Liquid Ice Energy

Today we had the great pleasure to sample Liquid Ice Energy.  We sampled the 12 oz regular and 8.3oz sugar free version.

First look produces a good looking 12 oz bullet can with wide mouth!  Once we crack this can open it produces an aqua sky blue color that is very pleasing!  There is a mild aroma that is hard to describe, it doesn’t have that “taurine energy” smell that most ED’s do.

When Liquid Ice hits your tongue the first thing you are thinking is SMOOTH, I haven’t tasted an energy drink this smooth before!  You can see carbonation bubble on the side of the glass and you expect the micro bubble assault on your tongue but NO, it’s that friggin’ smooth!  After you slug this down you will get a slight non-offensive drying taste on your tongue.

Liquid Ice does not taste like your standard baby aspirin energy drink, it’s a hard flavor to describe but maybe like a faint citrus background and a hint of some berry maybe?  Either way this is a very tasty beverage, I was impressed! Liquid Ice will give you that afternoon pickup you are looking for and I didn’t notice any crash afterwards!

The sugar free version was an 8.3oz white can with same style graphics.  I am not huge a fan of sugar free drinks but it still had a good flavor (similar to the regular) but you get a little of that artificial sweetener dry aftertaste.

Energy Drink Guru Recommended !!!

Hydrive -Extra Strength Black Cherry

Today we got our hands on some HYDRIVE – Extra Strength Black Cherry!

We enjoyed the previous Hydrives we sampled and were eager to crack open this black cherry with extra caffeine!

You will notice a strong cherry aroma once you open this bottle and it smells pretty damn good if your a fan of cherry!  Taste is similar to a Kool-Aid black cherry.

I liked the extra caffeine, I sampled this after lunch and it kept me going well into dinner.  I didn’t notice any crash from this.

I would have no problem suggesting this to friends or even buying another one (even though I am not a big low-carb / sugar free fan).

First sip gives you a non-carbonated rich black cherry taste that disappears quick and minimal aftertaste.  I am always concerned about the aftertaste or funk that some lo-cal or sugar free drinks a can leave behind.

Hydrive claims this bottle contains 20% more caffeine than a 16 oz Red Bull.

-195 mg caffeine

-6g of sugars and 30 calories

- Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B12 and 50 mg of Yerba mate

AMP Energy Juice (Mixed Berry)

I love to sample great drinks on Friday and today was no exception!

AMP comes in a 12 oz plastic bottle with a resealable top and a plastic label sleeve. Lets crack this Mixed Berry version open and see what it’s made of… I noticed a regular juice aroma that was pleasing, you would not think this was an energy drink just by the smell. When you pour this into a glass it has a cloudy opaque color and you can see little bits of juice pulp in there (since it’s 100% juice)  First sip and you taste a very pleasing smooth juice beverage, there is no “energy” flavor to it and if it was server without the bottle I doubt anyone could tell!

I am huge Rockstar Guava fan for early mornings but I think I have just found a replacement for that fix!  AMP is great tasting and I got a nice little afternoon pickup and been still feeling good for the past 2 hours!

Made with 100% juice and no added sugar, AMP Energy Juice combines a stimulating blend of B (6 + 12) and C vitamins, taurine, ginseng, guarana and caffeine for those looking for an energy drink with all the added benefits of 100% juice!

AMP Juice was just released in Feb 2010, so look for it at your local store soon!  AMP Juice also comes in an Orange flavor.

EDG Recommended if you like juice drinks!

Penthouse Clear – Lemon Lime

Penthouse Clear is the “Penthouse” name you normally think of….  the sexy devil cat girl on the label will remind you of that also!  The can design is nothing crazy but devil cat girls are “Clearly Stimulating” according to the can!  :)  The manufacturer of Penthouse clear takes this product seriously and you can check out the process here.

Once we crack this baby open we find:

-Clear color with a faint gold hue to it

-Slight mild aroma similar to a Vernors

-Very sweet taste that taste slightly like perfume. (maybe the devil girl?)

-Distinct aftertaste and that film on the roof of your mouth but disappears rapidly

-Didn’t seem very carbonated but the belch factor was high.

-Includes the usual suspects: Caffeine, taurine, inositol and B vitamins

- Never seen Xian Cao on an ingredient list before (Siegesbeckia Plant, used in Chinese medicine)

Overall the marketing on this can rocks!  Who can just walk past this drink and not be curious whats on the inside?  The taste of this drink just wasn’t my style but there is a nice little energy boost in it for ya!

Mona Vie

Mona Vie comes in a 250 ml black can with a light blue pull tab and blue band on the rim.

It’s a plain and simple can with a slight color accent that looks nice!  Mona Vie claims to be “the premier acai blend”  80% juice – no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners!

When you crack the can open it has a grape aroma that may smell like wine.

When poured into a glass it has a murky look, purpleish color and I noticed some floaties in there (I have noticed

other acai drinks that have the floaties… so maybe something with the berry itself?)

The taste is very tart and dry, I also thought it had to Jekyll and Hyde style to it… when I took my first sip I didn’t really like it but once I was done I wanted more.

Overall it is an interesting and complex beverage that is worth sampling if you have the chance!

Hydrive Energy Triple Berry

Today we have a Hydrive Triple Berry quick look review!

  • crystal clear red color
  • non-carbonated, enhanced water energy drink
  • first sip strong and tart but smooths out
  • tasty berry flavor
  • minimal aftertaste
  • caffeine, taurine, ginkgo + acai
  • 30 calories
  • great afternoon pick me up while at work

Conclusion: I was impressed with this low calorie offering, the flavor is good and I didn’t notice that nasty or strange aftertaste you get with certain artificial sweeteners.  I would drink this again and recommend to my friends who want something lighter than a Redbull / Monster.

Emergen-C

emergen-CI always heard the hype of Emergen-C on travel and airline message boards but never tried it.  I have sample Airborne before so I needed to see what this stuff was about.

The single serve powder comes in a 0.3oz tear open packet that you add to 4-6 oz of water.  I have heard people add it to a 20 oz water bottle ect… I guess as long as you drink all the powder your in good shape!  For testing purposes I added the powder to 6 oz of water and gave it a stir!

Tangerine is the flavor I have but once you add it to water it looks more like lemonade.  They claim its a  “Flavored Fizzy Drink Mix” but there isn’t much fizz at all… NOTHING like an alka-seltzer.  Once you take a sip there is a faint tangerine flavor but nothing overpowering and no aftertaste.

They claim 24 nutrients w/ antioxidants, electrolytes and 7 B vitamins. 1 pack gives you 1,667% of your daily Vitamin C allowance!!

There is no caffeine or other stimulants so all the energy or boost you get is from the vitamins ect.  It’s more of feel good kind of drink IMO, if your draggin ass, it won’t hurt to take but it’s sure not gonna give you all the boost you need.

I rank this right up there with Airborne, so grab a pack and try to stay healthy this winter!

Neuro Fuel “New Formula” review update

We had reviewed the original Neuro Fuel back in Jan 2009 and it was just awful!!

I have numerous people email and comment to me that I had the “old” formula or a bad can and couldn’t see how I reviewed it so bad…. Neurofuel

Fast forward to December 2009: The kind folks at NF have sent me a few cans on the new formula to check out !!

The cans are labeled with “New Improved Flavor” just to make sure you know this is correct stuff.  I cracked this can open and things smelled better and I was excited to taste.  The aroma you smell isn’t exactly inviting but it’s no longer disgusting.  First sip you notice a sweet taste maybe a hint a grapefruit or citrus….. the flavor is strong and there is a significant aftertaste but it dissipates rather quick (less than 2 mins).

Overall the “improved formula” is much better than the original I sampled!  This stuff is drinkable and I now understand what people were talking about.

I will remove the “Do Not Buy” rating on Neuro Fuel ;) Feel free to sample a can if you like!

Hydrive Energy – Blue Raspberry

Today we had a chance to sample some Hydrive Energy – Blue Raspberry (enhanced water energy drink).

Hydrive Blue

Hydrive comes in 5 different flavors (15.5 oz plastic bottle) and they all have a unique formula.  The Blue Raspberry is the Strength formula.

I love this color of this drink once poured into a glass, it has that rich pool water blue look, sorta like Windex!  Hydrive has a very faint aroma but if you do notice anything it may be a generic berry smell.

First sip is mellow, non carbonated and no overpowering flavors make this very easy to drink.  (For reference: Vitamin water has a stronger taste) I would have no problem slugging this down on a hot day, and it leaves only a light aftertaste!  This drink won’t help you much after a screaming late night party and you need to be at work @ 8am, but it will give ya little pep and quench your thirst!

  • 30 calories
  • Low sugar
  • B vitamins
  • Electrolytes
  • Amino Acids