Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4)Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 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 12-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one to me, Mike.

A: The beer is a pale golden orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: Nose is pretty decent. Nice citrus and pine notes with a little bit of grass. Mostly grapefruit, but there is some of the lemon that was so dominant in the other 3 IPAs of this "mini-series". Light caramel sweetness.

T: Nice grapefruit and tangerine with sweet fruit notes to it. Light grass and pine with a nice bready flavor. Not too much malt sweetness, though. Lightly bitter, but not overly so.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Easily the best of the four IPAs, but not an amazing beer.

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Photo of jampics2
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Mike Watters from Troegs was nice enough to bring us out a few kegs, namely the Scratch IPA series (37-40) for a nice little tasting event. Thanks for hooking this up, and thanks to John and Kev for hosting!

Scratch #39 uses Simcoe Hops.

All of these beers look damn good, with excellent color, clarity and head retention. They are all a golden caramel color and have great white head and lace.

This is the bruiser of the bunch (in a good way!). The simcoes are dialed in and provide pungency in the nose and taste.

The mouthfeel is great, with just enough malt to avoid wateriness and excellent carbonation levels.

Comparison to #37-#40: Simcoe is a love-it or hate-it hop. Some people not only get notes of pine and grapefruit rind but also a wild onion smell that has also been described as “catty”. For me, the Simcoe hops are perhaps my favorite and Scratch #39 stood out as the best in the bunch. This beer featured just a bit more pizazz than the others due to the dank aromas and tastes that Simcoe provides. The bitterness also lingered a bit more than the other beers, but the nice carbonation that all these beers feature makes tasting a joy.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into my DFH Signature Glass. Pours a dark hazy orange with a half finger white head which quickly recedes.

Smell: It is not bad but not incredible. A little citrusy but more towards mango and pineapple end of the spectrum.

Taste: I don't quite know why but it first made me confused. Just not what I was expecting I guess. It is a little biscuity with way more malt sweetness than hop flavor. It is interesting, but not quite what I am looking for in an IPA. More towards an English style but not quite. Oh, I got it now, it reminds me of a New Zealand style IPA, see Hopwired from 8 Wired brewing. It is a nice hop mix but a distinct malt flavor that will not let the hops dominate, though they want to.

Mouthfeel: Normal thickness for an IPA but a little light on the carbonation front.

Overall: Troegs does many GREAT things. However this is not one of them, good but not great. I could not have more than one of these at a sitting though I would not turn one away. I like the idea of the Scratch Series and am glad they try many new things. Only the best of the best make it to their line up.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one with dinner after i got home from the tasting last night served cold and into a pint glass.

the pour had to be one of the best i have ever seen for the style with nice medium and bright amber color and a thick head of white lace that just would not leave the glass no matter what i did. this was seriously an impressive beer to say the least. aroma was a deep and resonant citrus, orange, tangerine, sweeter more then bitter hops here lended to a nice balance but still very hoppy air to it. rich and creamy with a smooth, profile. the hops hit you but do not destroy you by any means, in fact i was immediatly impressed with how smooth this really was. nice well rounded mid palate showed off the light sweetness from the malts and the overall finish was about as good as you can get.

a new favorite for me for sure. i would have no issue trying this one any day

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

IPA #3 of 4. Simcoe.

Poured into DFH signature glass. Slightly hazy orange body. One and a half finger white head. The head turns back at a decent clip. Fairly solid lacing blankets the wall of the glass.

At this point the hop aroma has receded a bit, but still very pleasant. Pleasant citrus aroma with a nice underlying pine scent.

The flavor presents a nice balance while maintaining a nice hoppy edge. Tropical fruit with a nice piney bite rolls out the glass and across the palate. Bready malt provide a rather clean base, I appreciate the lack of caramel.

Medium bodied IPA with lively carbonation. The beer is really tingly on the tongue. Rather dry finish.

I am impressed by this beer, my favorite of the series thus far. Flavors are very well balanced and the beer drinks well. Great showcase of the Simcoe hops. Easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this extra.

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a hazy tangerine orange with a small, one finger, head. The beer leaves some decent soapy lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big amount of malt on the forefront. That combines with some nice piney-ness. There also seems to be a little sweetness almost like a cotton candy.

T- Starts off with a lot of pine and malt. There is also a little sweetness from the malt as well to go along with some cracker.

M- Medium bodied with some decent carbonation. Feels a little sticky on the sides of the mouth and dry on the finish.

D- I can't put my finger on it but there is something I really like about this beer. Good flavors and balance make this an easy drinker.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, nice citrus notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, sweet, nice malt note, very nice citrus notes. Medium Body, the finish has a nice bitterness. Very Drinkable, this is an awesome tasty brew. Thanks Ben.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks goes again to a great trader, StormKing47.

A: Pours a tangerine amber with a couple fingers of bright white head that quickly faded into a thin oily film that left a thin network of lacing. The a couple dozen flecks of tiny sediment that came out with the pour.
S: Notes of exotic fruits including pineapple, mango and kiwi. There is also a fair amount of tea-like notes to the hops. As the head settles and the beer begins to warm notes of malt come through.
T: Very tea like flavors, more so than the nose. There is even a leafy hint of tobacco to the finish. Hops are citrusy and sweet with a touch of pine. Aftertaste has a good punch of bitterness to it but I'm not loving the flavor it leaves in your mouth.
M: Alcohol is just noticeable in the finish. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel, airy carbonation.
D: Not a bad beer but overall it's a pretty mediocre IPA. I'm not loving the hop flavors that come through in this one, but maybe it's just not for me. For the most part though, I'm liking what I've had of the Scratch series. Thanks again Josh, keep 'em coming.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops. Definitely a hoppy aroma. The flavor is also very hoppy. I get a little bit of biscuit malt, but the predominant flavor is tropical fruits. I get a ton of pineapple and papaya notes, as well as some orange and mango notes. There is a low to medium amount of bitterness. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of StormKing47. Into a NB Globe.

A: Hazy amber in color with 1/4 of an inch of white head that fades into a thing white cap of bubbles, a few sticky spots of lacing cling to the side of the glass.

S: I get a lot of grapefruit and citrus notes, maybe a bit of pine, but mostly a lot of citrus a few floral notes on the end. A few grainy/malty smells. Not bad but a bit subdued.

T: Grainy malts stand out first, pretty light malt bill some pale malt and caramel really stand up then it leads into a really nice grapefruit flavor, but could use a bit more for my taste. Bitterness is spot on for a single IPA. Overall a lot of nice flavors, but seems just a touch muted/faded for me. Pretty tasty.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation, no booze, just about right, maybe a little bit drier to really help it.

D: Its not a terrible IPA, but I wouldn't go back for it all the time. Not a bad beer by any means, pretty enjoyable, but I can see why this isn't a full time as it could use some work. I'd like a bit more dryness, and maybe a bigger hop nose/presence, as the bitterness is spot on.

Thanks Josh!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orangish colored beer with a white head that had a decent bit of lacing.

S - Pine, resin, citrus, with some orange and grapefruit. Smells a little bit green, almost like wet wood.

T - Bitter pine and some citrus hops, slight bit of catty taste. This has something of a gin-like quality to it, like Bombay gin or something. This is solid, but the gin taste turns me off a little bit.

M - Medium carbonation with some good heft on a medium bodied brew.

D - Slightly above average given the ABV on this one, which is my take on the beer as a whole.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IPA hopped with Simcoe

Appearance -- Pours a hazy apricot hue with a slim sudsy white head. Sticky pinpoint lacing. Very Nice

Smell -- Citrusy with notes of juicy fruits, spring flowers, and a dash of dactyl. Lightly toasted, slightly caramelized malt evokes English muffins with margarine and orange marmalade.

Taste -- Lots of citrus and juicy fruit. Herbal/leafy hop bitterness is really laid back, to the beer's detriment. Caramel malt and biscuit base is pleasant, but without the contrasting hop bitterness makes this less crisp and refreshing. Lingering flavors of leafy hops and fruit cocktail.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation. The fill level looked a bit low on these bottles. I'll chalk it up to this as the other Scratch IPA's have had impeccable mouthfeel.

Drinkability -- I tend to like the 'idea' of single-hopped IPA's more than the actual product, and this is a perfect example. Great bright juicy/citrusy notes not anchored down by firm bitterness makes for a poor IPA. It is evident that this last run of Scratch beers, all IPA's share the same malting, which I suppose is ultimately the problem. Had the malt bill been tailored to the character of Simcoe this could've been much better overall. Nice try, but no need to put this into full production.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly dark amber to near orange with almost no head at all. Nose is again quite malty but a bit more balanced than the other two.

Easily the best so far, much more fruity - mango, grapefruit and citrus dominate. Very well balanced, it's a bit sweet but the spicy fruity hop flavors make it very well balanced and super drinkable.

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Photo of Pencible
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled awesome, like pineapple and sugary grapefruit and candied apricot.
T: It tasted like pineapple and grapefruit, with some sugary apricot and honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste, with a little sweetness too.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. A bit weak.
D: This was a great IPA, maybe better than Nugget Nectar (I had them side by side and honestly preferred this one.) It had a delicious scent and taste, and was super easy to drink. Disappointing body was the only detractor. Still highly recommended.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap from ChurchKey in DC into a snifter part of Troegs Scratch tasting night.

Appears a nice red/copper color in body with some light orange hues. Typical cream white head but not much lacing apparent and the head is almost non existent with minimal lacing.

Bouquet though is nice with a borderline fresh to dried apricot fruit at first, then giving to a nice airy hoppy-ness.

Taste is just flat out great. Real nice full bodied beer giving to baked full bread upon swallowing. Great finish with some small malt notes and alost a little fizzy but tolerable carbonation on the palate. This is a great mouth play beer and makes for very high drinkability because of it for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received (ahem!) this bottle while attending the Horizontal Scratch IPA Event (Troegs Takeover) at/of The Warwick ("The 'Wick") Hotel in Hummelstown a couple of weeks ago and I could already see floaties in the bottle, so no sense waiting a moment longer to get this one in.

My pour was just aggressive enough to create a finger of dense tawny head with superb retention. It was going to need a jackhammer to blast into the head. The nose was very grapefruit citrusy and my mouth immediately set to watering. Color was a slightly hazy deep orangish-amber with lots of floaties in evidence. Chewy, that's how I like my beers! In the meantime, the head had begun to fall and the sticky lacing was now coating the edges of the glass in a way that I knew would require a chisel to remove. Mouthfeel was medium with a tangerine citrus flavor along with a carmel malt sweetness. I just reviewed Lucky U IPA in a CAN recently and this was very similar. I keep thinking of the Brach's Orange Caramels on my grandmother's coffee table when I drink a beer like this. Very pleasant, indeed. Finish was rich with hops initially, but giving 'way to a caramel sweetness at the extreme end. Don't scratch this off of the list too quickly, you boys!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This isn't bad stuff. Thanks to starrdogg for sharing this one.

Pours a little thin like apple juice. no head and small lacing.

Smells good, grassy hop mostly with an outdoorsy organicearty biscuity edge. Some bright fruit in the nose. Taste follows the smell with bitters nicely coming in at the back. A little sweet but still nice.

High drinkability for me, and a medium good mouthfeel. Not a bad outing from Troegs.

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Photo of kk73
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my glass. Big thanks to dmunroe for this one. This one came a long way, so drinking it asap for the best possible experience.

A - Popped the growler to a pleasant hissing sound. Pours a nice orange color with a little haze. A big four finger white head, that had great retention. Sticky lace, stuck to the glass all the way to the finish.

S - First some resiny pine. Followed by the citrus punch of ripe grapefruit and orange. Also some dank bready malt.

T - Starts with a piney hop bitterness, and quickly moves to sweet and bready malts. With a slight bit of an alcohol astringency on the back of the tongue, which is not bad at all.

M - This is pretty smooth for any IPA, almost creamy. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation, even considering this growler came a long, long way.

D - I really liked this, dont know what the other IPAs in this series were like but this is good. A very solid IPA, almost a DIPA in imo. Dont know if I can finish off the growler tonight as this is my second glass and starting to feel it already.

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Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber color, orange tinted, with a dense and very creamy two inches of beige head. Keeps a full lace and a good deal of webbing on the sides.

Smell has a very nice citrus quality to it, orange and grapefruit; the most citrusy of these 3 Scratch IPAs so far I would say. It's just a tad on the weak side, however, as I have to dig a little deeper to find that citrusy goodness than I'd like. A more robust nose would be a really spectacular one.

Taste also has a nice citrus hop flavor, although like the nose I wish it were even a little bit bolder. It has a big malt character but it's not as sweet as the 38. It's more bready, instead, with less caramel sweetness. Moderate bitterness in the finish with some resiny pine as well.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body and is very slick and smooth. Good creamy feel here.

I like this very much although I like the 38 a hair better. If the hop flavor and aroma were increased by about 25% this would be on another plane; a very tasty IPA. Very nearly a superb one.

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Photo of flexabull
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of guzzle211, thanks again!

Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head.

Aromas are skunky, resiny, with apricots, and sweet oranges. Nice nose.

Taste is dry and hop forward. Dusty, a bit chalky, with pineapple sweetness, skunky resin, grass, and a bitter herbal flavors. Backdrop has a thick creamy malt flavor, while the finish leaves an orange rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, almost spot on for what I like from this style, crisp an dry carbonation, with a nice thick body from the malts.

Drinkable is quite nice. This is easily the best Scratch beer I have had to date. (and much preferred to #38) Would be a solid every day offering.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The third brew in the series courtesy of number1bum. Big thanks Josh!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this brew is a slightly opaque, deep amber color. This particular beer has about a half inch worth of off white head, much more than the two previous brews in the Scratch series. Retention is still pretty poor, though the lacing is slightly improved.

Smell: This one is by far the best out of the three. Much improved hop character in the nose, plenty of ripe grapefruit with a slight peppery kind of spice to it.

Taste: The hops give this brew an earthy, citrusy, slightly peppery kind of flavor. The bitterness lingers just long enough to savor, but not to the point of being clingy. Really a pretty solid IPA.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is much improved in this brew as compared to the previous two, the body and texture are pretty standard for an IPA. Can't gripe too much here.

Drinkability: A solid, drinkable IPA. It has some good hop flavor and complexity to it, enough that I could see myself drinking a couple of these in an evening. As I said before, definitely the best out of the three I've had. Thanks Josh!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this on as an extra in an amazing trade with therealnomayo.. thanks a bunch Jason!

Okay foamy white head... 1/2".. good retention and cap.. the brew is polished deep golden.

Nose is a bit catty with some piney undertones... I would guess chinook or simco.. but whatever.. this is nice.

Good bitterness and the same pine hoppiness.. a bit of the same catty note, but it shows a lot more on the aroma. clean bitterness with just enough pale malt to pull the hops out and and about ....

Pretty nice, but weird... the hoppiness is pretty damned pronounced but not much like I am used to.

Thanks again Jason... very cool trade for sure.


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Photo of capra12
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo,

Appearance: Clear and wheat with a 1 finger frothy head with weblike lacing.

Smell: I get a subduded fresh hop.

Taste: Opens with a light malt and a muted intense grassy green hop which is very one dimensional. The hops in this seem like they want to jump out but are held back. Green and grassy hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would have this again but not the first I would reach for. I recommend this to those seeking an IPA with a muted and subdued hop profile.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second scratch beer, man what am I missing with these. Granted this was drank during a night filled with sick California IPA's, but this was not very good at all...Pours a hazy orange, an off white head decent lacing but retention isn't that great..The aroma and taste are both too dominated by yeast, not sure why that is there. Light citrus on the front and hops on the back. Doesn't taste bad, just whelming contrasted to good ipa's. Crushed this quickly to just get it out of the way.

Not bad, just not worth getting.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Justin!

A- Body is a nbearly transparent dark orange-bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy off-white head that eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves traces of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Herbal hops, spicy hops, and caramel malt. A very mild touch of pine as well.

T- Initial flavor is fairly malty with an accent of herbal hops-the finish has a moderate dose of spicy hops comes through for the finish as well as some sweet caramel malt.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium weight body.

D- This is an intersting IPA overall-and is the most similar so far to nugget nectar with its caramel malt presence-the difference-this is spicy-sort of like sculpin-but has herbal qualities like a soutern tier IPA. The profile isnt very bright-but its enjoyable and interesting.

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Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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