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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2 years 4 months

My reviews

602 Brew

602 Brew, Helio Basin Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

602 Brew by Helio Basin Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP Category 18A, Blonde Ale and served in a kolsch stange glass at 46o F.

The beers pours a brilliant, glistening gold, with stark clarity; a nice, thick, foamy whitecap forms of mixed-size bubbles but shows only modest stand.  A lovely... Read More

Fayuca Rizing

Fayuca Rizing, Helio Basin Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Fayuca Rizing by Helio Basin Brewing Co. is being judged as BJCP Category 18B American Pale Ale and served in a shouldered pint glass at 43oF.

The beer comes to me showing a deep gold/light amber color with a faint haze; a big, creamy, off-white head of fine bubbles lasts a long time.... Read More

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

Drink This or the Bees Die by Duck Foot Brewing Co. was reviewed as an Alternative Sugar Beer. The beer pours brilliant clear, with a medium amber hue, color estimated at 8 SRM -- well darker than the name suggests.  An initial small cap of off-white foam dissipates in about 15 seconds.  A... Read More

Coconut Contender

Coconut Contender, Duck Foot Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Coconut Contender by Duck Foot Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP category 29A, Fruit Beer.

The beer casts a deep gold color estimated at 6 SRM, throwing a slight haze. A thick and creamy off-white foam exhibits great stand and lacing. Low outgassing is visible through the column.

The... Read More

Secret Spot

Secret Spot, Duck Foot Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Secret Spot by Duck Foot Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP category 21A, American IPA.

The beer shows off a deep gold color with very pronounced, almost milky, haze character. An off-white creamy foam of 3 cm tops the liquid and demonstrates a lasting head.

The nose is bright with... Read More

Postcard Porter

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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