Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Hop CrisisHop Crisis

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, noble fir

appearance: served in a 13oz chalice, bright orange body, healthy creamy white head

smell: very hoppy - citrus rind and pine, boozy sweetness

taste: piney hops, lots of sweet grapefruit zest, citric juice, oak comes through in a subtle manner...pretty boozy for the style but still an enjoyable dipa

mouthfeel: medium, higher alcohol presence

overall: good

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always excited to try craft beer from a can. Review is from notes taken on 7/12/2011 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard golden, coppery color and it starts with a good sized 2 finger, slightly off-white head that has decent retention; head has decent retention, and becomes very rocky and patchy as it dwindles to big pillowy lumps floating on the surface (I'm impressed in the head and its retention since this bad boy came out of a can); a thin, incomplete skim of a head is left on the surface, with some big, thick swaths of lacing on the sides; body is very clear and shows moderately little carbonation.

Smell: Lots of hops, with plenty of pine and bitter citric fruit; there is definitely a sweet malt backing, and it adds to the citric nature and makes me think of mango and/or pineapple; slight presence of alcohol.

Taste: This is a super solid beer and very worthy DIPA -- plenty of hop bitterness with the pine aspects to it, but there is also plenty of sweeter citric and tropical fruitiness to it; the malt backing provides plenty of support, and this honestly reminds me more of a balanced mid-west offering as opposed to the west coast style hop bomb, so kudos to 21A for bringing that to the table; presence of alcohol is there, and since it's just a touch under 10%, it should be and it provides an astringent and warming flavor.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a bit over what I would consider medium in weight; carbonation is light, but fitting for the style and it provides enough activity when coupled with the bigger ABV; a thick, sticky coating is left all over the mouth, and the gums are left quite tingly; belly is left very warm as well from the acidity and alcohol.

Overall: This would be an all-year kind of beer for me -- nice smells, great flavors and mouthfeel that really lets you know that you're drinking a formidable beer with plenty to offer. Anybody that is a fan of the style needs to try this beer.

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Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a nice chunky head and sticky lacing.
Smells sweet and of caramel and grapefruit hops. The taste really matches the smell. There is a lot of caramel and lots of citrus hops. There's some grass and pine as well as some dark malt to lend some sweetness.
Feels smooth and creamy, not at all bitey or unpleasant on the palate. Nice carbonation level and a very smooth sipper.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a decent, well-made beer -- but i would not classify this as a "go to" IIPA. it is however a different animal than the likes of PTE, Double Jack, Mycenary, Ruination, Hop Stoopid and the other excellent choices that are out there. try it for the can, try it for the subtle oak flavor, try it to try it. but i would be surprised if this made a solid "A" for someone.

pours a nice clear-but-cloudy orange with a big white foamy head that fades quick but sticks to the glass. the aroma is the first sign that this puppy is different, and maybe missing something -- i get a little oak, a little grassy malt but really not very much hop aroma -- it's a crisis! where are my hop aromas? minimal Grapefruit at best.

the taste is fairly alcoholic and dominated by the oak more than anything else -- the hops provide decent (but not imperial) bitterness and add a resinous/piney "feel" to the drink. the malts are fairly muted, dryish, but any malt flavor is masked by the oak. and as to that oak flavor -- it adds a depth to the flavor and it's interesting -- but i am not sure it is doing this beer any favors. oak, sweet malts, slight bitter buzz on the back of the tongue.

i have never had the unoaked version -- i would try that before this again -- a solid B, with an A for effort.

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Photo of maximum12
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, have sampled a couple 21st Amendment brews & been duly unimpressed. Had a Hop Crisis on tap recently though, & really enjoyed it. Had another walking to a Twins game. Now here we go a third time. I must like it.

Pour is a light golden, perfectly clear, nothing to pervert the view. The smell is simply stellar: a battering ram of hops. Pine, grapefruit come through strongly, & the oak could be scented by a blind man.

Hop Crisis proves 21st Amendment can make good beer; this is a big 'un that's all over the map. Bitter, hateful hops slash the palate, followed swiftly by the pine & grapefruit noted in the foreshadowing. Oak is sharp, stinging, & the base malts provide a strong counterpoint of sweetness that's halfway between floral & fruity. Booze flashes its trench-coat as me; finish is mostly wood alcohol. Hot. I find myself taking swig after swig, this bruiser could leave me sleeping the night in the hammock if I'm not aware of its left hook.

Excellent beer. The oak, malt, & hops have been trained to dance by a master; complimenting one another like Directors at a Finance convention. And the ultimate compliment: I'm down to one can in the fridge, I'll be out looking for another four-pack...soon.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying I hate giving a beer straight 4's but I think it had to happen for this one. I like 21st Ammendment and I love canned craft so I was excited about this one.

A - Cool looking can and I love reading the little story. Poured a lighter amber mixed with gold. Had a decent sized white soapy head.

S - Big sweet citrus nose that had a lots of sugars and caramels mixed in the the sweet fruity notes.

T & M & D - Big hop profile with earthen grass and grapfruit citrus. The beer was carmalized sugar all over it as the middle smoothed out and became sugary sweet. The finish was the same with a good bitterness and a slight pine. The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with a good finish.

O - Awesome canned brew that is bold and flavorful. Despite the ABV I wanted another!


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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paul and I each had a can of this to kick off a long session at my place. Thanks!

Quite simply, the appearance was perfect. Crystal clear, with a thick inch or more of creamy, white head that left copious lacing on the glass. The aroma was surprisingly weak. Unoffensive, but really lacking firepower. Where's the hops? Thankfully, the hop character emerges in the flavor, though not with the presence I would prefer. I honestly don't perceive much, if any, of the oak. I'm not terribly fond of oak-aged IPAs anyhow. The beer is medium bodied, with a lasting bitterness in the finish. Alcohol presence is there throughout, but not overpowering. A decent brew, I would have it again.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright vibrant yellow-orange color. Sticky sticky white head that laces wonderfully.

S - Citrus hops, a lot of them. Some strange spice in there with some pineapple.

T - Sweeter than I thought it would be, big malt backbone that isn't entirely kept in check with the hoppy bitterness profile. Flavors = orange, nectarine, pineapple, sage.

M - Sticky and pretty full. Pretty dry for a pretty hoppy beer.

D - Solid beer. One of the best I've tried from 21st. I'd try it again, although it's a bit expensive.

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Photo of cavedave
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review

A huge billowy off white head tops a clear golden beer. Plentiful lace snakes gracefully on the tulip's inner wall.

Not a strong aroma, but full of dank hop goodness. I get pine, spicy herb, ganja, floral, and a bit of citrus over a sweet grainy scent.

Nice burst of flavor in this brew, it stomps out of the gate with some sweet and pine, maybe a bit less of a burst than some, but plenty of taste here. It quickly gains complexity, though not balance, with some bready and citrus, and spicy alcohol joining it as it rounds the clubhouse turn, really pouring it on down the straightaway, with some whip cracking dry pine and herbal bitter running the late charge to the finish.

Med. carb., full bodied while easy drinking, but a bit of metallic to the cling, and a finish that is a few degrees south of clean.

This is a good beer in a land of the finest IIPA ever made. It ends up judged overharshly if judged fairly. I recommend it,especially to hop lovers, but I recommend first trying the many better IIPA out there.

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Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with a massive white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Citris rind hop aroma with some sweet malt in the background. The oak lends some faint vanilla aroma.

A lot of sweet malt and citrus hops in the flavor. Kind of sticky and cloying. Bitterness is high and tries to take over. Alcohol is very much evident in flavor and warmth. Hard to pick out any of the oak but there is just a faint hint of vanilla. Just too harsh to warrant a higher score.

Plenty of body here and is nicely carbonated.

Not my favorite malt/hop profile. The oak seems to be of a gimmik to put on the packaging than any flavor addition.

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Photo of teromous
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It's a bright and crystal clear amber. The head is a very large frothy, foamy monster! Lots of lacing.

S: The hop smell is slightly subdued. It has a lot of citrus smell to it. There is a slight smell of what I can only describe as buttermilk, which is a bit off.

T: It has more of a pine flavor, even though is smells more of citrus. There's a slight hint of oak or bark. It leans more towards hop bitterness than hop flavor.

M: It has a really great mouthfeel. The head and carbonation feel awesome. It has a refreshing wet feel and is not dry or puckering. It has a pretty creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall it's a pretty good beer. I would drink it again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Gold and amber body color with about two fingers of thick foamy head that leaves a thick lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and citrus with a grainy breadiness.

Taste: Starts off with a grainy taste that's followed up by a warm kick of alc. then mellowed by a hoppy aftertaste.

MF: Creamy and easy going, a pleasure to drink.

OA: Though this will never find the regularity in my cooler as Live Free Or Die and Back in Black, it is an excellent addition to the 21A lineup, great work Shaun and Nico!

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Photo of Beejay
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Apricot in color. Crystal clear with a nice pillowy white head.

S: A touch of pine, but otherwise overwhelmingly citrus. Most notably grapefruit. A touch of syrupy sweetness in the back.

T: Malty sweetness comes out right away. Notes of caramel and raison, which meld into a pine and grapefruit flavor, and a hit of bitterness. Quite tasty. Perhaps just a hint of oak in the finish, though it is rather tiny.

M: Fairly thick, and a bit chewy, there is a creaminess to the body that I like. Carbonation seems appropriate for the style.

O: In general I think this is a nice effort on 21A's part. Good solid bitterness, a nice malt profile, and darn tasty. I would have liked to see the oak take a bigger role in this, as it is almost imperceptible, and that's sad.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A CAN into a Weyerbacher Tulip on the late.

A- Hop Crisis comes out the CAN very clean looking with bright gold as the main color and some faint burnt bronze in between. A stealth pour yielded a thin bright white cap leaving some nice spots.

S- Smell is not oaky in the least bit, the apparent aging has given off a sweet scent under a nice array of aroma hops leaving a nice grassy scent with very faint tropics. Reminds me of a lighter version of Double Jack in the nose so the malting is up there.

T- A decent double here. Hops are hitting the tounge but dont impart much if any bitterness. The time aging on oak has faded the hop bite and has given this a sweet vibe. Tastes of bitter hops, grass, Dry hoppings, and a touch of mango and orange. Not too shabby, yet not all that impressive either.

M- If it were not for the dry hopping, this would fall very short. The bitterness barely registers on the tip of my tounge and doe not invade the mouth. Malty over hoppy. The body is a healthy medium and the carb is kinda low and lacking. Needs more bubbles.

D,O- This is a good drinker, I cant knock it too much. I enjoyed it and while it says oak aged, I say, don't believe everything you here. I would like to see a regular non aged version of this to see how it compares and jut what 21st Ammendment brewery has in it' brewing chops. I could drink a can or two of this easy and like it, I just would not go over board and pick up a case of it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey color with a dense off-white head that settled into a light cap with some lacing.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. There are some candied tropical fruit notes from the hops; some apricot and pepper as well. The malt is lightly bready.

The flavor is a good balance between the malt, hops, and oak. Starts off with some pine and peppery hop notes which mixes well with a solid oak flavor. The oak brings a light tartness but not much; the flavor is a nice offset to the hops. Some pineapple hops provide additional sweetness and the beer finishes with some resin.

Moderate body with soft carbonation. Well balanced between the malt and hops. Finishes slightly bitter. ABV well hidden.

The hop presence is a bit disappointing in this beer. I didn't pick up much in the aroma and it is more bitter than flavorful. That said, its a nice beer, well balanced for the style.

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Photo of ardeano
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this stuff is good...

Poured from can (at work) into a tulip

A- clear shiny goodness
S- pretty amazing hopiness with a hint of oak
T/M- light carb, smooth feel with some warmth going down

I have to say that this is pretty amazing, it's a bit spendy but worth the try ($3 for a can at Newport Market in Bend OR) if you really enjoy the IIPA (I love the stuff). I've had a few under my belt and I'm calling this an 'IPA session starter' because you can feel it after one 12oz can and then move on to a subtle IPA bomber IPA...


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Photo of rootbeerman
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours clear gold, a finger of white head that slowly fell to a
thin halo.
S: floral and pine hops, with some light malt sweetness.
T: hops are pine, floral and light grapefruit. Hops aren't that powerful, even as it warms. There is a nice caramel sweetness on the back-end.
M: hops are coating but overall seems a bit light on the back end.
O: I'd almost say this is a beginners DIPA, not too hoppy but not light either.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear light amber with a creamy white cap. Head retention and size are decent. Good coat of thick lace.

S- Initially I only get big hop notes, citrus fruit, floral and earthy. Some caramel malt kicks in with time.

T- Starts out with a big hop blast, citrus (lemon, orange zest) and floral. A bit herbal and earthy as well. Finishes off with some caramel, bread and light sweetness.

MF- Creamy light-end body with foamy carbonation. Finishes heavily bitter as well as warming.

Solid Double IPA but not on the level of the great ones. Just not the amazing hop use some of the others employ, still a good canned beer worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay, IPA in a can, Tasty crack cans!

Pours a foamy sticky 1 finger head that sticks all over the glass with nice lacing over crystal clear nectar orange color.

Nose has some nice hops, a combination of fresh citrus, sweet candy like hops, a bit earthy, hint of tropical fruit, with a slight aromatic malt hidden under that.

taste comes with a sweetness at first, some malts but pretty much all pale malts, a touch of booze with the sweetness, as well as hints of candied oak and hint of vanilla. With that is a fair amount of bitterness, bringing some earthy hops, again with the sweet candy like juicy hop flavors, hints of citrus and fruit. Finish brings a bit more bitterness but it never seems to get crazy bitter, a bit of citrus and orange peel on the finish, hints of more fruits like tangerine, a bit sticky and still semi sweet, and some light musty flavors.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, hint of booze, sticky, and decent enough carbonation.

Overall not bad, nothing special, pretty typical for a West Coast style DIPA, just enough malts and sweetness to hold the bitterness down and the oak barely comes through but there, perhaps a bit drier finish would be nicer, and more dominant hop flavors, but it had it's moments of peaks and valleys.

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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, huge head.

Smell: Citrus, hint of wood.

Taste: Mild sweetness backed with citrus. There's an underlying wood/oak flavor but nowhere near as strong as a beer like oaked arrogant bastard.

Drinkability: Went down easy for a strong beer. Yea for cans.

Picked up a 4 pack cube of 12oz cans. Brewed and canned in MN for 21st Amendment. Oak aging takes a little sweetness out and seems to dull some of the hop bitterness while adding its own flavor. I wonder if they make a non-oaked version.

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Photo of IronLover
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper in color with a slight haze. Poured with a strong, healthy off-white head with unusually good staying power for a DIPA. Foam slowly reduces to a thick cap that leaves sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Big citrus hop aromas, pineapple, lemon, orange, grapefruit. with a underlying malt sweetness. Slightly resinous up front, but smooth and lightly creamy through the middle and end. Pretty much just tropical citrus hop flavor from beginning to end with a hint of pine and a light maltiness beneath. Finishes a bit dry with a long lingering hop bitterness. The hops and malt nicely mask the high abv. Very smooth, tasty (if you enjoy lots of hops) and easy to drink.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass

A- Poured a clear golden orange color with a two finger frothy head and leaves minimal lacing.

S- Huge tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine. There is something else here though that I can't quite put my finger on, I am thinking it is the oak. This is very aromatic.

T- A little unusual for a Double IPA. Some nice tropical fruit, peach, orange citrus, lemon zest, grassy notes, some oak, maltiness, and pine. The alcohol is present and provides some warmth and a slight burn on the finish. A lot of sweetness going on but a lot of bitterness too, works well together.

M- This beer finishes super dry, starts off sticky and has a slightly oily mouthfeel, and the alcohol provides some warming. The bitterness lingers long after each sip.

O- This is a big beer in every way from the alcohol presence to the complexity in the taste and aroma. 21st Amendment is changing my perception on what kind of beer can come from a can with this one and Monk's Blood.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden-amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent hoppy with a nice amount of oak, vanilla, citrus, and just a hint of cat piss. Taste is initially very oaky with nice vanilla and wood flavors. Then I get a bit of alcohol, immediately followed by citrus hops and some floral notes. Finishes with a little more wood and bittering hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a bit of stickiness. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a nice, tasty DIPA. Don't think it's as good as Burton Baton though.

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Photo of ToddT
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow topped with a fluffy off white head. Head sticks around and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Notes of floral hops and some grapefruit as well.

T- Big solid note of hops right away, profile shifts back and forth between pine, floral, and grapefruit. The grapefruit wins out in the end and leaves a nice bitter final note at the finish. As this warms the malt character starts to show up a little more, not over powering just a nice counterpoint to the hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. The finish is pretty clean for a beer that is this hoppy, but there is a hint of hop oil residue in the mouth and a little heat of alcohol.

O- Nicely done the 9.7% ABV is pretty well hidden, just a little bit of heat, and the malt adds a nice balance to the hops. The real beauty of this one is the shifting hop profile.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops and oak in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with flavors of grapefruit and oak but is also very well balanced and has initial notes of malty sweetness along with hints of caramel and vanilla. There is a light amount of accompanying bitterness; however the flavors in the finish are more reminiscent of a barleywine instead of an IPA.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both smooth and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness and some notes of alcohol warming and stickiness.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness isn’t that strong.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,643 ratings.
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