Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4)Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4)

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 11-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 67
Photo of eagles22
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep orange body with nice white fluffy head.

Smell: I get citrus notes such as pinapples, grapefruit and also alittle bit of bubblegum.

Taste: This beer suprised me alot, I didnt have high hopes for it but it was quite hoppy. Nice citrus blast of hops with oranges,bitter grapefruit and pineapples also a really nice bitter end to this beer which I like in IPAs. It has just enough of a malt backbone to make a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: pretty high in carbonation which really makes the citrus notes really stand out and also very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: very good IPA can easily put down a couple.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Church Brew Works pint glass on 1/8/11.

Pours a clear light orange with a nice white cap that seems to be sticking around. Smell is a nice citrus aroma mostly of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. The taste is alot maltier than I expected along with some hoppy bitterness. Again, grapefruit and pinapple come through in the flavor along with a piney resin flavor. There is also a sort of bready quality to it. Its medium bodied and creamy smooth. Ok carbonation rounds out a nice citrusy IPA. Overall a very enjoyable beer, not one of my favorites, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Deuane for picking this up for me.

Pours a slightly hazed, but pretty clear, orange amber color with a dense and creamy ivory head. Head tops the glass and forms a nice crown, settles very slowly and keeps thick and full all the way to the bottom, while leaving some nice rings and webbing on the side.

Smell is citrusy with a lot of grapefruit in particular, plus some pineapple as well. Somewhat tropical as well, with some earthy aromas. It's on the sweet side, with a good amount of lightly caramelized malt.

Taste is also quite fruity and hoppy, with grapefruit, sweet orange, some pineapple and pine. In the finish the hops are moderately bitter and somewhat earthy. Good deal of caramel and biscuity malt sweetness here. This is on the sweet side for an IPA, but I think it works. Has a sort of toasted bread quality to it as well, to go along with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel, like the 37, is very creamy and smooth. Has a great slickness to it, very resiny and oily. Unlike the 37 however it is also much cleaner and slightly drier. Very nice.

This is really tasty and very drinkable, and is leaps and bounds better than the 37 I had awhile ago. It's the best Troegs IPA I have had to date for certain. We'll see how the 39 and 40 measure up, but this one is the leader in the clubhouse for sure.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scratch 38 has a dark, copper-colored body and a small white head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has equal parts citrus from the hops and biscuit from the malt.

38 does a good job with balance, as the malt and hop profiles are pretty similar in strength (well, maybe the hops do edge the malts by a little bit). Just like the aroma, citrus flavored hops that focus on grapefruit are the strongest flavor; it pairs with both bitterness and a noticeable alcohol flavor. Sweet caramel and lightly toasted biscuits come through next as the malt backbone balances this beer out.

The mouthfeel seems a little bit heavy to me, but this isn't much of a problem for me.

This is a solid IPA, but I would love to see a little stronger hop profile.

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Photo of rka758
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.
Trade extra

A: Poured a nice golden color. No head, but nice lacing.
S: A nice hop character. A bit of a floral aroma.
T: A nice IPA. Well balanced
M: Well carbonated. Fresh and crisp.
D: This is a nice unexpected treat. I am really enjoying this brew and the 7.7%abv doesn't hurt either. A solid IPA that I would happily drink given another opportunity.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ommegang flute on 1/1/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye

This is a great looking beer. Golden amber color that has a nice, bright sheen. The two finger head as short lived, though it left crackly, webbed lacing all over the glass. Thin retention.

The aroma is a bit odd to me. Fairly hoppy with notes of grass, hay, straw, floral nips. It's kind of spicy & has notions of over-ripe citrus. Not a whole lot of malts in there; it almost has a bubblegum bent. Hmm, the taste is equally grassy; maybe even more so than the nose. Densely herbal with light hints of spice. Much of the citric element is obscured. As with the aroma, the malts are seemingly downplayed though I know they are there; just some toasty undertones. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; fairly average in both respects. On the other hand I don't much care for the overall feel which is coating & kind of slick.

Drinkability is ok. It's an interesting enough beer but kind of middle of the road.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for another generous extra.

A: The pour is a clear, golden amber color with a fluffy white head.

S: Lots of lemons in this one, too. I get mostly lemon zest with a bit of a bready malt base. A decent amount of pine to go with it, and some mild alcohol. Maybe some feet, too.

T: A bit better on the palate as the lemon zest really comes through strongly. Quite a bit of pine which provides a lot of bitterness, but it's somewhat harsh at times. Again, a little bit of alcohol and bread.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation with a lasting bitterness on the finish.

D: Wasn't too big of a fan of this either, but at least it was better than 37.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kiel for this bottle, tasted side by side with Scratch 37.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a soapy film and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is much less sweet than 37 with the citrus hops taking on a more astringent, pithy grapefruit character. And there is a much more prominent pine aroma.

The taste is bitter, grapefruit rinds to start with a light malt backbone and then a very nice finish which features resinous pine and lots of bitterness, in a good way.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and prickly on the palate.

This was the clear winner for me vs. the 37 as I really like the more astringent citrus and the pine. Also, the carbonation is a bit stronger and helps with the drinkability. Really good IPA for me.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit murky and orange with pretty minimal head. Smells like an IPA right off the bat. Not too strong, a good combination of hops and malt. Certainly a hop profile I'm not used to. Not much citrus there, lots of different stuff going on. Tastes a bit bitter as an IPA should with a very good mouthfeel. Overall, less drinkable than some of my favourite IPAs but a good drink!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. The piney floral hop aroma pop out first on the nose alongside citrusy, slight spice, mild caramel, but definitely some sweet malty notes. The piney floral hops are more potent and tasty on the palate with citrusy and piney accents but had a good malty balance. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piney, floral, hoppy, and citrusy finish. It actually drank really good and had me wanting a little more after the bottle was toast.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh from the brewery where I got a case. Reviewed from notes and shared with petesuphi and Jwiss22...

A- Has a very nice golden orange color with a yellowish hue. A very crisp, clean and clear looking beer with a slight haze and a nice amount of bubbles from the carb leading to a nice thin white head that has a little creamy appearance to it.

S- Has an immediate fruit skin smell of citrus, faint but noticeable. More of a piney resinous smell that quickly gives way to a more warming smell of sweet malt and boozy heat. As it continues to warm the citrus smell stays, but it still faint and carries more of a rind smell than the actual fruit. Also the malty sweetness is subtle and wasn't what I expected.

T- This one opens up with a little drop of citrus and a shit ton of pine. Again there is some pear, fruit skin taste like 37, but not as strong. The finish is boozy, and a biscuity malty sweetness. A little of a let down, but improved upon from 37.

M- There's a nice carb prickle with a moderate chewiness, but this one is more syrupy and sweet than I would have liked. The carb is definitely light, but I would have liked more carb and fluffiness or stickiness this is more syrupy, smooth and sweetening.

D- All of Troegs' beers are extremely drinkable. This one is no different it's a good IPA, but not what they are capable of especially from the scratch series. The syrupy and sweet feeling combined with the warming abv could become tiring and a little fatiguing on the palate. Hope 39 is better.

Keep them coming Troegs you will nail the recipe and perfect the hop profile for your Perpetual IPA!

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Photo of afksports
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles of this Scratch at the Splinter Black release. I'm enjoying this current one while chewing on a Tofurkey and cheese sandwich.

Pretty sure that makes this beer vegetarian.

It pours a rich and clear bubbly amber with minimal head but substantial lacing and body. When I smell it, I get mostly pine, touch of malts, and a big blast of... not much at all. It's very subdued. The taste isn't hoptastic either. Tame, really. I can't complain; after all that's how I like IPA's the most. Still I always look for an East Coast IPA that can compete with the West Coast big boys. Where is my Notorious I.P.A.?

Not to be found in a bottle of Troegs Scratch 38. But if you're looking for a pleasurable and easy drinking brew with a 7.7% abv and a medium body, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was not a huge fan of this beer. Maybe it's because I had Selin's Grove IPA and Heady Topper before it?

A: Golden color with some creamy head and light lacing.

S: Stomach acid dominates for me. Yuck. Some grassy hops and dry malt buried beneath it.

T: Sort of lager like for me, laking hops and boldness. Some grassy and pine hops are there, but man it's nothing special.

M: Thin and pedestrian.

D: Eh ok. Not a huge fan, I say ditch this Troegs.

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Photo of boralyl
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear medium orange with visible carbonation. A 1/2 inch of fluffy white head sits on top of the beer. It's got nice retention and leaves some nice lacing just like Scratch #37.

S - The aroma doesn't stand out very well, I do get some hints of flowery/earthy hops. As the beer warms up, more of the caramel sweetness comes out.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Has a somewhat creamy finish.

T - Bready and caramel malts hit the pallet first, followed by some citrus flavors. The citrus is quickly squashed by the earthy and floral hops from the nose. The malt backbone makes a brief appearance in the finish with the floral hops leaving a light bitterness.

A very enjoyable beer with a nice display of hops. I'm enjoying this one more than the first IPA (Scratch #37). Can't wait to try the next two in the series.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer has stunning clarity. Its a rich gold color with bubbles that love the cling to the side of the glass. The head is big and strong with patchy lacing.

S- Scratch 38 has a very grassy aroma. It treads on the lighter side of citrus, featuring lemon-lime. There is a big blossomy smell of wild flower, clover and honey. Malts are there, just enough to give it a doughy base. Im not sure what kind of hops were used but its quite unique.

T- The taste keeps with the grassy, floral theme. A light spiciness, pine and lots of cut grass and honey to sweeten it up. Its not overly bitter but it isnt sweet either. The finish is biting.

M- The body is quite unusual as well. Its much fuller than you would expect. The carbonation has a hard time fighting through it. Its an almost honey-like consistency, only much thinner.

D- This is a bizarre take on the style. There isnt much out there like this.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Troegs on 12/13/10.

A - Orange-colored liquid with a slight haze and wispy white head that settled to a patchy veil but flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Piney hop aroma with a hint of spice and citrus rind. Malt character is moderately sweet.

T - Piney, almost sappy hop character with a splash of citrus and hint of herbal spices and catbox. Finishes with a biscuity, somewhat grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with a texture that straddles the line between oily and syrupy with modest carbonation. Finishes with a moderate lingering spicy hop bitterness on the palate.

D - While I enjoyed this more than Scratch #37, this is still quite up to snuff for Troegs. This is a step in the right direction, so I definitely have high hopes for #39.

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Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 6-pack from the brewery...served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about a quarter inch of mostly loose, fuzzy just off-white colored foam...settling to a short yet thick webbed layer. the beer is crystal clear, just on the side of dark gold.

S - sweet candied tropical fruits, orange and tangerines notably. other notes of wet pine, and some sweet bubblegum as well. just a touch of caramel underneath.

T - bitter hops attack the palette right away, though allow some candied tangerine, grapefruit, and orange to come through cleanly. assisted by some mild pine and grass, it really runs the gauntlet of hop flavors. only a bit of caramel malt balances this hop-bomb.

M - light to medium bodied, with tight, controlled, prickly carbonation. body is slightly sticky, with a crisp finish. strong lingering hoppy bitterness, with a minor alcohol burn.

D - its appeal is in its simplicity. well-rounded throughout, hiding its ABV quite well. interesting choice of hops here, and it works well, being able to appease the big hop craving yet still having some grace and detail. well done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap Saturday December 11, 2010.

Pours a lightish copper color with a white bead that fades down into a small cap with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a moderate dose of citrus with oranges coking through and perhaps a bit of tangerine. There is also a slight bit of caramel malt lingering in the background.

The taste is composed mostly of a moderate amount of citrus hop flavor as well as slight caramel and pine notes. Slightly bitter with a medium body. Well made and easy to drink, but not nearly as good as the Citra of Brotherly Love.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pure golden amber color.

S- Smell hops with a grapefruit note not to overpower like the IPA I drink but settle to the nose.

T- Real good taste of hops with fruit notes but settle as I said but this has some unique flavor.

S-Dry as a wet bone enamel stripping love.

D-Like I said never had a IPA taste like this before. Love it this is a cool IPA. Worth a few..


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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of this a Splinter Black day.

A: Poured a crystal clear gold-amber color with a massive 3 + finger cloud white head that stayed foamy throughout the session. The retention was great.

S: Piney, but also with a lovely crisp scent of Centennial and Chinook - citrusy, but with a good bit of malt and floral notes.

T: Very hoppy, but with a bit of organic grassiness to balance that out. This was like a liquid loaf of bread, with added grapefruit.

M: The lacing was absolutely ridiculous! I may have to send my tulip glass through the dishwasher several times. The carbonation did a fantastic job of slicing and dicing the hops and the acidic fruit elements.

D: I guess Troegs is doing research (by their own admission) to find an IPA to add to their lineup. This beat the #37, the other Imperial IPA by a country mile.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at troegs during the splinter black release

Pours a clear golden copper, one finger high head fades to thin film, leaving a nice collar of lacing.

Plenty of juicy hops with a nice dose of apricots in the nose alongside a soft touch of sweet caramel.

Starts off quickly with bitter pine hops which bite with dryness, and moves right into sturdy malt backbone with underpronounced caramel and a bit of roasted bread. Slight fruit sweetness with citrusy zest in the middle. Finishes really bitter and dry with a hint of warmth.

Medium body, plenty of sticky and dry tones on the palate. Clearly a bitter, hopped up IPA, and the alcohol is in check which makes it pretty easy to drink. I'm looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up from the Troeg's brewery, into the customary .3l.

This is one bright ale. I often complain that beer, especially hoppy beer isn't bright enough. Even w/ an agressive pour, little head but what is there melts into very nice lacing that hangs to the inside of the glass like worn drapes in a period drama.

After the initial burst out of the bottle, very little by way of aroma. What initally is piney to the point of urine, is soon replaced by the less appetizing odor of mash. Wait, that came out wrong. Still there is enough citrus that it is saved from being unappealing.

Spice, bitter notes, nice rounder finish which I always think of as the bitter fading. Absent are floral notes, I did not note which hops were used here but this is not particularly complex a flavor. There is a good bit of earthyness to this, either in the flavor or the aroma and I'm having a hard time seperating it.

It's drinkable. I doubt this would become my go to IPA, but then again, the market is filled with IPA's so I suppose I should make any judgements without a side-by-side. It's certainly drinkable, though I prefer my IPA's to be both harsher and a bit more challenging.


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Photo of rastapenguin22
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying from a growler filled while picking up my Splinter Black today.

a: copper/brass color, crystal clear, slightly off-white head, receded in 2-3 minutes, left lacing behind

s: grass, a little pine, slight orange, caramel, slightly toasty (like buttered toast)

t: a little earthy, grass, caramel and there's like a cashew flavor at the end on the back of my tongue

m: it's nice a smooth, has some body to it but not too much

d: very drinkable and I can't tell it's 7.7 a t all. I'll be drinking this one all night.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 12/14/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin frothy covering of bright-white head. This retains with some creaminess on the edges and light wisps in the center, throwing up some foamy swathes of lacing that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma alternates between floral and grassy feeling in the nose, with ripe tropical fruit character that mixes with the bread and caramel flavors from the malts to give this a deep tanginess on the edges of the profile. Pine, spice, and green citrus add a bold sharpness that fills out the middle portion of the nose.

The taste is coming off as pretty darn bitter on the palate, with spiciness, resins, and bitter grapefruit and citrus rind all boldly stretching through the other flavors and just crushing the finish on this with a fierce and dry hop laden finale. That same rich blend of caramel, toast, and juicy tropical fruit, tries it's hardest to balance out the bitterness in the bulk of the profile but there is not helping that finish. It's a bit harsh. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp and prickly carbonation that mostly last until the end of the swallow. There is maybe a touch of underlying slickness but this mostly stays crisp and really pops that bitterness well. I'm picking us a bit of alcohol warmth as well. Not surprising I guess, considering this sits a touch on the higher side for the style.

I don't know. Maybe little more Centennial hops and a bit less Chinook would have helped with this? This was just exceedingly bitter in spots and mixed with the heavier feel here to keep the drinkilbility of this a bit lower than I usually would like in my IPAs. Hop heads might really go for this one though. I'll give this a second chance in the bottle.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Scratch beer on tap at Troegs. Beer is copper / amber and has a slight haze to it. It forms a good white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Beer smells like hops....citrus and mildly piny hops. It's a chinook IPA and it smells like it.

Beer is medium bodied but is quite carbonated on the palate. The carbonation gives the beer this illusion that it is lower in gravity than I suspect it is. It does hide it's relatively high ABV well in a jungle of hop flavors that range from piny to grapefruit and balances the strong finishing bitterness on the backend. I'd have it again but I've had much better IPAs.

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Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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