Friday, November 25, 2016

Rip It Tribute Active Mandarin Live Wild Lime Energy Drink Review

For three years, the latest releases from Rip It have been just out of my caffeinated grasp; any local dollar store only carries the original few varieties. But a long away gas station has brought me one of their militant flavors, Tribute. Its design is a refreshing break from the usual look of the brand, with an interesting camouflage pattern and black chevrons.

The aroma is very Mtn Dew-esque; its flavor is less inspired, with a more potent mandarin taste and tarter tartness. The lime is unfortunately not much of a player, but instead acts as depth to the dominant orange citrus, along with a touch of pineapple and mango- giving the potable a more tropical feel than its can suggests. However the shining light here is the beverage's sourness and its sweetness, from high fructose corn syrup and sucralose; its a tangy, almost Sweet-Tart brand candy experience. Sips become cloying as the can nears complete completion, a lamentable blemish on a drink otherwise too fun for one.

Each can contains: B vitamins, vitamin C, taurine, inositol, and guarana. The kick is a good one, no if, ands, or buts, lasting a cool three hours with a potent kickoff and old school crash. In the end, Rip It Tribute is a revivifying return to form for the long-running brand.

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