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:
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

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bravus Raspberry Gose (Non-Alcoholic) by Bravus Brewing Co. was judged as and NA interpretation of BJCP category 29A, Fruit Beer. Served in a traditional straight-sided cylinder glass with moderately aggressive pour at 42 degrees. 

The beer presents with a deep yellow color with a hint of... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Wooden Helix Triple IPA by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as BJCP category 33A , wood-aged beer.

The beer is served in a tall 12 oz. tapered glass after a full pour, and measured at 48oF. The beer casts a medium-light gold color, a deeply hazy clarity and exhibits good but not great foam... Read More

Pommeau

2 Towns Ciderhouse Pommeau, 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pommeau by 2 Towns Ciderhouse was judged outside the BJCP cider guidelines, which don't recognize sweet dessert wines made from apples. Served in a small brandy snifter at 54oF/12oC. Deep golden color with haze. Completely still. Legs on glass looks viscous. 

The nose is redolent with... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

St. Feuillien Quadrupel by Brasserie St-Feuillien was reviewed as a BJCP Category 26D, Belgian Dark Strong Ale. The beer is presented in a large goblet at 52 degrees F after a full and hearty pour. The color is a brilliantly clear dark-reddish brown, and, alas, exhibits a poor foam stand.

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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

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