tryBrain Think Drink Morning

tryBrain Think Drink Morning

Folks, I think it’s finally happened. We were sent samples in the mail and it must have been a company we gave a bad review to in the past getting back to us, because I’m 99.9% sure that what I drank was poison. If I get to the end of this review without blood leaving from every orifice in my head it will be a miracle.

This little pouch that apparently contains my undoing was developed to be a cognitive enhancer, meaning that it’s meant to be a study aid. Tons of students down energy drink after energy drink in order to stay up and study. Unfortunately all of the junks in the typical beverages give you the jitters and make it harder to concentrate. TruBrain was created to help with concentration and to get the best bang for your buck when it comes to brain use. I personally plan on doing some research in the stock market, because I want to pretend I’m a real human adult that is if this truly is a “think drink” and not just poison all gussied up for the party.

Seriously people this did not taste like anything you should consume. If I didn’t know better I would have sworn there should have been a Mr Yuck sticker on this and I should have found it under the kitchen sink. I don’t even know what flavor it’s supposed to be. Perhaps they were going for the diet poison route because that’s what I’m getting here.

It’s been about 15 minutes since I drank this and I appear to still be alive with no negative effects, so I’m going to wager that truBrain is not just a shell corporation for Young Energy Source getting back at us for the having the audacity to think that their beverage is the worst thing we’ve ever tasted on this planet. I still think this is a horrible tasting “beverage” but I do feel a sense of clarity, so it works for its function, and since when do those drinks ever taste good?

Website
http://https://trubrain.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Stevia
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Shot, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 3 hours, 44 minutes ago
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Harvest Bay Coconut Water Iced Coffee

Harvest Bay Coconut Water Iced Coffee

Recent studies suggest that coconuts kill five times more people than sharks. In an effort to curb these nauseating results, Harvest Bay went back to the drawing board and decided that they would mix their coconut water with iced coffee so that you can be faster and have more pep in your step so that you can avoid those pesky falling coconuts. Sure, they had to do a lot of testing and kill a lot of test subjects but they were murdering thieves so, you know, who cares? They would give them regular coconut water and throw coconuts at them. Then they would give them coconut water with iced coffee and they were faster for longer to help them avoid those dreaded coconuts.

The felons that lived described the coconut water with iced coffee in it as "Still pretty coconutty" and "lightly coffee'd." Criminals love to make up their own words. It wasn't sweetened but still had a pretty genuine coffee and coconut taste. The coconut was stronger than the coffee but nonetheless, a pretty decent drink.

Thanks to the criminals that will earn a gold star and an extra day out of "The Hole" before they have to go to "The Chair." Everyone wins.

Website
http://www.harvest-bay.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coconut, Coffee
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 7 hours, 21 minutes ago
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Harvest Bay Organic Coconut Water, Iced Coffee, 11.2 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Mercy Restore Ginger Lemongrass

Mercy Restore Ginger Lemongrass

This…smells…weird. It’s like unbaked bread and vitamins had a baby that a liquid. Sometimes working your way past a smell can lead to great enjoyment for your other senses though. I woke up this moment feeling like doo-doo for some unknown reason. I was just worn out and achy. One would think I had a hangover, but that certainly wasn’t the case. I did some things around the house and still felt like garbage, so I decided to take a nap. Of course it was this time that my sleep paralysis decided to come out for the first time in months (For those of you who don’t know it’s when you’re sleep rhythms mess up and you get stuck between slumber and waking. You are aware of our surroundings and know that you’re asleep, but can’t move or fully wake up. It’s the worst). When I finally convinced my brain to wake up 100% I felt even worse. I was just in a haze. That’s when I remembered this was in the fridge. I started drinking it and within 10 minutes I was feeling noticeably better. Not only was my predicament improving but I was also really enjoying the taste, minus the weird smell.

This is carbonated lemonade, if lemonade has made with lemongrass as well as regular old lemons. Now I don’t know if there is actually any lemon juice in here, but it certainly tastes like it is. There is also a nice ginger flavor to it, but without any hint of a burn. Around the edges there is some hints of the vitamins and other such things that help with recovery, but they are mainly just hanging around in the background. One thing I need to point out is that this is ridiculously carbonated. If you’re entering into a belching competition, it would be wise to slam a can of this right before you go on. Then you’ll be burping like an angel. Seriously though, look past the strange scent of this beverage and you may find yourself with a new little friend.

Website
http://www.drinkmercy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Ginger, Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 1 day, 7 hours ago
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Mercy Restore, Ginger Lemongrass Flavor, 8.4oz (4 Pack)

Arizona Oak Brewed Tea Unsweetened

Arizona  Oak Brewed Tea Unsweetened

Arizona is becoming a man. We don't need to go into the whole "What makes a man a man?" discussion? We all know. We either are a man, know a man, or have watched that sex-ed video about male "parts."

Why are they a man? Well they are maturing. No more filthy garbage sweetener. No giant, metal cans for a dollar. They are charging decent money for a quality product. Black tea steeped in American Oak mixed with honey and maple sugar. You can taste everything, too and it's great. The honey is more of a flavor than a sweetener and as a result of our recent reviews of maple waters, you can taste the maple as well.

You end up with a fantastic, unsweet tea with the flavors of things that are sweet but aren't sweetening the drink. Flavor, essence, honey, oak. Do not hesitate to buy this and please, keep buying it. It would be a shame if something happened to this drink and they didn't continue making it. A low down, dirty shame.

Website
http://drinkarizona.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Honey
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 3 days, 10 hours ago
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Oak Brewed Tea, Unsweetened Oak Black Tea 20 Oz (12 Pack)

Pearl Royal Coconut Water Lemon Lime

Pearl Royal Coconut Water Lemon Lime

In a world where flavored beverages are overly heavy on the flavor, to an extent that the taste of the base is lost, it’s nice when a company takes it easy on the old flavor tasters. Pearl Royal does just that with this delicious coconut water. There is but a hint of lemon and lime flavor. I wouldn’t be surprised if they stumbled upon this when someone didn’t properly rinse a glass that has been used to house some sort of lemon lime beverage and then refilled it with coconut water. It’s such a minor addition of flavor, but it goes a long way in making your refreshment experience just a tad different. Oh yeah it also comes in this awesome container, so that’s a bonus.

Website
http://www.pearlroyal.com
Country
Thailand
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coconut
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 4 days, 4 hours ago
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Zobo Hibiscus Drink Original

Zobo Hibiscus Drink Original

Why don't more hibiscus drinks exist? Sometimes you get a strange one in there but for the most part, they fill me with pleasure like a kid's first trip to a Chuck 'E Cheese or the last time I, at thirty-one, went to Chuck E' Cheese and discovered that they have French hot dogs. Oh the glee.

This is a good drink. It's teetering on the theoretical tether line of tea and juice but whatever you want to call it; it's a nice, light, floral drink. It's sweetened well and I honestly wouldn't change a thing with it. Why isn't it getting five bottles then? Hey, they can't all be golden, right? If I knew what it took to make a five bottle beverage, I would be a rich and happy man.

Back to Hibiscus Alley. It's nice in there. I only have one packet of that and it went by too fast. It's an easy mix that doesn't chunk or gross up. I really milked it, too. I have been drinking the same bottle for the last four hours and it was as if it was never a mix. The wonders of science. The wonders of hibiscus.

Website
http://hemispherebeverages.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Mix/Concentrate
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 5 days, 2 hours ago
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Surge

Surge

The year was 1997 and just like the white winged dove I was on the edge of seventeen eighteen. I was just about to graduate high school and life was going great, that is until the unthinkable happened: my stereo decided to shuffle off this mortal coil. Being a young obsessive music fan this was the first sign of the apocalypse. My battery stash would only last me so long in my Walkman and those Cure and REM albums weren’t going to listen to themselves. In the great story of my life some might say that that afternoon in June was the end of my childhood, I went out and got a job. I wasn’t a dummy, and I had put off getting a job for as long as I could. Who wants to work when you could be out having adventures, skateboarding and playing music with your friends? Communists, that’s who. Desperate times call for desperate measures and I needed my music to survive, so I jumped on that previously mentioned skateboard and pushed to the supermarket that had just opened up in town. To this day I do not know why they hired a sweaty kid holding a skateboard with real dumb hair. Perhaps they say the desperation in my eyes, or maybe they could hear the Dinosaur Jr cassette playing just a little too slow from my head phones. I was handed an apron and a nametag and I lost 20-25 hours of my life per week.

As with most things in life I kept to myself for the most part while at work. I am also a creature of habit and it just so happened that the pop machine in the break room had just started carrying a new soda called Surge. As a promotion for the new product it was only a quarter, so I spent all of my breaks in that tiny windowless room downing cans of Surge and reading with headphones on. Obviously nothing was playing, but it kept my fellow employees from asking me about what I was reading, or making idle chit chat while their precious minutes of freedom ticked away. This was my personal time and I was going to spend it with my old friend literature and my new friend Surge, work friendships be damned.

In the late 90’s Mountain Dew was running the soda game, and Surge was Coke’s attempt at competition (while in developmental stages it was known as MDK or Mountain Dew Killer). To many it was perceived as just a Mountain Dew rip off, but those people must have had all of their taste buds melted off in a tragic soup tasting event. Sure both brands are citrus sodas that contain orange juice and caffeine, but it’s the subtleties that set them apart. If you ask me Surge was and is now again a far superior soda and I will never understand why it was discontinued while Mountain Dew thrived. It has a certain kick and pizzazz to it that the Dew just lacks. It tastes fruitier (more orangey) and just better. It is to soda what Eco Cooler was to Hi-C. A true champion of its time, and now thanks to a small group, The Surge Movement, on the internet the Coca-Cola company has agreed to bring back Surge (although it is only available through Amazon). I have to say that this is the same Surge I remember. Part of me was a bit apprehensive that it was either going to be different, or that my taste buds would have outgrown it, but this is just great. Be it nostalgia or just a truly great flavor, I will be ordering some more, even though samples were sent to us. I can only hope it will return to stores and quarter pop machines near, far and everywhere.

For those of you wondering after a couple weeks of working my mother let me use her credit card to order a new stereo. She had no idea that I was going to drop over a grand on it until her bill came in. Needless to say she was not pleased, but I worked my butt off that summer to pay her back, and I’m happy to report that most of that same multi-unit “dad” stereo is still a part of my set up today. In other news I worked my job at the grocery store for four years slacking more and more with the passing of time. By the time I quit I was working maybe 2 hours of my shift and spending the rest of the time in the break room, or hiding in the backroom with my headphones, my books and my Surge. Shortly after I left that job to become a computer programmer Surge was discontinued. I’d like to think that it was created just to help me through my work days and once I was gone it felt like it had served its purpose and left us. My only question is that now that Surge has returned does that mean I have to go and ask for my job back?

Website
http://https://www.facebook.com/SURGE.Soda
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 5 days, 4 hours ago
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Surge, 12 ct, 16 FL OZ Cans

Grand Teton Brewing Company Kettle Brewed Soda Root Beer

Grand Teton Brewing Company Kettle Brewed Soda Root Beer

When Armageddon finally comes and those of us who survive are hidden away in different pockets of world figuring out how to survive technology will not be our savior. I realize that sounds a bit evangelical, but I don’t believe any sort of omnipotent being will save us either. What will keep the survivors alive is reverting to the old ways. Working the earth with our hands and learning how to build things, instead of relying on contractors. If there’s something that you want you will have to figure out how to produce it yourself, or barter with someone who does. If you ignore all of the death and the end of civilization as we know it, this actually sounds appealing.

When I’m living in my mountain residence that my friends and I have constructed I hope one of us had good enough sense to learn iron work so that they could forge us a kettle to make our own root beer. This bottle of soda is exactly what I hope/expect our home brew would taste like. It’s heavy on the wintergreen and the sassafras, just as any good mountain brew should be. It’s a nice herbal root beer that screams of the mountains…and licorice. This is by no means a standard “store brand” root beer. Care was put into brewing this, not just adding flavor syrup to carbonated water.

I wonder how many batches it would take our survivor crew to get our soda to this level. I hope not too many because I the idea of enjoying my own root beer that I brewed in a metal pot over a bonfire is so appealing that it’s killing me.

Website
http://www.grandtetonbrewing.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 6 days, 2 hours ago
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True Brew #True Power Kewl Melon Kiwi

True Brew #True Power Kewl Melon Kiwi

While I appreciate that True Brew is trying to give people an alternative to typical energy drinks the truth of the matter is that this juice doesn’t even come close to packing the same punch as one of the countless slim cans you find in gas stations across the country. Yes this tastes great, albeit more like apples and acerola cherries than watermelon and kiwi (the kiwi is hidden in the mix and the watermelon is there as an aftertaste if anything), but it doesn’t give you an energy boost that you can feel. That is what most people are looking for. This probably gives you a prolonged minimal energy burst that will help you through your day, but without caffeine and taurine the majority of people just aren’t going to jump on this bus. It’s sad that people’s mentality is along the lines of “who needs to worry about health when you need to go go go!”

Website
http://www.truebrew.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper 6 days, 9 hours ago
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Third St. Half and Half

Third St. Half and Half

This is good. I don't really need to beat around the bush with this. It's got a great lemonade flavor. It's got a decent iced tea flavor. The lemonade is "overpowering" but not bad, it just over shadows, a better word that I don't know why I didn't use, the iced tea. There is no pulp, which is fine. I'm reviewing it full. There is no pulp. It's in writing. If you told me there was a trace of cinnamon I wouldn't call you a liar. There is a secret ingredient in there somewhere and I don't care if I don't know what it is. It's there and it's special. Is it "love?" Maybe. Is it cinnamon? Like I said, maybe.

This company is doing well with us. Will they stay there? Stay tuned to find out.

Website
http://www.thirdstreetchai.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Lemonade
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman 1 week ago
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