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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Hop Juice.

Added by orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean amber/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, a caramel malt and a mellow hop. In the taste, piney hops and backed nicely with a sweet, caramel maltiness. A hoppy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel and pine like hop in the aftertaste. Nice balance and hides the ABV, very nice.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at vintage wine and estates in OH.

A-Body is characteristic for a double IPA- nearly transparent rich jewely amber hue. Served with a thin off-white soapy collar that retains the entire way down the glass with no lacing.

S- Nose is bright and hoppy. Lots of pine comes through as well as some herbal tones and faint grapefruit. A sweet caramel malt backbone is of equal strength in the background.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. The pine hop aspect comes through the most and is slightly prickly but the caramel malt offsets it. Very little bitterness lingers just a hint of refreshing pine and sweet caramel malt.

M-Wonderful-very smooth and oily with a medium weight body and medium carbonation.

D- Not the hoppiest of IPAs by a longshot-but this is a nice bright, hoppy, somewhat balanced IPA. Actually-it vaguely reminds me of Nugget Nectar. The balance is great and the mouthfeel is exceptional here. Clearly an undedrrated brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is everything I love about mid-Western IPA/DIPAs. Pours a beautiful deep copper cear deep hue with a thick full on three fngered head of light beige head with fine even speckled lacing evenly strung with each sip. Aromatics bring out deep pine/citrus tones that really bring out the malt profile and mild alcohl nose going on. The onslaught of grapefruit peels and srpuce tips coming from the hops is unrelenting in the best possible way. It doesn't hit with abrasive bitterness just a delightful hop opus that plays like a fuckin' symphony on the palate. Very balanced between earthy notes subtle alcohol and sweet caramel hop candy notes. I've tasted hop candy made with cascades and this is similar to that experience along with the pine and grapefruit additions. This is a great DIPA I can definitely drink this on the regular I'm glad it's available at my local store. Mouthfeel is medium bodied sticky with hop resins and some residual sugars this brew is excellent even easy going carbonation I'm in love with this stuff. Drinkability is great, a beer that I will track down very soon, maybe even bring to my next Pittsburgh tasting at Fathead's.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer a handfull of times in previous years, and thought it was pretty good, but never outstanding. I haven't taken a sip yet, so well see how either it or myself has changed. BTW i work 4 miles from Two Brothers, and frequent there quite often, it's my local.

Pours a dark amber color with a really big head. the head is good but the color doesn't do it for me. It is semi-clear otherwise.

nose is piney, not much citrus, and a slight tropical note. there is a malt sweetness coming through too.

Man this is way too balanced, and it is only 3 weeks old. actually alot of what is bugging me right now is the mouth feel is as creamy as it could possibly be, like steamed whipping cream creamy, with a low carbination. i need my ipas to be bitting and dry, with high carb preferably. but the caramel flavor from the malt comes through, and there is a Piney hop profile that has some resin qualities inside, with a light light citrus-esqe hint.

Dang, i was hoping they changed the recipe. let me say this, Hop Juice's smaller brother, Heavy Handed, is alot better beer then Hop Juice.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a text from jrallen34 that this was a good easy drinker so popped it open after playing some basketball.

A - Pours a dark amber color, much darker than I was expecting from a IIPA. The literal reaction was "Whoa, that is a dark IPA." 1/2 finger of head on an aggressive pour that dissipated to a small ring. Small chunks during the drink, but not much lacin.

S - Fruity, some grapefruit, but it doesn't get sour/citrus like a grapefruit does. Get a little bit of pineapple and mango sweetness that fades to a slight resiny and bitter smell although with not much pine. A little muted, I think this will get better as it warms up.

T - Definite malt presence, there is some nice sweet fruit, pineapple in particular, that adds a nice sweetness to it and is not overbearing. There is a nice resiny bitterness on the end that kills the sweetness right before it goes on too long and makes this an easy drinker in all aspects. The alcohol is so well hidden, fantastic.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a little syrupy.

D - So drinkable at 9.9, finished off the bomber easily and was looking for another, although I had a nice buzz going. Great beer I would like to have again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into my Rochefort glass... A supe dark dipa here, super dark copper, hints of orange. Not see through but clear fro something so dark. Off white head rises only about a finger and gone right away. Medium lacing. Its weird looking but I like it, a lot...Holy grapefruit, this is super citrus and sweet for a dipa, only a slight bit of hops on the back. I'm hoping the taste can mask this as well as the aroma...The taste is actually really nice, it still has the sweetness but does bring out the hops on the finish. Light pine. I'm not a huge piney dipa fan so to me this is a really nice slightly hoppy high alcohol dipa.

Worth seeking out for dipa fans, not hop heads though.

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Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. I am told this one came out only 2 weeks ago. It was sold in a fridge too.

Pours a deep orange/reddish amber with a frothy white head. It is darker, that usually means it is gonna be maltier than a typical IPA.

The smell is rich and bursting with hops. There is a distinct pineapple, citrus, and some pine in the scent. It is backed by a nice sweetness, making it smell like, well, hop juice. There is a subtle breadiness as well.

The flavor is pretty good. There is definitely some tropical fruit in the hops, though not too much pineapple which can ruin it. It has a nice hop flavor that runs from the sweetness in the beginning with the big malt backbone to the resinous bitter hop finish. It isn't over the top hopped but it is certainly potent. It is a bit sweet for the style but smooth and drinkable nonetheless.

This doesn't quite live up to its name but it is a very solid DIPA that is wonderful when fresh.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into standard pint glass.

a vigorous pour yields three fingers of thick creamy looking head that is a shade lighter than "light brown sugar." The frothy, sticky head is leaving huge colonies of lace as it ever-so-slowly creeps its way down to the brilliantly clear copper colored body. This and Domaine Dupage are probably the best looking beers from Two Brothers. (Red Eye is a close runner up!)

The beer has a nice prickly mouthfeel as it rumbles across your tongue. This oily feeling lingers after you swallow--- giving a place for a bitterness to hang out and loiter. Big piney and floral nose seems to be masking a huge malt bill. Digging deeper we find a sweet bready malt with hints of candied sugar-- must be from the malts? The flavor starts out sweet before turning citrusy, piney, and floral hops. That candied sugar is there towards the finish-- an definite sweetness hiding behind all these big flavors... The sweetness mingles with a lingering bitterness- like the last two wallflowers at a high school dance.

The lace is still there from the original pour and first sip. Huge staying power. The head has settled now to half a finger-- and I'm 2/3 of the way through the beer.

This is a good, solid, midwest DIPA. It isn't going to blow any SoCal Ba's minds... I wouldn't put this up against Pliny, but it has its place and its own target market. I could easily drink another bomber of this one-- if they weren't already all marked for trades! The nearly 10% abv isn't even a factor. The hops and overall sweetness hide it nicely- although I'd like to say that this reminds me of a cross between an American Barleywine and some sort of Belgian Ale (due to the sweetness that reminds me of brewers sugar in some Quads).

Overall comments-- probably not worth posting an ISO to get-- but definitely worth asking some one you know to send you one-- perhaps as an extra or part of an ongoing trade!

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Photo of Aguirre
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. It was served in a goblet at the Fountainhead in Chicago. Nice tight head, and sticky lacing down the sides as I drank it.

Smell was outstanding, resinous, fruity, a little marijuana in there too. Taste couldn't live up the aroma but was full flavored and interesting. Really not extraordinarily bitter considering the name, you can certainly find hoppier DIPAs.

I couldn't believe it was 10% ABV...went down so easy and the booze was never very prominent in the taste.

This hasn't been my favorite brewery in Chicagoland, but I was really impressed with this beer and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep amber with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Pine resin, tropical fruits, caramel. Overall, sweet and a little musky.

Taste -- Tropical fruit sweetness and a little bit of grapefruit rind up front followed by a rush of bitter pine resin tempered with caramel malts. Finish is a bit dry with plenty of resin and a faint echo of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel -- A little thin for the style, moderate prickly carbonation. Some boozy warmth as time goes on.

Drinkability -- This is a smooth, easy-drinking DIPA if there ever was. Not earth-shattering, but if this were a regular offering I'd see myself keeping this in my fridge often. Absolutely worth a shot.

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Photo of thetomG
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sipping on this out of the cask @ the Bluebird event...

Pours nice clear amber color with just another of bubbly foam. Aroma is slightly fruit and taste is similar but with just hint of bitterness and some boozy warmth to go along with the fruit mango, pineapple, and citrus.

Very smooth and easy to drink, especially considering the higher abv... this is definitely something I would drink again.

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

I've had this a few times from bottles but this is a review from a tap keg at the HopJuice Release Festival 2010 at the brewery. I recommend trying a 2010 bottle as I was also underwhelmed by the 2009 bottling. I sought out Hop Juice after being mighty impressed by a six pack of Heavy Handed I tried a few years earlier.

A: Wonderful green-golden brown color of heavily hopped DIPA. Poured with a half inch of fluffy head that will be difficult to reproduce from a bottle. Dissipated quickly in the humid sunny blacktop of the brewery parking lot.
S: Hops, hops, and hops. Piney, resinous, and citrus. The pineapple is only a suggestion here until ...
T: Now the pineapple stings the tongue and the other hop flavors pour in. There are hoppier DIPAs, but this flavor is complex and layered and the pineapple gives way to pine that fades to citrus. There is substantial malt that balances the astringent end, but the hops linger and remind you they are there for a while if you can resist taking the next sip.
M: Medium-bodied, mouth-filling, and substantial: the malt balances the hops and alcohol.
D: At 10%, I need to make more friends to share the bomber.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good amber color, with a pretty good head on it.

S: Smells of moderate pine.

T: I get a subtle hop presence, more sweet malts then anything.

M/D: It has a fairly smooth feel, the finish is pretty clean, not an oily mess or anything.

I was dissappointed with this one. A label like this should deliver some serious hop flavor, and it didn't. I'm sure I won't be the only one to say this was overpriced, and fell kind of flat.

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Photo of antoines15
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - copper in color with 1/2 inch head that dissipates rather quickly. Some nice lacing on the glass, though.

S - malty, orange spice, and almost like a biscuit or something

T - doesn't seem to taste like most DIPAs. Also, not nearly as hoppy as the name or the label implies. Its not a bad tasting beer by any means, just not what I would expect for "hop juice"

M - not even sure what to say. It doesn't taste too carbonated and I would say the mouthfeel is good. No aftertaste really.

D - Very drinkable for an almost 10% abv. Again, its not bad at all, just not very complex or exciting either.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reads much more like what I expect from an IPA than other double IPAs I've experienced, which makes for happy times. Its cloudy umber color and thin head are underwhelming against its taste, which is bombastically hoppy. I'm pleased with this beer, and even though it doesn't break the mold, at a ridiculously tasty and sneaky almost 10% it will make me less inclined to care.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had myself some Mojo Risin double IPA from Boulder brewing and I have to say that this is quite similar but I like this beer better. It's on the sweeter, maltier side of the IPA spectrum but a little drier than the beer I just reviewed some minutes ago. Flirts with being a barleywine with some level of density and sweetness. Grapefruit is the hop character that is most dominant, with sweetened black tea in there. Maybe some shortbread cookie?
Definitely not turned off by the idea of trying other beers from Two Brothers.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a yellowish stained head. Quite a bit of lacing and minor retension of the head. Nose is a sweet mixture of malt blended with both pine and citrus hops. Medium feel and low to medium level of carbonation. Nice lasting hop bitterness is left on the tongue with residual sweetness to counter act. Deep whiffs and sips as the beer warms shows off more alcohol notes in both the aroma and taste with a bit more hop spice.

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Photo of hophead247
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus hops, resin and light sweet malts. Taste is bitter resiny hops, sugary malt notes and citrus notes as well. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not noticeable and this is quite drinkable. Very nice.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured froma 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a hazing orange/amber with about two fingers of pillowy white foam head.

The smell is funky hop flavor with some wet and sticky fruit flavors. The flavor is sweet, it has some nice earthy flavor.

The taste is a really great fruity flash of orange and hoppiness that zings through your throat at the first sip. It leaves a fruity aftertaste that is sweet and surprisingly not bitter. The flavors that are still sitting on my tongue are just hoppy and fruity with some lemon and some lime as well as a citrus flavor that bring memories of the morning.

The feel of this beer is just light, with some interesting aftertaste as mentioned before. It is a really refreshing beer and steaks to the great skills of brewing that Two Brothers Brewing has. Fantastic.

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Photo of hurricanelars
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass to reveal a hazy copper beer with a thick one inch head. It maintained a pretty good head from start to finish and left a very good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit hops balanced with some roasted malt. Not as hoptacular as I expected with the name.

Taste: Comes across with some piney notes early and quickly turns into biscuity malts. It has the bitterness if a double IPA but it doesn't come across with nearly the hops I was expecting from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little bit creamy, quickly turning into a malty bitter finish.

Overall, a pretty solid beer, but a bit misleading in the name. It's a very well balanced IPA, but not as hoppy as I was expecting.

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Photo of krisandajt
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: An easy pour into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass conjures forth a clear, amber colored brew. There's an ample 1 inch + worth of thick, bubbly, craggy head. Retention is outstanding, barely diminishing as I consume this beverage. Lacing is impressive too, leaving lots of thick sticky schlop all along the sides of the glass.

Smell: A subtle hop presence, a mix of citrusy bitterness and earthy spice blended with a strong biscuity malt backbone.

Taste: A little disappointing here. With a name like Hop Juice I was expecting the hops to be much stronger. Instead I find them fighting a losing battle with the biscuity malt. Sure, the citrusy grapefruit I picked up in the nose is there, but it doesn't stand out like it should.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation. Leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. Texture is slick, almost oily. Not the best feature of this beer.

Drinkability: An average at best DIPA, I find this particular brew to be too malty for the style. Couple that with an unimpressive mouthfeel and I would hesitate to recommend this to anybody looking to get a good hop fix.

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Photo of Roostereno
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up about a week ago based on the name.

Poured into a gobletish wine glass, a smallish slightly underwhelming off-white head is revealed. The beer itself is an alluring dark amber, perhaps a bit darker than your typical DIPA, with no yeast or floaties to be found.

Smell is obviously quite heavy on the hops (with an emphasis on the pine and sticky citrus) but there is definitely a strong malt backbone to be found along with a the sweet brandyish alcohol notes that are to be expected with the high abv.

Taste is quite frankly not quite as hoptastic as I was expecting. The malt backbone is definitely there, not to say that this is a bad thing. Along with the grapefruit-heavy hops (fantastic, as I am a grapefruit nut of sorts) the malt brings a nice grain/cereal flavor and even, if my tongue doth not fool me, a touch of rye.

Mouthfeel is par for the course with a strong, citrus-heavy DIPA which is to say thick, heavy, sticky, syrupy with just enough of that alcohol touch. In fact, considering the listed abv, it feels a tad light (not in a bad way) though the sticky hoppiness makes up for it.

Drinkability is surprisingly high. It is a bit heavy but goes down smooth. In a six pack this deceptiveness could lead to trouble but as is it makes for a nice post-dinner drink to enjoy with the football game.

In terms of the sheer hop bomb I was expecting and craving this beer is something of a disappointment. That being said, I usually prefer this kind of 'balanced' (a very relative term) DIPA. It basically reminds me of a poor mans 90 Minute IPA (another relative term there). Considering the fact that the Dogfishery doesn't do retail in Minnesota I can't gripe then. All in all, a tasty DIPA that I would definitely consider again in the future if I am in the mood for a well crafted, balanced interpretation of the style.

Additional note: My mom loved it. I guess its never too late to discover the joys of craft beer.

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Photo of TeddyBrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried this one twice. The first time my reaction was, "Is this beer a delicious, but overwhelming work of art, or kind of just overwhelming?" The second time, my reaction was the same.

This beer is as advertised. It is truly "hop juice" and is "extreme" and for "hopheads only". So big props to these guys, they've created one of the strongest tasting beers I've had. Not super bitter "high" notes, but rather strong, deep hoppy and piney mid-notes. But it strikes me as syrupy, and hence a low drinkability rating.

I will buy this one again, when I want to show some friends a BIG hop DIPA, or I crave something like this. But the lack of balance in flavor makes me say this is not a beer I can drink very often.

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Photo of traviserickson
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent and amber in color with a half-fingers worth of head.

S: Interesting smell, more-so than the taste actually. Maltier than expected with pine hops on top.

T: Fairly malty for an DIPA, back of the tongue bitterness. Not as hop-forward as expected with the 100+ posted IBUs. Kind of disappointed really.

M: Thick, heavy and smooth without being too syrupy.

D: Fairly high for a DIPA

not worth the money. at ~$10 a bottle, I'd invest in something different.

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Photo of wenkalman
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Golden amber color with a slightly off white head. Was able to get about 2 fingers width of head that had a good lasting time. When it settled, there was some sticky lacing.

Smell - Just a slight citrus note with mostly earthy pine.

Taste - A lot of maltiness in the taste. Just a slight hoppy back end. Not well balanced, compared to some of the better DIPA's I have had.

Mouthfeel - Thick like a lot of DIPA's. Little to no carbonation, which I missed because of the thickness.

Drinkability - DIPA's are never high on my list of drinkability, and this one is no different. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't drink a lot of it.

I would only recommend this to friends of mine that are looking to try new IPA's. This wouldn't be on the top of my list.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,051 ratings
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