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

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

Beavers Milk Nitro

Beavers Milk Nitro by Belching Beaver Brewery
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Beaver's Milk Nitro by Belching Beaver Brewery was evaluated as a Sweet Stout (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program Category 16A) according to the BJCP guidelines.

The beer comes to me in a soft shouldered Guinness-style glass poured to perfection:  a 3/4ths inch thick créma of mocha-... Read More

pFriem Vienna Lager

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Vienna Lager by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as BJCP Category 7A - Vienna Lager.

The beer is served at 42o F in a standard 200-ml kölsch straight-sided stange glass, poured vigorously to produce a nice head on top. The beer is solidly amber in color, around 8-9 SRM, and... Read More

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