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

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

21 Anniversary Ale

21 Anniversary Ale by Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This is an Imperial Rye ESB judged as English Barleywine BJCP #17D. My assistant greets me with  a tall glass of copper colored beer  capped with an inch of off-white dense foam, intoning  “Imperial Rye ESB”. Hmmm. This presents a bit of a challenge for classification. Naturally, I look to the... Read More

Flagship IPA

Flagship IPA, Steamworks Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Flagship IPA by Steamworks Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP category 21A,  American IPA, served in a taper-shouldered pint glass at 47oF.

The beer shows off a deep golden/light amber color (~6 SRM), displaying a reasonably pronounced polyphenol haze that may or may not be directly... Read More

Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale

Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale by Boneyard Brewing
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is being evaluated as a BJCP Category 18B, Pale Ale. I'm informed that tonight's beer is an American Pale Ale. Sweet. When I started brewing back in the bronze age, this was one of the three beer styles I really tried try to hone in on. Back then, options were few and far between, and... Read More

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