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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mempath
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


wow. i didn't notice when i bought it...

ok, pours magnificently, thick, creamy, a bit hazy (my favorite look) and some great rorschach lacing all around, settles in slow motion against all quantum odds...leaves a thick veneer of off-white.

smells, deep rich cereally-hoppish, great balance, not overwhelming (wish it was!); sure the alcohol is there, but lurking, being a supporting actor to all the true flash (thus far)...something more subtle i will have to return to and solve...i love that. perhaps (3rd big sniff), burnt maple syrup but from a mile away? NICE

ok, taste, wow, there is that (not burned, but) carmelized maple or dried plums...not too sweet, perhaps due to the complex hop tsunami. i mean it, this is deep, rich, alot going on, much like Nugget Nectar (the latest benchmark) but the alcohol depth and the cereal/hop-bill is simply more complex. can't compare to other greats. this is just another GREAT brew. greatness is even greater when difference abounds!

aside from all this weight there is a snappiness to this, carbonation hinting at some sort of bourbon or rye sense...i don't get that lasting 'finish' from most brews. maybe it is the alcohol making the flavor/vapor trails just linger that much more.

yeah, you can't session this IF you are smart. IF you can control your urges. but it can't be denied, this is very palatable, so much flavor going on, i forgot about focusing on hops. VERY drinkable. scarey, too.

another sniff and i catch freshly sliced anjour pear...this is amazing and surely the best Flying Dog has done. at least for me. i have never found such a wonderful blending of malts and hops. the label is totally accurate here.

i can't deny it. exceptional across the board. i will return to this, despite the coast. this is premiere craft brewing.

the aftertaste is the lingers on in the memory. the echo fades, but i can still taste it...

edit addendum:

ding dang i can't stop talking about it (to myself)...another swallow and i am catching odd grilled tangerine. things like that. etc...

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Photo of quasar77
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer, is remarkable!! At 11.5% ABV, it has an incredible taste.
At that alcohol %, one would think it would taste a lot like a barley wine. Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth. I highly recommend this beer. :o) This DBPA, in fact, EVERYTHING I've tasted from Flying Dog, has been REMARKABLE!! Looking forward to trying their better than 9% Porter!!!

P.S. BEER ADVOCATE, IS THE B E S T beer review site, on the Net!!

Thanks, BA!!!! :o)


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Photo of ewvanconant
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing double IPA. Great malty body with carmel notes and slight citrus undertones balance the hops that sting the front and back of the tongue. The hops pair with the carbonation and alcohol for a powerful mouth feel. Great deep and slightly translucent color adds to the experience.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A good beer, a strong sort of periphery taste of bitterness and richness/complexity, that sort of surrounds a really satisfying and filling almost, taste of "beer", really a multi-layered beer that sort of hides a tasty more traditional beer within a shell of hoppy-ness. A good capstone beer if one will.

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Photo of getalife2k5
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this on cask at Blind Tiger Ale House in the West Village. the chalkboard said that it was double hopped. i'm not a huge fan of beers from a cask, but this one blew me away!

it looked a bit cloudy, like lemon iced-tea with a bubbly head that thinned quickly.

the aroma was awesome! smelled floral and citrusy with grapefruit and bubblegum.

the taste was incredible! all kinds of things going on... grapefruit, papaya, fresh flowers, grass, complete with a malty sweet backbone. the bitterness crept up on me and stung like novocaine. my mouth started to feel numb. it had a zesty spiciness, almost like jalapeno peppers.

it was absolutely perfectly balanced.

this beer was unbelievable. the closest thing to perfection for a hop lover that i've ever found.

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Photo of 100floods
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy golden caramel with a white cream head that slowly fades to some lacing and a thin layer of foam. The smell of this is very earthy, lots of pine aromas, like i'm smelling a fresh tree. The first sip is a shocker: full on hop attack, very similar taste to its aroma. The hop execution is very good. What makes it so good is the malt back bone. flying dog does what perhaps only Marin's IPA does (but on a different level), match the hops with almost as much malt. This is a hophead's dream beer. The malt gives is a sweet coating, mostly for texture. It's big a thick, like syrup. The malt doesn't take over the flavor, but eases the pallet. This beer is extremely refreshing even if it's hoppy and thick, and for almost 12% you can feel it down the road, but it doesnt let you know that it's big. Such a beatutiful thing this beer is.

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Photo of pubscout
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one damned fine DIPA. Amber in color and lots of malt in the nose and on the palate, but tropical fruits (mango) shine through on both the nose and palate. At 11.5%, it's meant to be savored, but if you're home, have a second! Flying Dog knocked this one out of the park.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

first of all, let me explain the "not exceptional" rating for drinkability: high gravity.
that being said, it's a beer meant for savouring, not swilling. the flying dog brewery basically re-hashed their recipe for the 10th anniversary Wild Dog Double Pale Ale brew. that beer, in and of itself was spectacular, and i bet the constant begs and pleas for more brought them to create the double dog. this beer drinks much like the wild dog version, although it is a bit stiffer on the alcohol (dubby dog's 10.5 versus wild's 9%). anyway, coagulated spiderwebs of lacings, juiced coppery orange hues, with sweet/tart nosings. cedary grapefruit caramel start with a robust creamy dry alcoholic finish. beautifully beefed up beer.

the perfect setting for experiencing this beer: ice (don't chill the beer beforehand, you want it slightly cooler than room temp) the four pack down next to the bathtub, draw a hot, epsom salt riddled bath, playlist jupiter coyote's albums, and relax for several hours. brilliant!

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Photo of Snow81
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Wow very nice mercy orange and red tint

Head: Big light tan head with nice lace on the sides of my glass

Smell: Dark citric hops with caramel and a little heat

Taste: Deep rich bitter hops that dissipates and a wave of heat washes over the palate, then the bitterness of the hops strike back and stick into the palate once again

Weight: Medium to heavy body and high to medium carbonation

Finish: Heat falls at the end but hops are so dug into the palate the bitterness last which seems forever and a nice stickiness on the lips

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Photo of BigDoug
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper color with super impressive head. I mean wow this head is perfect. First sip gets you hooked. A hop heads dream. The high 11.5 abv is masked with hops hops hops. As you sip, a picture pefect lace is left around the glass. It doesn't get any better than this. I would have gave this a 5 for drinkablity if it wasn't for being 11.5 abv. After 3/4 the glass I was like WOW! 2 of these would have you just stumbling (as fast a I drink anyways). Overall probably my FAVORITE hop bomb so far. Super good aroma, flavor, and drinkablity. He high abv is a bonus. It really drinks like the dogfish head 90 minute with a kick. Which I just love. If you have such luck to find this, do yourself a favor and get it!

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful burnt orange color.

Smell: Bitter malt & hops. Smells like it's going to tast amazing!

Taste: Wow! Candied walnuts, slight sweetness throws this double IPA into a sea of bitterness - with a dry finish. Well rounded for the style. Orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth soft tannins make this one very enjoyable.

Drinkability: This one's a sip & savor. I love the mildly bitter aftertaste that demands more beer!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky looking deep copper appearance. Thin creamy off white head. Lacing is pretty good and sticks around for the duration. On the nose I get a big blast of hops. They are floral, resiny, pungent, grapefruity, grassy and citric. The flavor is really outstanding. It's got enough of a caramel based malt foundation to add another dimension to all the great hoppiness going on. The bitterness is nice and lingering and fairly clean. The hops provide a mouth full of flavor. Everything I noted on the nose (see above) and more. Dripping pine sap, juiciness and cannabis. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Medium-full body and appropriately carbonated. And the 10+ % a/v is extremely well hidden. This is really good. A nice little gem. What a nice surprise.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 07B
Pours a gorgeous crystal clear ruby color. Carbonation is visibly sparce but a nice creamy, off white head tops this with beautiful tracing. Aromas start with a big hit of resinous pine followed by grapefruit, pineapple and some black tea. The malts are barely able to come through this hop craziness, with a slight toastiness and faint cinnamon there. On the palate it is simply wave and wave of hop flavor. It starts fairly aggressive, lots of that pine and grapefruit (Columbus, Chinook, Magnum?). The body is quite heavy, but no syrupiness, a nice level of carbonation (medium) and a good alcoholic kick in the middle towards the end. It finishes very bitter and very "ruinous" on the palate. I wish I could drink this everyday, it's almost a stepped up Bigfoot if that is possible.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great looking beer - strong amber with a thick glow. Huge, firm, lapping of lumpy yellowed, nearly tanned foam grows quickly up from the pour and sits for a good length. Fades quite slow to a tight skim always present. Lacing is thick and creates legdes of all sorts of crunchy broken sheeting that sticks like glue.

Bountiful aroma of huge hops and greasy floral orange pollen. Has a dry toasty grassyness hint that adds a nice complexity to the nose. But man if this doesn't smell like a huge field of hops growing next to an massive orange grove! Gorgeous Nose!

Taste is crazy huge with hops! This is a tingey, tangy, bold, greasy, oily, fuzzy, pithy biten orangey citrus crazed concoction with a toasted caramel glaze. Everything citrusy you can think of and know of is grazing upon the palate the second it enters the mouth and makes no room for anything else. Its nucking futs! I cannot even begin to breakdown what all is going on is this stuff other than a brigade of largely orangified goodness thats heavy on the citrus but not over pwoering in bitterrness. Its more juicy and pithy then bitter, but it does have a terrific floral grassy twist that mixes well within the oranged bite it carries within its monster hop character.

Huge big bodied fullness and a load of hops create one crazy, complex profile of hoppy action. Oily, floral, and citric in the front, fuzzy growth of hop texture and pith builds from there. High ended oily, greasy big heat and citric oily bitterness seeps off the finish with long lengthy finishing attributes. The finish is really the only area that the ABV tends to makes its appearance, making for a warm oily home in the belly and coating the throat with a hoppitue of soothing toasted floral citrus juice.

This is one crazy complex hopped up beer! Double Dog is great stuff! A hop gem sipper that Flying Dog can be hugely proud of!
I'll be tasting this for a day or two after having finished it! Wow!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful orange garnet is color with a thick head of beige that retains and clings like Cool-Whip, coating my chalice in layers of lace.

Aroma is INTENSE grapefruit and crushed citrus peels with hints of Ceder pine and light florals. The malt comes through as scorched caramel with light butterscotch notes. Oh man this smells so good as it warms up a bit, really a masterful nose on this one boys, all about the hops!

Thank Budda that it tastes as good as it smells. Oily grapefruit and candied orange peel notes rip across your palate, leading to light wildflower honey and caramel that add perfect balance. A perfect marriage of hops and malt, one of Flying Dog's best.

Body is big, dense, and chewy. The alcohol is so well concealed, you would never guess it was 10.5%. Dangerously drinkable cuz it's so damn good, seriously.

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Photo of cavanagh
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

while new to this rating system id descibe this beer in taste a lot like BJ's Brewmaster's Reserve Goliath Imperial Red Ale though really did like that beer while a bit hoppy the overall taste is great what can i say other then i was surprised by its taste i was honestly expecting to only taste the alcohol considering i mostly drink beers in the 4-6% range and this is 11.5 it went down easy flying dog made a local happy

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Photo of DogFood11
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small tulip it forms a meaty loose eggshell white head that leaves chunky lace behind. Shiney copper body.

The nose is robust with citrusy hops and a slight candied essence. Flavor follows suit. Huge amounts of resiny citrus hops. I thought the alcohol was pretty strong but that was to be expected. Kind of hard to hide 10%+. Extremely bitter and just to my liking. Tons of grapefruity acidicy and bittering with a mix of orange rind and lemony zest.

Notes: Loved this offering. Unbridled hops in every way. Enough malted backbone to keep this drinkable. It hovers on being one sided but pulls it off perfectly. Yummm.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The color of this beer is dark gold. It poured from the bottle with a solid and heavy 1/2 inch head and left a heavy lacing against the glass. A moderate amount of carbonation can be seen in the beer.

Smells like very strong caramel sweetness followed by the pungent, heavy alcoholic scent. The barley and hope scent is mixed and the weakest of elements in the overall scent of the beer.

Taste is outstanding! Just like the smell, the sweetness is upfront (caramel, hint of darker brown sugar) followed by the alcohol, then the spices, barley and balancing hops of the beer.

The mouthfeel is very good as well. It is a strong beer so you are going to have the heavy alcoholic taste on your tongue, but the sweetness and the barley linger as well, creating a full flavored after-taste. Carbonation is not a factor as it is very subtle.

Overall this beer is fantastic. Strong and balanced, flavorful and unique.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Thick just off white head on a cloudy dark orange/amber body.
S- First sniff and get slammed with hops! Pine and citrus hops blend together to really make a hop bomb. Sweet caramel malt is found underneath the hops. Smells just incredible.
T- Huge hop flavor, the malts are not lost in it though. Big pine and citrus hops, grapefruit rind and juice come out in this. Big sticky hops all over the mouth and gives a nice warming from the alcohol. Pine, rind and a light sweetness stick in the mouth for the aftertaste.
M-Thick sticky body with low carbonation.
D- I am loving this beer. Hopefully it will start to show up around Vegas and if it does I will have to keep myself stocked up on this for awhile.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This beer packs a punch! Drinking a pint at my favorite local in manayunk, couch tomato cafe. I'm a veteran enough of the flying dog to know that this is similar to their other IPA. As I sip down the pint of hazy golden brew it leaves rings of white lacing in the side of the glass. You've got the conspicuously hoppy flavor with grapefruit overtones on continual sips. Floral kind of honey smell. The alcoholic content albeit over 11abv cannot be distinguished in the flavor. Hoppy IPA almost like they made a raging bitch but as a double IPA. Great tasting, thick but golden semi sweet nectary finish.

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Photo of GilaMinumBeer
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be an exceptional example of a Pale Ale. Flavor and Character were spot on. A strong beer while not alcoholic in it's presentation to the palate.

A first taste there are warm spice notes, pepper, mace, paprika. Then ever so smoothly and quietly the malt takes center stage washing the tounge with a sweet, chewy, syrup consistency. Once gone the citrus and spice hop flavors grab you by the tounge flap, throw a left hook to the incisors and scream "Take another sip you wanker!".

This beer give new meaning to an in your face Pale Ale. I enjoyed it so much I went back out and bought two cases. I could not in good concious give it the highest marks across the board (although I was tempted) as there are still so many Pales I have yet to try. This one has definitely raised the bar for me.

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Photo of mynie
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I used to just think that no beer looked bad if it had Ralph Steadman artwork on the bottle. This is true, but it goes beyond that, so far as Flying Dog is concerned. The brewery has always done a great job in presenting a bottle that doesn't just cool but also projects the feel of the beer inside. Heller Hound's bottle is that of a clear sky, blueness, and the only things that are jagged are the drunkards standing underneath it. That's what spring feels like, when you're standing in it and drunk. And that's what a good bock should make you feel like.

HH isn't the only example of this, but it's the easiest to describe. There's also Gonzo Imperial Porter, the skull-faced representation of the recently deceased Hunter Thompson coming off as vulgar but not at all creepy or mournful, dark and deep but still celebratory, not ponderous. In Heat Wheat shows a lightly golden, mild summer sky, pastoral except for the jagged bitch in heat in its center, attracting the tail end of a dozen suitors. It's peaceful and tame, but also drunk and raucous.

Double Dog Ale is no exception to this fine tradition. Its label is entirely brown and orange except for a few small spots but it does not come off at all as unbalanced or harsh. It is bunch of shades mixed together that are very hard to mix together successfully, and its mascot, a bediapered dog with a foot-wide tongue and a knowing grin, signals the same sense of wonderful, incomprehensible inebriation that a nightful of double IPAs is sure to result in.

The beer is a perfectly balanced mess of stinging west coast hops, citrusy, piney, dry, and dripping with nectar. Then there's the fresh, sweet biscuity and roasted nutty malt that's given a dryer backbone by a wonderful string of chewy yeast. It all tastes and smells strange and strong, like its cover, but it's strange and strong in the best of kind of way. Balanced to perfection, leading to nothing but joy.

Another winner from the most unfairly maligned brewer in the country.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm. I know I've had this before. I never forget a great scent. This one barks for all it's worth. A great dog with a serious bite.

This is my favorite style, with a perfect howl. A gorgeous lace fills my glass, and a hoppy warmness comes with it.

This is the double to pick (along with Double Trouble and some others) when you want perfect double satisfaction.

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Photo of markskar
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just came in. Four-pack of 12oz bottles for $7.99. I f@#king love it, it's wonderful. I've realized that I've mostly only reviewed beers I've enjoyed, so I think I may need to give some reviews to beers I don't like, but those don't tend to inspire me to review. At any rate, here is another glowing review:

A: Not much head retention after pouring, but with a beer this big (11.5%abv) that's pretty typical. The clarity is outstaning, however, and she has quite beautiful legs...*droool* This one is a looker!

S: Lighly roasted, warm caramel with a nice, citrusy hop aroma that lingers in the nostrils

T: Grrr...Rowlf! Good Dog, nice hoppy bite. Not overbearing, but just enough to let it qualify as a DIPA at 85 IBU's. WTF are those hops though, does the Flying Dog have a secret hop? I'm thinking a Yakima Gold relative, or perhaps Columbus? Dunno, but I want some for the homebrews. Fu*#ing wonderful hops.

*UPDATE: Just took some time to check out their website: "Hops: Columbus, Worrior, Cascade
Process: Double recipe of Pale Ale dry hopped with an insane amount of Cascade and Columbus hops." I have used Columbus for a DIPA homebrew--very high alpha (+/-15%) that creates a very distinctive flavor.*

M: Surprisingly chewey for a brew with this much alcohol. The hop character dominates, but the malty flavors are just wonderful for something this strong.

D: Extremely drinkable if you like big beers. If you're unaccustomed to Barleywines, Double Imperial Pales, or Russian Imperial Stouts, you may not appreciate this. However, if that sort of thing is what you're looking for, The Double Dog is a kick-ass DIPA and drinkable enough for a memorable (or, perhaps, blacked-out), quality beer experience. Grab it if you can. Cheers!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wildly hoppy! Color is rich cloudy brown, promising an excellent brew. The very aroma is loaded with hoppiness and has hints of evergreen. Flavor is very hoppy and will overwhelm anyone not used to such a beer. Surprisingly, it is not super-bitter, but very drinkable if you like your beers hoppy. Recommended to all hop fanatics.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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