Gridlock Lo Carb is my first run in with Aldi's stab into the energy drink market, and while it avoids many of the pitfalls that store brand drinks tend to sink into, it still deeply looks generic and it lacks much of any real personality. For example, while the can does obviously have this whole sort of computer/tron kinda vibe, it also oddly gives off an almost religious ambiance, with only an addition sign as opposed to a cross, and it's inappropriate entirely with energy drinks in general. But lets say that you don't personally feel this spiritual aura, it could just be me, but then you're just left with a can that has a lot going on but offers little interesting for the eyes.
Gridlock Sugar Free's taste begins with a syrupy texture that's slightly oily on your palate, and the actual flavour is a familiar vanilla and bubble gum hybrid, with the vanilla being predominate, and the braid tastes entirely synthetic. A soured chemical taste that has since appeared slowly engulfs the former blend, and acts almost like a sort of atmosphere to it. This atmosphere doesn't cloak the earlier flavour but rather influences it slightly and edges your mouth with each sip. The drink's sourness is initially feeble but it gradually mutates into a stronger undercurrent that rises highly to the point of distinct acknowledgment as the experience finishes. The drink does one thing well with its flavour, and it's that the fake sweeteners used lack any distinct trace of the common artificial aftertaste, and they actually provide the flavours with a solid sweetening that isn't as shallow or as bland as some before it. But overall, Gridlock Lo Carb's taste offers very little unless you're in the mood for another uninspired Red Bull clone.
Each can contains: caffeine, taurine, ginseng, guarana, several B vitamins, and inositol. I felt decently energized fairly soon after total consumption, and it lasted for an acceptable three or so hours, and I didn't have any jitters nor did I crash. Overall, Gridlock Lo Carb can be found selling for the seemingly low price of $.99, perhaps even lower, but not its can, taste, or kick wholly justify that price.