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

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

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

"Extra Pale Ale" judged as BJCP 18B American Pale Ale.

My lovely assistant (my wife, amazing she puts up with me) presents a full classic nonic pint glass and boldly states "Extra Pale Ale".

This sends me to the books looking for clarity and enlightenment. Well, so much  for that. ... Read More

Mosaic Single Hop Pale

Mosaic Single Hop Pale by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Despite being billed as a Pale Ale, Mosaic Single Hop Pale by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as BJCP Category 21A, American IPA. Served at 44oF. The style was determined by my assistant based on by the beer's specification sheet. Specifically, the strong hop description coupled with strength ... Read More

2017 Pugachev's Cobra

2017 Pugachev's Cobra by Hangar 24 Craft Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer with alcohol characteristics from the previous use of the barrel, BJCP category 33B.  Served at 55o F.

I'm served a large tulip glass of obsidian-colored beer topped with mocha-brown foam of mixed-size bubbles that shows a limited stand. ... Read More

Frontman IPA

Frontman IPA by Black Shirt Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours out a burnished bright amber, with brilliant clarity and a tall and thick cream colored head, obviously well-conditioned by a steady rise of fine gas bubbles. Foam stand proves outstanding and leaves a big lace on the glass. Aroma is bright and tart with orange and lime citrus... Read More

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