Barbary Coast Gold Rush | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Barbary Coast Gold RushBarbary Coast Gold Rush

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by bditty187 on 01-09-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of CMW
2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very clear copper color with little head or retention. No lacing to speak of either. I am amazed by the carbonation on this thing.

S: The malt is very present mixed with some corn smells that remind me of a macro. Slight sweetness to round things out.

T: Taste is sweeter than I expected. However, the malt flavors seem subdued.

M: Very clean and thin. Heavy carbonation is present and adds a bit ofa bite.

D: This is easy to drink, although the taste is not the best. Would be okay on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Procrastinator
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle is part of "Beers of America" sampler pack. I've had this beer several times over the years as people buy this for me as a gift.
No freshness dating can be found. Poured into Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: deep copper colored body with off-white beige head, which retains itself somewhat throughout most of the beer. Streams of carbonation bubbles off the bottom with spotty lacing on the glass sides.

Smell: scents are relatively light with sweet caramel malts and distant hops. There's also a hard water odor in the background.

Taste: flavors are somewhat flat with caramel, stale crackers and an indistinguishable hop profile.

Mouthfeel: on the watery side, light body with slight overcarbonation. Definite dryness at the finish.

Drinkability: nothing overly offensive, but nothing seems worth seeking out again. Flavors are flat and body is overly assertive with carbonation.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, a California Common. Who knew? I suppose with a name like Gold Rush that figures.
Fairly tame malt aroma, but it's kinda' sweet a lager like and I'm not getting any hops.
Pours initially with a creamy dense head, but it sure leaves quickly.
Clear amber color of red and gold.
Malt flavor a little more prominent in flavor, but in the not really much more. A mild bitterness starts to grow from middle, but it stays mild and mixes with the malt, yet it maintains an empty flavorless quality. Too bad. It does better as warms and takes on a richer quality, but the hops seems to leave then.
Carbonated nicely with a decent fullness and really fine and soft bubbles. Overall holds a pleasant softness and fullness, closing in on a moderate body.
Drinks well enough.
Too bad, I was hoping for something better. Seems to approach style more effectively as it warms, but it's just lacking.

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Photo of everetends
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle I got out of that Beers of America mixed pack. Served up in a standard pint.

A: Pours a decent amber color that is very clear. The pour yielded a finger and a half of white head. The had doesn't have a very good retention though, quickly fading to a thin ring that has no stick to it at all. Yet again with these beers, tons of carbonation activity.

S: Decent amount of malt smells coming through, light bready presence and a touch of caramel. There is a ton of corn coming through as well. There is a slight hops presence coming throuh in the nose as well.

T: Taste is pretty decent. Very light caramel malt presence with some cracker tastes as well. Very light hop bitterness coming through. There is also a touch of some apple flavor coming through as well.

M: Light bodied brew with a ton of carbonation. Every damned beer in this series has just been overloaded with a shit load of carbonation. Aftertaste is light and mostly just a touch of caramel. Pretty clean and crisp.

D: Not a bad brew. It could be better, thats for sure, but it went down easy and you know what? I'd drink another. I just might. Its not bad at all. It is very mediocre, but its not on the bad side of mediocre.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.16/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A= the head is about 1 finger and falls very quickly. Its a reddish color and no bubbles are seen in the beer... eww
S= candy malts, coffee and butterscotch. Not bad
T= first is a milky malt, then a slight coffee flavor finished with a little hop bitterness. After this my overall impression was just dirty water
M= dirty water
D= low. I could barely finish it... close to a drain pour

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Photo of allrizz
1.9/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got this beer in a sampler pack that said Brewed & Bottled By MDII Rochester, NY and came in a tin case with a book The History of Beer in America. The best part of the sampler pack was the book and the case. This beer has an amber color. Pours with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Not much of an aroma and left a coppery taste in my mouth. It reminded me of the taste from the old water fountains in school. I am no big fan of this beer, would not recommend it, nor will I buy it again.

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Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label says "1984 style" "Barbary Coast Brand Gold Rush Style Beer." This came in a sampler pack with some other beers I have heard of. It says brewed by MDII in Rochester, NY, but BA sends me to this WI brewery. I have yet to figure out exactly how many times this one has been contracted out.

Appearance: Pours with a little over an inch of almost white head. This settles quickly to almost nothing, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is a strawberry amber, with just hints of a red/orange color. Perfectly clear with some activity.

Smell: A little bit of caramel sweetness, but overall, not much aroma.

Taste: Lots of sweetness upfront, malty and caramely. Unfortunately, not much follows that. No hops to speak of and watery in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is average.

Drinkability" Not really a bad beer or a drain pour, but not something I will seek out after this sampler is done. Seems contracted out too many times, like it is just a gimmick to sell the sampler case.

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Photo of adams82
2.41/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber colour with a filmy white/off white head; the beer is filtered clear.

Smells rather weak; subtle sweet malts, corn, mixed with a light hop aroma.

The flavour is light as well. Rather sharp and grainy, with light amounts of corn and it tastes a bit husky and metallic with a decent hop bitterness on the finish. Nothing really stands out here, but what does is easily identifiable.

This is light to medium in body, pretty thin really... A little bit of a disappointment, especially since this style isn't produced as often as say a Pale Ale. While not a terrible beer, I could think of better examples of the style.

Again, just like the Minhas Piedmont Porter, this tastes very much like beer I've had, and disliked, from Canadian breweries. Is it their yeast strain that makes this beer less than desireable?

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Photo of Contagion
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We have our standard 12 oz brown bottle. There is a cream label on it with a green bar across the middle with the name Barbary Coast on it. There is a red Circle with a picture of a mountain on it just above the green bar. The lettering is all done in that old fashioned late 1800's style.

It pours a nice amber color. Light passes easily through it as there is no sediment floating. When I poured it into the glass it formed a nice inch thick white head that slowly faded to a film on the top of the beer. There was some very minor lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is weak. First you smell the fruity citrus of the hops. Roasted malts can be detected as well. There is a slight metallic scent to it. The flavor was meager taste of malts with a slight sweetness. There really isn't much else to it. The aftertaste is even milder and really can't be described.

This is a light bodied beer that is kind of watery. There is a nice level of carbonation, but not much else to it.

If you had a friend that isn't a beer fan but wanted to drink on, this is a very inoffensive beer to let them try. The flavor isn't that much stronger than beer flavored water.

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Photo of merlin48
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz bottle is the best of the Minhas samplers so far. Pours an attractive clear copper amber with a small beige head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma reveals some toffee maltiness and some spicy hops. Understated but decent. Light body is well carbonated. Taste has a lot of malty sweet caramel and toffee, balanced by an earthy hop bitterness. Aroma promised more than the taste could muster, but not a bad drinking beer.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I received this brew as part of the "Beers of America" set as a gift.

It pours a dark coppery color with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Not a whole lot of smell in this brew. Mild hops I suppose, but it's really just kind of bland.

The taste is okay. Not really a lot to like in this one. The finish is less than satisfying with a mild hop taste with a bit of alcohol.

I'd drink this if offered to me, but I wouldn't purchase it.

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Photo of Winter
2.47/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark copper with a thin off-white head. Almost nondescript in aroma. There's some caramel, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Things start off with a light malt and grain flavor upfront. Taste turns almost seltzer-like midway. Hops are very light toward the finish. Overall this is a pretty bland and uninviting finish. Disappointing for a commercial brewer. Honestly, I've homebrewed better batches of this style.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.46/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with a good size head and some lacing.

Smell has a slight whiff of caramel malt, but is very faint. Aroma is not very powerful.

Taste is immediately water-like, any taste slowly creeps into a while after drinking, a combination of bitter caramel malt, weird to describe but not very pleasing.

A pretty light tasting beer, just above most of the BMC stuff so slightly more drinkable. It's a shame, the look of it was the best feature.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.51/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this brew as part of the American Beers gift pack for Christmas. Thanks Dad.

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - It is a transparent copper golden honey color with 1 1/2 finger latte foam textured head. The head dissipated to a thin crown.

Smell - It has a cracker malt scent and a slight grassy hay-like hop smell. Corn. It doesn't smell too enticing.

Taste - Oh god. What have they done to this steam beer? This has a terrible aftertaste, like stale corn and metal. The initial flavor is cracker malt and a slight sweetness followed by an extremely distant hop flavor. Really dull, and a horrible aftertaste. I am going to take one more sip to see if it changes...oh god, no it doesn't.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Thin and watery. Not enough carbonation to make things interesting.

Drinkability - UGH. It is easy to drink down, like water. But its flavor and scent have me reaching for a glass of water instead of reaching back for the beer.

This is my first beer out of the American Beer gift pack, and I hope the rest are not as butchered as this beer was.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Pours an orange amber, forms small off white head that quickly dissipates, slight lacing on surface, very light lacing on side of glass as I drink, lots of medium sized carbonation bubbles.

S = Nice light toasted malt scents, very slight citrus from hops, a slight musky, almost smokey odor that is not expected but does add to the total effect.

T = Whatever points were added by an interesting if light smell are lost on the taste. It's not bad at all, there's just not much of it. Light, sweet malt flavors predominate throughout the drink but a slight hops bitterness kicks in at the finish and slowly spreads back up to the front of the tongue. If the finish were long it might have even brought this up past an average score, but in the end, there's just not enough "there" there.

M = Light to medium bodied, fair mouthcoating given this is a lighter style beer. Score pulled down by an unpleasant stinging sensation of the carbonation.

D = Fair tasting, I could see drinking several of these on the right occasion, but hard to recommend it as more than average.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - A big three finger head shows a bit of an orange cast, but is mainly khaki. The brew is a beautifully deep and clear ruby-orange hue. The head has really good retention, and a quick swirl deposits lots of nice lace on the glass. This is really pretty.

S - Mineral water, a wet nickel. Fresh whole wheat bread and sour cream. Odd.

T - Whole grain bagels, mineral water, well-water actually. There are some gentle fruit flavors too, but this is actually a pretty dull beer.

M - Light bodied with soft and light carbonation. The best part is the neutral finish that leaves a coating of powdery residue in my mouth. The is really mellow and soft, but it's actually too water IMO.

D - A slightly below average brew. That's a shame since the appearance is so beautiful. This one is soft and gentle like a CC should be, but it suffers from a water mouthfeel and overriding flavors and aromas of metal

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.47/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a very clear amber/brown color with a thick cream colored head which began to disappear quickly. The aroma was quite malty and sweet. The taste is also malty and sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and seems to work well for this brew. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer. It is non-offensive, but also lacks depth.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this 12 ounce bottle in my fridge with some other misc. bottles. When I saw the reviews, I wasn't to enthused, but it ended up being pretty good.
Appearance: Loads of carbonation, a decent sized tan head with not much lacing. An amber body that is rather translucent.
Smell: Toasty malt smell that hits hard at first, but then is watered down.
Taste: Heavy on the toasted malts, but hidden in there is a kind of eastery taste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth without deviating to far from the "lager" crispness.
Drinkability: Not to bad for finding it in the fridge, but certainly not a hidden treasure.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from an American Beer gift pack. No hiss when opening, but pours with a nice light copper color and produced a decent 2 fingers worth of head. The head dies quickly however, but leaves a rim of lace around the glass.
Smells caramel with a hint of butterscotch and hops. Tastes very simple - thin, sweet, and some carbonation bite despite the lack of visible carbonation after the pour. There is a corn sugar like taste way in the background which kind of diminishes the sweet caramel. Average drinkability... (I'd have no problem sticking with this beer all night if for some strange reason I were offered either this or a Mickey's bigmouth). Seriously, I think the beer is average... decent, but no Sam Adams Boston Lager.

I don't find any of the strong negatives others noted, which I think may have to do more with storage and freshness than anything else. This brewer doesn't print any brewed/best by dates which is kinda of dumb.

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Photo of shabbtastic
1.88/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

And yet another from the American Beer pack.

BTW - my wife thought I was crazy for writing all this stuff down over the Christmas weekend while drinking these (one of my Christmas presents)

A - The color was absolutely the best part of this brew. It poured a red amber color with a head that quickly fizzled to nothing.

S - Spicy hops with Carmel. But waaaay in the background was a hint of CORN....

T - I wanted to cry. It tasted like someone spit in it, total lack of flavor with a thin watery finish. Very very little malt flavor

M - Like I said it was watery and inconsistent. It left a lot to be desired.

D - Gotta admit, half way through it was a sink pour, after all I had two more in the pack I had yet to try.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.31/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure where I got this beer. I think it was a close out beer at a local wine shop. Kinda cheap I think.

Poured a nice color in my Sam Adams glass. coppery and crystal clear.

Smells sweetly generic, kind of peaty maybe. Lite foam. goes away quickly leaving a little ring around the glass of fine foam.

Not very distincitve. Flat flavor of sweetness but that dosen't make for a good beer. The seemingly forced carbonation pricks my tounge and leaves a mild bitterness.

It's like a mild lousy malt liquor.

I'm not a big fan of weak beers, ageless and awful.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, coppery amber. Very faint foam and bubbles. The aroma is deeply malty and a little viney. A little odd. The taste is also vine but a better, crisper malt flavor. Definetly hard water used for this brew. light yet crisp hops. Certainly refreshing, yet a little bland a few odd flavors for such a style. Although very easy to drink.

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Photo of madjr80
2.47/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer that pours out pretty flat. The head of foam dies down pretty quick. Kinda reddish/gold color with just a little bit of small bubbles rising to the top. Not much body to this beer. I had two of them straight from the bottle, and didn't noticed the flaws until i poured the third bottle into a glass. Overall it wasn't that bad, but could be better. I wouldn't go out of my way for this brew.

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Photo of cookin420
2.52/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nicely into my 2007 world series champion red sox mug. But what does'nt. good head, small bubbles.
Smell is not so nice. Swampy gym-sock.
Taste is better but not very good. Almost oily?
Mouthfeel very nice. If beer were judged on feel and sight alone this would rock. Unfortunately I can taste it and it's pretty bad.
First one, not very drinkable but after a few I could see it getting easier.

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Photo of Durge
3.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark copper color with no head or lacing evident. Smells of a flat caramel malt, sweet. Taste is thin, aqueous, consistent with the smell. Some biscuit, somewhat flat with very tiny carbonation. Has a bit of that cardboard quality but not horrible. It's drinkable, a touch of some cereal qualities. Quite sweet and on the refreshing side I guess. Not one to recommend but nothing to pour down the drain necessarily. I would drink this on a hot day for lack of any quality competition. It's doable.

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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 84 ratings