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

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

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

Abrikoos

Abrikoos by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer was judged as a BJCP category 23F  Lambic with fruit: fruit lambic with apricots.

The beer is presented in a stemmed goblet after a full pour: a hazy golden-orange with nary a bubble of foam to be found, despite being assured that it was poured aggressively. Being a sour beer,... Read More

Vladislav

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Judged as BJCP category 33.  Wood Aged Russian Imperial Stout.

Poured into a tulip snifter, the beer appears black-opaque, with a light brown moussy foam that is beautiful while it lasts  -- about three minutes. Such is the ephemeral nature of young love.

The nose presents a huge... Read More

Here Comes Mango IPA

Here Comes Mango IPA by Belching Beaver Brewery
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mango IPA -- Judged as BJCP category 29 A, Fruit Beer.

The  beer was presented in a kolsch stange -- 3" beer and 3" light cream head of mixed bubbles. Foam stand lasted  3+ minutes. The color is a deep gold, with brilliant clarity and abundant traces of outgassing. Looks lively and... 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

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