David Sapsis

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Beer & Cider Judge

Dave has been brewing beer since 1983 and judging since 1985. He holds the BJCP rank of Grand Master II, and has served in the program as Exam Assistant Director, Exam Director, and Western Representative on the BJCP Board of Directors.  Early in his brewing, while at the University of California pursuing a degree in Forestry, he met a young woman who worked in a world-class yeast lab (the Professor of the lab recently won a Nobel Prize), who helped him build a diverse yeast bank. He married her.  

In addition to brewing beers regularly and evaluating beers wherever he goes, Dave likes to cook and dabbles in charcuterie and motorcycle racing. In his day job, he works as a wildland fire scientist for the State of California.

 

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My reviews

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Flotation Device Snozzberries Edition by Pontoon Brewing is branded as a fruited Berliner Weisse, and is being judged against BJCP category 29A, Fruit Beer. While this choice seems straightforward, the inclusion of lactose and vanilla (in addition to the fruit, which... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

After close inspection, Sigman Stavecation Maple by Pontoon Brewing is labeled as a whisky barrel (Blanton's no less!) milk stout, of 13.9% alcohol content, and in almost microscopic font you will find "Vermont Maple Syrup, Madagascar Vanilla, Chili." It seems this is... Read More

Wolfsburg Helles

Wolfsburg Helles, Reuben's Brews
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Wolfsburg Helles by Reuben's Brews was judged as BJCP category 4A, Munich Helles, the classic malt-forward golden and dry lager of Southern German origin.

The nose is lightly floral with hops and faint crackery malt but lacking the predominant continental bready malt sweetness found in... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Synopsis Blueberry & Acai by Area Two Experimental Brewing is judged as BJCP category 28C: Wild Specialty Beer. Presented in a steep-sided pilsner glass at 43 degrees Fahrenheit. The color is a deep and saturated bright red with noticeable haze. Foam stand is poor, which given the style, is... Read More

The Call

The Call, New Holland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The Call from New Holland Brewing Co. is a sour ale with raspberries blackberries and blueberries and is being judged as BJCP category 28C Wild Specialty Ale (with fruit). While the beer was aged in a foeder, I was unaware of that fact during the blind-judging and have left the review intact. ... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Reuben's Crush Series: Crush Cancer by Reuben's Brews was judged against BJCP category 21B, Specialty IPA – New England IPA – though the style is still not recognized by the BJCP. No matter, we know basically what to expect: deeply complex hop character from new hop breeds in a juicy and creamy... Read More

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