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

Hazealicious P.O.G.

Hazealicious P.O.G., Reuben's Brews
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hazealicious P.O.G. by Reuben's Brews is being judged as BJCP category 29A, Fruit Beer, with the base as a hazy/New England variant of IPA.

The beer is served in a goblet showing a hazy/milky medium amber color, and while a nice off-white head cap is present, it dissipates very quickly.... Read More

Abita Amber Lager

Abita Amber Lager, Abita Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer is declared an Amber Ale and is being judged against the 2015 BJCP guidelines for category 2B International Amber Lager.  

Amber lagers owe their provenance to the Vienna style first brewed by Anton Dreher in 1840's Austria.  They combined the crispness of the emerging lager... Read More

La Fin du Monde

La Fin du Monde, Unibroue
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue is being judged as BJCP category 26C, Belgian Tripel. The beer is presented in a tulip glass at 48°F, showing a light amber color around 7 SRM, a distinct thick haze, and a lovely creamy foam stand that lasts minutes.

The aroma is biscuity-dry with obvious... Read More

Strawgator

Strawgator, Abita Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

My assistant declares "Strawberry Doppelbock and I do a doubletake.  I can't off-hand recall having a  fruited Dppel, so something new.The beer is served in a narrow taper tall glass at 33oF., and judged as BJCP category 29 A, Fruit Beer. 

The beer casts a medium amber color with a faint... Read More

Terrible

Terrible, Unibroue
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Terrible by Unibroue is being judged as BJCP category26E, Belgian Dark Strong Ale. The beer is presented in a tulip glass after a big full and splashy pour, at 44°F. The beer casts a dark brown color with some obvious haze but not opaque; the foam is creamy and fine but lasts only  about 2... Read More

Fearless Youth

Fearless Youth, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Fearless Youth by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is being judged as BJCP category 8A, Munich Dunkel, and is presented in a traditional 200 ml stange glass at 45oF. The color is a amber -orange-dark copper of roughly 13 SRM (on the light end of the spectrum for the style), with bright but not brilliant... Read More

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