E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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E. S. BamE. S. Bam

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
E.S. Bam - Extra Special Farmhouse Ale
A Bam celebration of excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.

Seasonal released in April
4.7% Alc./Vol.

Added by Big78CJ on 02-14-2008

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Photo of drxandy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Batch 278, 750ml poured to tulip glass, pours a foamy highly carbonated deep reddish peachy brown shade with creamy tan head - looks good :D

smells of funk, apples, sweet, yeastiness, hops

tastes just like the other bam lineup but with hops thrown in the mix, not a bad thing, but i just kinda hoped for something different and nothing extremely new/unique - but regardless that doesn't effect the score for me. Carbonation makes everything pop, good malts, hop usage is enough to let you know they're there but don't outstage the rest of the party. Love the balance, as the hops linger but don't disrupt anything, very very nicely played ron jefferies.
sweet, bitter, sour, tart, funk, yum, most likely my favorite bam so far :D

mouthfeel is crisp from carbonation, great head and retention, nice subtle lingering bitterness, great beer!

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Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Figured I would start a night of drinking with something light and tasty, and this caught my eye immediately on the tap list. Served up in a tulip.

A: Hits the bar in front of me and it is sitting with a pretty dark amber body with deep, rich red hues. Almost has a bit of a light purple tint to it at times (it is dark in here, so that may have something to do with it). Held to the light, it is absolutely darker than expected but the body has just a touch of haze to it. On the most part though, it is pretty clear. The tulip had a good two fingers of DENSE, pristine white foam sitting on top. Might as well call this cream instead of head. Just move it out of the way for sippin, but places for smelling and it works fine. Lace is all over this glass as I drink this one down. Very nice to look at indeed.

S: Funky goodness is what I am getting from the aroma. Lots of dusty and earthy notes coming out first and foremost. Hops are grassy and earthy as well. Getting a touch of wood in here. There is a little bit of a malt presence but it is a very light biscuity note on the back end. This smells like the end of a hot day in a field. You can smell the dirt from the earth, spicy grain, pollen, etc. Its nice.

T: Not much unlike the nose. Lots of earthy funkiness. Grass hops notes. Dusty wood, earth, peppery spice. Its funky but its not overly funky. It has a lightness to it that I can really appreciate. Behind that I get a little bit of some fruit notes in the form of orange and green apple. Just a little bit of sweetness and tartness. Malts seem to be an afterthought here as well with just a touch of biscuit and ever so faint caramel on the back end. This beer is just so damned clean and fresh tasting.

M: Light bodied with a wonderfully crisp carbonation. Little bit of tartness, little bit of sweetness on the palate. ABV is not worth mentioning because it might as well not exist in this beer. Can't find it. Aftertaste is a light lingering earthy funk.

D: Well I had to give it up to this beer because I couldn't stop pouring it down my throat. Just so damned easy to drink, I killed a glass of this in mere minutes. This being my first JP experience, I am quite happy to have gotten to finally have this and on tap no less. This is a perfect beer to drink on a hot day and thats probably why it hit the spot perfectly for me. Will have to see if I want to shell out the cash to keep bottles of this at home, but I will say that I am very pleased with this beer.

Serving Type: Draught Vessel Type: Tulip Price:NA

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Photo of SaucyA
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 267/268, straight from the brewery, into my La Chouffe tulip.

A - Beautiful, rocky, light tan, HUGE head sits atop a carbonated dark amber. Head retention is outrageous, like all JP brews.

S - Belgian yeast, green, freshly picked hops. Citrus notes plenitful. Nothing mind-boggling, but appetizing.

T - Slightly one dimensional, yet wonderfully balanced and tasty. Very reminescent of Bam Biere in my opinion, but slightly less dry, sweeter malts, and a little hop bitterness on the finish. Interesting perfumey hop/yeast interplay. The more it warms, the greater it becomes in terms of complexity and flavor. The final glass really displays the roastier side of the beer, with the malts playing a giant role in the taste... which is something I'm not very used to with this brewery.

M - Sparkly and light. Very Jolly Pumpkin. Gets creamier the more it warms.

D - Supremely drinkable. Great taste, undetectable ABV, and a truly well done brew. 3/4 into the bomber, I have a slight buzz... so my prediction of the ABV is around 5%.

Notes: This is a great beer that should be in JP's lineup year-round. Perfect for warm spring afternoons!

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 267/268.

Poured a nice dark amber with a large white head and orange highlights when held to the light. Smells sour and slightly soapy. Tastes sour but surprisingly less than most Jolly Pumpkin offerings I've had, a little hoppier as well. Light, well carbonated, and dry.

Like Bam Noire this is amazing and worth picking up.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from LS or bottletrek (i forget), by way of stevemcqueenjr.

batch 288/289, tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip.

dark amber. clear if decanted properly. enormous 4+ finger, light tan head, slowly forms meringue and iceberg, leaving behind layers of lace before i even get to my first sip. head eventually fades to a stable thin layer, with a tiny creamy meringue in the middle. great lacing.

aroma: citrusy (grapefruit) hops surprise me upfront, with mild barn funk, horse blanket, musty leather, sweet grass and hay. then proceeds into malty caramel and malt and cider vinegars, with spicy anise and licorice in back, with some herbal notes and faint phenols. very complex.

taste: mild acidity with malt vinegar tones, into spice and hops, lingering strongly with citrus rind, hay and leathery funk, creating a spicy, moderate bitterness. just a touch watered down in comparison though.

medium body, gentle acidity and astringency, helped by moderate carbonation which can be tingly, fluffy.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288/289.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is brett, leather and some light citrus. The flavor is very leathery, I guess from the brettanomyces. I also get some citrus as well as dark fruits with low to medium hop bitterness. As the beer warms I get more caramel and toffee malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of b3shine
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. to tulip. Looks good; dark and hoppy for a sour. Bouquet is good, with both the hops and sour present. Taste is it's best attribute. You get both the hoppiness and the flavor of a sour, which I admit, is a combination I'm both unfamiliar with and impressed by. Overall, a good beer that I'll be having again.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. $12 from Bruisin Ales.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a somewhat hazy dark orange color. The head and lacing are second to none. The thickest, creamiest, rockiest head with furry lacing all over my La Chouffe tulip.

Smell: Its got a nice tartness and barnyard funkiness with wet hay and stable aromas. Lemon and grass. Spicy yeast phenolics aren't like cloves, but almost like bandaid without seeming off. A little sweet apple and pear and a whiff of underlying pale malt.

Taste: Hops come through much more in the flavor. Grassy, spicy, and bitter. Much less funk in the flavor, but it goes well with the hops, as does the tart lemon flavor. Nice crisp, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer is highly carbonated, but still soft rather than sharp. I love the dryness from high attentuation and how the carbonation and bitterness accentuate it.

Overall: This is close to being really great. I love the idea of a hoppy saison, but this one has too much bitterness, and not enough good hops flavor. The bitterness covers up the funk and tart. Good, and different, but needs a tweak.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the engine at Redlight Redlight.

A: snifter. rich mahogany color. nice tan head with a decent retention level. Outstanding lacing.

S: sour aromas. some vinegar characteristics, sweet cherries and other berries.

T: the finish has some serious cinnamon qualities. very sweet cherry flavors. good malt backbone with a subtle hop finish.

M: very smooth and light weight in the mouth. very mellow.

D: extremely drinkable. smooth and mellow all over. once again, I have yet to be disappointed by Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, dark tan in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: pepper, hay, and lemon

Taste: pepper, funk, hay, some small hops, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, dry, sweet start with a more bitter sour finish

Drinkability: I really enjoyed the flavors in this one and could have several glasses. Not as hoppy as I expected and very well blended. I would look for this again.

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

A- Lots and lots of carbonation! Have to pour about 6 ounces (at the most) at a time. Poured into a large snifter. I would say 50/50 body to head for the first 90 seconds, or so. Head eventually settles down to about an inch of whispy foam.

S- Lemons, barnyard funk and some minerals.

T- Bone dry. A little bit of a metalic, copper flavor. Some earthy tobacco and spice notes. Nice big bitter finish. Did not expect that one.

M- Exceptional. This is how I want a sip to feel like after a long day at the "office".

O- Less sour than I was hoping. In the same breath, as good as I could have hoped it would be. This is a quality beer and very unique, at that.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Biergarten in Jenks, OK. Bottled on 04/12/12

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Head conitinues to surge from the bottle neck. Insane lacing & head retention, clouds up a bit as the bottle drains

S: Sourness & appleskins that fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, much sourness & tartness up front. There's a touch of grapefruit as this wams, pears & crab apples with some tamped down cinnamon notes, but mostly sour & tart. Finishes fruitty tart & sour

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation

Suoer drinkability, this is one my favorites from JP

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Photo of rfgetz
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed burnt orangy/amber color with soft dense slightly off-white head. Scent is quite sweet, light fruity tartness, very earthy with grassy and piney notes, all backed by a solid barnyard funkyness. One of the bolder flavored farmhouse ales - full clea, lightly sweet malt profile, solid earthy hop profile, light fruityness - im getting notes of everything from orange to cherry. The funk on this is much bolder then others in the style and gives good charachter to the beer. Medium bodied, dry finnish. Overall a bold and well executed farmhouse ale.

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Photo of SanDNigel
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark golden honey. Creamy off-white head
S- Sour hoppiness. A very exciting smell. Just a ton of depth in the smell range
T- Slight sour with a nice crisp clean hoppiness. What a great beer
M- Great. Enough bubble but not overwhelming. Really clean
O- A really great beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber under a 2” white foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Has a lemony, tart, light funk aroma that reminds me of Orval.
T: Big lemony citrusy tartness balanced by an assertive hop bitter emphasis. The hop bitterness masks some of the barnyard funk.
F: Soft in the mouth yet tart, medium light body and medium high carbonation.
O: Tart, dry and refreshing with an assertive bitterness.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 521/522. Bottled 3/11/10.

750 mL bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

E.S. Bam is a beautiful beer. It has a golden amber color with great clarity and thick head that fits the glass perfectly. It settles slowly leaving a sheet of lace behind.

Aroma is wonderful and complex. There is sweet fruit and floral notes, slight farmhouse funk, and fresh hoppy goodness.

Flavor is equally complex if not quite as enjoyable as the aroma. It has a pleasant grassy hop overlying the earthy/funky farmhouse ale body. It's actually very well done in terms of variety and balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well-carbonated. It's sweet to begin and bitter/dry on the finish.

Overall a fantastically flavorful and complex beer. Expensive, yes, but worth a try.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super bubbly, nice light brown color. Big bold head and nice clarity.

S: This really smells like a farm. I got some hay, some wheat, malt, dirt, pine, fruity. It pretty much smells like a state fair where you get that mix of like animal, produce, and foodstall smells all blend together. I mean I think it's unique and I love it.

T: interesting taste... very dirty and earthy. That pine really comes through. The hops are musty but hit pretty directly. I guess I don't know what to think. Truely unique but maybe a little too earthy for me.

M: A little bubbly and a little light but not bad.

This beer is a great example of why I love Jolly Pumpkin beers in that this is something like I have never tasted before. The problem is it's just too earthy for me. A lot of unique notes and they blend well together but there's just something about it I can't put my finger on that I don't care for.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the other day while BA was down for maintenance.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice orangish copper color. It has a big 3-finger white head on it. The head has awesome retention, and it leaves behind a lot of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It has a nice floral hop smell up front, as well as some barnyard hay and spices. There is also a little bit of fruit and some yeastiness.

T - The tastes starts off with some nice somewhat sweet maltiness. There is a very nice hop presence , spices, and a little bit of barnyard funkiness to it. There is also a nice earthy quality to it. The finish left some lingering spice and hop bitterness in the mouth.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down very easy, and has an awesome creamy feel to it. It is just so velvety and smooth. It is also earthy and has some hop bitterness to it, as well as bit of tingly spiciness. I found this to be quit refreshing.

O - This has great drinkability. It was hard to put the glass down. Overall, I thought this was a great beer, and a good representation of the style. This is a great anytime beer, but I especially think it goes well in warm weather. I definitely recommend trying it.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rmasen for this one.

Batch 267, 268. Pours a ruddy dark brown with a towering beige head. I feel like i need a spoon to dig down to the beer. It does eventually die after a few minutes to leave a small cap and a lot of lacing. Some sediment. The JP signature smell is immediately evident: grassy farmhouse funk with some acetic berry/ character. Floral hop presence and some citrus in the back. Really interesting taste. Toasted malts are huge in this, giving it some toffee character that I wouldn't have expected in a Bam Biere--nice surprise though. Tart funk is the next thing noticeable, along with a ton of earthiness. Herbal notes and citrus throughout. Nice hop bitterness at the end, giving it a dry finish. Really digging this one. Lighter mouthfeel seems a bit out of place in such a dark beer, but it works well being a properly carbonated saison. Another great JP beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso DC into a tumbler.

Big super foamy bubbles formed for an off white head. Sits on a dark amber brown/orange body that's kind of cloudy but lighter towards the bottom. Not much lacing while drinking.

First initial bouquet is sour, then extremely hoppy and spicy with a touch of salt. A big strange yeast bent is present with hints of almost bubbling acid/sulfurous sense. It does feel like an amped up Bam Biere.

Taste is quite unique, a very big hop bitterness and yeast, but the swallow is all so bretty like, with this sense of crisp acid. Swallow and closure is a feel of sourdough bread and salt. Really unique interesting taste on this brew.

Overall this is a real neat and fun beer, very complex palate and nose, lots of fun to go around.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. Batch 1037/1038, bottled 3/6/12.

A - Pours an apple cider color with a huge pillow of off-white head that towers above the rim of the glass. Lacing paints the glass.

S - Smells of citrus, coriander, and some serious grassy hops. Just enough funk to round it out.

T - Lime up front combines with the funk to give a very tart flavor. Grass and bitterness on the finish, but the aftertaste is clean. Doesn't leave the strong grass flavor in my mouth that other hoppy saisons/blondes do. Impressive.

M - Intense carbonation and a light body. Refreshing.

O - This was the perfect beer for such a hot day. Surprisingly tart with a great hop bite. Great combination of two of my favorite styles: saison and hops. A little bit pricey for a low alcohol beer, but I thought it was fantastic.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin : E.S. Bam

25oz bottle. Hazy, deep golden orange. Soapy white head with good staying power. Provides an abundance of brussels lace. In the smell, nice barnyard and hay elements. Also smells a bit funky and sour. In the taste, tart, sour, wheat, earthy hops and wild yeast funk. There is also a touch of citrus. Finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness with vague suggestions of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with prickly carbonation. Overall, a very good sour with a hint of hops. Dig it.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle at the Good Beer Store in Fryeburg, ME, after the 1st weekend of the Belgian Beer Fest @ Ebenezer's. "Orval on steroids" according to the menu at Ebenezer's.

Pours into my Ebenezer's 7th annual Belgian Beer Fest tulip a deep, murky orange with a huge chunky head leaving behind some thick sticky lacing. The high carbonation really gives the foam time to hang like dense spiderwebs on the glass. Leaves a beautiful glass behind.

The first sip is of barnyard funk and prickly carbonation. The funk is really intense. Lemongrass, phenols, Brett. If you like Orval you will love this. Really one you can savor, let warm, and try again. I would drink this again in a second for $12 / 750 ml.

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Photo of STLbeerwriter
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 280/281.

A: Lively bubbles come up the neck of the bottle once the cap is off, but they don't froth over or explode like with the Bam Biere, E.S.Bam's less-hoppy cousin. A gentle pour into a 12-ounce chalice brings a two-inch pillowy head that sticks around awhile and leaves lacing throughout the drink. Dark orange to hazy amber/copper color, almost opaque.

S: Earthy, barnyard funk with some sour, yeasty notes.

T: More barnyard funk and grass, but not as sour as Bam Biere -- this one's hoppier and more dry. Very nice. A perfect pairing with a similarly barnyardy cheese, like Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Wisconsin.

M: There are those active bubbles again -- tiny, but omnipresent on the tongue. Pleasant and again helps to keep the finish dry.

D: Highly drinkable, with low enough ABV to knock through the 750 ml without being down for the county. I would come back to this again and again, especially with a well-paired cheese plate or light meal.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

prototypic hooked me up with this one, thanks man.

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch 267, 268.

Pours a dark brown/ruby hue with a chunky two finger off-white head that slowly falls to a thin layer of bubbles. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass, nice looking beer. Slightly funky aroma with vegetables, earthy hops, and pears. Some spice in the nose as well with splash of lemongrass. A tiny bit of malt aroma as well that adds to the complex smell, light and funky. Very quick citrus sweetness on the tongue followed by yeast and fresh flowers. Faint ground pepper and earthy hops midway with a mild cherry and grape aftertaste. An enjoyable balancing malt flavor plays well throughout which adds to this complex tasting brew. Very enjoyable feel, crisp and refreshing. Pillowy body with a steady but appropriate carbonation. I'm not typically a fan of saisons, but with summer approaching I need to start drinking lighter beers. Lots of flavor and a great texture, very nice twist on the style. JP likes to barrel age their stuff right? Hmmm...

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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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