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Whoop Pass IPA | Silver City Brewing Co.

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Whoop Pass IPAWhoop Pass IPA

Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RoyalT on 11-12-2003

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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 176
Photo of ElGordo
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather still orange-amber hue with almost no head. Aroma of biscuity malt, strong fruity hops, and light notes of tropical fruit. Palate is full of hops up front, with accents of pine and tropical fruit. The sweet malt offsets the bitterness before the swallow, but yields again on the finish, leading to a lasting hoppiness.
Body is full and creamy, a little richer than most IPAs, almost velvety like an ESB. Still, this is not a distraction but rather a fitting body for the flavor profile. A thoroughly enjoyable offering, cheers to my man Noah for bringing it over last week. Now I need to find more!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz undated bottle, $8.49 from Malt and Vine, served at 55 degrees.

Pours clear dark copper, with a two-plus inch head of white foam. Plenty of spongy lacework after the retreat, as well as a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics are floral and resinous, albeit a bit less pungent than I was hoping.
Candied conifer sprigs, juicy grapefruit, tangerine segments, and light malt.

Medium bodied and very creamy. A crispish mouthfeel with plenty of oily tackyness.

A resinous sting leads off the palate, along with bittered tropical fruits, grapefruit oil, and pepper-dusted sap. Just enough chewy malt to balance in the middle.
Warming alcohol steps forward as well as a strong but smooth bitterness, and a bark-like earthiness.

Finishes with a persistant, drying bitterness, warming alcohol, and lingering grapefruit pith.

Wowza. Great beer. For what the nose lacks in pungentness, the palate makes up for. Tasting super fresh and loaded with bitter, fruity resins.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this last night courtesy of my brother in law. My half of the bomber poured with a nice head that was persistent and left some great lacing. Color was a deep orange that seemed to call out - try me. Nose is super fragrant and even my 5 year old loved the smell. Aromas were very fresh and spoke of great northwest hops, grapefruit, citrus piny and mildly grassy. Just plain great.

Taste totally follows nose. In addition to being a very hoppy tasting brew the caramel sweetness seems to come out more than some of the other big IPA's around and adds another element. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The drinkability factor, to me, is what sets this IPA apart. It just keeps demanding that you take drink after drink. It's that good.


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Photo of froghop
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-clear amber-orange with a medium size cream colored head, good lacing.

smell is of caramel, pine, hops, and malt in the back.

taste is thick and slightly oily, hops up front, some malt hidden in the back, a touch of sweetness at first that vanishes rather quickly and is replaced by a pinenut, some caramel in there too.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks!).

Poured a clear and dark amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, pine with light malts lurking in the background. Tastes of oranges, light caramel, wood and light grass. The aromas were very hoppy with the hoppiness being softer in the tastes. Lightly sweet. I never would have guessed this one was 9%. You gotta love the name of this one.

Notes from 9/30/05

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark orange almost amber in color. One finger head lasts quite a while.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, and malt sweetness are easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt profile with grapefruit, pine, caramel, bitter green grapes, and a nice bitterness that does not go over the top. Alcohol is definitely noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp with a long dry aftertaste.

drinkability: for the style, this was amazingly easy to drink despite the high alcohol levels which will creep up on you quickly. Give this one a try.

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Photo of explosivebeer
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a thick creamy head that settles into a nice residual swirl of bubbles. The color is a deeper orange, like many other imperial IPAs. The aroma jumps out of the glass and presents you with a pleasant onslaught of citrus-y hoppiness with some undertones of pine. The taste is sweet, alcoholic, a little bitter, and generally good. It finishes with some hoppy bitterness. Really, this beer is worth the aroma alone and everything else is just a bonus.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-copper coloured IPA with strong citrus and floral hop aroma. Zesty, citrusy hop taste with a strong malt flavour to it. Good carbonation, light and pleasant aftertaste. Hoppy without being a hop bomb even though it is a a DIPA. Well crafted, good balance.

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left some small trails of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops and a hint of malt.

T - It was very malty and hoppy. I really noticed the Cascade hops. It had a bittersweet bite as it warmed up.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good DIPA. It isn't overpoweringly bitter. It was well-balanced.

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Photo of bosco7
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper color with a pillow of a head. Microscopic carbonation. Mild chill haze.

Lots of malt, grapefruit and orange in the nose. Some floral, piney, and spicy hop aroma underneath the citrus.

Heavy toffee and caramel in the start which gets buried by orange, flowery perfume hop flavors. Alcohol in the finish. Bitterness and malt are nicely balanced.

Beautiful silky mouthfeel with delicate carbonation (perfect) that cleanses the palate without leaving a harsh bitterness. This is an excellent DIPA- so balanced for the ass kicking ABV, hop character is pronounced, and an easy drinker to boot.

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Photo of flexabull
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice fresh bottle courtesy of msubulldog25... thanks again!

Pours a crystal clear bright amber color with a slight white head that quickly faded.

Aromas are strong and pungent. Aromas are of orange rind, resin, and some hard candies. Very nice and impressive nose on this one.

Flavors are quite nice. A very smooth, sweet candied and creamy malt character up front. Finish is crisp and tart. A slight amount of alcohol noted on the finish, but it is mostly full of bitter citrus hop flavors.

Very full thick and well rounded mouthfeel. Prickly yet smooth as well. Exceptional.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a very well crafted DIPA from an excellent little PacNW brewery. I tend to like some more resiny pine like hop flavors from IPAs and DIPAs, but this is still a wonderful beer, that is well worth trying.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz'er to a pint glass. Picked up at By the Bottle, where I was told the bottles were filled June 20th, delivered June 21st. Bought & consumed on June 25th. Doesn't get much fresher...

New high-gloss label reads: "Over 50 lbs. of Washington State Cascade and Columbus hops are infused, injected or otherwise inflicted on a single 15 barrel batch". I first tried this on-tap at 2006 Oregon Brewers Festival. 84 IBU. 9.0% ABV.

A: Bright, "new penny"-copper/orange. Very clear, with little rising carbonation. About 1/2-finger of off-white cream rests atop, fading slowly to a half-moon of film. Sticking bands of blotchy lace.

S: Exceedingly fresh burst of orange citrus, cut grass & herbs, pine resin and syrupy-sweet caramel. Wonderful balance between biscuity/bready malts and a juicy hops. Good aroma, maybe not as strong as the top DIPAs I've enjoyed...

T: Well-balanced malt/hop concoction. Malts are light sweet from an underlying caramel and hops are surprisingly spicy with zesty citrus rind punch.Ends with a very bitter conclusion, with dominant grapefruit and pine oils. Malts aren't gone in the finish, though, as there's a mild grainy sweetness, too.

M: Creamy with a hint of alcohol warming. Medium body, light to moderate carbonation. Finishes bitter, but is cleaner than some sticky/cloying version I've had, where the heavy flavors latch onto the taste buds for a very long time. This one just tails off nicely...

D: A very good DIPA, excellent flavors and good, varied hop aroma. I'm glad to have tried this one so fresh, as it's balanced and ready to sip right away. Easy to drink and definitely recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had heard a lot about this DIPA and was very happy to see it on tap at Collins Pub. Other beers from Silver City I rarely see there, but the owner at Collins seems to have this on fairly often. Maybe it's a personal favorite of Knuckles, who I know personally delivers a lot of Silver City products directly to the folks at Collins.

The beer pours an impressive cloudy orange color with impressive head retention and decent lacing. On the nose there is an eruption of dry citrus and pine. Very pungent. All the hall marks of a very big, very hoppy DIPA. On the palate this beer is medium sweet, with maybe a trace of ginger and quinine. The beer is on the dry side for a DIPA, but still has a huge presence of grapefruit and lemon from the considerable hops. The beer concludes with a very dry, very hoppy finish.

The abv. in this beer is a bit more noticeable then I would like, and it's not the most drinkable of IPA's. Still...

Not exactly my style of DIPA, but very impressive nonetheless.

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Photo of mentor
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Silver City for the opportunity. Hard pour earns almost no head (tan) over a cloudy orange amber liquid. Smells wickedly dry. Orange and pine. Woody.

Tastes potent dry grassy, but not rough co-ho. Orange bitter pithy. Apricto ester and dry wood. Malt sweet just gets completely beat down. Md body and carbonation. Okay for one beer, but I don't need another.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad beer Karma to TheManicalOne for this beer. The beer came my way as part of BC-2. The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a peachy amber coloration. The beer has very active carbonation boiling to the surface of the beer. The head was very thick and foamy with good retention. Thick streams of lacing slide down the glass.

Smell: The beer delivers a nice big citrus and pine hop smell. This is supported by a big ass sweet caramel maltyness.

Taste: The beer has an explosion of citrus in my mouth lemon and orange combine with pine needle hops. This gives way to malty caramel sweetness. This in turn gives it up to floral herbal hop bitterness. The alcohol and prickly carbonation bat clean up on the palate.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The carbonation is a bit prickly at times but not excessive. Overall a dam tasty beer and I could drink a couple of these in an evening no problem. I opened the bottle of Whoop Ass that TheManiacalOne sent me and I thank him for it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from waldowin so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color with a medium-sized, thick foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very hoppy and very sweet, a very nice combination of hops and citrus.

T: Bitter hops hit you up front and it’s quickly followed by a pleasant malty, fruity sweetness. As the beer warms, the hops get stronger, but at the same time blend with the sweetness to bring more balance.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: This is the type of beer that once you take your first sip, you won’t want to switch to anything else for the rest of the night.

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Photo of freed
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a generous sample of this at OBF06 and marked that I should go back for more. Didn't follow my instructions. Damn.

Pours an almost strawberry & copper color with a lacy and crinkled white head.

Aroma is dominated by fruity hops - pleasant citrus and floral.

The taste is plethora of hop tributes. Bright and bold sweet, floral and grapefruity. The malt body is enough to satisfy but doesn't over-sweeten the delivery. There's ample bitterness to give a nice lip-smacking finish. Quite satisfying on the palate.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that even though I enjoyed my first opportunity to savor Silver City’s famed Whoop Pass IPA on draught at the brewpub, the beer made a greater impression upon me from the bottle. At Silver City I was served a beer of polished red cedar color with lazy carbonation, a downy soft head, and delicate, widely distributed lace. The aroma danced through resinous waltzes of fresh – almost hand squeezed – hops. Sharply tinged bittering intertwined with a prominent alcoholic bite to give the flavor a bit of a barb.

The beer’s sustain is of modest duration and before long the hop aroma was arrested by malt fruitiness and a whiff of sangria fruit punch. The aroma remained tantalizing nonetheless.

A hop monster. But not a scary hop monster.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, ~$5 from Bottleworks in Seattle, bottle states 9% ABV. (Also drank and rated on tap at Brouwers, see below notes.)

Pours a vigorous foamy head into beer clean pint glass. Retains a solid dense head, with light to moderate lace on the sides of the glass. Medium to light-ish copper. (Light only for style.)

Initial aroma is sweet grain and slightly spicy, I think I only smell hops because I'm looking for them. The smell is much like the heady grain smell during the boil in beermaking. This smell (which I love) persists as it warms: nice.

Taste: perfumy, spicy, piney, slightly tangy, very nice. Not the overwhelming hop punch that some DIPAs pack, but a really nicely balanced one. (Perhaps this just demonstrates what an excessive hop freak I am.) In some ways, it's a great DIPA for people who to try the style, without being blown away (as they would by, say, Pliny the Younger.)

Smell, again: yeah, homebrew grain boiling and filling the whole hous (neighborhood) with sweet grain smell. Yum.

I drank and rated this both out of the bottle, and on tap at Brouwers in Seattle: my notes from the tap are sufficiently similar to my current bottle tasting that I'm amalgamating them. The only difference might be that the aroma was less pronounced in the bar; perhaps due to competing smells, or being served slightly colder? (I'm pouring at approx 55*F.) I'm listing "bottle" as serving type since that's what I'm drinking and reviewing as I type this.

I like this beer a lot, and would definitely buy it again. It didn't knock my socks off, and is far from an overwhelming hop punch, but is a totally adequate and quite tasty DIPA. Very, very drinkable: I could sit and drink half a dozen of these, easy. Good stuff!

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper colore with a rocky white head (after a hard pour in my second glass); lacing is modest

Smell: Resinous and piney, with an almost meaty character

Taste: Starts out with a piney flavor and a touch of the biscuit; after the swallow, it literally bursts with resinous pine and undertones of grapefruit; the finish is very dry and bitter with just a touch of residual sweetness at the tip of tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with relatively low carbonation (my bottle was filled nearly to the rim, which may have contributed to this)

Drinkability: Nectar for the hop gods, this would be improved with a bit more carbonation; otherwise, top notch

Thanks, waldowin, for the opportunity

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber; standard label does not identify the beer, but whoop pass IPA has been printed on the side, along with a "9" to identify the ABV. Pours a hazy orange. Strong aroma of alcohol, blackberries, citrus and hops. Initially has the flavor of other West Coast IPA's, but then it leads into one of the most intensely bitter flavors I've ever sampled. I can feel my stomach burning through half the bottle. It's not bad, though I am thinking something has possibly gone awry. I love bitter, hoppy beers...but this is like bong resin. It's hot and a bit one-dimensional. Extremely piney with a dominating herbal hop presence. Carbonation level is quite nice, pretty smooth and and balanced on the palate, leaving a tingle in the finish. Whew! Liking it more as it warms, but the drinkability suffers a bit. Again, I'd love to try a really fresh sample for comparative purposes. Until then, I'll say this is one intense brew that might be good for sharing.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If this one had a mouth it would scream, "drink me" the entire trip out of the bottle. Beautiful golden orange hue is coupled with a nice white head that caps off the glass like a crown. The smell is piney, and citrusy, a combination that is the recipe for delicious in my mind. The taste is full of orange and grapefruit, but somehow never becoming as awe inspiring as the appearance and smell. Now the mouthfeel is where I was truly awed. Its so thick its like drinking a shake, just amazing! Who wouldn't jump at the chance to drink this all night, so long as your tastebuds can stand it!

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Another one thanks to Jetsbeer...don't know why, but I like it when there is no mention of the word "double" in the name...had no clue this one clocked in at 9%.
Cloudy mahogony in color with less than a half finger of bright white head...a fine layer remains on top and some sporadic lacing remains on the side of the snifter.
Nothing over the top in the nose...juicy fruit hops with a diacetyl twinge with a lingering nose.
The taste is real solid...glad to see this is no butter bomb. Well balanced with a strong malt presence to balance out the boatload of hops this one is carrying.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is perfect...no alcohol present until the last few swigs and finishes very clean.
Not overdone for the style...just done right. Possibly the best session brew for a double IPA I have tried to date.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

01/03/06- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info anywhere. Did I get a bad bottle? Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden orange pour, lightly clouded. Nice 3/4 inch creamy white head with light lacing.

Smell- Nice pungent scent of pine hops amidst lots of powdered sugar. Maybe a hint of malt in the distance.

Taste- Holy crap, my tongue just got scorched by hops! My tongue is literally on fire from pine hop resin. Not in a good way either. This is by far the most bitter and one sided IPA I've had. I can find not a trace of any kind of malt until the very end as it hits room temp. When it gets there it shows a light touch of caramle malt. Just incredibly harsh.

Mouthfeel- Burning tongue and medium carbonation makes for a tough to consume beer.

Drinkability- Pass on this one unless I got a bad one. Everyone esle seems to love it. This beer just survived the kitchen sink.

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Photo of merlin48
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle obtained via trade with waldowin. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy this rare, Pacific Norhtwest DIPA.
Served slightly chilled into an imperial pint glass, the body is a chill hazed, radiantly golden color, with a lot of active carbonation evident in the glass. Two finger, beige head retains well, finally receding into sticky, island chain, lace. Quite a looker!

Aroma is boldly hopped. Fresh hop resins sear the nose with pine sap and grapefruit rind. Faint notes of tangerine and caramel seem to emerge at room temperature.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied, with crisp carbonation. Oily, resinous, hop juice is intense enough to have a burn on the tongue. No alcohol presence noted.

Taste is all about the hops. Fresh and Bitter hops. Earthy, floral, citrus, but mostly pine sap. Caramel, orangerind, and tangerine notes peek through, especially at room temperature, but are quickly swatted into meek submission. The brash hoppiness becomes more citrusy toward the finish, but a malt presence is never able to fully come forth. Finish and aftertaste have a lasting, dry, bitterness that is limezest and pine resin.

This one is a perfect remedy for the hop deprived. Whooppass, indeed! Hopheads would rate this one much higher. This makes a Stone Ruination seem like an ESB. "Knock the Doors Down" bitter hoppiness is offered here. Very enjoyable to drink, well constructed, and loaded down with Pacific Northwest, high alpha, C hops. Whew! This one will render your tastebuds useless to review anything else, but the high abv is cleverly concealed.

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Whoop Pass IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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