Moylander Double IPA | Moylan's Brewery

Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA
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Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-21-2002

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Photo of GClarkage
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/31/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into my Stone IPA tulip.

Appearance- Odd color for a DIPA. A dark copper amber pour. Was hoping to see a orangish color or something. The head was big and firm and the lacing was fine.

Smell- Wonderful citrus and piney hop scent jumps out of the bottle. It comes to you, you didn't have to go to the bottle. It just oozed out when the cap came off.

Taste- Hmmm, this is one occasion where the taste does not match up with the scent. The main flavor here is dark malt rather than hops. Hops are detectable, but there is a big drak roasted malt flavor along with a smoky or almost cigarette ash flavor? Not digging on this one too much. Halfway through the beer mellows out and the hops kick in a little more, but I just can't get through this super dark malt taste in a DIPA.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation and leaves a slight sticky ash taste on the tongue.

Drinkability- Not my style of DIPA at all. Maybe I snagged a bottle past it's prime. Don't know, but I didn't particularly enjoy this one.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden, almost brown, but not quite, almost copper, but not quite, almost amber, but not quite. It's golden, but in its deepest darkest incarnation. A pretty medium-sized head of very small bubbles sits nicely on top, slowly fading to a nice cap, with lace gently slipping down the side.

Aroma is pleasant, but is not the expected blast of hops. Definite hops, slightly oily, maybe somewhat more floral. Malt is definitely present- much more balanced aroma than typical IPA or the few DIPAs that I've had. Aroma is not strong.

The flavor definitely starts with hops, has a hoppy middle, and ends with hops. But that's not all that's going on here. The initial hops are soft, floral, and pleasant, but as it moves through to the end, they are very sharp, oily, and piney. I'm guessing that is hops and alcohol working together at the end. There is also a definite smoky, roasty, malt profile. Balance is ok, but boy, it's a big beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy, and makes one want to drink this slowly. This affects drinkability.

Overall a decent beer, but to be honest, it's a little much for me in its big profile.

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

Double=An elegant IPA, more than your regular hops, well malted and carmel as not that bitter. Very drinkable citrus, not as carbonated as manufacturer's notes would lead me to believe. Grapefruit aroma. Lace. Bitter juicy citrus aftertaste. Good balance. Good for dinner although not the best of the class that I have tried.

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

Moylan’s 2IPA pours a dark irrascible orange brown ruddy with a pillowy khaki dense statuesque head cap, that paints the inside of the glass. Killer headcap! The second pour is a rock! A volcano is created from the pour. Perfect!

Ar: Bright crisp Spree candy like scents. This is a 2IPA that could be sniffed all day long. Astringent tea like notes intertwine in the nose.

First swigs: Delicate rye bread malts comingle with hops to create a glorious 2IPA. Mostly citrous and a touch of piney hop goodness. Plenty of big well balanced malts meet against this malt backed 2IPA. Lemony spices linger in the aftertaste. Lingering citrous floral melon aftertaste.

Thick rich mouthfeel that can hang with the best! Crisp sizzle.

Last swigs: Exceptional overall, yet for my personal tastes, some more tongue gauging hops over the 50/50 balance merits a higher praise. At 8.5% ABV that drinks like 5%, butter my azz with "I can't believe it's not butter" and lather my tongue with soap like I spoke a dirty word! Still a GREAT 2IPA. $4.00 a bomber is a killer deal at John's Marketplace. A top Ten 2IPA.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper with a pale tan head. Loose and only fair retention. Very, very fine carbonation. Slippery lace and a thick collar.

Smell:You know when your stoner college roommate opens up a particularly sticky baggie of bud and says, "Dude, you GOTTA smell this"? Well, dude, you gotta smell this. Super dense, raw, oily, herby WALL o' hop. Once this subsides (well, it never really subsides, but...) there's some other stuff going on. A bit of deep toffee sugary malt, and... god, those hops are big. But that's what IPAs are all about, right?

Taste/Mouthfeel: No real surprises here. Big mouthful of rindy, herby hops coat your tongue; slightly numbing, in fact. The mouthfeel is dense -- it sits on your tongue like jelly until the carbonation breaks it up. A juicy, sugary, slightly burnt malt underbelly, almost like flan. Not surprisingly, the hops live long into the finish, white pepper and grapefruit rind.

Drinkability: It's... pretty good. I really expected to be blown away, and, well, I'm not. Still, it's a big hoppy DIPA, which is never a bad thing. If you're looking for a complex lfe-changer, though, this ain't it. B+, but missed the honor roll.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in a trade from nvsblman, the label gave information about the brewery location, beer awards, and beer philosophy, but lacked a bottling date. Since one of the award was given in 2004, this must be a late 2004, early 2005 bomber.

The beer poured out deep copper toned like a California tan, with a frothy blonde head about 1 ½ inches thick. The aroma was pine resin hot with a note of grapefruit wafting about. The first sip confirmed the West Coast hop bomb nature of the brew. The hops came on early and strong, with their pine resinous, peppery, citric assault only tempered slightly by the caramel malt. As I let the beer linger around the mouth, the tongue adjusted to the hops, and the malt sweetness opened up like a butterscotch toffee. The aftertaste was long drawn out and bittersweet. The body was thick and chewy and enhanced the enjoyment due to the tongue remaining coated in the beer for a long time.

Went very well with extra sharp white cheddar cheese and proved to be a great nightcap.

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

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" beige head over the murky orangey-amber brew. Head hangs around, and lacing is nice and sticky. Aroma is mostly piney hops, with a shot of fruitiness and some apparent underlying malt sweetness. Taste is sweet, nutty malts for a second, and then it's all about the hops. Piney goodness, and something's burning my slightly chapped lips, either hop oil or alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice DIPA here.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is pretty nice, a decent head, hefty lacing insulating my glass from light and boringness. looks like a liquid penny with little bubbles.

aroma is out of this world. i'm torn here, on one hand, it's hops. lucious heady hops but, pretty much just hops, nothing complicated or intriguing, rather basic. on the other hand, it makes my eyes water over with the thought of drinking such a thing, and i'm forced to rate it highly because i *enjoy* the smell an awful lot.

taste is pretty good, bit bitter, actually. with all that aromaticism, i was expecting something a bit less bitter. this is your typical high hop brew though, loads of hops and malt as the backbone. i really can't say anything special. that said though, it is good, it's enjoyable, i like it.

mouthfee = good. drinkability, well, i'm finishing the bottle and enjoying it.

good stuff, special bring-home beer from when i was out west. i'd get another if i saw it, nice, but, i think there are better double IPAs.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beneath a short-but-creamy head of "vanilla" tan foam a hazy (bottle-conditioned) crimson-accented dark-copper body rests gently. Very fine bubbles can be seen slowly rising to take their place beneath its long-lasting cap. Additionally, walls of dripping, splotchy lace add greatly to its appearance. Lush, toasty and caramelish malt dominates the nose, peppered with piney hops. Across the palate it's creamy and smooth; medium/full bodied and delicately carbonated, leaving it's maltiness in the forefront. And in the flavor, the typical rich and sweetish malt found in all of the Moylan's beers holds this double IPA together exceptionally well. It's sugary, caramelish, and mildly toasty side acts as a solid backdrop for, and accompaniment to, it's citrusy and piney hop flavors. It's malty up-front, but its spicy/piney/citrusy hop flavors drop in almost immediately and stay straight through into a long, dry aftertaste. Wow! This is one drinkable IPA considering it's 8.5% abv. Highly recommended!

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Photo of rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[email protected] Intense armoatic hops in the nose, sweet intense hops, pine, grapefruit. Fairly well balanced, but intense and definitely on the sweet hoppy side, before slightly bittering at the end. Lots of flavour it has to be said, but yeah, perhaps a little sweet or something.

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Photo of Troyone
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear iced tea, apple juice, and amber color with minimal head and some carbonation.

A sweet cookie caramal malt with pine, resin, grapefruit, and orange hops aroma; and hints of banana, brown sugar, maple, and licorice.

Taste is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, and moderately bitter; roasted /burnt caramel malt; spruce, resin, grapefruit, and over ripe orange hops; with hints of oak, (salt free) soy sauce, and flat cola flavors.

Mouthfeel has a medium body, dry syrupy texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic chalky finish.

This beer is not a session beer .

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

Pours a cloudy, yet bright amber with some golden threads. Very thin white head develops leaving uneven rings of lace.
Aroma of a caramel, toffee, grapefruit and some other citrusy fruit notes.
Flavors of caramel, rich grapfruit, resiny bitterness were detected. finishes with some mild bready notes. Very refreshing
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with citrus sweetness upfront and some resiny bitterness on the palate.
Drinkability is high. Thirst quenching and enjoyable. Transitions are solid, not as meaty or hop assault as I would expect from a Double IPA but still a very good beer.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle states that it's "live ale! keep refrigrated". Far be it from me to go against the manufacturers wishes.

Appearance: Beautiful. Cloudy brown at the top and transitioning to a murky, river water amber color down the glass. The head doesn't stick around too long but leaves some sticky lacings around the glass.

Smell: This may be the weak link in another wise perfect beer. Mild hop resins noted. Some pine and citrus but nothing over the top.

Taste: Wow! This is too cool. Citrusy sweet hops dance all over the palate. Balanced by a nice carmel malty sweet base. Hints of grapefruit, pine resin, carmel chews, and a slightly brush stroke of alcohol round out perfection each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slick hedging towards creamy. Full and done well.

Drinkability: I'll have to force myself to savor this 22 oz. monster. It is a highly drinkable I2PA.

There's not much that I didn't like about this beer (other than the bottom of the glass). It's not for the faint-hearted. It truly is a hop-heads wonderland. Still, if you are used to hoppier beers, this may be one to try because I think it's nicely balanced. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours an amber color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - lots of citrus and pine. The flavor is much like the aroma - lots of citrus and pine hops - but it also has a good malt character that makes it very balanced. Drinkability is very good for an I2PA. Body is very nice and the mouthfeel is right on.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a copper color with a big bubbly head that sits 3 fingers atop the beer. The nose is huge huge hops, tons of grapefruit sweetness with a deep dark caramel malt lurking behind it, giving even more sweetness. The flavor is not bad at all. Not quite as bitter as the nose tells me it should be, but I like it more subdued. There is a very sweet caramel malt that balances it well. There is also a nice light bitter that hangs on tom ym tongue at the end. The feel is nice and thick, slightly creamy making it smooth. Drinkability is good as well. The big nose is muted in the flavor. Everything works together in this beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive beer explosion. If I hadn't kept the cap half-secured, my ceiling would be dripping beer right now. I'll try my best to keep it from influencing my review, but this shit is getting annoying. It looks like the only way to keep foam from oozing out of the bottle will be to fill my glass. The glass is now filled with foam, which is being replaced with beer at an excruciating pace.

Brassy orange-copper with the most furious carbonation that I've ever witnessed. The Bunyanesque head is ecru in color and is stiffly rocky. At last, something to celebrate... the nose is wonderous and smells like butter rum Lifesavers and explosively citric, tropical fruity hops. Pineapple, orange and pink grapefruit esters abound.

Double IPA is a good, but not a great, DIPA. Amazingly enough, the out of control amount of carbonation doesn't seem to have adversely affected the flavor. This beer is bold and ballsy with a wonderful interplay between caramel cake-like malt and juicy left coast hops. The hops aren't quite as rip snorting as I'd like thanks to the generous malt load.

The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts. The underlying feel is just how I like big beer to be, full and chewy. However, the still gonzo carbonation continues to wreak havoc and I feel as if I have no choice but to knock the score back a half notch. An appropriately gassed bottle should be wonderful.

I believe that I was successful in ignoring the obviously faulty carbonation of this beer and that I ended up giving it a fair shake. Although it's a quality DIPA, it'll never supplant my favorites of the style. I'll be sure to pick up another bomber though, if only to see what the brewers actually intended.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a deep ruby color with a small head. It's leaving a few nice sheets of lace behind.

The smell is nice; deep and full of hops without leaving malts behind. The taste has a strong malt base and almost a bit of fig before the hops completely dominate the finish. Flavor is everywhere.

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

Very dark for an IPA, oooh - deep muddy amber color with a nice toasty hoppy aroma - has that nice rich malty aroma too that reminds me of how my apartments smells during a homebrew cookin'. Fruity cherry aroma in there as well. Such a well balanced brew - toasted caramel maltiness combines with a good wallop of resiny, piney hops, mildly sweet fruitiness, and a fairly strong warming feeling. Mouthfeel is buttery - so smooth with just a tinge of carbonation. Great drinkability, even nearing 9%. I cant wait to drink all these west coast brews I received from so many wonderful Cali BA's. Thanks to watermelonman for this one!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle well over a year ago, so I hope age has been kind rather than harsh. Pours a deep, cloudy amber color with a thick, 1-inch khaki-colored head that's not going anywhere fast. Aroma of spicy hops, sweet malt, resin, and a whiff of alcohol. Palate is very complex - starts out slightly piny, with a floral, aged hop character. Then the malt rushes in. Lots and lots of roasted malt, its sweetness tempered by the hops and a good deal of alcohol. Notes of oak and raisins are detectable in the aftertaste, along with some resin. The alcohol stays with you for a while, too. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, slightly syrupy, like a double IPA should be. Not the most drinkable beer in the world, but for its strength and assertiveness, it goes down pretty well.

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

I was disappointed by Moylan's IPA during a steady run of west-coast examples in Oregon and California last summer. Way too plasticene like many of those rushed-to-market beers. That said, I had a migraine while drinking it so take it for face value. This one was properly reviewed via tasting notes.

The appearance is deep ruby with huge, fluff-froth head and marvelous lace.

The nose might have been my favorite part: aggressively sprucy, spicy, and (surprise) really, really hoppy. Major hints of booze and nose-tingling pinecone.

The malt character on this beer is what made me knock the score down a bit. Some more of that dry, plasticy inflection. Overall though the malt was doughier than the IPA and with hints of caramel and heady sweetness to counteract the mouth-scorching WMD of hop-character.

Super-poundable liquid hop sunburn in a bottle. Hop burps like no other.

Find this one fresh. Wickedly soporific.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 22oz bottle. Ahh I am always excited to try a new super hoppy brew. This poured out a murky orange with brownish highlights. A tall off white head formed that left lace strewn about the glass. Strong citric hop aroma here that is balanced out a bit by a caramel malt scent. There are notes of floral hops and a bit of pine in the nose as well. The flavor starts with a bittersweet taste that leads into hop domination by citric hops with notes of grapefruit and tangerines. A nice dry bitter after taste finishes this one, overall this a fairly balanced. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. The hops really grab a hold of your taste buds and don’t let go. Very drinkable and balanced for a DIPA makes this a great beer. It still packs a kick regardless of balance.

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

The beer after its departure form the 22-ounce brown bottle takes up residence in my glass a deep limpid mahogany color with a magnificent creamy light tan head and after its decomposing the left over lace forms a glutinous sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose is dominated by the hop floral spiciness, backed up my the sweet malt, citrus crisp and quite pleasing to both the eyes and the nose, start is sweet with a delectable grain profile, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in carbonation with the hops powerful in their spicy presence, desert dry aftertaste that lingers long after the beer is gone, a great beer from a great California brewery, and I am proud to say that it is now available here in Arizona “Woo Hoo”, thanks to the “Great People” at “Little Guy Distributing”!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby-copper color. It is topped by a creamy tan colored head that is quite thick and lucious and leaves layers of Belgian lace as I take each sip. An immediate fresh aroma of American hops wafts from my glass, I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, tangerine, and fresh pine needles. My first sip encounters a medium bodied beer that coats my mouth. The flavor is quite hoppy with an aggresive hop bit in the finish. This beer is raw with fresh hop flavor, there is a bit of astringency from the hopping levels, though it is not so much that it really detracts. The flavor is sweet up front with lots of fruity hop notes of citrus, grapefruit, and lychee that sit on top of a layer of maltiness that has notes of caramel, and a bit of toasted malt.

This beer is quite enjoyable. It seems to be missing a certain something that would take it over the top, but that is an elusive thing to put your hand on. I guess the main complaint is that, while it starts out big and aggresive, it seems to fade a bit with time. Though I must add that it remains quite tasty, and I will certainly enjoy having the rest of this bottle.

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Photo of sideshowrob
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looked good pouring out of the bottle. Nice orange-amber glow, with a fair amount of sediment and a rediculous amount of thick, foamy head that just did not want to subside.

Smell was promising, with good floral notes and a slight backbone of malt.

Taste was somewhat odd. Beer had a pretty good hop note, nicely blended and all, but there was a very strong and noticable back-note of malt. The malt note, a nutty, almost burnt-caramel, domminated the tasteing session instead of the hops -- not what I'm looking for in a big IPA.

Mouthfeel was around par for the course, but drinkability suffered from the aforementioned strong, and out-of-place, malt note.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was bought for me in at Warren Tavern, Cleveland.

Looks like molasses in the glass. Generous dose of hops and malt in the nose. Tastes strongly of molasses and hops, a mix that just doesn't work. Heavy, heavy molasses, almost burnt. Lots of flavor, but nothing balances well in this brew. Far too sticky, even for the style.

This is a poor IIPA.

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Moylander Double IPA from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 80.7% out of 100 with 720 ratings
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