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Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock) | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock)Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock)

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Maryland, United States | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by dedrinker on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 261 | Ratings: 298
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of EBF 2011 leftovers. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon hefeweizen glass.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger creamy, dense, egg shell white head with good retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy mahogany. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good cling. A nice looking beer.

S: Nose is interesting. Citrus, lactose, and some nice spice notes. Slightly sour overtones remind me of yogurt and infected imperial stout. Appetizing though.

T: Opens tart. Orange, peach, prunes, yogurt, and some lychee. Spicy towards the middle with some orange rind bitterness hiding in the back. Still tart and actually intensifies a bit as it lingers in the mouth. Tea leaves come out a bit towards the end. Finish is tea, dried autumn leaves, and tart cherries and yogurt. Aftertaste is slightly bitter dried leaves. The flavor profile of this one is way out of left field. Not all bad, not what I expected, but decent.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Weird because this one's lively and abrasive yet heavy and oily at the same time. Heavy in the mouth and substantial going down. Coats the palate. Finish is messy and with slightly lingering aftertaste. A stark contrast from your regular hefe.

O: So this has replaced drinkability... which means that the overall comments I always write here is now finally appropriate. A very interesting take on the style, I can't tell if this beer is supposed to taste like this, or if its infected. Either way, very interesting and worth trying if only for an experience of the style.

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of tan foam, loosely constructed with a dimpling surface, popping bubbles across the surface until close to gone, not much lacing but what's there is thick and sticks nicely. Semi-cloudy burnt orange-brown color, lazy larger bubbles, yellows some at the glass bottom. Smells at first like banana purée, pink bubblegum too, candied apple, pear and apricot, cinnamon, honey topped wheat bread, however, not that grainy, orange juice, sugary without much counter-balance, just enough lift to escape being tiresome. Full-bodied, dry attack with active carbonation, slowly unveils the banana, bubblegum, maple syrup, toffee and milk chocolate. Apricot, cherry, peach fruit ripe but not sugary per se. Breakfast breads, cinnamon and ginger spice. More oats and rye than wheat. Hard to find the hops and determine what they are supposed to add. Likely best poured as a "dessert beer."

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Aventinus glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber color with a thin, light tan head. Head drops rather quickly to a thin wisp of foam.

Aroma of bubblegum, alcohol, prunes. No hop aroma.

First sip is of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, wheat, bananas, sweet caramel, and alcohol bite. Good level of carbonation, no carbonic bite. Short malty finish, that fades to very ripe dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, a little sticky.

Highly drinkable. Very nice combination of flavors. Close to the real thing (Aventinus) but not quite the depth of flavor and character.

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Photo of bminor7
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz from Hoosick. Apparently this is the same as the 12oz...it looked more special.

A - dark brown and turbid, like coffee mixed with apple cider. wispy white foam accumulating on the edges of the glass and surface.

S - sugary and spicy. not like a christmas spice though, more reminiscent of Aventinus. similarities do not end there.

T - lots of sugar, caramel, some dark fruits. very much like Aventinus but not as sophisticated. It lacks the sharpness to cut the sugar and doesn't appear to me to have much in the way of wheat character. Almost tastes like a barleywine mixed with diet coke. the alcohol is hidden better than in Aventinus, though.

M - Well it's pretty syrupy. Carbonation hangs in there despite a high pour (protected by the viscosity no doubt). The sugar gives that "immediately attacking enamel" feeling on the teeth. If you drank this and then went to sleep without using a toothbrush, you'd have candy-corn teeth by the morning.

D - it's ok. there isn't so much flavor to slow you down so it can go easy.

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murkey brown colour with small off-white head and minimal lacing. Smells of banana, raisin chery and wheat malt. Actually, it almost reminds me of banana bread, which is great since I love banana bread. Is this really 10% alcohol? It hides it quite well, not boozy at all. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky brown color with several fingers of head that had good retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is slightly weak for such a large beer. A little yeasty components of banana and bubblegum.

Things pick up in the flavor department. The drinker must make sure to get plenty of the yeast sludge worked up and poured into the glass. The yeast and the darker malt have a happy marrage. Plenty of banana and chocolate notes blend nicely. Just slightly sweet with some alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. I cannot imagine it is easy to disguise this amount of alcohol in a wheat beer.

I would of liked a little more carbonation in the beer but otherwise has a light body for a big tasting, high ABV beer.

Very easy drinking beer despite the alcohol. Perfect winter wheat beer. Why don't more breweries offer Weizenbocks?

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Photo of claspada
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are of strong strong banana and a little clove. Pretty typical of most German stronger/maltier brews. Some slight bready and wheaty notes join the party late.

The taste begins with a sweet banana bread-like flavor and a hint of some dark fruit notes. Yeast makes a guest appearance again, you can tell this is this high in alcohol from the thickness and mouthfeel which has a heavy/sticky lingeringly quality, which I usually distaste but here the yeast balances it out.

Overall this is definitely not the best weizenbock I have had, but this is still very good. For an American interpretation of the style, this is pretty darn tasty. I will definitely seek again because of the quality and the extremely reasonable price tag.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy dark brown with a finger of light tan head in a shaker glass from the glass. Leaves moderate amount of lacing.

S: caramel apples is the first and biggest thing I get off this beer and it mask the biscuit and slight roasted nutty notes. Hazelnut is there but I can't get enough of that granny smith and pear.

T: more of the malt is noticeable in the beginning but that amazing fresh apple, sweet caramel and a slight nutmeg come back. Its a lot like muled apple cider with a caramel drizzle only ten times better.

MF: it mask the 10% abv well but it still has a warming sensation that feels great especially in late november in MD. Its creamy and heavy and the flavors transition so smoothly you don't notice the next one coming until its already there.

D: this beer is my new late fall favorite and I coulkd only describe its drinkability as sitting on the sofa with someone close in front of the fire on a cold night. Its biggest downfall is its rarity. I've been looking for this beer in the bomber since it came out only to stumble upon it at a local beer bar/brew pub on cask. Seek this out for the adventure and the reward after finding it!

Big edit! As I sit here with number two I notice what could be banana bread at the end and as an after taste. I think the cask conditioning my have transformed it into that caramel apple I noticed.

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Photo of bnes09
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber to brown colored ale. Thin white head forms than disappears. Zero lacing. Huge yeast chunks at first than they break up into small flakes and float around.

Complex aromas of banana, cloves and yeast. Also some nuttiness and scotch in the mix. A tad sour on the nose.

Huge brown sugar and molasses sweetness right away. Yeasty banana flavors. Touch of toffee and roasted almond. Small level of piney hop adding a bitter balance. Also some raisins and dates in the mix. Alcohol is detectable but not overpowering and is actually quite subdued for 10 percent.

Solid medium bodied. Sticky on the lips. Moderate carbonation.

This is quite an interesting offering and a style that I haven't really seen before. Lots of complex flavors with good balance. Alcohol is highly deceptive. An intriguing brew that is well worth a try.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

TMoney2591 brought this beer from far off lands (Virginia specifically), so props for that generosity.

This beer pours a red cloudiness that is adorned with ecru foam that looks quite tasty. There is a nice maltiness to the aroma. There is a rich caramel smell. Brown sugar and molasses reign supreme with ginger and steeped oranges. The flavor is a bit roasted malt and a serious ginger and nutmeg. The bitterness is still distinct, but it's still rather silky on the back of the tongue. The drinkability suffers in the overall. There is some intangible thing I can't put my finger on that makes this beer a bit off, still solid, still good, but not outstanding. Still a good beer and a recommendation for the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

This is one of the last remaining vestiges of my time in NoVa, and I figured I'd split it with my BA homeboi VDubb86. Unfortunately, we decided to prime thwe evening with the now-illegal-in-many-places Four Loko (the lemon version...). Ugh. Now that the palate has settled though, we're on our way:

It pours a murky auburn-sienna topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises oats, wheat, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling, rose petals, raisins, and cinnamon. The taste runs similarly, but more toward the fruitier notes, with raisins, red grapes, figs, and oranges running the show. Some rye bread makes its way in there as well. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that yearns to be chewy. Overall, a very nice w-bock, something I really wish was available around these parts. Tasty stuff, people.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this the other day, I really like weizenbocks so I hope this beer is good and for $4 I couldn't pass it up. I have neither tried anything from this brewery before so this is a first impression. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a very cloudy dark brown color with 2 fingers worth of off white head that turned into a thing ring.

S- Wow, this beer smells similar to a caramel apple, there's also a little banana and clove thrown into the mix. Overall pretty sweet smelling with a touch of alcohol at the end.

T- Lots of dark wheat makes itself known, its tastes like a slightly lighter version of the smell. Banana and clove stand out the most. It's pretty sweet but all the flavors are balanced well and there's only a slight bit of booze on the finish.

M- Medium bodied and slightly under carbonated.

D- I am sharing this bomber with my brother, if I had it all to myself I could take it down, but I wouldn't want anymore then that.

Overall I thought this was a good weizenbock, not the best I have had but still a good brew. Its a good substitute for my favorite weizenbock, Wallys weizenbock from black forest. For $4 i think it's a great deal, I can't think of any other bombers that are this strong and good tasting for this price. An all around good beer that will be in my fridge quite regularly. I will seek out more beers from this brewery since this beer gave me a good first impression of clipper city.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle. Cloudy grapefruit with big bubbly head. Above verage mouthfeel. A story in bannana, and I get the yeast. Looking for more interesting in the style than a sweet bannana sundae, but still enjoyable, and I am allergic to bannanas and not a fan of their smell. Also do we need the abv s high? Good for what it is.

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Photo of scottyb88
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- color is a dark amber; cloudy; off white head that disappears kind of fast; doesn't appear to have much lacing

S- not what I was expecting; there is definitely some dark fruit but mainly from the skin of the fruit...had this harshness about it when i first smelled it but mellows as it warms

T- it's actually a pretty tasty beer; the first part is a dark fruit flavor that fades into a semi-sweet chocolate flavor; there is some spicy flavor such as clove, but I'm not getting much banana...its very faint

M- a little too thin I thought and there is too much alcohol present; the aftertaste is a semi-sweet and semi-bitter citrus

D- a decent version of the style but I wish they kept it in the 8% area and it wasn't as "hot"...if anything a bit sweeter or fuller in the mouth would go better with the apparent alcohol; i was reminded too much of apple skins and orange peel rather than banana bread

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Looks like Sorghum syrup, rich browny red, hazy.
smell: ummm...malty, dark fruitiness.
taste: Liquid dessert. Alcohol very well hidden. Sweet balanced with spice.
mouthfeel: medium big body with carbonation creeping through that thickness.
drinkability: Great beer. This one's been in the fridge for several days and I've tried to resist. It did not disappoint.

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Photo of Chaney
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I must have seen this one in the store about a million times over the years but have never taken the plunge until now. It's time to surf the waves dude!:

A: EXTREMELY cloudy dark brown, with a slight hazy head, and moderate carbonation.

S: It smells like some sort of ultra, ultra, ultra sweet caramel candy. A hint of banana adds to the funkiness.

T: The overbearing sweetness is really hitting me hard upfront. I can only detect wheat if I really concentrate on it. The more I drink of it, I start to get a mild nuttiness.

M: Kind of syrupy, with the alcohol burning after about the 4th or 5th sip.

D: Not very....the sugariness is just way too over the top for my tastes. However, I'm willing to admit that this style just may not be my cup of tea...or beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

strong raisin and other dried fruit aromas. some wheatiness cuts through but, really, it's mostly fruity

very dryfruity. occasionally i sense cough syrup (oh yeah, it's strong). i have to say, there's not a ton of depth. no yeast character to speak of; little recognizable malt elements

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice really thick looking dark brown color, almost reminds me of apple cider. Provides a thick off white foam head with ample lacing.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, bread, spices. There is a very slight amount of alcohol.

T: Lots of malt character on the front end, some spices through the middle and lots of malt on the back end.

M: Leaves a nice thick creamy rich mouthfeel.

D: This is easy to drink Weizenbock. Lots of spice, lots of alochol, but not really detectable. A very tasty Weizenbock.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hang Ten pours a dark copper/bronze color. It's hazy, and has a distinct burgundy appearance with backlighting. A soft, off-white head sits on top, and stands about a finger and a half tall. It's quick to recede to a surface covering, and leaves a moderate coat of sticky lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is alright. It's a little sweet and malty up front. It has a grainy, earthy scent that permeates throughout. Clove and pepper spices are noted, but are more subtle than strong. Banana is definitely in the mix and smells nice. Yeast plays a rather prominent role. It complements the other scents very well. Alcohol is noticeable. Perhaps a little more than it should be.

The flavor is a little better than the nose. Enough to trigger a score bump. The malt base is sweet and brown-esque. Spices are stronger in the mix here. Clove and pepper are notable. Banana works really well in this one and complements the clove flavor nicely. Very well done. Yeast is rather pronounced throughout. Nonetheless, it has a nice flavor and adds something positive. Alcohol is a little too prominent. It has a warming effect, and isn't too far from hot. It finishes spicy with a touch of banana and alcohol heat.

Hang Ten has a medium body. Carbonation is mid-range. It has a rather smooth feel and goes down really easy for a double digit abv beer. Drinkability is good. The flavor here is pretty good and I'm enjoying the bomber.

Clipper City's one of those breweries that's been really hit and miss for me. This one's definitely more hit than miss. The only slight misstep might be that the alcohol comes through a little too strong. Honestly, it'd be just fine at 8%, rather than 10%. Other than that, it's good stuff. I'm a Weizenbock fan, and this is a pretty good one. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 250mL Jenlain flute glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark-brown color with a 1.5 finger, thick-looking off-white heady that dissipates quickly and leaves behind very thick lacing.

Smell: A strong banana bread note dominates, with some wheat and yeast hints and an alcohol note.

Taste: Begins with a sweet banana bread-like flavor and a hint of red grape, finishing with some dark fruit notes and slight alcohol. The finish also reveals a few yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: A fairly heavy body with balanced, natural carbonation and a refreshing finish that has a warm alcohol feel.

Drinkability: Not the best weizenbock, but this is still very good. For an American interpretation of the style, the brewers interpreted the style very well. I would enjoy having this again.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque brown with a lively head. Aroma is sharp and wheaty. The flavor is incredibly wheaty, nutty and toasty, with a little woody bitterness and a sting of alcohol as the beer warms. Considering the power of this beer, however, they did a nice job keeping it in balance. A decent example of the style, but not one I will come back to.

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Photo of deereless
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hang Ten reminds me of a dark and murky ice tea, there is significant lacing and a thin layer of head visible with good head retention - 4.00, Strong aromas that remind me of caramelized sugar and baked banana, sturdy spiciness and subtle clove, there is also a good bit of plums on the nose and a smell that reminds me of rum, interesting and inviting nose - 4.25, T: The palate is quite bready and with a solid spicy bite, there is significant chocolate and a fruit cake like sweetness, alcohol is evident but not off putting, vanilla and clove wrap up the flavor profile, ironically I pick up the faintest hint of dry white wine on the tail end of the beer - 4.25, M: Quite rich and chewy, mouth feel is full bodied and velvety - 4.50, D: After Loose Cannon, Hang Ten is my favorite from Clipper City, it may not match the style verbatim, but it is very tasty and very drinkable and one I look forward to each year - 4.00

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured a dark caramel brown color with a thin head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a malty sweetness to it with wheat and caramel playing a big role. A bit of dark fruit notes come through in the maltiness. Pretty appealing aroma and nice for the style.

The taste has a big malty flavor to it with some sweeter wheat flavors shining through. Like the nose it has some nice dark fruit notes. Some caramel is present as well. A bit of bitterness comes through in the finish helping it from becoming too sweet. Very nice and flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is a bit above medium bodied with below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has a lot of great flavors to it. The malty wheat flavors were very nice overall and it was a good example of the style. Definitely one of my favorite Heavy Seas beers.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy reddish-brown hue, with less than a finger of off-white, average retention, and average lacing. The aroma consisted of banana, cloves, plum, and sour cherries. The taste was thick and fruity at the start, progressively getting more spicy to a tart cherry finish, with a hint of alcohol as well. Nice warm cherry aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation. Pleasant to sip on its own or paired with an appropriate dessert.

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Photo of youngleo
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice two fingered head. Big chunks of floaties were in the head and brew itself. Head was caramel in color. Brew itself was dark brown. Not a lot of lacing going on. Smelled a little on the boozy side. Also had notes of caramel, a kind of sweet maybe apple smell. Also wheat. I thought it tasted a little on the sweet side. You could taste apple and alcohol. It actually was quite flavorfull. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation might be a little on the high side. I didnt think it was to heavy. The 10% alcohol content was evident after a few swallows. You could enjoy these quite often, you just coudnt make it a session beer.

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Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock) from Heavy Seas Beer
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