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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of bobquick
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the most drinkable English-style IPA I've encountered. I want to drink more but have limited myself to two because of the 7% alcohol content. Nice head, great floral notes and a wonderful mild fruity finish. Hoppy but not overbearing as some American IPA's can be. Just a great beer. Maybe one to try if you have a friend that is reluctant to try an IPA due to the overwhelming hops in many of the representatives of the style.

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Photo of carlborch
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden hue, well-developed carbonation, inch-thick initial head that dissipates slowly, the initial nose suggests much hops with clean herbal, grassy notes, very nice bitter tones on the center of my palate with lingering bitter hops at the upper rear, the malt is almost overpowered by the hops but quickly establishes a fine mellow balance, medium body, Belgian lace is very well developed and attractive, this IPA is a palate cleanser yet moreish. The ABV is not noticeable. The hoppy nose is evident to the very end. Very nicely balanced IPA that I will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a pure golden color with moderately-heavy carbonation. Head is a thin, yet frothy light-beige monster which leaves moderately-heavy lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Heavy floral hop arrangement here, supplemented by some pretty extensive citrus tones (grapefruit especially). Underneath it all is a kind of sweet bread malt layer which perfectly compliments the hops.

Taste: Grapefruit first, followed by the floral hops. Beautiful bitterness creeps in very slowly and remains in the aftertaste. No skunkiness or overt bitterness, I really like the approach here.

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, medium carbonation. Rinses mostly clean, but leaves just a touch of coating in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: I could easily make this a mid-beer for a Friday night drinking session on a regular basis. It's super flavorful, while remaining true to the style. Very nice.

A great beer here...and DEFINITELY worth a try if you are into IPAs, in my opinion, this beer is one of the best examples of the style I've had the privilege to try.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- bright copper with a large, fuffy white head that laces all down the glass.

S- lots of grapefruit, pine, apricot, peach.

T- grapefruit dominates but much like the nose, a medely of fruit flavor shows through. The finish is slightly dry and leads to a more grassy flavor.

M- solid medium body with mild carbonation. Very smooth but crisp.

D- Very easy to drink. Alcohol goes undetected.

overall- I have been looking forward to this beer ever since i first heard it was coming out. Being that great lakes is one of my favorite (and local) breweries, i had pretty high expectations for this. All said and done this is and EXCELLENT beer and i will buy plenty of this in the future.

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Photo of Kylito87
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my best friends has always said good things about this beer. So being we brewed our first batch of beer yesterday I still had a few left to review. So heres we goes!

Appearance: Breathtaking! I was able to pour that total beer porn pour with this one into my stemmed tulip. The type of pour where the head comes up over the height of the glass and just sits there in all it's foamy glory. About 3 fingers of clumpy foamy off white head on top of a crystal clear burnt orange body. Very noticeable carbonation in the body of this beer with the effervescent upside down snow storm of bubbles to the top. Very prominant lacing with a resilient cap.

Aroma: Is very upfront with the hops. There is a nice citrus kick with some good earthy resins in there. I slight sweet caramel and fusel alcohol kick in the nose.

Taste: Most of the nose comes through. I am not detecting the alcohol as much in the flavor but it is there in feel. A nice hop bite to begin with and a nice resetting sweet malt hit. Nothing cloying here everything is perfectly balanced and well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The beer has a oily character at first and then a nice dry finish spot on for the style. It doesn't feel like it is too much on the pallette. Even though the alcohol is noticeable I don't think it hinders the experience. The warming feel is nice As far as balance goes this is one of the better examples of the style.

Drinkability: Well the three that were left are gone now. This beer is so perfect in balance and finish you could keep drinking them all day. Overall this is a great beer! I have had nothing but good experiences with GL so I think I will get some more of the beers I have had from them in the past and revisit them.


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Photo of Wiffler27
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

have had this many times, always enjoy it. GLBC is one of my favorites and Perry is a damn fine beer, nothing flashy but very solid.

pours amber with a solid head.

aroma is clean and hoppy, some sweetness to it. almost honey-like with hops.

taste is clean, bitter yet smooth. some solid malt to this, almost honey again. can see the English IPA name in this. easy drinker.

when i see this fresh, i love to pick this up. always solid, nothing flashy but a well made IPA.

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Photo of jaxl
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the local grocery store on sale!

Appearance: Medium copper with 1/2 in. white head.

Smell: Not the strongest IPA but smells like one.

Taste: Pretty strong.

Mouth: Some after taste.

Drinkabilty: Extremely drinkable. I finish it almost too fast for that much ABV.

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Photo of chilidog
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Commodore; A good IPA to be had.

It pours a nice, rich looking copper with a not large, but thick and pillow like tan head. Lace was good-ol ring type and stuck.

The aroma was hop on the nose with alittle bread note.

The taste starts out with a hop shock but soon a good balance of malt and good sour bread dough blends things well. Alittle alcohol backdrop from the 7.5%abv. (according to my bottle)

The mouthfeel gets alittle black pepper feel at the end and ends up a slight dry .

A very good IPA indeed. If this does replace Burning River as i've heard in the forum. I truely enjoyed thisone more.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal clear, pale golden orange with a full finger losse head that melts quickly.

Very clean aromas of fresh oranges and some buttery pale malt.

Taste is as clean as the aromas. Slightly sweet pale malt gets blended, then overpowered with nice citrus peel bitter hops. Mixed citrus'....oranges, very light lemon, and grapefruit peel. No bitter finish...just smooth and refreshing.

This is a very, very drinkable IPA....surprising considering the high ABV.

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Photo of Zorro
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Brewpub across from the brewery proper in Cleveland Ohio.

Looks good but not exceptional in the glass. A somewhat small white head crowns a lovely clear golden amber colored ale.

The scent is truly exceptional. Sweet and malty with a strong but not over powering C type hop aroma of pine needles and grapefruit. What sets this apart is that both the malt and hop aspects are balanced in a quite strong IPA without one overpowering the other.

The taste begins sweet and a little bready with a tasty clean and unmodified hop flavor from the very first taste. As you drink this the citrus, pine and refreshing bitter aftertaste get a little stronger but does not really change. This never gets bitter and it never numbs the tongue, this is all tasty hop flavors.

The Mouthfeel is good.

Oh yeah this is a strong IPA that I could drink all night except the alcohol level would put a stop to it a bit early. A VERY recommended ale!

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Photo of halo21
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: I poured the IPA hard into a pint glass revealing its beautiful snow white creamy chunky head. Its color is a golden orange, clear and clean, and left amazing lacing all the way down.

Smell: Huge aroma: flowery citrus and fruits such as apples up front. Sweet honeysuckle and candied fruits on the end.

Taste: An amazing tasting beer; sweet citrus and orange zest with big apricot. Bittering tart and sweet finish; big hops and great flavors. No metalic tastes often found in super hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel: Big and drying, with fine carbonation aiding the creamy head. The size stands up to the flavor.

Drinkability: Low to medium; this is a heavy and hoppy beer. This is not for beginners.

Notes: Great example of an American IPA. Great Lakes come through with a win; again!

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Photo of Marcrates
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Golden honey color with a nice cream head that sticks to the glass.

S - Oranges and hops..mainly oranges is what I smell. Very pleasant, not overwhelming but present.

T - I absolutely love the balance of citrus and hops with this beer. This is the kind of hops taste I like; The kind that you taste at the back of your mouth, and is defined but not attacking all of your taste buds at once. The taste lingers just long enough to feel like each drink is worth the money, but at the same time it doesn't overstay its welcome.

M - Exceptional mouthfeel IMHO. This is the way a beer should taste; heavy but not ridiculous

D - A very drinkable IPA.. I could definitely make this a session beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored brew, slight chill haze but mostly clear. Medium sized white head, lots o' lacing. Has a pretty attractive scent, sweet malt along with some nice citrusy hops. Taste is bigger than i remembered it being from last time i had this. Sweet malt from followed by a number of different hops, some bittering, floral and grapefruity kinds. A bit of spice from the alcohol. Medium bodied, pretty gentle.

I was just gonna write that its a big-hopped american IPA, but then i saw it was styled as english, which would make this way over the top for that style. Maybe a hint of buttery diacetyl in there, but the level of hops in this is far more dramatic than other EIPAs i recall having.

Nevertheless, its a goodin, and should be drank by all.

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Photo of spointon
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very clear, coppery orange color with a 1/2 inch tan head. The head quickly dropped to a skim, and left a nice amount of lacing down the glass. Minimal amounts of carbonation release visible.

S= This ale produced aromas of biscuit malt and hops. Though the piney-citrusy hop characteristics were dominant, the malt backbone is substantial enough to balance the beer. There was also detectable amounts of alcohol in the nose (especially when swirled) as you would expect with this abv.

T= I really enjoyed the taste of this IPA. Following the nose, there were an abundance of American style hop flavors like grapefruit and lemon grass followed by more bitter notes of pine. The malty biscuit flavors were always there, lurking behind the scenes. The alcohol was much less evident in the taste than in the aroma.

MF= I found this one to be relatively lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Still, it retained an appropriate crispness on the tongue.

D= A damn good IPA! I have become a huge fan of Great Lakes beers, and this one did not disappoint. One of my new warm weather favorites!

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Photo of Chadpaq
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw a six of this at my local Harris Teeter for $7.99...had to pick it up.

Pours a nice goldish-amber, similar to almost every other IPA I've had. Pretty, but certainly doesn't blow me away in terms of originality. I poured this baby aggressively into my tapered pint glass, revealing a beautiful tri-fingered head that's leaving gorgeous gobs of frother, pure-white head at the top of my glass, similar to freshly-driven snow. In case you couldn't gather it from my less-than-spectacular diction, this beer has an awesome head.

Citrus envelopes my nostrils as I inhale cautiously. I actually have to restrain myself a bit to keep the tip of my nose out of the frothy goodness that is the head of this brew. Grapefruits, oranges: A regular Floridian citrus summer, in the glass of an Ohio brew, in the hand of a North Carolinian connoisseur.

I needed my hops fix tonight, and I'll be damned if The Commodore didn't deliver. Fruity initially, but this merely serves to deceive my palate as the hops bite down hard on my tastebuds, rendering them nearly useless at ascertaining the taste of any other product save for this tasty stuff.

Nothing special in the area of mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation, although I might have preferred a little more. Fairly smooth. Pretty standard in terms of category.

I could drink this stuff all day. It's dangerously drinkable for its 7.5% abv. But I'll (try to) stay in control tonight.

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Photo of Brew33
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in a pint glass poured from a brown glass bottle.

Great Lakes never seems to dissapoint so I figured I would give this IPA a shot. I was very happy with my choice.

I love IPA's and this is one of my favorites.

Honestly, it isn't terribly hoppy. Don't get me wrong it has plenty of hop aroma and taste, but for an IPA it doesn't kill you with hops. Actually, it is one of the most mellow, drinkable IPA's I have ever had.

There is a great balance and a good amount of malt in the taste. It is very dry but it has a unique smoothness to it. Very pleasant. This is a very good beer.

I would drink these any time. Another example of Great Lakes doing what they do best... making terrific beer.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear light gold, very little head or lacing.

Smell- Fruity and floral, slight malt sweetness. The hops dominate with piney, grapefruity, and floral hop notes.

Taste- Slight bitter alpha hops, floral and fruity. Grapefruit comes through in the aftertaste. Mostly hops with just a mild malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp, nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Very nice hot summer day brew. Nothing too overwhelming, just a nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this beer for a while now, time to review.

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bright, golden color with a small head and moderate lacing. Decent amount of carbonation flowing towards the head.

Nose is a biscuit, floral aroma. Smells of orange, apricot, pineapple leap out with a final hint of alcohol. The malt is also hanging out.

Hits the palette with a rush of hops and floral delight. Toasty malt is present but the orange, pineapple flavor dominates the offering with a solid alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is oily and not overly tart as many IPAs but just dry enough IMO.

I thoroughly enjoy this beer, not only for the fact that it's available in many places in my area (gotta love the 12-packs) but being a hop head Commodore Perry always hits the spot. It's a smooth and bold IPA and I admit, the high alcohol level is also nice. Ever since GLBC made this a year round brew, there is always a six pack in my fridge. Keep up the good work Cleveland and go Bengals....

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Photo of kinger
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been hunting for this seasonal offering and was able to track some down. This is right in line with the Great Lakes way of brewing beer fantastic recipe, and a great angle on a wonderful style. Emptied a bottle into my glass and was given a richly golden colored ale with a thick fluffy white head that soon settles to a nice white film. Abundant lacing is present, and a lazy carbonation can be seen. As I smell the aroma I am rewarded with a biting hop scent of grapefruit and pine. This is pleasant and unexpected and it smells wonderful. This is considerably more citrusy than the average IPA. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth, not too thick so it goes down easy. The flavor is outstanding keeping in line with the aroma. An abundance of hops (cascade is an understatement) fill out this one with a real subtle malt backbone. Taste is mostly citrus grapefruits, nice and tart with an even amount of bitterness. Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's and another score for one of my top brewers. Too bad it's seasonal, if you come across it grab some!

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Photo of cokes
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep shiny brass topped with scads of dirty linen froth formed via the streaming, tiny tornadoes of carbonation. This is a beautiful beer.
The nose exudes toasted grain and grapefruit and a few gin-like booze vapors. While narrow in scope, it is not a quiet-smelling IPA, nor it is the loudest of the groups.
My first impressions of this tend towards the British side, with its toasted English muffin maltiness that gradually sweetens towards toffee. A light smear of apple butter dots the middle. Then, it seems to teeter towards Imperial English IPA, with its shearingly bitter florals and grapefruit piths and notable gin-fueled alcohol. As it goes on, the grapefruit commandeers it, and thus the American tag seems appropriate. But still, it seems like a cross-Atlantic hybrid in a way, and, while not necessarily the best of both worlds, at least it showcases the strength of both in a way that compliments the other. This is really delicious stuff, but also powerfully bitter and dryish, and just simply powerful. It's somewhat of a mood beer, but one that I'm in more often than not.
It's build is a taut and muscular medium with a steady, low-level bead. It drinks like liquid fleece, warming and soft.

It's like an epicenter of all things IPA, American, British, Single, Double, Whatever.

I've had this before, and remember it being much less than what I'm tasting currently. Thus I've been slow to get back to it, and now that seems like time horribly wasted.
This will be a staple, henceforth.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A light yellow, very pale looking appearance for an IPA.

S - A citrus bomb - grapefruit and tropical fruit on the nose with some earthy hops. One of the best noses I've seen from an IPA.

T - The citrus is very prevalent (grapefruit) along with pine and earthy hops and a nice light malt backbone. A very well balanced IPA!!!

M - Medium body with some chew!

D - A very smooth IPA. Could easily sit back and have a few of these at once...

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Golden amber, with thick creamy head, looks a lot like their Dortmunder. Boy, these Great Lakes guys sure do know how to craft a beer with a great head.

S: Smells of piney and citric American hops, pretty average for an IPA.

T: The taste is really good. Especially as it warms up, the flavors start to really coalesce. Definitely some pine, but the white grapefruit really shines here. Also some tropical fruit and a bit of warming alcohol at the end. Very balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy, you wouldn't know you're drinkin' a 7.5% beer. World class.

D: Very good, tasty, easy goin' down. A beer I'd drive 25-35 miles to Lone Hill or Walnut for, but since there are local IPAs in CA that are just as good, I feel lucky. But, if I'm ever in the Midwest, a definite re-tasting is in order. A very solid effort from Great Lakes. Actually, I'm reaching the end of this, it's just so good, I'm going to have to give it a 5 for drinkability.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn’t really expect much of this Ohio brewed IPA. All the good IPA’s come from the West Coast, right? I suppose that’s why I waited so long to try it. Boy, was I surprised. This is as good an IPA I have had in the same price range.

Clear orange amber color with adequate head. Modest lacing. Aroma of citrus. Taste is a very nice balance of sweet malt and citrus hops. Finishes dry and clean with little aftertase. Feels good in the mouth and is eminently drinkable. This could become my evreyday beer.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear shade of light gold. Three finger head is soapy but dense, with outstanding retention and sticky lacing. Hoppy american nose like grapefruit and pear, some mild citrus, mabye a pinch of pine, and some background malt aromas. Taste is initially sweet with toasty munich malt directly followed by an onslaught of chinook, simcoe, and cascade flavors. The dry, bitter aftertaste is oily with notes of pine needles ...the kind of aggressive acidity that will put a smile on any hophead's face. Medium in body and carbonation, a pleasent resinous mouthfeel. Loads of hop flavor here, but not overly bitter. The finish is dry and saturated with hops, but fairly balanced by the touch of malt sweetness.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 23 August 2011. From notes. Reviewed 30 June 2011.

A: A finger of white head and some bubbles complement this golden, cheerful beer. Bright yellow in the light. Clear.

S: Fruity and floral -- apples, mango, grapefruit, hops. Sweeter than expected, but nice.

ST: Delicious! Fruity-sweet, with ruby grapefruit gaining ground before losing out to the apples. However, hops add a strong bitterness that controls the endtaste. A wine-like aftertaste. A bit complex, but not too much so to be easily sippable.

M: Full-bodied and nice. A bit of watery (this is a good thing) smoothness that the overall gentle malt character can't erase.

O: Fantastic beer; great brewery. Super-drinkable and equally tasty. Hoppy, but not overly so -- sweetness offers a nice balance. Recommended fo' sho'.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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