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Monster Muscle Chocolate

Monster Muscle Chocolate

This little guy proved to be a minor conundrum for me. You see I generally drink the protein shakes we are sent after I work out. That is what I was originally told to do when I first started going to the gym, so it’s what I always followed. With this it seemed like I should drink it beforehand. Who needs an energy boost after a workout? Get that in there beforehand to give yourself a little extra push and stretch your limits a bit. Being that this is the terrifying modern age, I took this question to Google and found out that there is actually an argument amongst professionals as to when is the best time to consume protein in the work out world. Some say after because it helps repair muscles, while others say before because it will give you extra strength during the workout. You know what? I’m not that serious about this whole thing. I go to the gym so that I don’t become a fat, lazy slob like so many Americans who are approaching middle age. I’m not looking to get ripped, I just want to stay remotely healthy and work off some of these unnecessary Thirsty Dudes calories. Since there was no definitive answer I chose to go with before the gym for this round. Let me tell you I certainly got an energy rush from it. I worked out longer and harder than I normally do, and now I’m a gross sweaty mess in desperate need of a shower, but I forced myself to write this review first.

A lot of protein drinks are chalky, due to the whey protein, but this is nothing if not creamy. It’s also thick, as if a milkshake was halfway thawed and you pounded it. Luckily no brain freeze accompanied this ingestion. I think the greatest thing that Monster pulled off with these is that it’s incredibly chocolaty and it doesn’t taste a thing like an energy drink. I think this may be the only beverage that includes taurine that I have tasted that doesn’t make me question if I’m being poisoned or not with chemicals. Sure the use of sucralose along with the sugar gives it a bit of a diet taste, but that is something you come to expect and accept with protein drinks. If they were laden with sugar they would kind of defeat the purpose of the workout. The 16g of sugar in here is pushing it a bit as it is.

At the end of it all, this tasted fantastic and I’m still buzzing with energy after a fairly intense workout by my standards. Who’d have known that Monster had this in them?

Website
http://www.monsterenergy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 22nd, 2014
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8 Pack - Monster Muscle Energy Shake Chocolate - 15oz.

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 on December 19th, 2014
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Monster Energy Drink Ultra Sunrise 16 Oz (24 Pack)

Little Miracles Organic Energy Black Tea Ginseng Peach Acai Agave

Little Miracles Organic Energy Black Tea Ginseng Peach Acai Agave

I don't know why this was marked down. I'm speaking out of order. This was marked down. Now we're on track. I don't know why this was marked down. It's very good. It's smooth, flavorful, good calorie count and natural. It tastes like peach black tea. You don't have a strong ginseng taste but you can tell that is there with a little bitterness. A kind reminder that Little Miracles is concerned about your mental capacity. They want you to pass that test. They want you to do well in your interview for that new job. They want you to reach your best time in that blindfolded Rubik's Cube competition. 'Tis a fine tea and I would drink it again if given the opportunity but since it's in the markdown endcap, I fear that I won't have the change. I hope all is well, Little Miracles. Maybe a new line is in the pipeline. Let's wait and find out.

Website
http://drinklittlemiracles.com/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
Agave Syrup
Categories
Energy Drink, Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 4th, 2014
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Little Miracles Organic Energy Drink, Black Tea and Ginseng, 11.16 Ounce (Pack of 12)

X Mode Energy Shots on Tap Cherry

X Mode Energy Shots on Tap Cherry

Look at what we have here; a bag inside of a box that is full of energy shots. This is either a great or absolutely horrible idea, depending on how you look at it. Actually it just depends on if you have one thing: Self Control.

The real benefit of this is the ridiculously low cost for an energy drink that actually works. If you purchase the larger box the shots end up costing about $.40 each, as opposed to the $3 they would cost if you bought them individually at a store. It also tastes better than most energy shots I’ve tasted. It’s heavy cherry flavor, which falls on the more medicinal side of cherry, is better than the poison taste that most energy shots have. It’s also a shot so you slug that thing down and the flavor is gone. It’s not something you’re meant to swish around your mouth and ponder.

The downfall of this could also be the price/quantity. The sad fact is that most of the people I know who drink energy drinks on any sort of regular basis tend to overdo it with them. I know people who drink 5-6 Red Bulls a day. That is completely obscene and can be in no way healthy. I can imagine those same people filling up a 12oz mug of X Mode and just downing it. That’s 12x the recommended serving amount. I know the box says to not drink more than 3oz a day, but you know that is not going to stop the people who want it. That’s not a fault in the company; it’s a fault in people’s chemistry and personality.

If you are the type of person who drinks energy drinks sparingly, or would just like to take a 1oz shot in the morning instead of your normal coffee, this is probably an ideal product for you. If you have an addictive personality, you’ll more than likely want to stay away.

Website
http://www.xmshot.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Shot
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 29th, 2014
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$.40 Energy Shot - X-Mode Energy Shots on Tap (Cherry, 50 Servings)

Glaceau Vitamin Water Energy Berry Punch

Glaceau Vitamin Water Energy Berry Punch

I don’t really know why that I am shocked that I like this, but I am. It just sounds like something that would be terrible. Whenever companies try to grasp outside of their safe zone, I am always very skeptical. For some reason with this line I expect the results to be less than stellar, even though I have had several other flavors that I have enjoyed. Each time I expect my mouth to be greeted with a gush of grossness. You can just tell looking at this that it has a zero calorie sweetener in it somewhere. The thing is that the stevia mixed with the cane sugar works in here. It has a bit of a diet taste to it, but the actual berry flavoring is much stronger, and that is all that you can ask for.

I think the saving grace for Glaceau is that they went for their own thing. They didn’t take a classic energy drink and try to mix it with their pre-existing products. They took what they were good at and added green coffee bean extract an B vitamins to give it a little energy push. There’s no chemical garbage in here, and as a result it just tastes like a carbonated Vitamin Water. It may not give you the crazy rush as other products do, but you can feel better about drinking it, and really when in your life did you actually need the shot to your heart that the other players give? To me it just seems like overkill.

I'm glad that I have continuously been wrong about the Vitamin Water Energy line. It's nice to be surprised in a positive way.

Website
http://www.glaceau.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 24th, 2014
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Vitamin Water Energy Punch 11.5 Oz (12 Pack)

Refresco De Los Muertos Cherry Flavored Energy Drink

Refresco De Los Muertos Cherry Flavored Energy Drink

In a short span of time the Day of the Dead will be upon us. The dead will be remembered and honored as altars are built and sugar skulls are created and eaten. I’m pretty sure that all of those left over sugar skulls that are leftover will them be melted down to sweeten these particular energy drinks. Seriously these things are way sweeter than they need to be. I have compared energy drinks to liquid candy a ridiculous amount of times on this website, so it only seems fitting.

Other than the sweetness of this is it a pretty standard energy drink that has been flavored by the memories of the dead. Actually that’s not completely accurate. At first I thought it tasted like a cherry Red Bull, but with each sip it tasted more and more like a plain cherry soda. It’s very grenadine heavy, but by the time I was 2/3 through with the can any sort of classic energy drink flavor was out the window. It was simply cherry soda water, taste wise. Perhaps that is what the ghosts of your ancestors want and who are we to argue with them?

Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 21st, 2014
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Rip It Energy Tribute Active - Mandarin Live Wild Lime

Rip It Energy Tribute Active - Mandarin Live Wild Lime

If this beverage is supposed to be a tribute to American soldiers who are in the armed forces, Rip It surely does not think much of them or this country. One would think that if you are honoring something you would put some time and energy into creating something that is of at least a minimum of quality. Rip It only delivers a soda that is as generic as can be that is extremely lightly flavored to an extent that it seems like they were running out of flavor syrup so they stretched it out by adding far too much water. Nothing about this tastes like an energy drink, which can be nice sometimes, but not when the flavor that replaces it is so unremarkable.

This drink tells me that Rip It hates the troops and wants them to drink this gross generic beverage. I bet this is what would have been given to the troops when they came home from Vietnam and people spit on them.

Website
http://www.ripitenergy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 21st, 2014
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16 Pack - Rip It Energy - Tribute - 16oz.

Little Miracles Organic Energy Lemongrass Tea Orange Juice Ginger Ginseng Agave

Little Miracles Organic Energy Lemongrass Tea Orange Juice Ginger Ginseng Agave

Folks, a miracle was truly performed by this beverage. They used lemongrass tea and I didn’t find it to be gross. In fact, I actually really enjoyed it. Unlike most miracles this is a divine interaction that I can deconstruct. The secret here is that the lemongrass tea isn’t the base of the drink; it is merely an added flavor. The heart of this beverage is a mixture of water, apple juice and agave syrup. It’s one of those drinks that you don’t really taste the apple juice until you read that it is in the mix, and then its inclusion becomes very apparent and you can’t believe you didn’t realize it before. Now add a bit of orange juice to the mix and things really start coming into form. Throw in a few miscellaneous ingredients such as lemon juice, ginseng, orange extract, oolong, and that pesky lemongrass. Things are almost ready for the public, but that lemongrass is just sticking out too much in the flavor. Whatever should we do? Oh how about tossing in some ginger which will compete for one of the strongest flavors in the drink, but with not even a hint of a burn.

In the end this is really more juice than tea, but the effects are the same; it gives you a sweet, delicious organic energy, that might not be as intense as the chemical, artificial ones on the market, but it works enough.

Look at that I have explained a miracle. Perhaps the Catholic Church should hire me when they need to investigate such matters. I mean I don’t have to be a believer to disprove things, right?

Website
http://drinklittlemiracles.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Agave Syrup
Categories
Energy Drink, Ginger, Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 8th, 2014
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Little Miracles Lemongrass Tea with Orange & Ginger 330ml (Pack of 12)

Eternal Energy 10 Hour Time Release Berry

Eternal Energy 10 Hour Time Release Berry

I’m just going to go ahead and say what I can only assume everyone is thinking; 10 hours is one heck of a long time. That’s longer than a typical work day. It’s so long that you have to plan out when you are going to drink this shot, or else you can say goodbye to you regularly scheduled sleep. Personally, if I drink any sort of energy drink past 5 or 6pm I’m not falling asleep until somewhere in the range of 3-5 in the morning. I’m an extreme case because I apparently have sensitivity to uppers. Seriously though, if you’re driving late at night and you just need a push to make it through, this is probably not the product for you. The only uses I can think for this would be if you wanted to stay up all night having adventures, or if you were looking for a push to help you through the work day. Okay, I’m an idiot and didn’t reads the blub on the bottle until now, and this was in fact developed to help people get through a full work day. This whole thing makes sense now. People now have the ability to down one shot instead of drinking more than a handful of overly sugared energy drinks to push them through the work they hate.

This certainly has the same concentrated chemical taste that all energy shots seem to have. No one said the basis of energy tasted good. Eternal Energy did do a good job covering it up with a berry flavor and a whole mess of fake sugar, actually the fake sugar may have made it worse, but so long empty calories. As far as I can remember I’ve never enjoyed the taste of an energy shot, but at lease this one is somewhat palatable. Oh yeah, I also literally climbed a mountain after I drank this, and even though my body was aching an extreme amount I was still focused and the energy this shot gave me kept me moving, so I’ll say it works just fine.

Website
http://www.eternalenergyshot.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Energy Drink, Shot
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 1st, 2014
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Eternal Energy 10 Hour Timed Release Energy Shot...See discounts below for 3-5 and 8 Bottle POWER Packs.

truBrain Think Drink Morning

truBrain 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://trubrain.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Stevia
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Shot, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 22nd, 2014
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