Thursday, April 28, 2011

Team Realtree Outdoor Energy Drink Review

Team Realtree Outdoor appeals only with its thick resealable can, as the whole hunting camouflage pattern doesn't convey any sense of energy, plus it seems to hide the can within the populated energy drink cooler. And to my knowledge, hunting isn't about having much energy but rather ample patience, which is something that wouldn't expectantly be aided with caffeine. But perhaps the biggest optical fault is the name, which is neither exciting or blunting understandable, at least to us city boys.

Team Realtree Outdoor isn't a Red Bull clone, which was justifiably my first thought with the lack of any suggested flavour. Rather it's much inspired by ginger ale, albeit deeply influenced by various complexing notes. A bated white grape taste expands the profile of a perspicuous lemon and grapefruit, which are weaved together as one sensation consisting of two complementing flavours. Lime is whispered nether to the prior and it doesn't ever excel in becoming as crystalline as the former. The spicing to the experience is widely pleasing but sadly isn't anything more than just a simple ginger flavouring. An entirely artificial cranberry can be detected, oddly enough, veiled greatly within, and it provides some degree of depth to the aforementioned piquancy. The light coloured liquid is dry to the taste, in the sense of the distinctly flaccid saccharinity, but it the realm of ginger ale it leans more towards the golden variety, with its fairly robust taste and trenchant seasoning. The last few sips are pleasantly thick in that they're compatible with the rest of the flavour, and the overall taste is far more relishable than anticipated.

The jolt felt was as average as any and average at best. It lasted just under three hours, it was jitter free, and there was a bit of a crash following it all. Each can contains: caffeine, taurine, and several B vitamins. All in all, while Team Realtree Outdoor is far from trailblazing, it's of a much higher quality than initially expected when it was first glared upon through the clear front fridge.

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25 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is this a wine review?

Jason13 said...

If you didn't know what team realtree was before you saw this beverage you probably wouldn't understand. For those of us who prefer to dress in clothes with the "mossy oak", "realtree", or "seclusion 3D" tags, this drink is amazing. Thank you team realtree. With all do respect whoever wrote this review should refer to the statement on the back of the can..."NOT FOR CITY BOYS".

Anonymous said...

Its funny how you talk about hunting but obviously have never stepped foot in the woods...
As Jason13 said, read the back of the can.

Jordan said...

Right, you two. It's "not for city boys" (as if there's some significant fundamental difference between it and other energy drinks that makes it better suited to rough and tough country boys who don't mind getting their shoes muddy), and yet it's sold in gas stations and Walmarts all over the U.S., east and west coast, rather than in stores that specifically target the supposed recommended consumer. The reviewer's opinion regarding the quality of the drink isn't valid because he's not accustomed to setting up tree stands.

Here's something to think about. No one with half a brain for marketing would intentionally exclude or alienate potential customers. The "Not for city boys" on the can isn't a warning. It's a slogan. It's meant to appeal to stupid people who like the thought of being included in some elite group enough to buy the drink.

Now, there's nothing wrong with buying a drink you like, but insinuating that someone who doesn't like it just "doesn't understand" or is somehow inferior is idiotic. Nice job being mindless, impressionable consumers and buying into a stupid slogan, you sheep.

Anonymous said...

Personally love the "not for city boys" slogan. I'm not trying to insult anyone here, but it would be hard to understand the slogan and the can design if you aren't familiar with the lifestyle of the hunting community. The slogan and can design is what sold the product for me. In all honesty whoever the slogan insults would probably have no interest in buying the product from the start. I'm sorry jordan but I kind of believe you've missed the point of this product as a whole.

Jordan said...

Well then I'm sorry, Anonymous, but I kind of believe you missed the point of my post as a whole. I wasn't saying that the slogan insulted anyone; I was saying that it WASN'T (or shouldn't be) insulting because it's just a slogan and not an actual notification of exclusion ("not for city boys" obviously doesn't mean that people from the city can't drink it). By "stupid slogan," I meant that it is merely a trivial slogan and nothing more, not that it is particularly stupid as far as slogans go.

Again, it obviously wouldn't be very smart of the makers of the drink to INTENTIONALLY insult potential buyers. "No one with half a brain for marketing," I said, would do that. And in case you're not comprehending, that isn't a criticism of the makers of the drink. It's an assertion that their slogan is indeed just a slogan - one that is appropriate for an energy drink with a "hunter lifestyle" theme.

The only people I was criticizing were the two geniuses who acted like there's no conceivable way anyone in their superiority club could find anything to dislike about the drink and that the writer of this drink review must thus be a "city boy" for whom the drink wasn't intended. That's just stupid. They're a little too uppity and excited about their drink's super cool, in-your-face slogan.

In short, disliking a drink (or certain aspects of a drink) is no basis for making any kind of assumption about the person who dislikes it. All that can be inferred is that he dislikes the drink.

For the record, I'm plenty familiar with the hunter lifestyle. I grew up with a dad who hunted (and plenty of his friends did as well). I went with them. My house had antlers and stuffed ducks and raccoons adorning the walls. More than once I've gone with my dad to an archery club run by his friend where everyone obtains various types of wood and diligently works to craft hunting bows, which they then take hunting with them. I've helped field dress deer. I was never as into hunting as my dad was, but to say that I have no experience with it or am unfamiliar with the lifestyle is simply untrue. This is all irrelevant to the point I'm actually making, but I wanted to make sure and dispel any lingering "only hunters get it" superstitions that might have been lingering.

I happen to disagree with the notion that "oh, he just doesn't get it" because he doesn't like a mass-produced energy drink. That doesn't mean I've "missed the point" of the product. There's not much of a point to miss.

Anonymous said...

I'm a huntery myself and enjoy the drink (which ironically I usually only drink after a deer hunt), but I pretty much agree with you Jordan. That said I think the slogan is a pretty smart one. On one hand you will have some hunters read it and say "Well this drink was made for me" and on the other you'll have some 'city boy's' saying "We'll I'll show them!" and they end up buying it because they're "not supposed to". It's the same logic that goes with the new Dr. Pepper drink which says "It's not for women". Those slogan's do exactly what they set out to do. Of course on easily percieved people will fall for it.

Anonymous said...

ALL I GOTTA SAY IS IF YOU AINT COUNTRY YOU AINT SHIT...LOUD PROUD AND COUNTRY BY THE GRACE OF GOD

MaggieCee said...

Okay, y'all needa stop fightin over a stupid drink!! I'm a city girl with a life long pursuit of cowboys, rednecks, and the country. So when I spotted this drink, I thought it was a match made in heaven. And it was!!!!! Caffeine makes me sick But this drink had just the right amount to not make me sick, no jitters, no fever, and no rapid heart flutters. And I think that, that is exactly why it don't really appeal to those from the city as much, cuz people from the city (I speak from direct experience) are always seekin the biggest, the best the most thrillin of all. And this drink aint. So they might regard it as borin or too normal. But for those more laid back and down to earth, this drink is phenomenal. I love the slogan, cuz I hate city boys. Long live them country boys.

Jordan said...

I wasn't fighting over the drink. I could care less about whether anyone likes or dislikes the drink. Jason13 and one Anonymous poster implied that the writer of this drink review was just a "city boy" (and the obvious deeper implication was that he was somehow less able to appreciate the drink and less qualified to have an opinion on it). They said this about a guy they know nothing about based on his detailed opinion about an energy drink. They were attempting to argue (or at least being snide and condescending) over a drink. THAT was what I was arguing about, and that was all I objected to.

I'm glad you like the drink, but even if you are from the city, I don't think you can really make blanket statements about anyone who happens to be from a more urban area. There are lots of exciting thrill seekers in the country (which I'm from) as well. And there are calm, laid back, down to earth people. This same variety among people's personalities exists in the city (where I now live). :P

Jonathan Douglas Ray Hall-Neal-Bayne said...

Just bought this out of desperation from the store not having NOS (Original) in stock. Tastes like crap! The high concentration of high fructose corn syrup definitely tries go cover the awful taste of childish sodas.
I'm not the the typical energy drink consumer as I look for the L-cartamine, not the taurine or B vitamins that most do. I shouldget have drivena across townyour and bought a NOS Energy from another location.

Great review Jordan!

Anonymous said...

yum, tastes like a creamsicle to me.

Anonymous said...

I like it

Anonymous said...

Tastes like a poopsicle!

Anonymous said...

I just want to know were I can find them I'm in Texas. And can't find. Them anywhere

Anonymous said...

Are they in Oregon?

Anonymous said...

For someone who's trying to sound so intelligent (as well as condescending), Jordan, I think you may want to reconsider your wording. I believe you meant that you "couldn't care less."

Anyways, the drink tastes average. I bought it because I'm a hunter, and wanted to try it. I love the bottle design, and will most likely buy more.

Shootin' bucks and drivin' trucks - that's how I roll.

Anonymous said...

You can find them at Rudy's BBQ in Texas. The low carb one taste like cream soda.

DeerKiller23 said...

This stuff tastes like dog dick in a can. It is a horrible idea that caters to hunters only. Way to narrow your consumer base Real Tree.....

Anonymous said...

Realtree is a camo brand so its gonna appeal more towards those who hunt or are country at heart. They sell it online and in stores all over the country so its not just for country folk like it claims on the bottle with "not for country boys" or "not for country girls" . its a slogan and to some a laugh. I enjoy many of the flavors and this is the only energy drink my stomach can handle. with a small infant some days I need the caffeine fix so this drink is a good help and keeps me rolling. all I can say is good job realtree

Trinity2013 said...

Wow!!! You people should really all take elementary school reading classes again... My ten year old would have picked up on the subtle things you all so eagerly overlooked. First off, to Jordan, Jason 13, and the other anonymous, This was not a BAD review, I was not given the impression that the original auther didn't like the drink. If you would re-read his review, you may notice that the only thing he continuously insulted was the packaging. He used words like pleasant, bated, sensation,complementing,and pleasing, while describing the taste... Second, He said in his own review at the end of the first paragraph that he is in fact a city boy! Stop trying to argue that your opinions or experiences as country or city boys make you more qualified than someone else to tell others if they will like the drink or not!!! It's all a matter of individual taste. Third, the author of the review opened himself up to those types of criticism when he started talking about how much energy you need on a hunt, as opposed to infinate patience. If he had any clue how much energy a successful hunt requires, he wouldn't have made such a snide comment. (I myself do require a certain amount of energy when I get up three hours before the ass crack of dawn to spend 12 hours in a blind or tree stand. I also need energy to spend half the day sitting standing or walking up and down a river fishing. Energy is also a great thing to have while exploring, climbing, and hiking trails. Not to mention watching my children, doing routine housework, and going to school... I could go on with this list but it would be a moot point.) All I'm trying to say to you all, is that if you don't like or agree with the review, find another review, I'm sure many other people had good things to say about the product, it's packaging, slogan, and flavor. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions as to what they do or do not like to eat, drink, or look at. I personally enjoyed this drinks flavor, and the packaging was the first thing that caught my attention, but what does that have to do with the way you feel about it???

Anonymous said...

I love the Pink Lemonade! I am a city girl with a country heart and love it. Not a hunter but certainly love the outdoors and can always use more energy!

Jordan said...

"For someone who's trying to sound so intelligent (as well as condescending), Jordan, I think you may want to reconsider your wording. I believe you meant that you 'couldn't care less.'"

1. "Could care less" is a commonly used phrase in parts of the U.S. It's technically not correct, but which one a person uses is more a matter of where he grew up and which phrase he's heard all his life than it is about his ability to understand and convey the meanings of words. I knew what I was saying and consciously worded it that way because it's how I'm used to people talking. If you've never heard it said that way before, look it up. Anyway, even supposing it had been a typo, so what? People make typos.

2. I'm not trying to sound intelligent. I think the way I think, and I type the way I type.

3. Which is more condescending? People telling a guy who didn't give their favorite energy drink a perfect review in every field, "Uh, with respect, sir, uh, heheh, it says 'not for city boys' on the can," or me explaining why something like that is a stupid response? This is mostly a rhetorical question, since it's pretty clear what you think already. Whatever. I could care less.

Trinity2013, "author" is spelled with an o, not an e, and you aren't supposed to capitalize words immediately after commas. "Infinite" is the correct spelling, not "infinate." I also found at least one comma splice in your wall of text. I wouldn't care at all about that stuff in a post about an energy drink, but I'll happily point it out if you're going to tell people to retake elementary school reading. Speaking of which, your reading comprehension needs work. When did I say this was a bad review? The whole reason I bothered posting on this in the first place is because those two guys at the start were making idiotic assumptions about the reviewer. What have you been reading? I was defending the reviewer just like you are. My "right, you two" and "the reviewer's opinion isn't valid because he doesn't set up tree stands" comments were sarcastic, and they weren't even subtle. I have a feeling your 10 year old would have picked up on that a lot faster than you did. At least you didn't completely miss the point I've been getting at all throughout this discussion - that energy drink preferences are a matter of personal taste and nothing more, and that people who proudly take the "not for city boys" slogan seriously should accordingly shut up - and were the first person to actually state that. (I normally don't point out sarcasm, but for you: that was sarcasm.)

Anonymous said...

you guys are fuckin idiots drink it if you want dont drink it if you dont like it. the camo and slogan are just a catchy gimmick and it works because all of you have bought the drink

Anonymous said...

Jordan, you did a GREAT job in describing the flavor. I think that was ultimately the point of your post and you did a great job. Thanks. I searched up the drink because that's exactly what I wanted to know, was how it tastes. So thank you again.

-Elisabeth

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