Saturday, July 22, 2017

Monster Mutant Super Soda White Lightning Review

After two varieties with nearly three hundred calories each, Monster Mutant debuts White Lightning, their currently sole offering to diet drinkers. Its bottle remains the same, save for its opaque albino colored fluid and lightning strikes across its label.

The packaging offers little in way of a cohesive explanation of the flavor here, aside from the cheesy "catch lightning in a bottle" line I read on the back of the label. The flavor my palate disclosed is mostly grapefruit and lemon, a very soda-like taste that should only appeal to Mtn Dew fans looking or an alternative- not energy drink drinkers looking for a bit less caffeine. Its effervescence is curt and everlasting, right down to the last few gulps, but the flavor is dead in the carbonated water. It is maddeningly muted, a taste that your tongue will spend the entire twenty ounces searching for more than what is actually here. Ace-k and sucralose do the sweetening here, but it is a tepid mixture that offers little weight; its only interaction is the addition of a synthetic cloak that veils any possible realism the blend sometimes can achieve.

Each bottle contain some B vitamins and 115 milligrams of caffeine. Being an energy soda, the kick is decent, lasting an hour, perhaps a bit longer. Overall, Mutant Super Soda White Lightning wants to be a sort of "my first energy drink," but there are far too many soda influences here to ever be anything else.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

BeeBad Energy Drink Review

BeeBad's can is wacko, littered with text and design elements that give the eight ounce packaging a distinct, if not busy, appearance. Its name is clearly visible, and there is not really another drink that looks like this, but it lacks of any true flavor indication, outside the mention of honey (is that the flavor?).

The flavor-profile is a peculiar, persuasive cocktail of honey, rose water and mint. It is sweet, sour, earthy, and bitter- all at the same time, but it is a blend incredibly unique, a strangely potent composite of individually passive tastes and characteristics. Your first sip, perhaps also your second, your lips will curl and your eyes will wince in terror of the queer liquid, but subsequent imbibes luxuriate in the odd pacing and idiosyncratic flavors involved, and your palate will evacuate ounces from the bantam aluminum transport with haste.

Each can contains B vitamins, ginseng, and eighty milligrams of caffeine. The kick is trivial, lasting an hour and a half, but it is strange to find the beverage hailing itself for not containing taurine- has there been documented cases questioning the compound's safety? If so, I cannot find them online. Overall, BeeBad is a drink you will want to experience for the flavor, not for functionality.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Reize Energy Drink Review

This black little sachet comes in a tiny box of six, only a tad larger than a pack of cigarettes. The packaging is clean, with text of course, but nothing superfluous, aside from the obligatory puffery ("pocketful of energy," etc.). The tiny rocket blasting off of the "i" in the title is clever, but I would love to have a flavor indicator somewhere.

The pouch took a bit of persuasion to open, though it was not too significant a struggle. The grains inside stain the 250 ml of water a cloudy gold, with granular matter not yet disintegrated in the aqua floating like pollen in the air. Once the particles settle into their new serous home, sips discover the savor to be sharp but indistinguishable, a super sour and approaches tasting excessively sweet, a blend of aspartame and ace-k. There are far too few sips offered by the small amount for things to become grossly over-sweet, but those reaching for their second packet may want to reconsider. Very smooth despite its powder origins, the texture is surprisingly silky, never gritty and in no one sip does the powder taste individual from the taste of water. The flavor is mostly apple, orange and passion fruit, but it is a blend blandly blended; no one fruit stands tall away from the others, a cocktail so muted your tongue searches each particle for an individual flavor to notice. Not inherently a bad thing, but if the brand ever wants to branch out into other taste territories, they need a strong flavor-profile for consumers to identify.

Each pack contains B vitamins, taurine, ginseng, inositol, and fifty milligrams of caffeine. The kick is disappointing, lasting an hour, but I will take a weaker buzz over a bitter flavor. On the whole, Reize is an interesting energy powder, but a nip here and a tuck there would send it blasting off and over the moon.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Full Throttle Orange Energy Drink Review

Full Throttle Orange appears to be a remake of the company's ancient "Fury" variety, though its design is a massive improvement since the last time we have heard from the company. The large bird crest provides the perfect level of detail without cluttering the can, and the lack of any superfluous text is a breath of fresh air in the market.

The flavor is a marvelously simple one, tasting like orange, plain and simple. It is powdery on the tongue, super sugary with a tartness that is bright and energetic. But there is more beneath the surface of the citrus than what meets the tongue, heavy undertones of blood orange and mandarin varieties round out an otherwise elementary flavor. It has zero influence from other fruits, remaining true to its citrus core, and its unbridled concentration is admirable and well done. Sweetness is refreshingly old-school, a gritty, slightly syrupy one, all from high fructose corn syrup and sucralose, but it never overwhelms the palate with the sweetener's usual gumminess.

Each can contains: taurine, B vitamins, and 160 milligrams of caffeine. Potency is without a doubt the biggest drawback here, a kick that settles for a mediocre resurrection of antiquated energy. In the end, Full Throttle Orange is arguably the best in the line, and an overall decent orange energy drink.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gridlock Ultra White Energy Drink Review

Why the hell would there be another Gridlock variety? It has been six years since I encountered the original two flavors, so why now? And why another diet one- did the original low-carb version have just a few too many calories? Either way, its can remains largely identical, complete with all the baby blue coloring, though it is now faintly textured, and the black has been swapped with white, hence the name.

The flavor is a complete riff of Monster Zero Ultra, a parody experience who's best joke is saying "see Monster, I can do everything you can for only a buck." But the problem lies in that the drink it clones was not very tasty to begin with. Grapefruit and lemon are predominately featured, but they lack any punch, limping languidly onto the palate and rot as they make their way down your throat. Sweetness in this zero calorie cocktail is composed by erythritol, sucralose, and ace-k, a trilogy fine enough, but one that builds on the back of your tongue and clogs your palate with its extreme saccharinity that augments into an unpleasant aftertaste after only a handful of imbibes. Though I can praise Gridlock for ripping off a drink other than Red Bull, its taste is still a ripoff.

Each can contains: taurine, B vitamins, ginseng, inositol, guarana, and 140 milligrams of caffeine. Consonant with the rest of the experience, Gridlock copies the kick from the aforementioned Monster, one that lasts just under three hours. Gridlock Ultra White takes a handful of risks for a generic energy drink, but it is painfully boring to drink, and at the end of the day, it is still a store-brand spoof of another beverage.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monster Hydro Tropical Thunder Energy Drink Review

This bizarre bottle, yes, it is plastic except for its metal pull-tab top, is the Monster brand's latest spinoff. Out to combat Gatorade, I suppose, it looks like no other energy drink on the shelf, but whether or not it truly is one is up to the product's marketing team. But if it truly wishes to due battle with sports drinks, it is going to need to come up with a better container, as the lack of a screw off cap limits its mobility.

The non-carbonated elixir fails to impress, but it comes close to a passing grade. The flavor is the weakest link here, a diluted combination of orange, passion fruit and grapefruit, a balanced but banal cocktail of fruits who leave better impressions from other beverages. The harshest aspect is the tartness, a rumbling sourness who's puckering acridity is cleansed by the enthusiastic epicureanism for the insipid taste of water. Sweetness is arguably the best thing here, it is a grainy, hard hitting saccharinity that contains both syrupy and artificial characteristics, but it pleases your taste buds by introducing these elements only to wipe them clean by the potation's watery climax and undercurrent of acidity.

Each clear bottle-can hybrid contains: sodium, potassium, 100 calories, taurine, inositol, and 125 milligrams of caffeine. The buzz is unspectacular, but if the intent of this product is to make the drinker feel like they have just consumed a sports drink, then they succeeded.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mtn Dew-S-A Review

The people at Pepsi must have been sitting around one day, looking at the calendar, and realized that they did not have any patriotic Mtn Dew variety. Quickly, instead of crafting a new flavor, they throw three previously released version in the same bottle and call it a day. Otherwise, I have no idea why Mtn Dew-S-A was made; its bottle is a jingoistic mess, hard to read with text scrolling and colorful strips that scroll in opposite directions.

The alleged flavor is a cocktail of their White Out, Voltage, and Code Red varieties, but I am not sure that is what this actually tastes like. There is a backbone of blue raspberry, the most potent sapor here, one that glosses over the subtle grapefruit and pineapple taste of White Out. Acidity is mild but present, an aftertaste of sweet cherries resides in the tranquil tartness, but both the fruit flavor and the sourness struggle to break free from the shackles of the potation's pervading saccharinity. It is an interesting sugariness, a sweetness that feels restrained on the palate, free of the brand's trademark syrupiness, but it takes just a few sips in and you realize that about all you can taste is sweetness, real or artificial; thanks to using high fructose corn syrup, as well as ace-k and sucralose. By the end of the bottle, Dew-S-A resembles more of a hybrid of Voltage and Diet Voltage than anything else.

Each bottle contains caffeine (ninety three milligrams), forty five grams of sugar, and an undisclosed amount of ginseng. If it sounds more like ingredients for an energy drink than a soda, you would be right, but the sub-hour-long kick says otherwise.

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