Saturday, September 26, 2009



RATING: 8.4 OUT OF 10.

No need to worry about this keeping you awake at night, this next one is caffeine free. That's right, XS makes caffeine free drinks and the first caffeine free drink I am reviewing is Rootbeer Blast. I already reviewed XS Rootbeer Blast a short while ago and I loved the taste. I can say the exact same for the caffeine free version although it was a little on the flat side. Maybe I had a bad can but still the taste was great. I already said that this is caffeine free so how can it make you energized when it doesn't have caffeine? The answer is a potent blend of b vitamins. But just how much b vitamins? Well you get 100% daily value of vitamin b3, 100% daily value of vitamin b5, 300% daily value of vitamin b6, and 4,900% daily value of vitamin b12. The kick, for being caffeine free, was not bad. This is the kind of drink that you would wanna take before you go on a long run at night....or day. The real reason XS makes caffeine free drinks is the same reason 5 Hour Energy makes a caffeine free drink. It's because some people want energy but they are sensitive to caffeine. That is where XS comes in. XS Rootbeer Blast Caffeine Free has no caffeine, a nice amount of b vitamins, and taurine. I do like my caffeine but these caffeine free drinks are starting to catch my interest. I will review more caffeine free drinks in the future. Until then, XS Rootbeer Blast Caffeine Free gets an 8.4 out of 10.

Friday, September 25, 2009



RATING: 8.8 OUT OF 10.

This is a brand new flavor of XS Energy Drink. I wasn't quite sure how XS Wild Berry Blast would taste because it had the name Wild Berry which typically means it will have an exotic, berry-like flavor that is nearly impossible to describe. That was not the case with XS Wild Berry Blast as I got a delicious blend of blueberry and pomegranate along with other fruit juices. I am not sure if pomegranate is one of the juices they used but I tasted pomegranate nonetheless. Anyway, XS Wild Berry Blast has 83 milligrams of good ol' caffeine along with taurine, panax ginseng, and some adaptogenic herbs. XS usually doesn't let me down as far as kick goes and this one didn't fail. I had XS Wild Berry Blast on the way to school and it helped me get through my first hour which happens to be Conceptual Physics. By the time I got to United States History and Geography, my fourth hour class, the kick had worn off but my natural energy took over and got me through the rest of my school day. XS Wild Berry Blast is quite a nice beverage and I would thoroughly enjoy taking this before a nice, long run through a trail. XS Wild Berry Blast gets an 8.8 out of 10.

Thursday, September 24, 2009




Ok, this is my review of Verve Sugar Free. When I reviewed the original Verve I had massive problems trying to figure out the taste but this time I really concentrated on what it tasted like. To me, Verve Sugar Free tasted a bit like a very carbonated carrot juice and it had a "healthy" taste to it. It was very unique and very carbonated but also surprisingly tasty. Any Verve Sugar Free didn't taste much different much the original. Verve Sugar Free markets themselves as the insanely healthy energy drink. So it has tons of vitamins, 1,000 milligrams of taurine, 200 milligrams of guarana seed extract which yields 80 milligrams of caffeine, 50 milligrams of inositol, along with a plethora of amino acids and minerals. The energy I got from Verve Sugar Free was surprising. It was rather nice and it woke me up for first hour and it lasted until around 4th hour. So I had plenty of energy to get through some of my tougher classes like Conceptual Physics. I sometimes like to compare drinks like these to Red Bull because they are the same size can but Verve Sugar Free is far from being a Red Bull Clone. Nonetheless, Verve Sugar Free kicks the crap out of Red Bull in both taste and kick. I have never been a fan of the ever-so-popular energy drink and I only gave it a 6 out of 10 on this blog. So, to conclude, Verve Sugar Free gets an 8 out of 10.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009



RATING: 8.1 OUT OF 10.

So it appears that this is my 80th review. Ok Bawls Guarana Exxtra is basically sugar free Bawls Guarana with 50 percent more caffeine. So the caffeine total is jacked up from 100 milligrams to 150 milligrams. I downed the entire 16 ounce can and I still could not figure out the taste. It was sort of citrusy and had hints of vanilla. But on the other hand it tasted a bit like club soda. So, the taste is kinda hard to describe but it is certainly delicious. The downside about Bawls Guarana Exxtra is that there is no taurine, no glucuronolactone, no gingko biloba, no yerba mate, no ginseg, no inositol, no anything. Anything except guarana and caffeine that is. Like I mentioned before, Bawls Guarana Exxtra has 50 percent more caffeine than regular Bawls so the total caffeine content is 150 milligrams. I had Bawls Guarana Exxtra during 4th hour at school and it helped me get through the remainder of the day. I wouldn't say that it is amazing but I could certainly feel it. It lasts for around 3 or 4 hours. Since this review is really short I am going to tell you some of the upcoming drinks I will review. Be on the lookout for reviews of Who's Your Daddy Energy Shot, Verve Sugar Free, Pit Bull Cookie Dough and Pit Bull Pomegranate Raspberry. Ok time to give Bawls Guarana Exxtra a rating. I will give it an 8.1 out of 10.

Monday, September 21, 2009



RATING: 8.4 OUT OF 10.

So it looks like I am only 1 or 2 reviews away from having a total of 80 reviews. Anyway the product that I am going to review today is called Pit Bull Peanut Caramel Crunch. In case you don't know, Pit Bull is an energy bar with caffeine, taurine, guarana, ginseng, and b vitamins. Not only is it a true energy bar but it also tastes good as well. I am not going to write a whole lot about the taste because the name sort of describes the taste. However I forgot to mention that it is covered in chocolate. It sort of reminded me of a flattened out Snickers bar only not quite as good tasting. So it looks like Pit Bull Peanut Caramel Crunch has 21.1 milligrams of niacin, 5 milligrams of vitamin b6, 6 micrograms of vitamin b12, 5.1 milligrams of pantothenic acid, 1,000 milligrams of taurine, 164 milligrams of caffeine, 112 milligrams of guarana seed, 100 milligrams of inositol and 50 milligrams of ginseng root. Not a bad energy list and it definitely did the trick. I had the bar on the way to school and I was focused and alert throughout the whole day. I would totally recommend a Pit Bull Energy Bar over a Clif Energy Bar any day. For more information on Pit Bull Energy Bar click here. Otherwise it gets an 8.4 out of 10.

Sunday, September 20, 2009



RATING: 6.8 OUT OF 10.

For my 78th review I will be reviewing Bump. Bump describes their flavor as a lightly carbonated fusion of Pomegranate and refreshing Citrus flavors. I didn't taste any citrus but I did taste a rather sour Pomegranate flavor. It's almost a little too sour and it was difficult to finish the last 2 or 3 ounces. I am fairly certain that I would pass up the offer to drink another one of these drinks. So, Bump isn't the best tasting energy drink out there but what's in it? Well it has 26 milligrams of niacin, 26 milligrams of vitamin b6, 328 micrograms of vitamin b12, 13 milligrams of pantothenic acid, 1,312 milligrams of taurine, 328 milligrams of l-arginine, 197 milligrams of caffeine, 131 milligrams of green tea extract, 33 milligrams of acetyl-l-carnitine, 33 milligrams of glucuronolactone, and finally 33 milligrams of inositol. That is a whopping 11 energy enhancing ingredients. However, this drink does have two incredible facts. And by incredible, I mean bad. Just one 10.5 ounce can of Bump has 240 calories and a whopping 53 grams of sugar! So, this is one of the most unhealthy energy drinks I have seen but how is the kick? Well, for having 197 milligrams of caffeine in just 10.5 ounces (18.76 milligrams of caffeine per ounce) it isn't "oh my god I am bouncing off the walls" but it is pretty good. There is one thing I do not recommend doing after you have consumed Bump: Workout. I was literally jogging for 5 minutes when I felt my heart and it was beating pretty fast. So, Bump tastes too sour, has 11 energy enhancing ingredients, is one of the most unhealthy energy drinks I have reviewed (not that it matters) and you can not workout after having one. But it has a nice kick though. Rating? 6.8 out of 10.

Saturday, September 19, 2009



RATING: 8.7 OUT OF 10!

Some time ago I requested samples of Pit Bull Energy Bar. A few days ago I finally got samples and I couldn't wait to give them a try. They sent me several flavors but the one I tried first was double mocha crisp. When I took my first bite I was surprised how good it tasted. It was nice and crispy with a mocha flavored chocolate coating. Pit Bull markets themselves as the "real energy bar" and I agree. It has 21.1 milligrams of niacin, 5 milligrams of vitamin b6, 6 micrograms of vitamin b12, 5.1 milligrams of pantothenic acid, 160 milligrams of potassium, 1,000 milligrams of taurine, 164 milligrams of caffeine, 112 milligrams of guarana seed, 100 milligrams of inositol, and finally 50 milligrams of ginseng. As far as kick goes, you can kiss Clif Bars goodbye. This thing does a great job waking you up and the energy level lasts a pretty long time. And I forgot to mention that each bar has 13 grams of protein and a healthy 7 grams of fiber. If you are sick of other energy bars because they don't have the energy ingredients that normal energy enhancing products have then look no further than Pit Bull Energy Bar. Rating? 8.7 out of 10.

Friday, September 18, 2009



RATING: 7.6 OUT OF 10.

Buzz Bites come from a company called Vroom Foods, the same company that makes Foosh Energy Mints. So, I decided to pop one of these bad boys on the way to school. It didn't exactly taste like a tootsie roll. It was more like the fake tasting chocolate that you get in protein bars. And it had an odd aftertaste as well. So, unfortunately, Buzz Bites weren't the greatest chewy chocolates I have had but what is in them that makes you energized? Well there is tuarine, ginseng, b vitamins and about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. So, I would definitely say that Buzz Bites did perk me up a little but not as much as Foosh Energy Mints. Now that is probably because I have a bit of a cold so you have to take that into consideration. I did not get tired in the morning and the energy level lasts about 4 hours. The overall energy level would be rated as average, or moderate, but definitely not extreme. Buzz Bites gets a 7.6 out of 10. If you can't decide whether to try Buzz Bites or Foosh Energy Mints, my advice would be to get the Foosh Energy Mints.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009



RATING: 6.1 OUT OF 10.

For my next review, I will be reviewing a drink called Liquid Lightning Sugar Free. Liquid Lightning is one of those drinks that looks like a Red Bull clone but isn't. It has the generic name, the small 250 milliliter can, and the somewhat-basic design. Liquid Lightning Sugar Free tasted pretty decent but it wasn't amazing by any means. It was a berry flavor mixed with Red Bull and it gives you a sticky mouth feeling. So, It tasted decent but what's in it? Well, it has 125 milligrams of vitamin c, 1 milligram of vitamin b2, 34 milligrams of vitamin b3, 9 milligrams of vitamin b6, 26 micrograms of vitamin b12, 10 milligrams of vitamin b5, 104 milligrams of caffeine, and a proprietary blend consisting of tuarine, glucuronolactone, ribose, inositol, panax ginseng extract, and potassium citrate. Not a bad list but it could be better. Liquid Lightning Sugar Free delivered a pretty decent kick but nothing major. It lasted for maybe 2 hours and 30 minutes. Overall I am giving Liquid Lightning Sugar Free a rating of 6.1 out of 10. Sorry for the really short review but I didn't have much to say about this drink.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009



RATING: 8.2 OUT OF 10.

Without a single doubt in my mind XS is one of the best energy drink companies out there. The flavor I am reviewing today is Electric Lemon Blast. I could not wait to try this because my brother said it tasted really good. He was right as I got a nice carbonated lemonade that was a bit sour (which is good because it's lemon flavor) and tart. This was not quite as good as the XS Rootbeer which was so delicious I had to buy a 12 pack. XS Electric Lemon not only tastes good, it also gives you a nice kick. But, what's in it? XS Electric Lemon has 100% daily value of vitamin b3, 100% daily value of vitamin b5, 300% daily value of vitamin b6 and a whopping 4,900% daily value of vitamin b12. However, b vitamins is not the only area in which XS Electric Lemon excels in. It also has 7 adaptogenic herbs including eleutherococcus senticosus, panax ginseng, and schisandra. XS Electric Lemon has approximately the same amount of caffeine as a 6 ounce cup of brewed coffee. The kick was well received with XS Electric Lemon. It was very smooth and I did not get jittery. XS is clearly a high quality brand of energy drinks. If you like, you can order a 12 pack here for just $26.88. Oh and by the way, XS Electric Lemon gets an 8.2 out of 10.

Monday, September 14, 2009



RATING: 7.2 OUT OF 10.

I know what your thinking. Crakshot. This is another one of those legal drinks that mock illegal drugs right? Wrong. Crak is actually an acronym that stands for Classic Rock Art Kulture. There are no references to the cocaine or any other drug besides caffeine. Now, Crakshot tells me that there energy shot tastes good. Obviously I didn't think that it would taste amazing. That is next to impossible for an energy shot. However, when I slammed Crakshot I got a sweet and tart lemonade flavor that wasn't all bad. In fact I consider Crakshot the best tasting energy shot I have had so far. This is the part that might take awhile. I am going to tell you the energy enhancing ingredients that are in Crakshot. It contains 20 milligrams of niacin, 42 milligrams of vitamin b6, 100% daily value of folic acid, 8,500% daily value of vitamin b12, 300 milligrams of taurine, 500 milligrams of glucuronolactone, 60 milligrams of malic acid, 1 milligram of n-acetyl-l-tyrosine. There is also an enzyme blend which consists of amylase, protease, lipase, cellulase, and lactase. As far as caffeine content goes, there is 70 milligrams of caffeine and 700 milligrams of guarana seed extract which adds up to be 14o milligrams of total caffeine. In my honest opinion, I believe that a great way to test the ability of an energy drink or shot is through school. Why? Because in school you need to be focused, bright, and alert. And is exactly what energy drinks and shots want to provide. So, did it work? Well, I got a modest kick that lasted about 4 hours and it took awhile to kick in. Overall I give Crakshot a rating of 7.2 out of 10. It tasted good but didn't give me the boost I needed.

Sunday, September 13, 2009



RATING: 6.8 OUT OF 10.

This is definitely one of the most anticipated reviews on my blog. After receiving this from Connor Ross from I will finally get to review Bawls Guarana. And not just any Bawls Guarana, I get to review the cherry flavored Bawls. I also received the Bawls Guarana EXXTRA from Connor so look for that review later down the road. I was very excited about reviewing this because I have heard from other top review sites that it is one of the best tasting mass-marketed energy drinks out there. And were they right? Well, It did taste pretty good but at the same time, it didn't really taste like anything. It was like club soda with sugar and a hint of cherry flavor. Yes it tastes good but I thought it would be more like a Cherry 7up or something like that. Another reason why I couldn't wait to review Bawls was because, one of the best review sites, gave this drink a 9 out of 10 for kick. Unfortunately that was not the case for me. I had a very minor kick which was accompanied with a hard crash. Now, this does shock me a bit because Bawls Guarana Cherry contains 100 milligrams of caffeine. But the caffeine comes from Guarana which is 2-3 times stronger than the caffeine you get from coffee or soda. So it's like having 200-300 milligrams of caffeine instead of just 100 milligrams of caffeine. And that is all Bawls Guarana has: Caffeine. There is no taurine, no ginseng, no gingko biloba, no yerba mate and no b vitamins. Well, I guess I should conclude by giving Bawls Guarana Cherry a 6.8 out of 10. It tasted good but had no kick.

Saturday, September 12, 2009



RATING: 8.1 OUT OF 10.

Before I get started on my review of Sea20 I would like to point out that the name of the drink is pronounced sea-two-oh and not sea-twenty. With that being said let's begin my review. Sea20 is an all organic energy drink that does not contain any caffeine. It is sweetened with agave nectar and it is the best tasting energy drink I have had in quite awhile. It tasted a little bit like iced tea but the agave nectar is what made it. It was so sweet, light and refreshing. And as an added bonus it was non-carbonated so it was easy to chug. I mentioned before that Sea20 did not contain any caffeine but that is not the only thing it doesn't contain. It does not contain taurine, guarana, ginseng, gingko biloba or even yerba mate. What it does contain is 32 grams of carbohydrates, 32 grams of sugar, 126 milligrams of vitamin c and .72 milligrams of vitamin b6. Quite a sad blend if you ask me and they say it is powerful. Is that statement true? not exactly. The kick I got from it was decent but nothing I would call powerful. It lasted roughly 3 hours and there was no crash. To conclude, Sea20 tasted unbelievably incredible and the kick was not all bad. I will give this drink an 8.1 out of 10.




It is a beautiful Saturday here in my hometown and what better way to enjoy a great Saturday than with an energy drink. That specific energy drink is Pure Fuel by Twinlab. Pure Fuel comes in a 12 ounce black and red can and has no carbohydrates, no fat, no sugar, and no calories. I thought it would taste bad because of the sucralose but I stand corrected. It tasted pretty darn good but I didn't know what it tasted like. I thought I tasted Diet lemon-lime soda but I also tasted a hint of cherry and orange. But like I said before, this is a drink worth trying. So, Pure Fuel gets its energy from a 365 milligram energy blend consisting of guarana seed extract, caffeine, tuarine, american ginseng root extract, eleutherococcus senticosus root extract, green tea leaf extract, and gingko biloba leaf extract. Unfortunately none of the amounts are given so I don't know how much caffeine it has. But based on the fact that it has a 365 milligram energy blend and caffeine is second in that blend it probably has around 60-80 milligrams of caffeine per 12 ounce can, maybe more. Whatever the caffeine amount is, this thing surely does a good job. I was pretty energized for 3 to 5 hours and it may have helped me beat my best split time on an ergometer. So, to rightfully conclude I am giving Pure Fuel a rating of 9 out of 10.




Yesterday I had a NOS Grape and never had time to review it so today I am ready for the review so let's get started. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the 16 ounce version so I just picked up the 22 ounce version and drank that instead. NOS Grape is supposed to tastes like, well, grape but that's not what it tasted like. I couldn't really pinpoint the taste but I got hints of grape along with a bit of a medicinal flavor. It also had a very strong smell to it as well. So, if you happen to be drinking a NOS Grape, feel free to chime in the comment section below and tell me what you think it tasted like. Anyway, NOS Grape gets its boost from 2,750 milligrams of taurine, 550 milligrams of l-carnitine, 357 milligrams of caffeine, 274 milligrams of inositol, and 136 milligrams of panax ginseng. Man, what a sick blend but its a shame it didn't give me any energy. That's right I said it. I felt hardly any kick from NOS which is really weird because this is the most caffeine I have had in an energy drink. Oh well, it happens. In conclusion, NOS had a pretty decent taste, a sick energy blend, but hardly any effect. Rating? 6.2 out of 10.

Saturday, September 05, 2009


Courtesy of Amp Energy

RATING: 9.3 OUT OF 10!

Well, Amp has recently come out with two new flavors: Amp Black Tea and Amp Green Tea. The one I will be reviewing today is Amp Green Tea. Every Amp Energy Drink contains a special ingredient that is unique to the rest of the line-up. Amp Green Tea's special ingredients are Beta-Alanine and Antioxidants. Ok so I cracked this bad boy open when I was on my way to the country club. I thought it tasted a little weird at first but then the taste grew on me and it started tasting really good. I tasted the original Amp flavor with subtle hits of delicious green tea. Very good, my whole family was impressed with it in fact. Ok, so I can't give you the amounts on all the energy ingredients because I threw away the can at the country club. That would also explain why the picture is not one I took myself. Anyhow, Amp Green Tea has green tea extract, tuarine, b vitamins, 156 milligrams of caffeine. The usual basically. So, as far as kick, Amp has never let me down and this on didn't fail. It was a hectic day and my cousins came over. I had plenty of energy to play basketball, play catch, run around, you name it. Amp Green Tea is most excellent and I can't wait to review Amp Black Tea. Rating? A hefty 9.3 out of 10.


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