Pop Shoppe Orange

Pop Shoppe Orange

The Pop Shoppe is a classic Canadian soda company that has had a bit of a resurgence in recent times. They tend to put out pretty standard flavors that taste, well like the standard. That unfortunately is not the case with their orange soda. Generally orange pop has a strong crisp flavor to it that doesn’t really taste like oranges, but has still managed to enchant the Western world’s taste buds. Sometimes companies use actual orange juice, but that’s a whole other ballpark of wonder. This soda tastes like neither of those things. It’s like the company got the ratio wrong of flavor to sweetened carbonated water. The orange flavor is much weaker than one would come to expect in a soda such as this. There is a flavor very much there, but the part that makes it anything similar to the fruit is in low quantity. How am I supposed to enjoy my veggie dogs now?

Website
http://www.thepopshoppe.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 5 hours, 57 minutes ago
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Pop Shoppe Orange (6 bottles)

Monster Ultra Sunrise

Monster Ultra Sunrise

I don’t mean to be a jerk, but has anyone else noticed that the Sunshine State has been putting on a bit of weight? It just looks like it’s getting a little paunchy in the middle. I blame it on the whole scene surrounding Orlando. That damn gluttonous mouse and his friends make bulging out the center of the state. There are so many people, who consume so much terrible food. Those same people always want to be on the go to make the most of their limited vacation time. What we have here is something of a cure all. It’s the essence of Florida, in a diet, liquid form that gives the imbiber a boost of energy.

Unfortunately it is a bit heavy on the diet side of the flavor. This taste insanely like fresh orange juice, except it tastes like that very specific flavor has been made into a powder and then mixed with equal parts zero calorie sweeteners . It’s insane how such a pure taste is there, but also ruined by the sweetener. I’ve come a long way in accepting these sweeteners, but in here it’s still too much for me. I’m sure those who are die hard diet soda drinkers would be all about this, but the rest of society will surely be put off.

Oh, this is actually called Ultra Sunrise, and not Ultra Sunshine? Well, everything I said stands, it just makes a little less sense talking about Florida the way I did. It really does taste like that state’s staple fruit though.

Website
http://www.monsterenergy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Erythritol
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 2 days, 3 hours ago
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Monster Energy Drink Ultra Sunrise 16 Oz (24 Pack)

Polar Cranberry & Clementine

Polar Cranberry & Clementine

Ahh the seasonal flavors. They really churn them out over at Polar and do not disappoint. Cranberry and clementine are two great friends that play together nicely. Why haven't you other guys worked together like this? It's great. A little fruity and a little more fruity together make a nice sparkling treat. I must have really liked this because I intended on drinking this all day and killed it before lunch. You can taste everything and you want to because Polar managed to keep the integrity of both fruits.

Polar, thank you for this Christmas gift. I got you a sweater. A sweater without a receipt and with the tags detached. Sorry. I'm no good at holidays.

Website
http://www.polarbev.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 3 days, 3 hours ago
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Purity Organic Unsweetened Black Tea

Purity Organic Unsweetened Black Tea

If you ever want to feel real dumb go into an establishment and order yourself a hot tea. You’ll ask for green tea, but all they will have it black, but that is fine. They also offer cream with it. You normally drink your tea black or with soy/almond milk, but hey why not live on the edge. It will show up to where you are sitting, and the mug will be filled, as well as the tea pot on the tray. It’s always such a nice touch when they leave you a tea pot isn’t it. You add a little cream and stir it up. You let it sit for a minute to cool down, and then take a sip. This is the weakest tea you have ever tasted, you immediately think. You take a few more sips, annoyed, but oh well the show must go on. A few minutes later it gets a bit brighter and you notice there is a tea bag on your tray. A metaphorical palming of the face occurs and you just hope no one else noticed your stupidity. Yes, this was my past Friday night when I went to see Jen Kirkman at a comedy club (dumb two drink minimum).

My reason for telling this story is that the only way you can really mess up plain unsweetened black tea is by forgetting to actually ad the tea. Luckily for me the folks at Purity Organic are not the same sort of dummies as I am. This is exactly what you would expect. It’s black tea that has been properly brewed with no sweetener added (or anything else for that matter). If this is what you want, you simply can’t go wrong.

Website
http://www.purityorganic.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 4 days, 23 hours ago
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Purity Organic Black Tea, Unsweetened, 16.9 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Canada Dry Tiky Pina

Canada Dry Tiky Pina

The way that some people talk about Tiki parties makes me think that there are some weird undertones at said parties. You know the kind that might involve a bowl of keys and swapping of some sort. Now I’m 99.9% sure that’s not the case, but man do people get excited to dress up like they are in Hawaii and drink tropical tasting alcoholic concoctions. I personally have no place at these gatherings and will continue to keep my distance. They can continue to do what they do an if I ever get the urge to drink something that might remind me of palm trees and a warm ocean breeze I’ll grab a bottle of Tiky pineapple. Actually, wait…no this is just your standard pineapple pop and it’s only the name that puts me in that state of mind. There are many other more deserving beverages to send my mind to paradise. Give me a glass of guava juice and I’m all set.

This is pretty much the same as their US pineapple soda except they use real sugar and it’s made in Guatemala. Oh, and don’t forget it has a much cooler bottle. It’s made with artificial pineapple flavor that does well enough to imitate the real thing. It tastes closer to fruit than just sugar water.

Get out your grass skirts, your Hawaiian shirts and your rum if you so choose people. This winter isn’t going to be going anywhere for quite some time, and anything that helps you keep sane I’m okay with. I will continue to hide under a large pile of blankets in read because your fun is not my fun.

Website
http://www.canadadry.com/
Country
Guatemala
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 5 days, 10 hours ago
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Upstate Farms Custard Shake Chocolate

Upstate Farms Custard Shake Chocolate

Billboards and most advertisements don't really sell anything to me. I don't want to sell my house fast or get a loan on a 1995 Ford Winstar. I don't want to go to the casino and I don't want to sue anyone for that time I slipped on ice. I don't have a DWI and I know that Geico can save 15% or more on my car insurance.

One thing that I didn't know is that this little guy exists. Custard shake. Sounds good right? Sounds rich. Let me tell you friend, your imagination isn't lying. This is good and it is rich. I can also very simply review this for you. Ready? This chocolate custard shake tastes like if you went to Wendy's, bought a Frosty, left it in the car so you could run into a store to buy a new pair of shoes, ran into that dude that you don't like that talks to you even though you get the feeling that he gets the feeling that you don't like him, returned to your car only to forget that you had a Frosty in it and it melted. You shrug because at the end of the day, it's still fantastic and drank it all the same. It's that good. Melted Frosty. Nailed it.

Website
http://www.upstatefarms.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Milk
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 5 days, 21 hours ago
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Purity Organic Watermelon Strawberry Ade

Purity Organic Watermelon Strawberry Ade

Strawberries, watermelon and lemons; if that isn't summer, I don't know what this is. Marinate a hot dog in it, get some grass clippings on your new shoes after you mow the lawn, stop wearing socks, wear shorts, celebrate America and talk about going to the beach but don't actually go. This drink has it all and wants you to take that exotic trip back in time to something called, "July." That's right. This is a slightly sour but mostly fruity taste of lemonade with watermelon and strawberries in it. This has to be the culmination of years and long nights because to have this trio together outside of some sort of special occasion must have cost some money. You think it was cheap to have the Rat Pack play together? Boy, you should think again. Those guys were lady killers and this is like the drink equivalent of Frank Sinatra, that black dude from Cannonball Run, and the other guy.

Website
http://www.purityorganic.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Juice, Lemonade
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 5 days, 21 hours ago
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Purity Organic Watermelon Strawberry Ade, 12 Count

Q Orange

Q Orange

For you drinkers out there in the world, this is a classy way to use soda as a mixer. No longer will you have to bust out plastic bottle and aluminum cans of syrup heavy soda to mix with your liquors. Now you have a nice glass bottle of higher quality soda (or sparkling beverage for you fancy types) to mix with your adult beverages. To me everything about this bottle screams mixer, and it looks like it’s not meant to be drunk on its own. Oh but it is.

This is a mixture of the extracts of Valencia and Pera oranges, tangerines, key limes as well as pumpkins and carrots (hey why not?). It’s on the dryer side of things and isn’t very sweet (14g of sugar per serving). The flavor is lighter than you would expect from a soda, and it has a citrus taste that is heavy on the orange. I personally can’t taste the pumpkin or carrot, but I will assume that it would taste differently if they were excluded.

This is nice because it is dry and light. It’s the kind of beverage that I could sip all night at a party and not feel terrible, emotionally and physically, for doing so. In fact I did just that Friday night. This is about as classy as I get folks. It’s the antithesis of brands like Faygo. Those companies have their places and so does Q.

Website
http://www.qginger.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 week ago
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Q Drinks Juice, Orange, 24 Count (Pack of 24)

Skinny Girl Sparklers Pink Grapefruit

Skinny Girl Sparklers Pink Grapefruit

2014 is winding down, and if someone were to ask me as a professional imbiber of beverages to sum up the year I would have to say that these 365 days have been all about low/zero calorie sparkling waters. The past couple years have been owned by fake Vitamin Water, but man sparkling water is everywhere this year.

While I may not be the biggest fan of these drinks, I do appreciate their growth and that humans are taking more interest in what they ingest, particularly their sugar intake. Americans drink far too much soda, diet or not it’s just too much. Since I’ve cut most of it out of my diet (minus reviews) I feel better and I dropped pounds pretty quickly. Now a lot of these sparkling water companies are just dumping some sucralose into flavored water and calling it a day, and their lack of effort is very noticeable. Skinny Girl (I still hate the name) takes things a bit further. They use fruit juice (albeit from concentrate), sweeten it with honey, cane sugar and sucralose (culminating in only 2g of sugar per bottle) and then add some vitamins and super fruits so your body is actually getting something beneficial from this drink. That’s right they have combined the former champion with the reigning one, and they mingle oh so well.

This is made with grapefruit juice and it tastes like it. It’s not an overly strong taste, but it’s stronger than if you just left some grapefruit soak in water. It has a bit of a diet taste to it, but it’s not bad at all. Arizona it’s hard to stay mad at you for your dumb brand name, when you make it taste so good. Who needs garbage grapefruit pop that doesn’t even taste like fruit when this is available with only the slightest fraction of calories?

Website
http://drinkarizona.com/skinnygirl/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Diet, Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement, Water
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 week, 2 days ago
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Skinnygirl Sparklers Variety Sparkling Water 17 FL OZ (12 Bottles in Total)

Hint Fizz Sparkling Apple Cider

Hint Fizz Sparkling Apple Cider

Every time I got into a grocery store I like to spend a couple minutes going through the array of drinks. Usually they are the same as they were since the last time I was there. We've been doing this for a couple years now and after nearly 4100 drinks, it's hard to find things that we haven't reviewed. Sure, that is impressive in its own right but it's frustrating when you are trying to find something new.

This visit I found a couple things but this was the one that I selected for today. It's by Hint, a company that I have had good luck with in the past with a seasonal favorite, apple cider. It is, as all Hint's flavors are, subtle. It's got a pretty present aftertaste, though. It tastes like apple cider. The promise has been kept! I can say for certain that Hint delivers on their promise time and time again. I've been drinking this all day and I've got to say, I never stopped liking it.

Website
http://www.drinkhint.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 1 week, 2 days ago
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