Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4)Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For the end of this four-beer IPA series, we pulled out some hop warhorses—Cascade and Amarillo—and incorporated a new favorite—Citra—into the mix. Following a similar grain bill to Scratch #38 and #39, #40 is a hazy orange beer with an off-white head, and plenty of hops to spare. In fact, this could be a Troegs record as more than three pounds of hops were added to each barrel brewed! Bready Munich malts and ample dry-hopping with Citra and Cascade hops gives #40 a sweet and tropical citrus aroma, akin to a hoppy Orange Julius, while a huge Amarillo hop addition in the kettle provides a long, lingering bitterness. This cycle of uber-hoppy beers has been a blast for us to brew and drink, and gives us plenty of beer for thought as we devise future hoppy concoctions.

Added by ffejherb on 12-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good IPA.I did not know what hops before hand and that's a good thing. Understated aroma, and even taste. An orange citrus finish that did suggest the Amarillo and citra and cascade. A lot less carbonation would have helped. Also, abv was high for what it was, still enjoyable beer. Golden body, lots of white foamy head. Thanks M.-P.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dull amber color with about an inch worth of bone white head. Retention is good, but there's not much lacing...maybe only a thin ring where the beer settles.

Smell: Light, refreshing piney hops with a little bit of under-ripe citrus thrown in. Not much of a malt presence, but I'm not complaining.

Taste: The hops aren't quite as potent as I would like. A mild, dry sort of bitterness with an interesting sort of pine quality in the middle and a quick, clean finish. Nothing really impressive here, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium body with okay carbonation.

Drinkability: Not terrible, but not exactly great. Not my favorite IPA of the series. I've got 5 more to go, I'll drink them but I certainly won't be in a rush to get more.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Troegs Scratch 40, on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: served in an 8-oz glass. Abundant, frothy white head, a bit over a finger, lots of bubbles. Great lacing and retention. Outstanding looks!

Smell: Muddled, a bit soapy, some orange rind and grapefruit, but not the crazy way it is in West Coast beers. Very smooth. No hops on the nose.

Taste: Smooth again, soapy. Pleasant but boring. Reminds me of Sierra Pale Ale! Not a lot going on. Orange juice, some sweetness. Hoppy dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Classic IPA feel, a bit chewy-sticky, mildly bitter/hoppy. Low carbonation and flavor, medium body. Somewhat unremarkable.

Drinkability: Fine, particularly for eight ounces. Could pound this, not boozy, that 8.2% is well hidden.

But this brew is just boring/uneventful!

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Photo of readbaron
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a 3/4 in white head that fades quickly into a ring. Theres a hint of lacing, but not much.

Smells of oranges, apricots, citrus hops, and sweet caramel malt. I typically want more hops from my IPA.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Oranges, a hint of bitterness, then an almost sugary malt finish. Leaves you with a bit of a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice - a bit more body and stickiness than is ideal, but nicely carbonated.

Not too shabby, but it's no nugget nectar.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from StormKing47. Into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold/orange in color with a stark white head that never quite reaches half an inch. Recedes to a few bubbles in the glass.

S: A lot of caramel malt, and a bit of citrus rind. Really really faint here. In fact this kind of smells like nothing. Disappointing.

T: Again not a lot going on, pretty huge malt bill and a pretty strong bitterness, slightly boozey as well. Just a bit of a lemon rind sort of flavor in there, and a definite graininess. Bitterness lingers for quite some time. Not a lot going on, but it isn't horrible, just isn't that good either.

M: Pretty hefty on the palate, finishes fairly dry though, decent amount of warmth for a single IPA. Carbonation is exactly right. Not bad here.

D: I wouldn't see myself drinking a lot of this as the bitterness without a late hop presence would really start to wear on me. In no ways is it offensive, or bad, just doesn't do a whole lot for me, and if there were other IPAs available I would probably reach for those.

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Photo of nataku00
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An extra from a recent trade. Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Barely half a finger of white colored soapy head dissipated immediately to just a thin ring along the edge of the glass, leaving some light lacing with a little swirling. A dark orange color, very hazy making it nearly opague. Some light carbonation visible at the glass.

Nose is orange peel and sweet caramel malts. Very sweet smelling beer and missing a lot of the bitterness expected from an IPA.

Taking a sip, sweet orange and caramel malts. Really malt forward on this beer, sweet and sticky in the mouth. Just a hint of bitter citrus peel hops on the tongue after you swallow that lasts a little while. Missed the mark for an IPA.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with decent carbonation. Sticky sweetness makes the beer a bit difficult to drink, with some of the alcohol showing up in the swallow.

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Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Frisco Grille.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy golden amber with just a little bit of off white head. The head goes away almost immediately.

Smell: This one smell sweet and fruity to me, almost like apricots. There is also a very little bit of caramel malt and some citrus hops.

Taste: Initially hit by bitter citrus peel hops, which remains dominant throughout. There is also a sugary sweetness and some fruity hints. This beer never seems to come together for me.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and there is a smooth mild carbonation.

Drinkability: As far as American IPA's go I'm not a huge fan of this one. The hop profile didn't do much for me and I don't think I'll be trying to find any more.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks for hooking it up StormKing47.

A: Pours a cloudy amber with a few sizable chunks of sediment at the bottom. Head is off-white and dense, and it took forever to recede into a thick film that left a network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Spritzy notes of lemon and mango with citrusy notes of orange as well. Interesting.
T: Far more caramely and malty than the nose suggested with astringent notes of alcohol and bitter pine. Finish is sweet and bitter and the aftertaste is full of caramel and tobacco.
M: Frothy carbonation bubbles up in the mouth, alcohol is a tad rough and solvent like, and the bitterness reminds me of sucking on raw tea leaves.
D: Smells good but the taste is a little off. There are much better IPA's out there I'd rather spend my money on.

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Photo of afksports
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a new friend at the Southampton release for this new Scratch one-off version of an American IPA from the Troegs brothers.

The appearance of this beer on a pour is a murky amber beneath moderate to mild head. Adequate lacing to let you know there's carbonation there, but nothing exceptional - even with a hard pour. The smell is malts and a bit of citric hops, but nothing ridiculous stands out. The taste of it is somewhat similar, with the garlic salt on my food being a bit more prominent than any components of the taste. The hops bitters finish off a nice malt characteristic up front, but they leave a funky aftertaste that isn't clean and isn't pleasant.

Honestly I'm a bit confused by this IPA. Parts of it, like the malts and the smell, feel like an Imperial IPA. So does the alcohol by volume of 8.1% which is concealed by those malts. But the hops almost aren't there, and when they show up, they show up in a weird way. It doesn't give the girlfriend beerface, and it's not tough to drink, but it just isn't up there among the top beers of this style.

But still, count me in for a few Nugget Nectars any day. Seriously. More than a few actually.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing another Scratch beer, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear amber/orange color with a smallish white head.

S: Smells really cheesy. A big fake lemon aroma, perhaps some Pine Sol, and some bleach and other solvent type aromas. Just really quite bad. On top of it, there's a strong sweetness along with some alcohol.

T: The flavor is very harsh with a lot of lemon zest and an overly aggressive bitterness and astringency. Some herbal notes, booze, and pine.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation, but the aftertaste is unpleasant.

D: This series of IPAs has been quite bad. I'm usually a big fan of Troegs beers, but these just missed the mark.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dull orange color, minimal white head. Aroma was a muted bit of citrus.

Taste, like a little bit of sawdust was implemented into an ipa. Ample bitterness, although a distinct hop mouthfeel was lacking. Certainly seems balanced by the sawdust malt bill, makes it a little chalky, but that wasn't really what I was hoping for in an 8% ipa. Did hide the alcohol relatively well.

Seems like all the big name hops lately (amarillo, cascade, citra I think), just none of them seemed to be alive. Had to read that hop info, otherwise I wouldn't have guessed any of them.

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Photo of boralyl
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a small white head on top that fades quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S - The nose is very underwhelming for what I would expect from an IPA this big. There are fruity notes, most likely from the Citra hops, with a hint of caramel.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - The taste is as underwhelming as the aroma. There is a very tiny amount of orange followed by some fruity flavors. It ends with a medium bitterness.

A pretty average beer, that I expected to be better. The 3rd IPA (Scratch #39) was the best of the 4 in my opinion. This one really lacked the aroma and flavor of a big IPA.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IPA hopped with Cascade, Amarillo, and Citra.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy apricot hue with a very slim stiff beige head. Not much lacing, and no

Smell -- Dried fruits, particularly apricot, juicy citrus, spring flowers, biscuit, and gentle caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is lacking.

Taste -- Apricot and juicy fruits in the forefront, mild leafy hops, and some spice. Malt base is biscuity and caramel sweet. Hop bitterness is somewhat lacking. Lingering flavors of fruit and leafy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation. The fill level looked a bit low on these bottles. I'll chalk it up to this.

Drinkability -- I enjoyed this series of four IPA's, but the one-size-fits-all malt bill was too sweet for some of the hop combinations - not enough bitterness to balance. I wouldn't call this a miss, but I'm used to better from Tröegs.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part three of my 4-part new bier sojourn last week at Tröegs.

Scratch #40 was a bright orange/apricot hue, with a touch of haze present. Head was thin and white, mostly rimming the edge of the glass, along with nice lacing. Nose was fruity, with tangerine being most noticeable. Had a solid, nothing to worry about body; medium and smooth down the hatch.

Flavor exhibited lots of fruitiness as well, with orange and apricot leading the way. Sweetness level was noticeable but not overpowering, like a well-made marmalade. It was also a touch rindy and resiny, yet extremely satisfying through and through. Enjoyed this so much I got a growler fill to go. You bet!


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of bbeane
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A birthday gift from a coworker...

A- Starts with a nice white fluffy head with decent retention and lacing. Beer is orangish in color and very cloudy

S- Smells very grapefruity with a somewhat malty backbone

T- Has a milder grapefruit hop flavor upfront with a very equally malty finish... pretty balanced. Bit alcoholic

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

D- Definitely not my favorite offering from Troegs, though it was enjoyable. I'll always look forward to trying something new from Troegs as they put out some real quality beers


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Photo of AleWatcher
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra from StormKing47-- thanks man!

Served in a tulip pint.

So this is an 8.1% IPA? That seems to be encroaching on DIPA territory... I'm excited...

Pours a very hazy apricot color. Hints of orange hues. Small nearly white disappears quickly, leaving only a small collar and a few lonely spots of lacing. Other than the color, there isn't much going on here that I like...

Smells sweet. Some malts and some citrus hops. I was really expecting more! The beer tastes fine, but with this high an ABV, I was thinking it would be a flavor bomb... This is pretty mild. Pretty well-balanced. Meh. Tastes good-- but nothing standout. After the malts, I get some orange zest and grapefruit. Some good bitterness, I just wish it hung around longer.

The body is medium full with low carbonation. I would enjoy a bit more carbonation to give it more of a prickly feel. This comes across a bit syrupy and oily. Not bad, but not my favorite.

The overall impression is that this is good. It isn't bad-- but it didn't live up to my expectations. Troegs is a great brewery, and I love the scratch series-- these IPAs just fall short of the mark for me.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Sunset Bar & Grill in Allston, MA. Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark amber with a it of white head. Halo of white stays throughout.

S - For a DIPA with 90 IBUs, the smell is disappointing. It smells like hops, but lacks a floral or fruity aroma. It's mostly just bitterness.

T - As far as bitterness goes, this hits the nail on the head. The bitterness lasts throughout, but after the swallow, the bitterness fades, which is nice. Overall, though, the flavor could have used a more floral or fruity taste.

M - Good MF, for sure, and the carbonation is solid. Just what I'd expect for a DIPA.

D - Too bitter to drink much of, but still have no problem finishing one.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep orange with a finger of fluffy white head that settles after a bit.

Smell: Nice notes of citrus in the nose (particularly orange and tangerine) mixed with some sweet malt.

Taste: Just as the nose suggested, heavy orange and tangerine tastes, bitter hops and sweet malt mixed together in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Another decent showing from Troegs in their Scratch Series. I look forward to these beers almost as much as I do Nugget Nectar and Flying Mouflan. This was another hit as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery yesterday, had a sample on-tap yesterday but felt bad reviewing it off of just that.
A - Hazy orange with a white fluffy head that dissipates fast; minimal lacing
S - Grape-y, hints of citrus, with an interesting keytone undertone...perhaps a slight rubbery odor as well, slight hint of alcohol. Hints of yeastiness - tastes like what I associate with Troegs yeast.
T - Orang-y, I think. Somewhat mouth puckering as well; quite sour. Very interesting IPA. Grassy/pineyness as well.
M - Good carb, smooth drinker. Nice.
D - High; especially at this alc level

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like strong citrus zest, with some green apple and apricot, and a bit of caramel.
T: It tasted like lots of orange, with some lemon and grapefruit, and a bit of apricot and honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Solid body.
D: This was an easily enjoyable IPA, with very nice scent and taste and body. It was definitely easy to drink. Recommended, even though there wasn't anything unique about it.
After trying Scratch 37 - 40 in a row, it's clear that Tröegs knows how to make a good IPA. They were all different, but all nicely crafted. With that said, there was an obvious ranking for my tastes: 39 (best), 40 (good), 37 (decent), 38 (worst).

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Photo of imbibehour
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appears a very odd cloudy orange color for an IPA. Typical cream white head but not much lacing apparent and the head is virtually non existent.

Bouquet is weak but a muted fruit of concentrated orange juice, that also gives to somewhat sour cherries. This is an American IPA? Is this some sort of Belgian pun? So how does it taste?

Taste comes through in a surprising grapefruit front that is missing on the nose, but also very alcohol forward. There is also a brown sugar after taste, non existent carbonation, but a borderline wet mouthfeel.

For an American IPA this seems like a mess and not in character at all. What exactly is this thing? It's not awful or cringe inducing but I can't say I would want to have it again.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I made the trip to Troegs on my 27th b-day. Pours a nice slightly hazy copper color.Leaves a nice inch thick heading with decent lacing.

Smell and Taste are hand in hand. Heavier pine notes with a slight orange zest fruitiness both in the nose and on the palate. Very rich sugary caramel malt to really balance thing's out and quick hot flash of warming alcohol to finish thing's out.

The mouth is not quite full but close, very alive on the palate tiny bitter bubbles stab the tongue and leave a tremendous sugary hop blend linger in the mouth.

A solid IPA I didn't even realize the alcohol content on this bad boy until I finished it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The IPA is a study in golden brilliance. Bright and shining, albeit a little hazy, the ale sure looks nice. A half a finger of white head leaves only scant lace behind.

S: Citrusy, more orange than previous iterations. The nose is nice, a soothing bitterness with just enough caramel underneath.

T: Could it be? One of the IPA series that I really like? Wouldn't that beat all? Wouldn't that be great? The citra is evident, the orange from the nose. I love citra, it's a fact. Here it is lush, sweet with just a hint of bitterness. There is more citrus backing up the citrus but the flavors are never too strong. Biscuity caramel is there, just enough to be detectable. The citra, so delicious, makes my day.

M: The ale has plenty of flavor but not harsh bitterness. This one, Tröegs, ought to be your next regular release. Citra changed my life in August, giving me a reason to wake up every morning. Nice touch.

D: It does not feel like an 8% beer. That may be the only drawback, too strong for its britches. I love that citra though.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle provided by Alex...A dark hazy peach color. Tope head that rises two fingers, good retention and lacing...The aroma is really fresh, pine sap, pine needles, lots of pineapple, car pee finish. Not bad...The taste is pretty average, but crushable. Pine, with citrus notes, pretty muted. After the pine on the front though this would be stronger.

A solid, un-offensive easy to drink ipa. Can't recommend but I'd have it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tanger for this one! Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam that settle to a thin cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Hazy apricot body.

S - Tropical fruits, somewhat "green" floral notes, slight cat pee. Sugary pale malt backdrop. Not terribly complex, but still quite pleasant.

T - Taste has more pine and citrus zest to it, and overlays a slightly sugary and otherwise largely neutral malt character. Not very bitter, and no obvious alcohol either.

M - Smooth medium body, lower carbonation. Finishes quite clean, with some light residual hop oils.

D - This was much better than Scratch 39 in my book. I initially wrote it's a slightly above average IPA, but when I saw it was 8.1% it got a bit of a bump, as I would have thought this was somewhere in the 5-6% range.

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Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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