Oklahoma Suks
Independence Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,183
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Ranked #45,604
3.18 | pDev: 16.04%
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Shmallory0
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Firstly, you don't write or review a beer called "Oklahoma Suks" to showcase your piracy of wine tasting terminology. You buy Oklahoma Suks in the fall because OU sucks. You drink Oklahoma Suks because the Red River Rivalry happens every year around this time. It's better than Bud. And Texas is better than Oklahoma."

I agree with all of these statements except the final one. GO POKES!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

CAN: 12 fl oz. Orange label. Standard pull-tab.

Purchased at a local grocery store and served cold into a pilsner glass in Austin, TX. 4.8%. 32 IBU. OG: 12.

Reviewed live as an amber per Independence's website. Expectations are below average; I've had this afore.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Nice thickness, fullness, and creaminess. Good (~5 minute) retention.

BODY: Clear copper. Definitely not an amber. Translucent and transparent. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks subpar for an amber. I can't say I'm horribly excited to try it. Far from unique or special.

AROMA: Amber malt. Breadiness. Sticky caramalt. Generic floral hop character. Faint toastiness.

Aromatic intensity is average.

To style, no yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Generic but amber ale-evocative. Amber malts, generic uninteresting floral hops, some faint breadiness. That's really it. It's painfully simple and suffers from a fundamental mismatch of hops to malts. Shallow and plain, with no subtlety or intricacy to speak of. Flavour duration and intensity are below average. I like it in a general sense, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Not particularly well balanced or built. Barely checks the boxes to qualify as an amber...

To style, no yeast character, over alcohol, or off-notes come through.

It's pretty boring overall.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, overcarbonated, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, and a bit too thick and weighty on the palate.

This mouthfeel fails to elevate the beer, but it suits the taste decently.

OVERALL: An okay brew that doesn't try for much. I won't be buying it again and it's not worth seeking out. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners, and it's easily some of Independence's worst work. I appreciate the clever marketing, but otherwise why brew this? It's very uninspired, and there's clearly little thought or effort behind it. That said, it's drinkable and it will get you drunk.

Low C

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Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep, dark amber, with a somewhat coarse tan head, which retains fairly well. Decent, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark bread malty aroma, rather pronounced, but pleasant. There seems to be a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

Taste: Opens with substantial dark malt, rather like dark German bread. As the taste progresses, toasted malt dominates. Towards the finish, there is a wave of sweet caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, quite drinkable.

Drinkability/notes: A novelty beer, but still good. Now for the obligatory Oklahoma joke: "Why is it called the Sooner State? Because you would sooner leave than stay there." Disclaimer: Having lived there, I can say that Oklahomans are wonderful people, I just prefer Texas.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, sealed with a pop-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of SteveFromTexas
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Firstly, you don't write or review a beer called "Oklahoma Suks" to showcase your piracy of wine tasting terminology. You buy Oklahoma Suks in the fall because OU sucks. You drink Oklahoma Suks because the Red River Rivalry happens every year around this time. It's better than Bud. And Texas is better than Oklahoma.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Oct 2011. Served in the Sierra Nevada shaker pint.

Small white head. Well carbonated. Clear rusty brown color. Smells sweet and malty. Starts light and sweet with caramel malts. Not a whole lot to it. Light body. Light alcohol. Finish is slightly nutty. A minimal touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Quote from A : 'Typical amber, kind of blah. Does Oklahoma suck, or the beer?'

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Photo of Duttonic
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice burnt orange, little to no head (white in color), no lacing, faint bubbling.

S- Very malty, like light rye bread. Alcohol is noticeable on the back end. Faint nutmeg.

T/M- On the lighter side of a medium body, mildly bitter aftertaste, decent linger.

D- I feel like this was definitely made to be a session beer. I've only seen it sold in twelve packs and it says amber beer on the bottle. In TX, if a beer says 'beer' on the label, it is almost certain that the beer is under 5% ABV. It is brewed each year for the OU vs. TX game. It was first brewed in Sept. 2007 in rebuttal to an Oklahoma beer that was called 'Texas Sux'. It's pretty delicious.

A little bio on the beer:

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Oklahoma Suks from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 46 ratings