Prolonged Enjoyment | Short's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Session India Pale Ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.89/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From zombier. In Duvel glass. Playing Bardbarian last night. Nice surprise. Very seasonable ipa. Nearly no alcohol and all the aroma and nice bitterness of a good IPA. To drink all day

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Photo of oline73
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub in Bellaire. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a layer of fluffy white head and some mild lacing.

Smell: Really great. A mild malt sweetness but juicy citrus hops are the star here. Reminds me of grapefruit.

Taste: Follows mostly from the smell. Some grain but the hops are the star. Citrus peel, grapefruit, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This reminds me of some of the better west coast pale ales. Wonderful hop profile and easy to drink. I'd love to get my hands on more of this.

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Photo of Raime
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky gold, almost copper with a one finger slightly off-white head. Left good lacing.

S - Pine resin and grapefruit are plentyful on this nose, with a large amount of papaya and mango.

T - Pretty much all pine resin in this department. I'm not complaining, it's quite tasting but lacking.

M - The body is pretty light with light carbonation.

O -Overall, This is more of a " Light IPA " than a Pale Ale. At 3.7%, this is great for casual drinking or a night of reviewing in which you don't want to get too hammered in between beers and you don't want to drink anything shitty as a palate washer. The flavor could have been deeper, but that's about my only real problem with it.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murky yellow cream, looks good! Smells good, tropical fruit but little or now citrus and actually some perceived phenolic alcohols, but just a bit. A subtle one on the nose, but the taste is low on the malt, and bitter, and fresh out of the bag hops, and dry and fizzy and just right at the right the 50's for sure!

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dumped the bottle into a tulip glass, it has a glowing saturated orange color with a light haze to it. Some foam at first, about a fingers width that settled quickly to a sticky ring around the edges.

Pungent citrus nose, orange and nectarine, lime zest. Some grainy pale malt behind that, that carries into the taste especially. As it sits, the citrus seems to ebb away, exposing the rawness of barley and cereal grains. Flavor seems equally balanced between the citrusy grapefruit hop notes and grainy pale malt, with some botanical grassiness in the middle. Very light and refreshing feel, strikingly similar to local favorite Daisy Cutter in fact, just more citrus forward (a la Tasty Waves, lol). Super quenching and drinkable, would go through a case easily.

Thanks Justin for the trade...

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/21/2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes with a fair malt balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a decent malt balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected at 3.5%. Overall this is a highly excellent session IPA! Lots of hop flavor with nice complexity and robustness; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Great label! Great name too!

Slightly hazy light orange copper body. Pinkie finger of thick, pillowy, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Fresh hop nose with notes of mandarin orange, pineapple, pine sap, and cat pee. Very nice.

Citrus mineral water bitterness up front. Fresh hop flavors pick up. Orange, pine, and mint. Thin malt base (as expected with the abv) provides a bit of balance. Light fruit and cracker. Hops easily win this battle and celebrate into the finish. Dry and appetizing. Light to moderate body, with a crisp, lively feel. In the end, this comes off drinking like an IPA (especially in the hop-dominated aftertaste), but is obviously much more sessionable (and reminds me of when I used to live in Utah ;)

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Photo of Mitchster
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No ingredients listed per the website or bottle. Pours out to a hazy orange, forming a modest white head with average retention and good lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is really nice...skunkweed hops on a delicate pils malt base with a touch of grain husk. Very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. A wonderful balanced between the skunky hops and the husky pils malt with a moderately strong pleasant lingering bitterness. Cleanly fermented with no perceptible off-flavors. You definitely want to drink this cold, because the bitterness is pretty high and gets more intense as it warms up. This is very similar to Victory's Headwaters Pale ale with quite a bit more bitterness.

Really nice brew. I would buy this again. Recommended.

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Photo of HosP
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz into fff pint glass.
Pours Orange, a little dull but with fluffy white head. Some sticky lace on the glass. Nose is a little on faint side but floral, citrus hops do come through. Taste is refreshing! Nice hop taste up front. Malty back ground with sweet caramel malts. Some bitterness but doesn't draw away from any other flavors. Lighter body with moderate carbonation. Great session beer. Easy to drink and great on a summer afternoon!

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Photo of 33nickadams
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-translucent golden amber color with a slight head. I get a very piney, almost minty, smell with undertones of citrus. Very refreshing smell. Taste is very hopforward, with citrus notes. There is a good amount of bitterness. The malt background has a touch of sweetness. Not much aftertaste to speak of. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, very easy drinking and would be great in the summer on the water.

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

I picked up a bottle of Short's Prolonged Enjoyment last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time this has been released in bottles and I am excited to see how this Session IPA is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's a nice picture of beer and man evolving together, well done to say the least. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing. This is a good looking beer, just wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma is nice and all about the hops. It starts off with a pretty hoppy aroma that is a mixture of citrus hops, spicy hops, and piney hops, they seem pretty equal but the citrus sticks out slightly more with a nice mango and pineapple with a little bit of a grapefruit aroma. Next comes real light amount of malts that impart a light biscuity aroma. This was a pretty nice smelling Session IPA, I enjoyed the aroma.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma, but it seems to be much more balanced. It starts off with some piney and spicy hops with a good medium amount of bitterness, After that I get a good amount of malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart a pretty strong biscuit like flavor that help bring some balance to this beer. Towards the end I pick up some more hops that imparts some lighter grapefruit and mango flavors and it had a piney hop aftertaste. This was a pretty balanced tasting Session IPA, that tasted good, the balance really worked well with this beer.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a good example of the newly popular style of the Session IPA, this was a good example of that style that seemed to show much more balance then some other examples of the style and I liked that, I find that a good balance works well for this style. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, was crisp and refreshing, and it had enough flavor and balance to hold my attention, I could see drinking a six pack of this throughout a nice warm day, pretty sessionable. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and the balance this beer had when it came to the flavor, it was really well done and it represents the style nicely. What I liked least about this beer was that the citrus hops didn't show up a little more in the taste, I wish they they stuck out above the other types of hops like the did in the aroma. I would for sure buy this beer again, in fact I think I might go back and get a six pack since this single was pretty good and I doubt it will be around much longer, I recommend giving this beer a try, it's a nice example of the style. I thought Short's did a nice job with this beer and I find it to be different from the other Session IPA's I have had, It seems like in Michigan this is becoming the new trendy style with pretty much every major Michigan brewery except Bell's offering their own example of the style. I find this one to be just about as good as Founders All Day IPA, that beer relied on the citrus hops for the majority of the flavors while this beer relied on a nice complex hop profile and a pretty noticeable biscuit malt base then lends lots of balance to this beer, they are both good in their own right, when I want citrus I go with Founders and when I want balance I go with Short's. Good job Short's this beer can hang with the best of them, nice work.

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

1251st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

No bottle date

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- A soft gold color with orange and yellows. A nice 1-1/2 finger white head with a bit of a pancake batter look and falls with good cling.

Smell- A very faint and soft citrus with big pungent hops. Fairly sweet and very damp and earthy. Has a faint booze note which I found odd.

Taste- A very flavorful and spicy little beer. Has a very soft citrus and good thick hops. Just a very enjoyable beer not blowing me away.

Mouth- A light-medium bodied beer with a medium-thick carbonaion level. A bit of residual earthy hops and a little bit of citrus.

Drink- This was light, semi-crisp, a touch bitter and enjoyable. A good weekend beer for sure.

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

An absolutely excellent Session Ale, with far more "west coast" hop flavours than I thought possible for 3.7% ABV!

Colour is difficult to determine within the ceramic "mug club" glass I have the privilege of using at the brewery in Bellaire tonight. But looks like a decent amber colour with a respectable amount of surprisingly light coloured head. Piney, citrus aroma is stunning. The flavour is not as robustly hoppy, but is well balanced and has a brilliantly lingering finish. All in all, an ideal beer for a long night out!

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Photo of zachary80
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased last week, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is good but with less head than desired for a hoppy beer. White head and decent white lacing. Body is on the orange side.

Aroma is citrusey with some honey-like features.

Flavor is full, more like a drier IPA than expected. Plenty of complexity here. Fairly bitter but not overwhelming, and the flavor lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is thin but as expected.

Delicious and session-able while keeping the hoppiness notched up. Surprisingly good

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a hazy yellowish orange. a finger and a half of a off-white foamy head. leave behind a lacing

Smell: nice and pleasant floral hops. nothing to powerful

Taste: decently strong floral hops and a touch of grains. quite a strong flavor for a beer that comes in below 4%.

Mouthfeel. pretty light, slightly bitter. with a little bit more crispness this beer could be higher rated

Overall: another solid small seasonal from Short's. But this one isn't completely unique or above the competition and was a bit tough to track down.

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Photo of korguy123
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.
First bottling which I believe was March.

A- Slightly hazy burnt orange pour. Super soapy, sticky white head with excellent lacing and longevity.

S- Bright citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, mango, mandarin with a touch of strawberries. This one has a little pine twang. It is a mouth watering beer to say the least.

T- Huge hit in the teeth with grapefruit and pine. There is a slight floral taste that somewhat reminds me of dandelion leaves. I got the same taste from Short's ControversiALE.

M- Light to medium bodied, starts juicy and finishes with a lingering dryness.

O- I really do enjoy the new movement for these potent beers to be pushed back in abv without skimping on the taste. This is excellent, I wish I was able to buy a case of this when I saw it.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for letting me take a bottle from his sixer. I don't know how this release slid under my nose so easily. Pours a bright and vibrant orange color with some solid golden pastel mixed in. The head is made of huge bubbles and transforms from a half-inch thick to nothing but a transparent skin in less than a minute. Some lacing at the top of the glass, but very minimal.

The aroma is almost tropical-like, pretty fruity. Mandarin oranges and tangerines seem to be the biggest proponents, followed by maybe some mango and light pineapple. The hops are pretty pungent and will bit your nose if you get too close. Slightly oily with a huge does of fresh grass and an unmistakable floral essance. This one actually smells a little more sweet than bitter, but don't let that remark understand the presence of the hops. Citric hops and pine hops are definitely battling for the forefront here, but I think the citrus wins out by a narrow margin. Malts are muted and light, maybe providing a touch of sweetness in the background, but not much else.

I take a taste and it's just slightly watery - but I've gotta say, for being only 3.5% ABV, it's not bad at all. I definitely have to cut it some slack. The hops hit the taste buds first, starting off with some spiciness; light white pepper, mildly herbal and ashy. Citrus character is still high, however, combating back with some tangerine, grapefruit, and an assortment of other fruity citrus. The fruit lends a hand to the bitterness, perhaps, by coming off as a big-time peel, pith, and rind component. Maybe the fact that this thing is so low in alcohol also makes the bitterness stand out. Hops come back with a nice, oily pungency in the finish, along with a handful of bread-like malt and a fading peppery spice. Bitterness is sharp, yet balanced. Light-medium bodied, slick and wet on the palate with medium-high carbonation.

Very impressed with this one. Packing that much flavor into a beer clocking in at 3.5% ABV can be tough, but Shorts found a way to do it. The mouth feel and "robustness" that you'd find in a regular IPA or a DIPA may not be there, but the flavors certainly are. And being able to drink this all day without falling over is definitely a big plus. Much better than their Ale la Reverend, in my opinion. I'll be on the look out for a sixer (or more) of this.

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Photo of travMI13
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Considerable amount of lacing and decent head retention. This looks like a solid pale ale.

S: A lot of lemon and citrusy hop aroma on the nose. There is a little earthiness to it as well. This pale ale is pretty straightforward.

T: Really nice citrusy hop bitterness in here. I get a lot of lemon zest up front, followed up by the citrusy hops, and there is a hint of a grassy, earthy flavor in there as well. For being such a low abv beer, the flavors are quite outstanding.

M: The mouthfeel is the only place where this one takes a hit. It is a bit thin and on the watery side, but I guess that is to be expected. It is missing a slickness that I like in IPA's and pale ales.

O: This is a well-crafted pale ale from Short's. I think that Short's really shines in the IPA department, and this is no exception. The amount of flavor and hop punch that Short's packs into an ale with such low ABV is quite incredible, really. I will likely seek this out again. Well-done.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in a pint glass. This is golden orange color, with mild carbonation. Smell is full of orange and fresh, sweet citrus. Taste is light citrus with a slightly bitter finish. This is very drinkable with minimal alcohol presence. For what it's trying to be, this is very good.

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange, a little hazy. Active, copious big-bubble carbonation, and a nice fluffy little white head. Great lacing (wtf!?)

Big, big citrus aroma. Lemon and tangerine rind. Very pungent. Malt is detectable in the background. Impressive, big, juicy aroma.

"Hell yeah" out loud upon drinking. A balanced Citra that honestly reminds me a bit of Zombie Dust, but not as clean- more earthy and a little bitter. Big ol' malty backbone gives it a great mouthfeel. The hops stick around a little bit, but not so much as to take away from the incredibly refreshing nature of the drink.

Gotta try one of these alongside All Day, pepsi-challenge style. An awesome example of Session IPA, and a feat of brewing at a mere 3.5%. Awesome.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reasonably sizeable fluffy white head with some density and stick to it rests on a clear, bright yellow-amber brew. Retention is good, as what remains of the head sits until the beer is gone. It its wake, it leaves some good, patchy lacing.
The aroma is very nice, pure and pungent. It's got a good strength for a "session" IPA. It consists mostly of citrus in the bouquet, lots of grapefruit and some zest against a sweet malty backing that balances nicely. A bit of grains as well as grassiness usually found in certain lagers or lighter ales sits underneath. A bit of mint sneaks through, telling of a nice rounded use of hops.
In the flavor, the bitterness pushes itself out beneath the malts and becomes stronger even than the hops profile itself. It edges the taste just slightly off-balance, leaning into a more perfume-like note in the finish.
This is a bright, light and crisp beer, and the mouthfeel fits the bill. Given that it's attempting to reach IPA territory and may technically fall into APA range makes it just a bit too light.

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Photo of Donerik
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow Bronze with a clear body and an unassuming head, didn't rocket out of my glass but had enough carbonation to carry.

S: Hops, strong for the ABV, lots of aroma hops in here. Citrus. Pine. Floral.

T: Bitter, not overly bitter, and for as much aroma you get it's understandable why it's bitter, not much malt sweetness. I get it, it's a session pale ale, I just want it to break the laws of beer and deliver low abv, amazing malt flavor, resin, and hops...

M: Not like water, note to big beer, it is possible to make a low alcohol beer that doesn't drink like water.

O: It is what it is, a session ale. Easy drinking, tasty. Make this a year round so I can pick up a 6 pack on the way to a BBQ, or at least a seasonal. Not enough session beers out there.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

L - It is cloudy and amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with a couple inches of off-white head that doesn't last long.

S - I get light citrus notes and a solid caramel malt backbone.

T - Much like the aroma I get understated citrus with grapefruit being at the forefront. A lingering bitterness builds in the aftertaste. It has a watered down taste that I find in all "session" IPA's

F - Moderate.

O - It's a decent beer. I am not a fan of the "session" IPA wave that is sweeping through craft breweries. I guess I don't appreciate the watered down taste of them. This is one of the better ones that I have come across though.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

A - pours a murky orange / brown with a fluffy off white head. Nice retention and stick.

S - Citrus hops, floral, dank.

T - Hop forward, resinous, citrus smacks the tongue, balanced by malts. Extremely bitter on the back end.

O - Solid session IPA from Shorts.

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Photo of mchegash
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
A very bright orange, more on the golden/yellow side of orange. Very hazy. About 1 to 2 fingers of head. A good amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. I love the bright color of this beer, as well as the haziness.

Smell - 3.5/5
Strong citrus hops, resin hops, slight notes of pine. Overall a fairly good IPA smell. Balanced.

Taste - 3.75/5
Lightly bready malts with a little spice. Grapefruit-resin hops with a hint of pine. Only a slight hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-light bodied. Smooth. Carbonation is light. Only slightly bitter.

Overall - 3.75/5
Definitely easy to consume, and not very bitter. I understand why this is labeled a session beer, and I think it could serve that purpose well. I'm not super big on the taste, but I'm not a giant IPA fan either. If you like IPAs, I would give this a shot.

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