Sunday, July 26, 2015

Canna Mango Energy Drink Review

It is nearly impossible to distinguish this variety from the brand's other offering, and that is far from a good thing. It may be a clean design, easy to read and attractively bright green, but it places all bets on the idiotic "hemp" artifice and loses. It is not edgy nor is it cool.

From its taste along, I give this a recommendation, and I am only on my first sip. Candid sweetness thanks to real cane sugar, its weight is envied by every diet drink out there. Its texture is thick and almost grainy, a brilliant parody of the fruit's pulp that provides every gulp more unfeigned realism that it has any right to be. But it is the flavor that truly shines, a sole mango experience without any nuance to distract from its juicy honesty. At a short twelve ounces, its veracious purity never exhausts your liking for the unconvoluted mango imitation, however that does not completely excuse its incapacious can. Today it is "go big or go home," and unless Canna Mango plays on its competitors terms, it is gonna wind up going home. And that is a shame.

Each can contains: caffeine (120 milligrams), B vitamins, taurine, hemp, and inositol. You are not going to get more than two hours worth of energy out of this, but you should not have any crash afterwords either. Overall, Canna Mango is a tasty but imperfect energy drinks. Yeah, it is one of those again.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Venom Low Calorie Strawberry Apple Energy Drink Review

The first new Venom in a long time, the flavor today is Strawberry Apple and appears not to have any sugared alternative available. The can has lamentably mutated from the awesome original, resealable one to the standard sixteen ounce pull-tab variety, but the intimidating design auspiciously remains intact.

Our first sip is sweet, the fruits taste gooey and saccharine with a sour, earthy bite. The initial splash on your tongue is strawberry, an honest rendition if it were not for its extreme but artificial sugariness. The sweetness additionally blurs any depth to bright red produce, bridging blandly into the later apple flavor. You hardly recognize the transformation, the oft autumn-harvest adding only a superficial taste and tartness. Erythritol, ace-k and sucralose are the sweetener-system of choice and do an indiscriminate job, never offensively not sugar but at the same time painfully not sugar. Overall, after a long hiatus, Venom comes back with a whimper.

Each can contains: B vitamins, taurine, ginseng, and 160 milligrams of caffeine. The kick is as standard as the brand has ever been, a buzz lasting three hours on a good day. Overall, it is good to see Venom back, but their Strawberry Apple Low Calorie variety is not good.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Amp Zero Watermelon Energy Drink Review

Amp Zero Watermelon appears on store shelves without any notice, along with several other new varieties. The line has been refurbished many times and it looks like it happened again, this time at least the flavors are more unique. Its can is pale and prosaic, dispassionately getting the job done.

Strong fumes pour from the can, a scent so innocent and inviting our first sip happens almost immediately. The sapor is full-on candy, sweet and playful though grievously without the weight of true sugar. The synthetics preform admirably otherwise, with sucralose and ace-k never promoting any artificiality in the experience. At least, any saccharine disingenuousness is veiled by the beverage's mild sour bite, pleasantly engendering the potation's sweetmeat focus. But sip after sip the flavor wears on your palate, proving that perhaps watermelon is too much at sixteen ounces.

Each can contains: B vitamins, guarana, taurine, ginseng, and 157 milligrams of caffeine. The buzz is only two hours long, proving that no matter how many times the brand is refreshed, the lackluster kick remains. In the end, Amp Zero Watermelon is a decent overall cooler with some fun ideas but mediocre execution.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Arnold Palmer Drive Performance Energy Drink Review

This tall black can sports the golf-legend proudly, his name written in cursive and at an angle. "Drive" is tossed below it, insinuating, alongside the lower "performance," that this is Arizona's next entry into the energy drink market. It is not necessarily an ugly can, however kids drink the brand's drinks, and there is minimal difference at first glance to warn of this libation's caffeine content.

This fifteen and a half-ounce potation sips smoothly but with zero pizzazz; the tea lacking any bitter depth, and the lemonade missing almost all its sourness. What we are left with about two cups of uninteresting water, only the faintest tartness to the even weaker citrusness and the weakest tea taste. A puny twenty three grams of sugar is here, sweetening without conviction and becoming lost in all the tepid wateriness. Ten percentage of juice proves to not be nearly enough, a distracted, distant pulpiness gives each forced mouthfeel too clean of a texture; where is the weight or the diversity? Overall, Arnold Palmer Drive about sums up what is so wrong about canned Arnold Palmers.

Each can contains: caffeine (120 milligrams), guarana, acai querticin, B vitamins and green tea. For almost a sixteen ounce potable, the ingredient-cocktail is paltry; brewing a buzz lasting roughly an hour and a half, only. To end, Arnold Palmer Drive is an interesting but completely misguided excuse of an energy drink.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thunder Healthy High Voltage Energy Drink Review

Thunder's can never makes me think of actual thunder. It is black with a lot of silver and some grey, but what does that have to do with the sound caused by lightning? Rain drops pepper the aluminum, with what I guess is a lightning bolt interior, but that is just speculation.

Our first sip of this flippant elixir is predominately passive tastes of grapefruit and lime. They are neighboring flavors tasted parallel but are never braided, each aromas its own and saves the experience from succumbing to the common indistinctness of your usual punch. A subjacent pool of raspberry complements the skyward citruses, perhaps with some cranberry approximately present, fruit providing a little more depth to all the sourness than anticipated. The puckering produce is almost awkwardly tart despite their sufficient sugariness however. Sucralose and ace-k promote one of their better showings, a sweetness assiduously attempting with every sip to fool the palate that the simulacrum saccharinity is honest cane sugar; an effort unsuccessful but appreciated. Overall, Thunder's flavor is a frequent flavor done decently here.

Each can contains: ten calories, caffeine (eighty milligrams), green tea, and B vitamins. The kick is debatably "healthy" due to artificial sugars, and is far from "high voltage" with an ingredient cocktail like this. If you have ever had a similarly sized drink, you should be familiar with its hour long buzz. To end, Thunder shatters no expectations, but fortunately not your waistline.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Verve Zero Sugar Energy Drink Review

White and silver introduce this small can to unwelcoming eyes, a color scheme who's diet nature is focused far too heavily on. It is identical in design to the other in the line, however this time things are uninterestingly pale and lacks the excitement an energy drink should have.

Effluvious odors pour out soon after a yank of the pull tab, chalky and heavy as it leaves far from a decent impression. This is a diet drink and every gulp is a constant reminder; stevia cannot mask the organic nastiness and even adds its own. For eight ounces we suffer through the leadened tastes of distrait orange and syrupy vanilla, and awkward blending of flavors awkwardly blended. Each sip has musty vitamin notes, a polluting suggestion that weighs heavy on the already bogged down experience. Icing on this cardboard cake is its planate effervescence, a stagnant carbonation that adds another level of leveled insipidity. Overall, Verve Zero Sugar has zero things going for it.

Ingredients include: caffeine (eighty milligrams), A, many B, and C vitamins, green tea, taurine, inositol, and many other ingredients. Its squalid taste obviously suffers from the myriad of minerals, a risky move that only results in an hour long buzz. To end, if Verve Zero Sugar continues their exclusive focus on functionality over flavor, they are going to need more caffeine.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Exhale Green Appletini Energy Drink Review

A Big Lots buy, in case its bizarre, twelve ounce shrink-wrapped can did not already scream it. Loaded with stock images of cityscapes and women, one a silhouette and another smoking a cigarette, its lack of a conventional energy drink theme makes for one of the most interesting, but not good, designs seen this year.

I do not know what is so "-tini" about this; it is just an old fashioned apple soda. A lot of Granny Smith and McIntosh coat the tongue in this crystalline green syrup, with some Golden Delicious nuance for good measure. There are likely others somewhere in any sip, buried deep in the thin nectar under the weight of the former. Despite the ternary varieties of the autumn cultivated fruits, any depth is surface level and gulps are clean and uncomplicated, requiring no thought outside remembering to swallow. The experience is fairly tart yet gently sweet, or at least not as sweet as its sixty three grams suggests. AMP tried last year with an apple drink, and its flavor failed pretty hard. Exhale here? It is mostly a success.

Each can contains: 250 calories, B vitamins, vitamin C, caffeine, and taurine. There is a pretty great sugar rush, but certainly something of a crash two hours after. In the end, Exhale Green Appletini Energy Drink is a weird one, not bad but the rest of the beverage does not live up to the can's craziness.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rockstar Horchata Energy Drink Review

When there is no more flavors left to make, Rockstar makes a horchata energy drink. The most intriguing, if not desperate, attempt from the company, this sixteen ounce variety at least visually stands out; the large bird graphic in particular giving it distinction from the brand's other offerings.

The gelatinous, lactescent beverage pours into your mouth, an experience considerably richer than most of the company's coffee experiments. Its heavy mouthfeel gives the clement fatty savor decent verisimilitude, although the rice flour and sunflower oil give the texture more weight than the milquetoast milky sapor suggests. The actual taste? It is predominately cinnamon, a slight spiciness with an earthy edge of indistinct nuttiness. It is vapid with unfortunately minimal depth, each lardaceous sip staining your palate with a dense consistency but a famine of flavor. Every sip climaxes with a metallic, synthetic aftertaste that is quickly squashed by another gulp; giving the entire episode one final reminder that you are drinking orxata from a can.

Here is where the drink excels: 225 milligrams of caffeine. A great amount resulting in an almost four hour buzz. Each can also contains: B vitamins, taurine, inositol, l-carnitine, guarana, milk thistle, and ginseng. On the whole, Horchata is a creative and almost successful expansion of the long-running Rockstar line. Almost.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Monster Ultra Citron Energy Drink Review

Another brightly colored "Ultra" variety from the Monster conglomerate, this time the name is Citron and the expectation is lemon. Its can is textured but it seems every flavor from the brand is, making the once unique hand-feel a boring expectation.

Redolence reminiscent of cleaning supplies rather than fresh fruit, with its relentless aroma of fake citrus. We take a sip, and I will be darned, it ain't half bad. The flavor is pure lemon, lighter than the pheromones that escape into the nose, with a slight tartness that builds in the back of your throat. Its impersonation of the produce falls on the more natural side of the scale, resistant without the potency of the perfume, for better or worse. Erythritol, sucralose, and ace-k rock together in place of real sugar, a decent blend that cannot give the lemonade-wannabe flavor its desiderated heft. Its texture could also use some work; a watery mouthfeel with a finite famine of any pulpy goodness. For a diet, big-name release, Monster Ultra Citron is actually pretty good; it just dismally lacks the something-something to make it great.

Each can contains: caffeine (one hundred and fifty two milligrams), B vitamins, taurine, ginseng, l-carnitine, guarana, and inositol. This stock blend has the ingredients for a terrific buzz, but lasts only two and a half hours. In the end, Monster Ultra Citron's taste is one of the more complete from the company, bringing an otherwise ordinary experience up a few pegs.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Red Bull the Yellow Edition Energy Drink Review

This tropical-inspired Red Bull debuted last year with the sobriquet "Summer," but only recently started showing its can in my neighborhood. It is a decent twelve ounces, bigger than the trademark bullet can the brand popularized but still smaller than much of its competition, not to mention more expensive. Yellow is at least aestival, but one cannot help but think "Yellow Bull" is a better name.

Gone is the medicinal grip famous for the company; traded for a rough stitching of pineapple, orange and mango. Its haste cobbling is fortunately mostly guised by an upfront tartness, a puckering and pleasant acidity that breathes much of the only veracity into the ternion of exotic fruit forgery. The produce themselves are fogged together, acting more as an overview of three flavors, rather than allowing each savor's nuance to parade across the palate. Papaya and passion fruit almost make a welcome appearance, but the soupcon is choked off of the tongue by the leadened effervescence; carbonation not bubbly enough for the "tropical" plastered across the can. At least the thirty nine grams of sugar sweetens with respected restraint; an almost granular saccharinity that avoids any syrupiness. In the end, this is not the hit Red Bull may have needed, but at least they are trying.

Each can contains: B vitamins, taurine, and 114 milligrams of caffeine. The kick is unimpressive, lasting an hour and a half. Overall, Red Bull the Yellow Edition is a little experience: a little small, a little expensive, little taste and a little weak.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Root 9 Panax Red Vitality Drink Review

Root 9 comes in two flavors, Red and Gold, a naming convention more like cigarettes than energy- wait, I mean vitality, drinks. Aside from the meager, and internet purported, fifty milligrams of caffeine, this twelve ounce can masquerades as your typical energy beverage. It is at least cleanly designed, but its oracular artifice is more confusing than effective.

Lightly tumbled, this carbonated potation has a terrific bite; a sour, earthy kick that balances the thin line between bitter and piquant. Its acidity is puckering and bodes brilliantly to the experience's relaxed saccharinity, accomplished with sucralose and ace-k. The sugar system's own chemical acridness is guised almost impressively by the coarse tartness, with minimal aftertaste tasted through the resilient acerbity. With all those sentences, it is hard to forget we have yet to discuss the potable's actual taste, which is a tenebrous blend of inchoate fruits muddled together and buried well beneath the citric sharpness. The ginseng and green tea makes every sip a polysemous mix of produce, the inconspicuous citrus and bleary berry flavors proving decidedly less interesting than the homey acidulousness.

Each can contains: the aforementioned quantity of caffeine, B vitamins, vitamin C, and 500 milligrams of red ginseng. Any energy derived is minor, a buzz lasting unexcitingly under an hour. In the end, Root 9 Panax Red's flavor deserves more potency and more explicit gimmick.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mtn Dew Sangrita Blast Review

Another former Taco Bell soda exclusive, Sangrita Blast can now be bought at your local mega mart. Its can is standard for a soda, however this Dew version is a pinkish red with some urban graphics and unnecessary text underneath the variety's name.

Its flavor lacks much of the "Dew" the brand is somehow famous for, with an overreliance on an indistinct, bedimmed brew of cherry, guava and orange. Any of the company's trademark taste is restricted to a sluggish lime and lemon bite, weighed down by the beverage's heavy sugary syrupiness. It is a dissonant experience, one with a porcine dulcitude but gossamery taste; your palate is coated by a dense film of sugar but with little flavor inside. Tartness and nuance is exchanged for sordid saccharinity, HFCS and sucrose makes the forty three grams seem like an underestimate. The effervescence is truly disturbing; perfunctory carbonation that languishes on your tongue, seemingly fizzing out before it can even transport the supine savors from the can to your trembling tongue.

Each can contains: a lot of sugar, 160 calories, and fifty four grams of caffeine. Its terrible taste is not worth the belt-breaking carbohydrates, although this is nothing new for the brand. Overall, Mtn Dew Sangrita Blast is just another misguided and ignoble release.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hydrive Black Cherry Energy Drink Review

Trading some childish text for too much text, Hydrive Black Cherry is a beautiful vermilion color hardly seen behind its Brobdingnagian label. It is mostly attractive, with plenty of sultry black and interesting dotted background, but becomes lost as it erroneously believes words like "formula" and "caffeine" are necessary.

Not unlike the best cheep beers, our first swig somehow does not stun with zero taste, an avalanche of watery nothingness. It is expected and as refreshing as bottled water gets, but almost instantly the deepest of fruit flavors dye the former flood blandness and kick your jaw to the floor. Equal parts maraschino and rum cherry, every quaff exploits a paradisiacal balance between playful saccharinity and impassioned tartness. It is sweet while honoring the "black" in its name, sucrose and sucralose behaving and blending in a faultless textbook fashion. Its tenacious texture is provocative on the palate while never growing cloying or unwelcome, its viscidness somewhat grainy yet somehow silky. Has this Hydrive been reformulated since I last praised its taste years ago? I do not know, but I am still praising it.

Each bottle contains: B vitamins, yerba mate, taurine, and 195 milligrams of caffeine. The kick is better than most in of the line, lasting almost four hour long and of equal strength to many of its competitors. On the whole, any of my complaints of Hydrive Black Cherry are niggling.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Zest Tea Earl Grey Black Tea Energy Review

Not the packaging featured across the company's website, this variety's silver sachet is best assumed to be a sample pouch. Actually, it is, given the text "sample" is read after the flavor indication, so let us try and ignore its logorrhea and bland color scheme.

Each quaff cleanses the palate with a sudden aquatic furor, your first gulp revivifies in a fashion that only tea can. The earl grey black genus proves the most pungent of the Zest Teas; a robust flavor slightly earthy but never bitter. There is richness to every imbibe, a slight yeasty, bread-like taste sheathed by both a clement sweetness and placid bergamot citrusness. Your tongue observes an indefectible balance between the binary of sapors, themselves benignant and help craft an experience fervidly refreshing. All of the few sips my six-ounce mug offers left me coveting another; a beverage more honest and mature than its already satisfying predecessors.

The pyramid bag contains an dramatic 150 milligrams of caffeine, birthing a two and a half, if not three, hour long buzz. To end, Zest Tea Earl Grey Black is the brand's strongest effort to date, the most complete and most refined.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tornado Ice Energy Drink Review

Back is the gnarly plastic bottle with a replaceable cap, but that continues to be the only area the Tornado brand succeeds: too much real estate is black, empty space fitted with a tiny logo and an underwhelming twister theme. Do tornadoes exist in winter time? The answer is a quick Google search away, but I should not be asking myself that when there is an energy drink in hand.

There is a lot of citrus here, an experience considerably more unique than its Red Bull pretending predecessor- unique, but not tastier. Grapefruit and lemon dominate but disappoint in this fruit salad, flavors fuliginous with little in the way of honesty. Lime, melon and orange join the umbrageous union, produce pushed into the darkness by a diet-destroying fifty nine grams of sugar; giving each already confused sip a heavy and gooey lamination of unsought saccharinity. Undesired dulcitude quickly cloys and clumps together in the back of your throat, further dissimulating the shoal salmagundi. Effervescence is equally mundane, a flat carbonation that engenders the existing stagnant mouthfeel. Overall, Tornado Ice may not be a lamentable Red Bull clone like its relative, but it is lamentable.

Each bottle contains: some B vitamins, taurine, and 142 milligrams of caffeine. Any energy lasts no longer than two hours, an uninspired and unimpressive buzz for something with so much sugar. On the whole, Tornado Ice is almost "so-bad-it's-good." Right now, it is just "so-bad."
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