Adventurocity's Rick Green gives a Red Racer India Pale Ale to two Saigon cyclo drivers that took him and Brian Smith on a tour of Cholon that afternoon. Used to drinking cheap, cold beer, they were a little surprised by the Red Racer's bold flavour. However, the next day, the drivers were anxious for more when they spotted us coming back to our hotel in the afternoon.
Red Racer IPA is made by Central City Brewers + Distillers in Surrey, British Columbia. It is a 6.5% ABV, 80 IBU West Coast IPA made with UK Maris Otter, Superior Pale Ale Malt, Carastan Crystal Malt and German Magnum, Centennial, Amarillo and Simcoe hops. It takes six weeks to make from start to finish, with six hop additions throughout process, including dry-hopping. For reviews, see Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)
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