Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mtn Dew Kickstart Mango Lime Review

Mtn Dew Kickstart Mango Lime sounds like a refreshing flavor, at first glance. But any avid caffeinated cocktail connoisseur would recognize a similar flavor on last year's Game Fuel, aptly titled "Mango Heat." But its can at least has nuance of both of its titular fruits, though I cannot help but wonder if the design's favor towards one color will extend into the flavor.

The taste is potent, a curt blast of ersatz mango deluges the palate in thinly viscid high fructose corn syrup. The mango is entirely synthetic to the tongue, lacking the subtly and depth of the real stone fruit; each sip is a bland reminder that "natural and artificial flavors" does not translate to the joy that is biting into the actual fleshy interior of the South Asia native. There is five percent juice here, something the can makes mention of multiple times, but it is only of white grape and orange, and that is not the flavor here! Their role here is only in adding an ounce of realism, but honestly the honesty in every imbibe is insalubriously saccharine. There is no lime taste, no citrus flavor actually despite the presence of orange nectar, sealing the fate of this energy soda as one-note.

Each can contains: B vitamins, vitamin C, and ninety milligrams of caffeine. The buzz of this Mtn Dew extension have always been its weakest attribute (no wait that would still be their flavor), lasting an hour and a half after a good night of sleep. On the whole, Kickstart Mango Lime is the epitome of false advertising: it does not taste like lime and does very little energizing.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Monster Mutant Super Soda Red Dawn Review

Mutant Super Soda Red Dawn is a most brazen attempt at impeding Mtn Dew's Code Red from reaching the grasps of those wanting a sugary and caffeinated soda. Its bottle is not half bad, actually, surprisingly simple from a company so inclined at supplying mundane textures and silly paragraphs of text on their products. But the flavor name "Red Dawn" is so small and hard to see, leaving its color scheme as the products only flavor identification.

Seventy two grams of sugar, all the riled high fructose corn syrup, is just too much, proving that there is such thing as too sweet; the ingredients list mention that it has a "low sodium" content, at just three percent your daily intake, but that number appears just above its whopping twenty five percent carbohydrate content. The flavor is stagnant, a distilled and dreadfully deadened cherry taste, no nuance to the fruit nor any acidity- there is just your generic drupe flavor and drowns in the acute saccharinity. Effervescence is feisty and tickles the back of your throat as you gulp the frisky fluid, and the bubbliness of the beverage is easily its best characteristic.

290 calories and 115 milligrams of caffeine, as well as the aforementioned sugar quantity, make up the ingredient cocktail here, though it is more like "bland energy" than an "energy blend." Any buzz lasts at most an hour, giving its significantly more common competitor nothing to worry about when it comes to pretending to be an energy supplement.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Red Bull The Lime Edition Sugar Free Energy Drink Review

Red Bull The Lime Edition Sugar Free arrives without fanfare, no press-release that I saw or any advertisements; instead, a local grocer stocked them on their trivial energy drink shelf. Its can is about as good as the design can get, its deep, dark silva-green color pops off of the bare aluminum, a contrast that almost makes up for its slight verboseness.

Incult effervescence and stentoriously synthetic saccharinity gives the twelve ounce beverage a very soda-like feel, especially its dimensionless taste. The lime is a flagrantly artificial flavor, lacking the pungent acidity of the actual citrus, as well as the fruit's nuance and grace, engineering an ersatz experience that tastes like Sprite Zero with the lemon surgically removed. The customarily dynamic duo sucrose and ace-k do the sweetening, but they are not sweet enough here to fit the bill of the billed "limeade" on the bottom right of the can, nor can they furnish the weight to quench the thirst on a hot, humid day- though I guess we do not get many of those in February.

The kick is a disappointment, lasting an hour and a half when it should have and could have been more potent, Each can contains: B vitamins, taurine, and 114 milligrams of caffeine. Overall, Red Bull The Lime Edition Sugar Free looks better than it tastes or feels.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dark Dog Organic Original Energy Drink Review

Dark Dog Organic was a surprising sight on a local grocery store shelf, as the original Dog Dog was never found by my grubby little caffeinated fingers. But this mostly silver can is a disappointment, cluttered with too much text and the green coloring feeling like an obligation to the organic artifice.

Unfortunately, Dark Dog Organic is a Red Bull clone, but it is a at least a tasty one. It is sour and sweet, sugar and coconut flower sugar syrup doing a fine job keeping sips organic and saccharine without the nasty aftertaste of a certain natural sugar substitute. The flavors are vanilla and bubble gum, but there is weight to the tastes, a heft that builds depth until the gulp climaxes with a tart splash that almost makes your lips pucker with pleasure, thanks to the inclusion of lemon juice, the second ingredient. The vanilla is shockingly creamy, a texture that gives some coffee beverages a run for their money.

Each can contains: B vitamins, vitamin C, caffeine, and many extracts. Its kick is a mild one, lasting two hours; perhaps a sixteen ounce can next time? All in all, in the world of energy drinks, this may be a Dark Dog, but it is not a black sheep.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Bomba Mixed Berries Energy Drink Review

One of several Bomba varieties, Mixed Berries is a dimensionless blue hue with a label that has even less personality. But that does not seem to matter in a shaped glass container like this, its pull tab only adding to is charm.

The taste dismally has less character than its military-inspired transport; remaining an unenthusiastic cocktail of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry- only less interesting than that troika suggests. Tartness is a massive disappointment, understated and could use a kick in the pants. Sweetness is a strong player here, twenty eight grams of pure sugar sweetening with a level of honesty and enjoyment the the actual flavor lacks so brazenly. There is a refreshing edge of realism to every imbibe, a slight organic bite that breaths the only individualism into the limited sips offered.

Each bottle contains 120 calories, some taurine and inositol, and caffeine (seventy five milligrams, per internet sources). The kick is a weak hour and a half long one, so be sure to pick up another pick-me-up. In the end, Bomba Mixed Berries is a decidedly mixed bag.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Powered On Peach Mango Energy Drink Review

This simplistic bottle comes to use from the bowels of a discount store, but its resealable cap and clean design make it a surprising find amongst all the dinged and dented cans. There is too much text, but the lines that curve on the bottom left are a pleasant distraction.

Every sip is pure peach, its rough flavor choking off any mango playfulness and consumes any smoothness the refreshing absence of effervescence provides. No gulp is tart, no acidity to balance out the raw, nearly bitter bite of the fuzzy stone fruit; the only serendipitous sensation here is the finale, where it all collapses in a water vortex as you finish each imbibe, cleansing the palate of the amaroidal aftertaste. The muted sweetness destroys drinkability, however, as the cane sugar, erythritol and Stevia sweetener system fail to counter the coarse texture of the namesake fruit.

Each bottle contains: vitamin C, B vitamins, and 100 milligrams of caffeine. The buzz is milder than anticipated but lasts slightly longer, a decent trade-off that has its market. All in all, Powered On Peach Mango looks okay and its kick has its audience. But its taste? That should be powered off.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mati Citrus Healthy Energy Drink Review

The slender black can has a cartoonish look thanks to the citrus illustrations and the fat text, which does not really give the drink the organic-edge it wants to have. But it is surprisingly easy to read, so there is that.

Prepare for your first sip; this is not a flavor you are accustomed to consuming. It is coarse and pungent, with an organic bite that could choke a homeopathic doctor. But that sort of gives Mati its personality, with the tastes of guayusa leaves, madly reminiscent of green tea, giving way to the tart lime and orange tastes its can promises, but only after a few very large sips. As sapors are savored, the extreme bitterness from the flavor's earthy edge births a slight sweetness, not unlike what a black coffee offers. The actual fruit cocktail is a generic one, one that offers little in the way of depth, but the uniquely particulate buildup and climax pushes my review in the positive spectrum.

The can does not say exactly how much caffeine is in this twelve ounce can, but the internet claims 150 milligrams. Now that is what I am talking about! There is also some vitamin C, but my spidey-senses tell me it has little to do with the two and a half hour long kick.

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