelling ipa. There is a great deal of flower and fruit. There is not as much of the traditional citrus fruit smell and I really can't detect any passion fruit which is a cool change. There is also a hint of pineyness. I am just very impressed with this aroma. Tropical is the best word to describe it.

Taste: I have a great deal of bitterness, which opens up to a tropical flavor that has a great deal of citrus flavor that is wasn't in the smell. Hiding behind the citrus flavor was a bit of the tropical flavor that is present in the smell, but it didn't exactly hit you with a two by four. The aroma was a good deal better than the taste in my opinion. The beer had a great deal of bitter finish, which was rather crisp otherwise.

Mouthfeel: This has a very creamy feel and definitely a nice medium body. The carbonation is really solid, but the bitter finish ruins the smoothness, which was really pleasing me.

Drinkability: This beer was exactly what I expect from an ipa. It was rather enjoyable and one of the better ipas I have had. I think I will get this pretty rarely, because the sixer was at least a couple bucks more than some other first rate ipa. It is rather easy drinking.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a clear, golden orange, typical IPA shade, nice 2 finger buildup of cream colored head, maintains a nice full topping throughout and leaves prodigious lace down the glass.

Hop profile in the nose is really unique. Super fresh smelling, floral, tropical fruits, apricot, tangerine, hints or orange zest - melded with a distinct pine smell. Tropical breeze meets forest.

Hope profile in the taste follows suit, add pineapple, but lacking some of the mean hop bite that would make this a kick-ass, world beater IPA. Just moderate bite, pretty sweet body meets the tropical flavors well, hint of pale malts hiding in the finish, enough so as not to be one-sided. Lovely carbonation, slightly syrupy body.

This is a really nice, unique, fresh IPA that has only a couple minor flaws keeping it from being amazing. Nice find, good price point, would gladly revisit.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA tumbler.

A - Pours a pale yellow orange with a fluffy whipped cream like 3 finger head that lasts forever. Beer has the slightest of haze to it. Good lacing down the sides of the glass. Good looking IPA.

S - Tons of fresh grapefruit and pine in the nose. Joined by some lemon and pineapple aromas also. Some sweet bready malt lies in the background.

T - Pineapple and pine with citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemons). Fairly bitter and crisp, but hops have a much bigger flavor contribution. Not a lot of malt character is noticeable, but overall impression is of a hop focused, but well balanced IPA.

M - Light to medium bodied. Ample, but somewhat subdued and smooth carbonation. Doesn't stand out as outstanding of special, but absolutely nothing wrong either. Nice.

D - Finding it hard to believe this beer is 8%...very smooth and easy drinking. Tons of hop flavor - should make any hophead happy. Very good IPA, would love to have a couple more.

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Photo of ahalloin
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a righteous trade with Hopstoopid120. Thanks again man!
"Best Before: Oct" notched in the label.

Pours a dull goldish yellow color that is very cloudy, probably due to dry hopping. Huge lush white head formed about three fingers width worth of froth. Eventually the head settled to a small mound of foam with great lacing.

Smell is a nice mix of pine and citrus hops, with pine dominating. I am reviewing this back to back with Ithaca Cascazilla, and right away, I notice the pinier hops used here as opposed to the citrus-based formula for Cascazilla. Slight sweetness is also perceptible, but the pine prevails.

Taste is little odd to me. Unbalanced maybe. Very sweet comes to mind. Not enough bitterness in the finish for a solid IPA. There is a light sweet grapefruity flavor followed up by a very slight bitter finish. I also think the finish would benefit from being drier.

Mouthfeel is good with a medium sweet body that goes down smooth and moderate carbonation. Low astringency, yet some alcohol warming in the finish.

Drinkability is fairly good, but the IPA category is stacked with monster beers. Given a choice, I would go with many other IPAs before buying this one.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.
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