Sunday, November 19, 2017

AMP Organic Citrus Energy Drink Review

It has taken dozens of varieties, but the AMP line has finally branched into the organic subgenre of energy drinks, exclusive to 7-Eleven stores. The can to these natural versions is smaller than your traditional energy potable at twelve ounces, and the brand's design struggles to fit all the text, detail and images it finds important on such small real estate.

There is no juice here, but the flavor is quite tasty. Forty nine grams of cane sugar oversweeten, but its graininess gives every imbibe a sort of textural nuance that is such a refreshing departure from the company's usual syrupiness. The citrus here is gentler this time around, a balanced blend of both lemon and lime, but the fruits themselves never taste distinct from the generic citrus blends offered from non-organic drinks. There is a hard edge to each sip, however, presumably from all the lack of your usual preservatives and all the organic ingredients, but it works here, its paltry twelve ounces offering the potent flavor in a shorter punch than usual sixteen. An overall delightful little experience.

Each can contains just 120 milligrams of caffeine. That is it for energy. Talk about getting right down to the point! Oh sure, there is a lot of sugar, and 200 calories to boot, but in a world where other supplements purport around as "energy" inducing, AMP Organic Citrus goes right for the stimulant that has been consumed since the 15th century. That I am a fan of.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mtn Dew Game Fuel Tropical Smash Soda Review

This bright liquid looks more like a chemical cleaner than a soda, but I guess I will drink anything for some caffeine. It is another Game Fuel variant from Mtn Dew, celebrating the release of one of the year's newest games (I have lost count at this point, and interest), but its label is too small to be packed with so much unnecessary stuff.

The flavor is surprisingly palatable and, dare I say, good? Yeah, I will say good. Not great, but this latest, hyper-colored concoction of pineapple predominantly, highlighted with distant notes of mango. The basic flavor is escalated by a decent sweetness, a blend of high fructose corn syrup, sucralose and ace-k, but its the acidity here that sells the drink. The sourness upstages both the saccharinity and often times the flavor, which is banal by your last few sips. Qualifying as tropical sure, but there is little in the way of individuality here- there is nothing these twenty ounces offer that you have not experienced in other, sometimes better, drinks.

There is only 113 milligrams of caffeine and forty six grams of sugar to give you that lusted jolt of energy. It lasts an hour, but this is a soda, so why bother discussing this? Overall, Mtn Dew Game Fuel Tropical Smash is hard to say, but never hard to sip.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Mati Cherry Energy Drink Review

Mati Cherry comes in a nearly identical can to the brand's Citrus version  from months past, save for some text changes and a swap of the little illustration of fruits. It is amazingly easy to read, a clean can that gets everything across, save for the hearty thirty percent of juice. To me, I would sell that point up.

Your first sip is bitter, barely tasting of cherry or much of anything else. Eleven grams of sugar never influence the experience, nor does the thirty percentage of juice. The initial few gulps are a poor introduction to what the potation eventually tastes like, though that will take an iron palate and the patience to make it through at least half of the twelve ounces. Imbibes eventually give their acridity for acidity, a pleasant, puckering tartness that yields to the saccharinity, which by now is showcased by the collapsed bitterness. The actual taste of cherry never becomes the focus of the experience despite being nearly half juice, but perhaps that is because the fruit cocktail is apple, then cherry, then lime. Overall, while the title "cherry" may be something of a dubious nom de plume, but those with some patience should find a lot to enjoy here.

Each can contains something around 150 milligrams of caffeine, though I cannot call that official; the internet told me. In the end, Mati Cherry is about as good as their Citrus variety.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Arnold Palmer Natural Energy Drink Review

How this version of Arizona's Arnold Palmer energy is any different from their previous Drive version is beyond me, aside from the obvious can redesign. It looks better now, emphasising its caffeine content and less to explaining what an "Arnold Palmer" is (the original can felt the need to list "half iced" and "half lemonade," as if the cocktail hasn't been around for almost sixty years). But the label is shrinkwrapped on the can; holding the can is unsatisfying.

Whether the taste has changed since my original review remains a mystery, but the flavor remains just as banal as initially described. There is a flood of sourness to every non-carbonated sip, washing the palate of the former gulp's sting of tea, a slight earthiness that climaxes each quaff. Ten percent juice does little for the flavor, a mostly acidic beverage with the bite of lemonade but without the taste of the lemon. Real sugar, thirteen grams, and Stevia sweeten the experience, but imbibes have the mouthfeel of corn syrup and never taste bitter like the zero-calorie sugar can. Everything here gives the impression of an honest "Arnold Palmer," but the restrictions of mass-produced canned potations put quite the damper on flavor.

Every can contains caffeine (120 milligrams), B vitamins, green tea, guarana, vitamin C, quercetin, and vitamin E. The buzz is bland, lasting an hour and a half and never giving me the urge to play golf.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rockstar Hardcore Apple Energy Drink Review

Not going to let Monster have all the fun of releasing a fall variety, Rockstar's latest release is Hardcore Apple, easily the brand's best can in some time. Sure, it uses the traditional design we have seen time after time, but there is a good balance in its coloring, and its font for "hardcore" does meet the definition of "hardcore."

It seems every drink line comes down to making an "apple" flavor eventually, but Rockstar's attempt here is one of their more successful entries of recent memory. It is a completely generic taste of McIntosh and Granny Smith varieties, a super sweet cocktail who's extreme saccharinity overpowers the fluid's feeble acidity, much like a fresh apple would. There is zero juice here, but your tongue would be fooled if you eyes did not read that on the back of the can- things are so successfully apple that I almost felt like I needed to wash the can before drinking from it. Now, should any drink have sixty grams of sugar and 260 calories? Of course not, (non-caloric sweeteners acesulfame potassium and sucralose are even included to keep the count from ballooning any further) and although sixteen ounces is a lot for such a one-dimensional flavor, Rockstar is at their simplistic zenith here.

The buzz is pretty rocking, lasting almost four hours, of course, with all the jitters the aforementioned sugar can cause. Each can contains: taurine, B vitamins, inositol, milk thistle, ginseng, guarana, and 240 milligrams of caffeine.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

True Eagle Energy Drink Review

It is great that True Eagle Energy creates jobs for veterans and all, but its can is about as generic as they come. Walking through my local dumpy salvage store, I barely noticed this can on the bottom shelf, a dull silver background with all the red, white, and blue they could fit inside. The eagle cutout of the American flag is a nice touch, but it screams "patriotism" and whimpers "caffeine."

The flavor is 100% Red Bull's, loaded with synthetic tasting vanilla and acrid apple. It is hugely artificial on the tongue, despite "natural" flavors appearing in the ingredients list, burning your tastebuds as you forcefully swig each ounce- where it pools in your stomach and conflagrates even further. Real sugar does the sweetening, which is a plus, but sips never expose any potent or even charming saccharinity; every gulp is wincingly sour, an acidity that never feels intentional on my tongue. It is a shame that such a patriotic drink tastes like this, as the flavor is not American (it can be traced back to Asia, and more popularly, Austria's Red Bull).

Each can contains: B vitamins, inositol, taurine, and 160 milligrams of caffeine. It is a completely standard formulation that creates a completely formulaic kick, lasting two and a half hours. In the end, True Eagle Energy has its heart in the right place, but fails to leave any sort of impression.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Juice Monster Mango Loco Energy Drink Review

Almost a month before the day of the dead comes Juice Monster Mango Loco, a Halloween-inspired can who's name has little to do with its holiday inspiration. But although it uses the generic Monster design template, the bright colors and unorthodox graphics help create something more distinct than the brand has been in a long while.

Mango Loco certainly tastes like mango, for better or worse, but I suppose that will happen when the second ingredient is "mango juice." Though heavy on the stone fruit, the carbonated fluid that travels across your tongue is too sweet, loosing any intricacy the drupe has to offer in every distractingly saccharine sip. Initial imbibes have a pleasant enough flavor, but soon something creeps in and taints the tastebuds- oh yeah, it is the other nine juices, purees and syrups (the list goes something like: guava, white grape, apple, pineapple, lemon, peach, apricot, orange, and passionfruit). The more you drink the less you taste of the namesake mango, with the nuances of the auxiliary produce piercing the bulky mouthfeel and staining your palate of a generic fruit cocktail. Carbonation is the saviour here, a punchy yet relaxed effervescence that keeps afloat the weight of all the nectars. It is not a bad experience, but your tongue will have a hard time differentiating it from the company's Khaos and Ripper varieties.

Each can contains: B vitamins, taurine, inositol, and 152 milligrams of caffeine. This ingredient mixture is less loco than the can implies, providing only a two hour long buzz. In the end, Juice Monster Mango Loco is fun to look at, but less interesting to taste and even less functional.

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