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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History

Member for
1 year 10 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Beer judged as BJCP Category26D, Belgian Strong Dark Ale.  Served at 50oF.

The beer is served in a large tulip snifter showing a deep brown-mahogany, with a light haze.  A thick  tan foam of mixed bubble sizes fades fairly quickly even though the beer appears to be well-conditioned. ... Read More

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

BJCP Category 7A  Vienna Lager

The beer is served at 42oF in a standard 200 ml kölsch straight-sided glass, poured vigorously to produce a nice head on top.The beer is solidly amber in color, around 8-9 SRM, and brilliantly clear;  the foam is off-white, and demonstrates  persistant stand... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Beer judged as  BJCP Category 21A, American IPA*. Served at 44oF.

The beer comes to me in a half-pint (Imperial)  shouldered nonic glass:  light in color at light to medium gold (~4-5 SRM) with a distinct  haze;  a 1 inch foam exhibits good stand, and the beer is well-conditioned.  The... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Beer Judged as BJCP Category  21A, American IPA.  Served at 41oF

 

The beer comes to me in a large snifter and presents a medium- gold color with a dense off-white head that is lush and thich, with excellent foam stand.  Clarity is almost bright, dulled by a modest and faint haze... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Beer judged as BJCP category 21A, American IPA. Served at 45 degrees F.

The beer is presented in a pint shaker after a full and vigorous pour. Light amber in color, and brilliant in clarity, the beer carries  a two-inch fine frothy foam with great stand characteristics that last for the... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Judged as BJCP category 20A American Porter.

The beer is presented in a classic Cologne stange after a solid pour of half the beer: a big 2 inch mixed foam stand of medium beige, above a dark brown, almost opaque but distinctly ruby cast beer. Looks great, and the foam lasts for most of... Read More

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