Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn FireFuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee de autumn fire, a funky jolly pumpkin. Not as vinegary, bold, as the brown ale had earlier in the tasting. Orangey colour. Spicey, hint of roast,drinkable. Cinammon, nutmeg, corriander, lemon citrus, nutty, full mouth, caramel, vanilla from wood

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a hazy amber and orange body. Lots of fruits, nuts, spice and molasses in the aroma. Flavor follows that of a mild sour or wild ale with some dark fruits. Spices include nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium body, a little chewy with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Nice degree of sourness with nice interaction between spice and fruits.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Blend 6. Bottled 10/10/12.

Pours a murky whitish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, spice, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is much too herbal and medicinal forward for my liking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love jolly pumpkin. we were spoiled to have their stuff on the shelf before the sour/wild ale craze really hit, and now with so many sub standard offerings on the shelves, its nice to revisit jolly pumpkin and taste how its all supposed to be again. delicious stuff this one, done with chestnuts. light brassy color, minimally cloudy, with a short lived fizzy tan head. the nose on this is a true wild ale, bretty and a little sour, with notes of roasted nuts and toffee. like a brittle, without the sweetness. the flavor starts off a little sour and a lot funky, bubbly and tart, but half way through it gives way to an earthy nuttiness that must be from both the malts and the chestnuts. its more like almonds or cashews in terms of flavor, but its pronounced and interesting along with the wild yeasts that creep back in towards the finish in a fizzy whirl of interesting autumnal flavors. i have always appreciated their special releases, cool new takes on seasonal ales, and this one too is excellent. i am going to continue to redrink their lineup, i forgot how much i like all this stuff.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a little sourness and flavors of lemon citrus along with notes of oak and hints of chestnuts and nutmeg.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable because it's rather light-bodied on the palate and isn't that malty or sour. I would definitely consider trying this again.

Note: Blend 6, Bottled 10-10-2012

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many other Jolly Pumpkin ales, this brew is full of flavor, juiciness, spiciness, lightly vineous, and with a decent dosage of funk--just enough to make things interesting. Starts with a strong, spicy aroma (nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger), quickly followed by a hearty, bready semi-sweet maltiness. A medium muskiness (not quite moldy) overcomes the sweetness, and takes on a solid vineous aroma. The look of the beer is a standard, agressively carbonated, well headed brew with loosely knit foamstand, Sprinkled with yeast and spices. The flavors take on the semi-sweet barley / bready flavors, but meld well with background tones of oak aged flavor, modest caramel and cashew (buttery, nutty) flavors. As the flavors subside, the vineous character rises nearly to wine-like proportions, stopping only for a tart, sharp, dry finish. Lingers with assertive spices, aged hops, and alcohol. There is very little that differentiates the quality of Jolly Pumpkin ales, but they are all amazing and full of art. Another well done brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a sturdy head that leaves a lovely pattern of lace all over the glass

Smell: Well, of course there is the horseblanket, but beneath that I can pick up apples, chestnuts, lemon and, am I crazy, but I am smelling some marshmallows, too

Taste: For a second, there is a biscuity taste, but the sour element kicks in and dominates through mid-palate, with lemon and green apple aspects; after the swallow, the chestnut flavors make a subtle impact; I'm not sure what spices were used, maybe some coriander

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinarily complex; my favorite Jolly Pumpkin yet

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Batch 902 bottled 10-21-2011.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a one finger head - quite thin - of some but slight cream and poor retention - especially for the relatively above average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent orange-copper. Non-opaque.

Sm: Sugary resiny notes, clean malts, oak, hints of spice, orange peel, and maybe yeast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Weak clean malts with orange peel, spice, an oak tone, hints of caramel, brett yeast, and barley. Not horribly complex but the funkiness is pleasant. I could go for more subtlety. Some layering. Delightfully yeasty.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thin. Adequately carbonated, supporting the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Pleasant to drink. I wouldn't get it again; it isn't unique or special. A bit pricey for the quality. Fans of the style will enjoy it.

Low B-

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice pouring into a snifter. Plenty of offwhite foam, leaving lacing on the glass. Body is a medium to dark toned brown.

Smell is a little odd at first, possibly the chestnuts, but it's an earthy, skunky malt that comes out first. It's reminiscient of some questionable euro lagers, but as it warms, this dissapates, and a light fruitiness comes out.

Taste is rich, not heavy on the palate. Bitter & nutty chestnut, earthy spice, possibly coriander. Extra carbonation, dry finish. A shared bottle disappeared quickly.

A unique and strong example of creative brewing...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with big white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is sour with some oak and some Brett character. Taste is quite sour and tart with some oak but really dominating by Brett yeast. While I enjoyed this American Wild Ale very much, I could not really feel any spices or chesnut as mentioned on the label since the Brett really took over. Body is light with some great carbonation. Another great JP beer that could serve very well as a session beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden color with a one-finger head of off-white foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity with a subtle nuttiness. Slightly phenolic, too.

T - It tasted spicy with an estery and fruity flavor. Again, a very mild nuttiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty brew. I really have been enjoying everything Jolly Pumpkin does.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Ave in DC.

Batch 625 -- Bottled September 28, 2010. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a faint nuttiness atop of some light fruit and some earthy funk. Light oak as well. The flavor has some faint spice and a bit of earthiness to it, along with oak and some faint acidity. Light bit of funk throughout. Really nice balance. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation and a dry finish. Another winner from JP.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, clove, pepper, coriander, caramel, bread, nuttiness, allspice, hay, grass, oak, light leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of spice and yeast ester notes with moderate malt presence; and good strength. Taste of big tart apple, lemon, pear, clove, pepper, coriander, caramel, bread, nuttiness, allspice, herbal, hay, grass, oak, funk, light leather, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, clove, pepper, coriander, caramel, bread, nuttiness, allspice, oak, hay, grass, herbal, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of spice, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild biere de garde style. All around great balance and complexity of spice, yeast ester, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Batch "899/900"

I felt like something "special" this particular session, and while I'm sure I could've found this bottle elsewhere for a slightly cheaper price, I wasn't too concerned with that, because at the time, this one really hit the spot.

Decanted into a tulip glass, a a honey-peach color that started slightly hazy and increased in haze factor as I got deeper into the bottle; moderate off-white head that retained decently. Typical sour/tart aroma expected from JP, woody, notes of light spice and mulled cider. A touch of biscuity malts and caramel in the taste are quickly overcome by a sweeping but not jarring sourness, lemon juice and apple pie, notes of indistinct spice; the label listed chestnuts as an ingredient, but I'm not sure I picked up any of that in the taste...if it was there, it was "low in the mix" so to speak. Medium body, prickly carbonation. As my wife doesn't care much for sour beers, I was easily able to conquer this whole bottle by myself. Exactly what I wanted. Cheers!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $13.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Batch 899/900, Bottled 10-7-2011.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, clover honey-hued body with a foamy, slowly receding, barely off-white head (though, the latter pours turned out quite clouded). Glass glaze of lace on the descent.

Smell: Simple sugar cookies, faintly sweetish, heavily marked by musty yeasty notes, tart-scented hard cider, citrus, very faint oak sprigs, additional fruity hints, soiled, unwashed herbs.

Taste: Sweetish sugar cookie hints with some slight caramel nuttiness. Big gulp of farmhouse cider with hints of strawberry and one drop of that bright red sauce that comes with the sweet-n-sour chicken. Oak character with a childlike gentleness about it. It's got a tartness and some barnyard funkiness going on, but it's very balanced within and amongst the other elements of this beer. Splash of salty, phenolic lemon juice. Tiny pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Ramping up of acidity on the dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. It's quite tasty and very refreshing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods
And day by day the dead leaves fall and melt."

--William Allingham (Irish poet, 1824-1889)

Softly glowing orange and gold with an almost imperceptible hint of russet. The beer is lightly foggy and contains abundant bubbles. Although it doesn't happen often, this is one case in which generous carbonation in an American-brewed Belgian-style ale actually results in a Belgian-like crown of foam and an outstanding array of lace. Simply gorgeous.

Bonus points must be awarded when an autumn saison's nose actually evokes the season for which it was brewed. Like Fantome Automne (but not to the same extent) Fuego Del Otono does exactly that. That characteristic Jolly Pumpkin sour funkiness is easily noted, as is an intriguing melange of spices that I can only guess at.

Autumn Fire is good beer for several reasons. One of the major ones is that it isn't chock full of Brettanomyces, like so many of this brewery's ales. It's more of an accent, as it should be, rather than dominating any and all other flavors. Actually, I'm reminded of Fantome beer to some extent. That's high praise indeed.

The chestnuts might be imparting a chestnut-like flavor, but I can't appreciate it. Instead, we have a mixture of tart and bruised apples, a few shavings of lemon peel, a restrained amount of horse blanket funk and a stew of piquant spices that don't lend themselves to easy identification. In fact, I won't even guess. The important thing is that it all comes together to create a light, sassy, spunky saison that is disappearing remarkably quickly.

While my hopes for a Belgianesque mouthfeel have been dashed, all is far from lost. The best saisons deliver lightness, suppleness and a sparkly sort of energy that leads to a refreshing, quenching feel with each mouthful. We're close here. Really close.

Fuego Del Otono (Autumn Fire) is my second favorite Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales offering, after the fantastically delicious biere de garde, Oro De Calabaza. Regarding the rest of his creations, I'd like to see Mr. Jeffries go easier on the wild yeast, so his remarkable brewing talent can shine for all to taste. As it does here.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in Fayyetteville, AR in late May; Batch 335

Pours a bubbly & chill-hazed amber/orange with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Great head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Sourness & green apple, & a bit of leather

T: Apples, vinaigrette & some mushrooms up front. Dry apple cider flavors take over as this warms, tartness & grassyness as this warms. Finishes grassy & tart, started falling apart a bit at the end

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, started reminding of apple juice once warm, the just depth fell out of this

Drinks very easy, but seems to be channeling medium dry English apple cider

More misses than hits from these guys for me

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for sending me this. I've been interested in trying this for awhile. A bottle from the 2010 batch.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed peach color with a large white head, maybe just a bit off-white.

S: The nose has the signature tartness of Jolly Pumpkin with a lot of hibiscus notes to it. Quite a bit of funkiness to it with notes of hay and wet oak. There's a bit of a lemon zest note to it, too.

T: A strong flavor of chestnuts comes through and provides a strongly "meaty" flavor. The tartness here is minor, but certainly noticeable. Again, lots of floral notes, specifically hibiscus, with a bit of rose petals. Quite a bit of spice to it, also, but I don't really notice anything in particular.

M: The body is medium with a medium but lively carbonation.

D: Even for a Jolly Pumpkin beer, this is pretty interesting. I liked it quite a bit, but it's definitely different from most of their beers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

Batch 622
Bottled 9-21-10

The beer is sunburst hued, rusty orange. The head is over an inch thick, and hangs out for several minutes, leaving a thick sheet of lacing in its wake. The aroma brings the anticipated Jolly Pumpkin funk, with spice, malt, citrus fruits, oak, floral notes. Really wonderful aroma. The flavor is complex, intriguing, and delicious. Super smooth, with a yeasty, funkiness about it. Lingering notes of citrus. No sign of alcohol. I had no problem whatsoever draining my half of the bomber. Recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 625 Bottled 9/28/10 a half month past my birthday...looks brilliant with a nice copper pale malted hue with a bright off white head. Forms a fine even band of lacing that continues with each sip. Nose has hints of cider, coriander, and roasted chestnuts...what a wild ale. Sour ale to the max tastes like a layer of lactic yogurt and tree bark sour and bit all the same. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation not much going on but bone dry finish between the lactic bittrness and tree bark mainly oak ale aging. Drinkability overall is decent but overall it was a bit rough with bark/oak flavor, not much other than that.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 907 bottled on November 2nd 2011, not quite Fall now.. but so what!

A real nice orange opaque body color, and maintaining a off white one finger head that slowly falls.

Nose is kind of basic, tartness and briney, a little bit of butter, not particularly fruity or spicy it seems, just ok. Perhaps a little bit of tangerine.

A real nice juicy palate of juicy orange in the middle. An almost creamy texture, mixing with the malt. Small tartness but nicely subdued.

Overall this isn't really that exciting to me, but it's actually quite nice drinking and very easy to enjoy. The feel of this beer seems to be the thing I enjoy the most. Seems like a good beer for Fall too.

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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 336, bomber from DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours cloudy, dull, dark brownish amber. The head is thick, medium khaki, the real story is the world class retention. The head stays and stays, then leaves a thick film, ring and gobs of nice looking lacing. The nose is spicy, earthy and infused with sour notes. Simply delicious brew, sour fruit, more earthyness, peppery spice, a waft of sweet malt. The finish continues the theme, sour, spice, earth, malt, pepper. Somehow it all comes together and works. Perhaps my favorite brew experience yet from JP

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/08/08- Shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Not sure of the freshness info. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep orange-rust like colored pour. Murky and lightly clouded. Really nice poch marked 3/4 inch head with nice lace markers.

Smell- A good amount of spices. Nothing really takes charge, but corriander, nutmeg and a bit of brett are the first things to hit the nose for me.

Taste- A nice saison-like beer. Rather tart and fruity with apple and lemon peel as the main flavors. Could be chestnut, but then again I can't place what chestnut tastes like on it's own. Tart, but not really brett infused.

Mouthfeel- A bit on the higher carbonation side. Quenching, mildly dry. Slight hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Overall a nice brew. Maybe not my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, but that's not saying much since I like all of them I have had so far. I would have again for sure if offered.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of floral notes, sweet malt, yeast, hops, alcohol, spices, hint of nut, grass, and slight tea notes. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, yeast, alcohol, spices, hint of roasted malt, grass, floral notes, hint of citrus, and slight fruit. Overall, the complexity in aroma and body is staggering; good blend, aroma, and body.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 625 -- Bottled September 28, 2010. Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter.

Beer is amber, a little hazy, off white head, moderate retention, some lacing, nice carbonation.

Aroma is a little acidic, oaky, mild sweetness / earthy spiciness.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice finish, not too dry, a little earthiness, lactic sourness, a little oak and funk on the end, no bitterness. I might have it again.

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