Organic Energy Drink (9 reviews)

Amp Organic Energy Drink Grape

Amp Organic Energy Drink Grape

Let’s begin by looking past the fact that this is an energy drink and all that entails and the flavors that brings to your mind. Instead, let us concentrate on the fact that this is an organic beverage, an organic grape beverage at that, yet nowhere on the shockingly short ingredients list (five items) is grape juice, or anything grape listed. The flavor falls under the category “natural flavor.” I’m guessing that natural flavor is in fact grape juice as it tastes more like sparkling juice than grape soda, but that leaves me concerned about what other things can fall under that header and make it to market. “Natural” can entail a wide variety of things. I’m not saying there is anything nefarious going on here, but it makes me uneasy what companies can feed us without us knowing.

Anyway, as I said it tastes more like sparkling grape juice than soda and tastes nothing like a typical energy drink. It’s just sparking juice, with unnecessary sugar added and caffeine thrown into the mix. It’s not going to make you crazy, but it will give you a little boost and a whole lot of sugar (44g).

Website
http://www.ampenergy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 30th, 2018
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Amp Organic Energy Drink Pineapple Coconut

Amp Organic Energy Drink Pineapple Coconut

All my life I thought I despised coconuts. As it turns out I just hate it in toasted form, and it has ruined many otherwise delicious desserts for me. Raw coconut and coconut water on the other hand are pretty tasty. Pina colada is a flavor that always eluded me. It sounded like, for those who liked coconut, it would be the ultimate tropical summer drink. Keep in mind these are the thoughts that came to me in my youth. Now that I am older and wiser I can say, ehhh it's not bad at all. I'll rather have a fruity tropical drink, but it does taste like sunny weather.

For all their energy drink promotion, and the association with Mountain Dew (I think they are trying to distance themselves from that) this really just tastes like a pina colada soda, and I am into it. It's very sweet, like your average soda, but there is no energy drink taste to it. The entire boost in here comes from organic caffeine, no other nonsense. I would drink this on a beach if I were ever kidnapped and forced to go to the beach during the day, which I believe is one of the circles of hell for someone as pale as I am. It’s summer. This is tasty. What are you waiting for?

Website
http://www.ampenergy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Coconut, Energy Drink
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 10th, 2018
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Amp Organic Energy Drink Tropical Burst

Amp Organic Energy Drink Tropical Burst

Amp started off as Mountain Dew’s energy drink that was put out by Pepsico. The Dew logo may not be on the can anymore, but it’s the same formula and I’m sure extreme dudes and dudettes are the largest customer base of this product. My point is that since the original Amp was basically Mountain Dew infused with taurine and the like, it stands that this is some sort of organic Mountain Dew flavor and now the world no longer makes sense to me. Mountain Dew is pretty much the definition of junk food to me and the fact that there is an organic version (in some form) it has turned everything upside down for me.

The flavors in here are orange, mango, and passionfruit. They are all present, but in a strange Mountain Dew sort of way. I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s like they made three separate Dews, one for each of the flavors and then mixed them together. There is also something about this that tastes vaguely diet, even though it’s chock full of sugar. At first I kind of dug the strangeness of it all, but the more I drank the worse it got. That could partially be due to the fact that I didn’t do the customary chugging of the can and it warmed up over time, but the quality of the flavor definitely decreased for me.

Website
http://www.ampenergy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on June 9th, 2018
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Hi Ball Organic Energy Drink Blood Orange

Hi Ball Organic Energy Drink Blood Orange

What do you think the world would have been like if at the height of the Chicago Gangsters energy drinks were available? Do you think they would have been included in prohibition? Would barrels of Red Bull and the like have been smuggled across the Great Lakes from Canada? If not would everyone just have overdone it with them because they didn’t have access to alcohol and wanted to get “messed up” in some way, even if that way was just a little jittery? Perhaps some business minded person would have bottled it and given it the name Hi-Ball in order to have people pretend that they were still drinking alcohol. One thing that is for certain is that the amount of sleep had in the 1920s would have severely decreased. Perhaps it would have caused them to become sloppier in their organized crime and things would have fallen apart sooner. Who knows? Let’s time machine this thing and give a bunch of companies the recipes and see how it plays out?

If it did happen, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that no one would be drinking a blood orange energy drink. I doubt more than .5% of the population of Chicago at the time had ever even heard of such a fruit. I wonder if “normal” oranges were even around the city in abundance at that point. They certainly would be /were missing out. This is delicious, but isn’t anything blood orange flavored? It tastes like a light soda and nothing like an energy drink, because it is all organic and doesn’t rely on the chemicals that produce that classic flavor. This is all caffeine (from guarana and ginseng), niacin and B vitamins. You know, ingredients that won’t affect the flavor all that much. It’s just wonderful sparkling blood orange juice. I could ask for nothing more and gangsters could only dream of such a gem.

Website
http://www.hiballer.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 22nd, 2017
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Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink Original

Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink Original

Back to the classic taste of energy drinks where one dumb nerd just throws a package of packs of (American) Smarties into, I don't know, like a generic fruit punch. It's not terrible and it's better than "the old days" of energy drinks. Is it because it's organic? Probably not. It's probably better ingredients so, yeah, in hindsight; it probably is because it's organic. It's not terrible but it's kind of pretty standard tasting. As far as energy drinks go, this does taste "original" in the sense that it tastes like all of the other "original" energy drinks out there.

I can also say that this is better than both of the other versions of Dark Dog's stuff. Jay liked them. Good thing he reviewed them. This is good, though. I enjoyed it and I didn't get "the shakes" which I appreciate because I am trying to work and can't with "the shakes." Keep it original, Dark Dog.

Website
http://www.darkdog-organic.com/
Country
Italy
Sweetener
Organic Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 9th, 2015
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DARK DOG ORGANIC Original Energy Drink, 12 Fl Oz (Pack of 12)

Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink 50 Calories

Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink 50 Calories

Here we have a company who understands how to do low calorie beverages. Perhaps it’s just me but when I’m looking to lower my sugar/calorie intake, just reducing the amount of sweetener is a perfect solution. I don’t need a beverage that is “fake sweet.” Sure zero calorie sweeteners can lower the amount of calories until they are non-existent, but they also have a very specific overpowering flavor to them that can ruin nearly any drink that they inhabit. In most cases you can taste the sweetener more than you can taste the actual flavor. Dark Dog still uses cane sugar, in conjunction with coconut sugar, but lowers the quantity to give you an energy drink that has 50 calories from 11g of sugar, yet you can also taste the flavor of the beverage with no distractions.

The caffeine in this drink comes from the trifecta of green tea, yerba mate, and guarana. Unlike the sweeteners used those flavors are very prevalent in the taste. This is essentially a sparkling tea drink with vitamins and a splash of juice added. The combination of elderberry, acerola, cranberry and lemon juice is very minimal and you can only detect hints of it when you take a sip. There is a vague fruitiness floating around the tea flavor.

If this can didn’t state that it was only 50 calories I would never guess that it was a low calorie beverage. It still has just enough sweetness without loading you up with buttloads of sugar. Yes, that would be cubic buttloads the only official unit of measurement at Thirsty Dudes.

Website
http://www.darkdog-organic.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Sugar
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 2nd, 2015
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DARK DOG ORGANIC 50 Calories Energy Drink 12 Fl Oz (Pack of 12)

Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink Blood Orange

Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink Blood Orange

I have never tried the original Dark Dog energy drink, but I have come across images of it on the internet and I have always found the yellow can with the weird black silhouette of a dog very intriguing. I don’t know who that design is marketed towards as it doesn’t look EXTREME or classy, but it’s always made me want to try it. Okay, so I guess we discovered that it is marketed towards weirdos like me. Unfortunately I’ve never come across it in a store, so I’ve yet to try it. The company was nice enough to send us a bunch of samples of their new Organic line, and if these are anything like the original I was right to want to try it.

The design of the cans is definitely more on the classy side of things. It’s simple and clean in a way that would appeal to the stereotypical health food yuppie. It still has that strange dog silhouette, but it’s smaller and your eyes aren’t immediately drawn to it. There is nothing intriguing or offensive about it, and that is probably how a food label should look.

The taste of this is very different than your classic energy drinks. There is absolutely nothing candy-esque about it. It tastes like a slightly bitter blood orange juice with a bit of lemon thrown in. It makes sense because 25% of what is in the can is blood orange juice. It’s lightly carbonated, which with the juice makes it taste more like a nice Italian soda rather than an energy drink. The energy aspect of the beverage comes from natural caffeine and seven different vitamins. A lot of the time when energy drinks are like this the effects aren’t that strong, but this can has certainly given me a little kick in the pants to get me moving on this sluggish day. It’s nothing that will make you twitchy, but it certainly did more for me than a cup of coffee would have. Now I just need to know the story behind that dog. I fear he may haunt my dreams.

Website
http://www.darkdog-organic.com/
Country
Italy
Sweetener
Organic Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 14th, 2015
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DARK DOG ORGANIC Blood Orange Energy Drink, 12 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 12)

Hi Ball Organic Energy Drink Pomegranate Acai

Hi Ball Organic Energy Drink Pomegranate Acai

Mark, do you think that humans, as a species, can grow used to anything? I read an article awhile back proving that happiness was not based on what you own. They took a normal person, someone who had just won the lottery for an obscene amount of money, and someone who had just lost their legs in some horrific accident and of course immediately their levels of happiness were very different, but then after six month (I believe) they all expressed a very similar level of happiness. The point was to show that for better or worse humans adapt to their situations and for the most part life goes back to normal (happiness-wise). I’m sure that’s not the case for everyone on the planet, but I found it interesting.

My whole point here is that could a new flavor be introduced into the world, that tasted completely unnatural and not pleasant, but after years of pushing it on people they grow to enjoy and actually crave it? I think the answer is an astounding yes and the proof is in Red Bull. Who on this planet actually enjoyed the flavor of that energy drink when it first hit the scene? I know that everyone I’ve questioned thought it was chemical garbage, yet most of them can be seen sipping on a can at least on some occasions. It’s like the collective brain was telling us, this tastes gross, but the effects are worth it, and then our taste buds evolved around the flavor. I know evolution takes time, but “mental evolution” apparently takes less than 20 years.

So here her are an it’s 2014 and people are guzzling Red Bull and it’s contemporaries like it’s no big deal to be consuming all of that junk that we would never consider putting into our bodies if they were separate components. What if years ago we had been given an option, Red Bull or these Hi Ball energy drinks? Who would have won out; the one that tastes like poison bubble gum or the one that tastes like ingredients actually found in nature? I’d like to think I would go natural, but who knows I was a damn fool back in those days. Sure there is no taurine in here, which may not give you the exact same boost, but that could just be mental. I’ve grown so accustomed to Red Bull that the flavor tastes normal to me now, and that’s my point exactly. This should have been the wave of the future back then. It’s a soda that is flavored with juice, so it really tastes like (a light) version of pomegranate and acai. It’s sweetened with a mixture of cane sugar and stevia, so it’s faintly diet, but nothing too terrible. Also, as is proof through the experiments I mentioned earlier, people’s tastes would have acclimated to the stevia and it wouldn’t be a problem at all. Maybe it would have led to stevia being more widely accepted as a sweetener. Overall it’s light, slightly dry, but flavorful enough beverage that I think people would have latched onto. It’s too bad the other guy burst onto the scene first and became a staple in our culture. Man, this just really makes me feel like humanity is doomed by our own hand at some point.

Website
http://www.hiballer.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 1st, 2014
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Hiball Energy Sparkling Organic Juice Drink, Pomegranate Acai, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Hi Ball Organic Energy Drink Ginger Ale

Hi Ball Organic Energy Drink Ginger Ale

Hi Ball has a new line that is headed in a new direction, well a well-worn path that they have yet to follow. After years of only producing “Sparkling Energy Water,” which are unsweetened energy drinks that taste like seltzer water and not some sort of toxin, Hi Ball has finally added sugar to some of their beverages. These sweetened version plays out as more of a soda pop than an energy drink, and they are good sodas at that. This here drink tastes nothing like a traditional energy drink and instead tastes exactly like what I wish all ginger ale was. It’s a fairly sweet soda that has real ginger root in it and you can taste the difference from the ginger ales that are available in 2 liter bottles. There are other flavors around the edges (guarana, panax ginseng and various other organic energy providers), but they do not distract from the flavor of the ginger. You get a nice little boost, but it tastes like a quality soda. Hopefully these will soon be available in mini-marts and gas station all around the country.

Website
http://www.hiballer.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Ginger
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on June 20th, 2014
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Hiball Energy Organic Ginger Ale, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)
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