Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Arizona Fruit Punch Natural Energy Drink Review

This big purple can is wall to wall with writing, a large font that makes things easy to read, yes, but any personality, any design or visual interest is blurred behind the tower of text. The color choice of purple is a questionable one, considering the supposed flavor of fruit punch; the traditional punch is a bright red, though I am all for something a bit against the grain here.

The smells of fermented juice cascade out of the can, the cloudy heliotrope colored cocktail unimpressively decants from the shrink-wrapped transport. This Arizona fares far better upon opening gulp, a sharply tart liquid that splashes your palate with vigor, your entire mouth nearly wincing in surprise from the acidic cooler. The actual blend of fruits contains the usual suspects: mango, apple, pear, green grape, and pineapple, but it is a listless creation. Rather than tasting like a complex flavor, composed of many individual flavors, here everything is tasted adjacent each other, one after the other, giving the potation its only character. Things are non-carbonated, which give sips a heavy profile; the mouthfeel's corpulence comes from the coconut water, a thicker texture than anticipated, and something effervescence could have lightened up.

Each can contains B vitamins, vitamin C, guarana, teas, and 120 milligrams of caffeine. Potency is a bit weaker than you would want, but its a decent, hour and a half hour long one. On the whole, Fruit Punch Energy ends up being on the stronger entries from the Arizona brand.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Core Lemon Ginger Energy Drink Review

I guess I am a pushover for the color gold; it gives the stale Core design its sparkle, a luxury sheen the can otherwise outdated pattern. There is not much in the way of text, but aside from its color scheme, there is little inspiration here, with generic arches and a disenchanting organization.

While the can leaves something to be desired, the taste is magnificent, a slightly sweet but acidic punch of spice and citrus. Predominantly lemon, the tastes of lime and grapefruit rumble beneath the bright yellow fruit flavor, but it is the fragrant seasoning that breathes the creativity into every imbibe. Yes, you can taste the ginger, but each sip reveals more than that; little by little the flavors of green tea and cinnamon widen the already bulged peculiarity. Carbonation disappoints, a deadened, practically non-existent effervescence leaving my palate embittered by the false "sparkling" statement at the top brim of the can. Sweetness is another sore spot here, accomplished via erythritol, cane sugar and stevia. At initial sip, the saccharinity appears deliberately distant, but by the last remaining ounces, you learn that beverage itself is just under-sugared.

Each can contains 100 mg of guarana, coffee beans, yerba mate, and green tea, or at least that is where the caffeine here comes from. But yet the actual content of caffeine itself is nowhere to be found; is it the 100 mg? Is it less? Why is this so difficult to figure out?  Overall, Core Lemon Ginger makes a few too many fundamental fumbles for a complete recommendation.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rip It Tribute Cherry Lime Energy Drink Review

One of two "Tribute" varieties, this Rip It sports a excessively patriotic can that is a mild refresh of the usual company design. It is revivifying to see something different from the long-running brand, however, the camouflage look on its sister drink is more appealing.

Fifty two grams of sugar, all high fructose corn syrup, and sucralose sweeten things here, and somehow avoid coming off too gooey or saccharine. The flavor is a complicated interweaving of the namesake, with citrusy bite launching the experience, with a heavy splash of cherry immediately afterwards, only for a tart climax of lime; probably the only blunt depiction of the acidic green fruit. But the misstep here is the carbonation; every sip settles languidly while its flavors party on your tongue- flavors who demand a more excited effervescence. Otherwise, it is your usual cherry lime energy drink, fortunately one of the cheaper ones.

Each can contains: taurine, inositol, guarana, vitamin C, B vitamins, 200 calories, and 160 milligrams of caffeine. It is a decidedly old school kick, a jittery one that ends in a crash but unbashfully so. In the end, Rip It Tribute Cherry Lime is a decent way to spend a buck, but even in its own line, there are better ways.

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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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