First sip to this sparkling beverage is rough with trivial orange flavor. Rather tangerine takes the stage, with reasonable depth but does not taste incredibly natural; there just is not enough juice! The muted sweetness is no help either, a tepid mix of syrupy HFCS and dimensionless artificial sugars. Real fruit nectar is a lot more saccharine with tons more personality per sip than this has per can. The texture is both harsh and gummy, dissonant qualities to each other and everything else. Overall, Mtn Dew Orange Citrus Kickstart drinks distractedly with placid passion, a quaffable miscarriage from parents who knew better.
While not an energy drink per se, the aforementioned caffeine with B and C vitamins make up the blend here. It kicks for under an hour to a coffee drinker, which certainly is not "just the right amount." On the whole, this is a mess of fluctuating qualities that never exceed the "mediocre" mark.