Category Archives: Caffeine

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!

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.

Hydrive Energy chews

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Today we had the chance to sample some Orange Burst Hydrive Energy chews!

There are 4 chews in a pack and 40mg of caffeine per chew, calcium and plenty of Vitamin C, B3, B5, B6 and B12!

When you unwrap one of these you see a substance similar to a Starburst and notice a orangy aroma similar to baby aspirin.

Pop one of these in your mouth and it has tart flavor and a orange flavor with a hint of vanilla…. or maybe a concentrated Tang flavor with a slightly gritty texture.  The orange flavor has a long aftertaste which isn’t a bad thing, especially when your at your desk staring at a computer.  These have a good taste and I think you could non energy drink fans to eat these, they have no energy drink taste.  You will get a little energy boost and the more you eat the greater the boost.  Do not consume more than 8 chews in a 24 hr period!

You can purchase these online at www.hydriveenergy.com Get 20% off when you mention code: HYD20

I have some other Hydrive drinks to review so stay tuned for those!

Mtn Dew Game Fuel

Attention World of WarCraft Gamers, we have something here for you. Mountain Dew® is proud to introduce Game Fuel, two limited-time-only flavors inspired by the hit video game World of Warcraft.

Horde Red:”Dew with a blast of citrus cherry flavor” Has a deep orange color with the aroma of Triaminic orange cough syrup.  First sip you take is a tad bitter, mild carbonation and taste similar to the Triaminic cough syrup. (I used to love that stuff when i was a kid). I did taste a little bit of  a dry cherry flavor but that disappears quickly.  Don’t plan on chugging this drink, you need to sip this while your game loads up.

Alliance Blue: “Dew with a punch of wild fruit flavor” has a deep sea INTENSE BLUE color but there is not real pronounced aroma that I smelled.  First sip generates a mildly carbonated super sugary sweet Popsicle fruit flavor that is hard to describe.  The fruity flavor is mild and dissipates quickly with minimal aftertaste.  I would drink this again!

*121mg of caffeine and 76g of sugar in the 20 oz bottle

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World of Warcraft gear.

Sport Energy

** UPDATE **

Sport Energy has been discontinued as of Nov 2009

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Sport Energy is not going to win any art / design contest with the look of their can BUT I was excited to see the 16oz cans were made with real sugar!  I love sampling drinks made with real sugar compared to the HFCS!

Doo Drop: has the color of Mt Dew, aroma similar to gatorade, medium carbonation, tart flavor and a nice sweet taste that real sugar produces! Doo Drop was my favorite out of the bunch! EDG Recommended Sport Energy

Mango Cream: has the color of Tang, smells like Tang, the flavor is similar to Tang with added baby aspirin, first sip is a strong flavor assault on your tongue that I enjoyed!

Raspberry Cream: pale pink clear color, aroma is similar to cotton candy/cream soda, medium carbonation, good rich flavor start to finish, strong lingering taste.

Fruit Punch: transparent reddish-pink color, dead ringer for Hawaiian Punch, if you added carbonation to HP you would get Sport Energy Fruit Punch!  The sweet sugar grabs your tongue on that first sip, medium carbonation, this drink is a pleasure to drink.

The 16oz cans of Sport Energy include 1000mg of Taurine, 80mg of caffeine, 5mg of Guarana, 5mg of Ginseng and 43.5g of sugar per 12oz serving (less than Mt Dew). The energy boost you feel is similar to what you get from the big 3.

Shots: The 2.5oz sport energy shots are a whole different game……I know the “energy shot” market is exploding but I have yet to find many shots that taste good and Sporty Energy shots are no exception.  I can’t lie to you, these shots smell like old tennis shoes and the taste is pretty awful.  I had 4 co-workers take a sniff and sample the taste and they all agree these are nasty! But to be fair I have not found an energy shot that tasted good.  The quote of “Shockingly great taste” could be correct IF it just said “Shocking Taste”!

It’s amazing how different these drinks are when compared to each other.  The real sugar 16oz version is great tasting and enjoyable, the energy shots are just nasty.

Diet Rubyy

7 months after the release of Rubyy there is now a diet version for all you low carb drinkers out there!  I haven’t had a chance to sample this drink but if it’s like the regular version it should taste pretty good.

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Diet Rubyy

Diet Rubyy is the first diet, ultra-premium luxury energy drink developed to appeal to sophisticated, stylish tastemakers. Each 12 oz. bottle has only 25 calories and 4 grams of sugar.

How is Diet Rubyy Different?

Taste: Diet Rubyy blends a life-quenching, lightly carbonated infusion of blood oranges, tangerines and Valencia oranges with a classic blend of caffeine, taurine andguarana extract for a taste that is like no other diet energy drink. It is delicious right out of the bottle or blended into a signature cocktail.

Packaging: Diet Rubyy is the first diet energy drink to take appearance seriously. Its opaque white bottle is crafted from 100% recyclable, cold-conducing aluminum skin, which chills faster and stays cold longer, so you can always enjoy Diet Rubyy at its ideal temperature.

Positioning: Diet Rubyy is not a Red Bull substitute. It’s for the sophisticated tastemaker who appreciates the finer things.

Mt.Dew vs Moutain Dew throwback

Today we have a head to head showdown between Mountain Dew.

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I am a huge Mt Dew fan and I just saw this new “throwback” version at Target last night.  A 12 pk of the throwback will set ya back $4.49, but that was the same price as the regular Pepsi and dew at Target.  The logo on the can takes ya back to the 70’s and 80’s era and you get go old sugar as the sweetener!

Current Dew uses high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener and has 46g of sugar per serving.  I noticed a higher level of carbonation and more of a syrupy texture vs the throwback.

Throwback Dew uses old school sugar and has 44g of sugar per serving.  I really enjoyed the smooth sweet taste throwback provides.  Even though there are 2g less sugar per can I feel it tastes sweeter than the current dew.

Overall I think Throwback is the hands down winner:

  • Smooth taste
  • Natural sugar
  • Sweeter flavor
  • Same 54mg of caffeine
  • 2 less grams of sugar
  • 50 grams of sodium (65g in current dew)

Deton8 Energy

I know it’s been a while since I posted a review but it’s been crazy at work and let’s get back to business.

Deton8This fine Deton8 Energy drink came from a C-store down in Georgia that had the cashier enclosed in bullet proof glass!

First crack of the can and you get the common Red Bull aroma that we are all so familiar with!
D8 has an orange’ish gold color
Fruitier tasting than Red Bull
Has more carbonation at the back of tongue
Finishes really clean –  less than 15 seconds
Decent lookingl can – black with green explosion
A guest taster in the EDG labs felt this would go great with vodka

D8 is kinda spare on the ingredients, no vitamins, ginseng, guarana ect… it’s good tasting drink with 76mg of caffeine.  if you need maximum energy for a late night road trip, this is NOT your drink.

Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, malic acid, taurine,
Sodium citrate, natural and artificial flavor, caffeine, potassium benzoate (a pre-
servative), Inositol, niacin amide (vitamin B3), caramel color, D-calcium
pantothenate (vitamin B5), Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Yellow 5,
Red 40, cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)