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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

pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

Bourbon Barleywine is spicy and a bit surly, a beautifully big sipper with soft hits of caramel, baking spice and oak. Spicy and impetuous now, with years of aging, this big brew will mellow with transcendent complexity and luscious mouthfeel.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
11.0%
IBUs: 
33
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Malts: 
Simpson’s Golden Promise, Carafa II, Demerara sugar
Hops: 
Chinook, Cascade

 

 


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Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine by pFriem Family Brewers is being judged under the guidance of BJCP category 33B, Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, where distinct alcohol and barrel character are expected to carry over to the finished beer.  In this case, the underlying style is barleywine, an... Read More

Stone 26th Anniversary Imperial IPA

Stone 26th Anniversary Imperial IPA

California
United States
Stone 26th Anniversary Imperial IPA, Stone Brewing
Description 

25 years ago we celebrated the 1st Anniversary of our fledgling brewery with a beer that was far away from the craft beer norms at the time. It was far too intense. It was far too hoppy and bitter. Yet it became the shot heard ‘round the world, and beer history was changed forever. We’re talking of course about our flagship Stone IPA. So, to celebrate the beer that (eventually) launched generations of hop fanatics, we present this imperial version of the beer that made our name among the (budding) craft beer legions. Loaded with gloriously bitter notes of piney, citrusy, resinous dankness, it’s everything we love about our classic West Coast style IPA…properly turned up to celebrate 26 years.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.7%
IBUs: 
80
Hops: 
Centennial

 

 


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Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Stone 26th Anniversary Imperial IPA by Stone Brewing is being judged as a Double IPA, in accordance with the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, category 22A.  The beer is served in a kölsch stange at 48oF, after a vigorous pour. The beer casts a deep gold color with some noticeable haze, while... Read More

24 Blonde Ale

24 Blonde Ale by Hangar 24 Craft Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Beer judged as Blonde Ale under BJCP category 18A. Served at 45o F.

The beer is poured aggressively into a kölsch stange glass all the way to the top. About a half-inch of off-white foam sits atop a medium-gold colored beer of bright, but not brilliant, clarity. The foam recedes over the... Read More

Jolly Russian

Jolly Russian, Odell Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Jolly Russian by Odell Brewing Co. is identified as a Rum Barrel-Aged  Russian Imperial Stout, and is being judged as a BJCP Category 33B, Specialty Wood Aged Beer. Served at 50 F.

The beer is presented in a large goblet after a full and vigorous pour. The color is opaque and deep brown/... Read More

Galipette Biologique

Galipette Biologique

Galipette Biologique, Galipette Cidre
Description 

Galipette Biologique (Organic) yields a fruity, floral taste with a perfectly balanced acidity and light bitterness to finish. With its amber-toned coloring, Biologique’s fresh apple aromas with floral notes dance around the nose. Apples sourced in Normandy, France.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.0%

 

 


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

Galipette Biologique by Galipette Cidre is a French Cider, BJCP Category C1C, is presented at 47o F in a tall thin glass, showing a brilliant, bright amber color and a steady outgassing column indicating sparking conditioning. The nose has a big sweated apple note with sweetness and lightly... Read More

Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale

Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale

Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

Aged in rye whiskey barrels for a year, our Imperial Brown Ale pours a black walnut hue, bursting with rich notes of brandied cherry, toffee and a kiss of char. It’s ideal for sharing fireside stories under a starry, western sky.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
12.3%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Malts: 
Simpsons- Marris Otter-Finest, Golden Promise, Crystal Dark, DRC, Brown Malt, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Golden Naked Oats
Hops: 
Warrior, Chinook, Cascade

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale by pFriem Family Brewers was judged under BJCP category 33 B, Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, with the underling style being a high-gravity brown ale. 

The beer is served at 50oF in a large snifter after a hearty pour, exhibiting a very dark brown... Read More

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