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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Photo of sabrills70
2.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this in a "Beers of America" twelve pack at Sam's Club. Comes ina neat wooden cary case and is makde to look "old fashioned" This years version seems to have switched brewers. It is still brewed by MDII but in Rochester, NY not Monroe, WI.

Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a 2 finger head that faded rather quickly but has good lace. Decent malt aroma, a bit smokey perhaps. Watery and a bit sour. Leaves a weird bitterness on the sides of your tounge. Dry. High carbonation and not very drinkable. A poor attempt at an amber. I hope the other 5 are not as bad. I shoul know by now not to get sucked in by marketing - I guess I am just curious.

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Photo of granger10
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes as part of a "Beers of America" package I received as a gift.

Pours a dark copper, auburnish color. Golden around the sides. Very little head even though I gave a vigorous pour. Thin cap across the top. I really liked the color but the lack of head and lacing is disappointing. Aroma is weak but caramelly and toasty. A fruity sweetness begins the taste with apple notes. Caramel sugars come in next and then a more sour flavor follows. Hops seem to be there but too weak and I can't really discern a flavor. A little soapy in the mouth too. Finish is medicinal and kills what may have been good from this beer. Starts out decent but goes down from there. Also, the pamphlet that came with this said it was a steam beer which is a joke. I should mark it much lower if the brewers were trying to make a steam beer out of this. But I'll keep the ratings as is for it being an amber.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the limited edition Beers of America collection. This one pours a brilliant amber color with a finger of head that seens to want to stay around on top of the beer. The nose is slightly caramel sweet with a fairly grainey character. The flavor is right there with the nose. The caramel malt is a bit more prevalent and hte grainey quality is more subdued, but not all that bad. The feel is a touch light for me, wih a rather hearty carbonation. Overall, this is rather plain. The flavors could use a little hop to back it up. I would like a bit more body as well. I grabbed this set because I recently toured the Huber brewery and wanted to see what this was all about.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a "Beers of America" Collection received for Christmas (from Costco or Sam's Club, not sure which). Label is ivory background with "Barbary Coast Brand Gold Rush Style Beer" in green and yellow, with graphics of mountains, pick-axes, shovels, wheat sheaves, & hops (?), and "Iceless Fermentation" and "1894 Style" printed in smaller text. "Brewed and Bottled by MDII Monroe, WI".

Poursa medium amber with a small head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is slight, malty, grainy, maybe a touch of roastiness. Flavor is mostly roasted malts with a non-descript hop follow through. A little off-tasting, but nothing I can put my finger on (just not well balanced?). As my girlfriend would say, "it's beer". Not exciting, not terrible. Drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of clvand0
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a small head that doesn't stay around long and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is nothing special. A little malt and a little hops, pretty plain. The flavor has a caramel malt character, but seems really watered down. Hmm. Flavor would be ok, if they wouldn't use so much water. Nothing to see here.

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Photo of karst
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened screw off cap. Detected a sweet odor almost to faint to identify.
Part of the 12 bottle American Beer History Collection Californea. Dubbed a 1894 style/Gold Rush style it proports to be a California common/steam beer. The appearance is a tawney copper. It is clear in the strong sunlite of my beautiful 62F Mid Missouri January Thaw day. Aroma is sweet maybe malt but very light - I poured it at 45 F and its flavors favor warmer temps (55-60 F) Hops are detectable in the flavor, but not in the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but well carbonated, although I got little or no head on the first half. Will finish the second half when the BBQ burgers come off the grill. On a fine day like this in Mid Winter - roll out the grill have a brew and Seize the Day!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My final beer from the American Beer History Collection. The pamphlet that come with the collection says this is a Californea common/steam beer. The appearance is carmel amber with weak head. Aroma is lightly malty and somewhat generic. Flavor is lightly malty also with pronounced wateriness. If this is a steam beer it could only be described as very watered down Anchor Steam. Drinkability is okay, for a beer this dark in color it works well as a thrist quencher.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the way-overpriced American Beer History sampler. Bottle says it is brewed by MDII, but with a little research, I found out it was contract brewed by Huber.
Poured a clear copper carmel color, a little layer of head stays, but not too much. Smells slightly malty, but nothing that storong, no trace of hops in the nose. Hops are a little more present in the flavor, but this beer isn't that outstanding in any way. Mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. OK beer, at best.

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Photo of bditty187
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barbary Coast Gold Rush was contract brewed at Minnesota Brewing Company for the Tunner’s Guild Brewing Systems. Barbary Coast Gold Rush is part of the “Beers of America. Historical Collection.” These beers are designed to pay homage to the United States’ brewing legacy.

Translucent cherry-amber hue. Smallish, slightly off-white head, poor retention, almost no lace. Unremarkable nose, some malt, hints of fruity-ester, minimal hops profile. Tasty, decent malt foundation, noticeable hops for balance and light citrusy-bitterness. Simple yet agreeable, very drinkable. I enjoyed Barbary Coast very much, its as good as any Amber Lager I have tried.

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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.85 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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