Friday, April 20, 2012



Courtesy of Team Realtree
RATING: 5.4 OUT OF 10.

     Back on NRG Drink Euphoria, I tried 2 of these drinks, and was ok with them fairly well, but now as I am more understanding of what to look for, I see these drinks weren't nearly as worthy of the kindness I gave them. White Buck is a fairly new flavor from the line, and one I haven't had the pleasure of finding until today, when I walked into a gas station, and this was the only energy drink they sold. Like the other varieties, White Buck has a nice looking bottle can. The design catches my attention well, and despite being more of a redneck-ish kind of design, it would be very appeal to anyone who may pass buy it on the shelf.

     Seeing as it was snow camouflage themed, I was hoping for it to be like Slap Frost, and have the chilling effect of menthol. That was not what I go at all. I was unfortunate to be in the possession of yet another low rate Red Bull clone. It has a slightly bitter taste, and an unpleasant gumminess to it. After a little while I began to enjoy it, but as it progressively warmed, it became quite harsh.

     There was no actual amounts given, but it has some caffeine, taurine, and some B vitamins. By going on what I experienced throughout my day, I got a slight lift from this drink, but nothing really to brag about. I don't see this very effective as an energy drink for the American outdoorsman, but I guess this drink is more for show anyways.

     Overall, this particular Team Realtree drink delivered once again as far as the can design goes. I was in no way in love with the taste, and the buzz was sub par. All in all, White Buck didn't deliver for me, and proved itself to be another makeshift Red Bull clone.

Reviewed by Dylan

Wednesday, April 18, 2012



RATING: 5.6 OUT OF 10.

     Lately I have been a bit desperate at trying to find drinks to review, since I am well past the stage where you walk into a gas station and realize you've tried everything they offer. Fortunately, a company called Arma was gracious enough to send me samples of their products. Arma is unlike any other energy brand that I've seen. They have caffeinated potato chips, trail mix, nuts, and other snack items. They also have an energy drink, which is what I'll be reviewing today, so let's get cracking.

     Arma comes in a black, 16 ounce can with no flavor description on it. This leads me to believe that it will probably try to imitate one of the more popular energy drinks. As it turned out, my prediction was accurate, and it did taste a lot like a variation of Monster. My only beef with the flavor is that it can be a bit harsh on the palate. But I suppose when you have freaking caffeinated potato chips, you don't really need your energy drink's flavor to be completely original. Overall, I thought the flavor was just fine.

     Powering Arma Energy is 200 percent daily value of vitamin b2, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b3, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b5, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b12, 2,000 milligrams of taurine, 160 milligrams of caffeine, 50 milligrams of inositol, 400 milligrams of guarana, 50 milligrams of panax ginseng root extract, 1,200 milligrams of glucuronolactone, 50 milligrams of l-carnitine, and 50 milligrams of l-glutamine. Nothing to fancy here, just a solid energy blend.

     As mentioned earlier, the caffeine content is 160 milligrams per 16 ounce can. That is basically the standard amount for most energy drinks, and to be honest, it did absolutely nothing to me at all. The only thing I can say is that this should have the same effectiveness as a Monster, or something similar. It really does get frustrating when I don't get an effect from an energy drink, but that's only because I have a strangely high caffeine tolerance.

     Arma Energy is really just your basic energy drink in a basic package. I can tell that this is probably not their best seller, and I can easily understand why. There's nothing bad about it, it's just....average. What isn't average is a bag of caffeinated potato chips. I can't wait to review those. Oh, did I mention they were barbecue flavored?

Sunday, April 15, 2012



Courtesy of AMP Energy
RATING: 6.9 OUT OF 10.

     After my last review of Amp Boost Grape, I soon realized I messed up in saying it only had 80 mgs of caffeine, and I soon corrected it. So I decided to go with another one of the overhauled line, and chose their Amp Active, formerly Amp Lightning, which is now intended to be more of a functional sports energy drink. Lightning was one of my favorite of the old Amp line, so I have really high hopes for this particular drink.

     In tasting this, once again I get the same taste as what was Lightning. The taste mirrors that of the yellow Gatorade variety, except with carbonation. Overall, it is a very pleasing drink, and tastes like what I expect a sports energy drink would. Despite the fact the taste never changed, this one is a step up from the grape variety, and was really impressive.

     160 mgs is about the standard for an energy drink, I suppose. It hits the mark for where you have to be to get a decent buzz rating at least. However, I grade different drinks in different ways, and caffeine only covers a portion of it. The other part would be the ingredients that make it a "sports energy" drink, which I suppose in this case is the electrolytes. It fairs well enough even with the electrolytes only to score an average rating, however I am impressed overall.

     Amp Active now makes the line 1 for 2, and was very impressive. It was a pleasant drink that I could see myself buying again, and was well worth the money I payed. As with the first, the can is nice and clean, the taste is good, and the buzz is on an average level. All in all, this drink delivers where the previous Amp Boost Grape did not, and has left me satisfied.

Reviewed by Dylan 



RATING: 8.2 OUT OF 10.

     It has been an unbelievable amount of time since I've reviewed two drinks in two days, but when it's a new drink from one of the big boys, it has to be done. Yesterday, I tried Rockstar Iced and found it to be pleasing on the palate, although that quite as pleasing as Monster Rehab. Now I'm here to try Rockstar Xdurance, and as far as I can tell, Monster does not have a similar drink. This seldom occurs, as the two rivals generally will go toe-to-toe with their offerings. But enough fluff, let's check out Rockstar Xdurance.

     Xdurance is marketed as a performance energy drink and it supposed to help with physical performance. The flavor is advertised as blueberry/pomegranate/acai, and after taking a sip, I can verify the flavor. The drink is definitely dominated by blueberry, with strong pomegranate undertones, and the acai taking a back seat. I enjoyed the flavor combination and thought Rockstar did a nice job with it. It's not the best drink the offer, but it's still far from the worst.

     Powering this Rockstar drink is 200 percent daily value of vitamin b3, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b5, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 2,000 milligrams of taurine, 240 milligrams of caffeine, 50 milligrams of l-valine, 50 milligrams of l-leucine, 50 milligrams of l-isoleucine, 50 milligrams of green tea polyphenols, and 50 milligrams of guarana seed extract. Those branched chain amino acids make this an extremely unique Rockstar blend.

     With three times as much caffeine as a Red Bull, this drink should have no problem putting you into high gear. As for me, I received an effect that was at mid-range, and tapered off in a few hours with no crash thanks to just 2 grams of sugar. Unfortunately, I didn't really notice a difference with the amino acids.

     Rockstar Xdurance is a pretty solid energy drink overall. The flavor combination is easy on the palate, and the unique blend is definitely another plus. Looks like Rockstar has produced another winner, and we'll see if they can keep that up when I review Rockstar Coconut Water tomorrow.

Saturday, April 14, 2012



RATING: 8.7 OUT OF 10.

     Throughout this blog's history, I've reviewed 14 different flavors of Rockstar. As a matter of fact, if you amalgamate all of my reviews of Monster and Rockstar products, it would constitute for nearly 11 percent of all 280+ reviews. Anyhow, Rockstar has "recently" come out with four new drinks. They are: Iced, Xdurance, Relax, and Coconut Water. My executive editor Dylan has already covered Rockstar Relax, so it is my turn to review Rockstar Iced. Onward to the review!

     Rockstar Iced comes in an exceptionally inviting gold 16 ounce can. The contrast between the gold background and the black star make for an impeccable product display. It is certainly in the top 10 or top 5 of the best packaging I've seen. Iced is supposed to compete with Monster Rehab, although Rehab was lemonade and iced tea, and Rockstar Iced is peach and tea. Nevertheless, Rockstar did a very nice job with this one. The sweetness of the peach cuts the tea's bitterness just enough so that it doesn't become overpowering. I found it to be deliciously sweet and refreshing. I would certainly put it high up on the charts.

     Let's see what kind of horsepower Rockstar Iced is packing. It has 200 percent daily value of vitamin b3, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b5, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 200 percent daily value of vitamin 12, 2,000 milligrams of taurine, 240 milligrams of caffeine, 100 milligrams of panax ginseng root extract, 50 milligrams of l-carnitine, and 50 milligrams of guarana seed extract. Once again, another very solid blend from the folks at Rockstar.

     With 240 milligrams of caffeine, this drink has 50 percent more caffeine than a traditional energy drink, and 3 times as much caffeine as a Red Bull. That being said, I felt that Rockstar Iced produced some solid effectiveness and brought me out of my afternoon slump. Rockstar was also smart enough to not use sugar, so there's no crash when the buzz where's off. Not bad Rockstar, not bad at all.

     While I would rank Monster Rehab slightly higher than this, I believe Rockstar has successfully produced an iced tea drink. The sweet flavor coupled with the nice blend and solid kick makes this a great energy drink. I am extremely eager to review their other new offerings. Look for those reviews in the near future.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Courtesy of CAFFEINE! The Energy Blog

RATING: 5.6 OUT OF 10.

     To try and revive the struggling brand, Amp was recently overhauled to give off a better image. As part of this, they cleaned up the can designs, and made them more visually appealing. As far as I know, nothing really changed taste wise or buzz wise, but the line as a whole looks more appealing. 

     For any of you who have had the old Amp Traction, it was a slightly pleasing artificial grape flavor. The overhaul did not change this in anyway. I was never a fan of Traction, and I am quite disappointed to see no flavor change in the revamp of their line.

     A standard Mountain Dew only has 54 mgs of caffeine, and when they made Amp, they only added an extra 26 mgs. 80 mgs per serving isn't exactly something to wow over. It is the bare minimum of how most of the big boys play it, and not nearly satisfying of my energy needs. That being said, Amp has decided to make their drinks more functional, which I'll give them points back for. When it's all said and done, Amp didn't wow me, but the new direction they have chosen works ok. Another disappointment of this overhaul was not increasing their buzz ingredients. 80 mgs of caffeine just doesn't cut it for me, and I am not impressed.

     All in all, Amp Boost Grape doesn't live up to expectations. The new line revamp has left them 0 for 1, with there still being 6 drinks to go. And for all of those drinks, this one has certainly lowered my expectations.

Reviewed by Dylan

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


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Monday, April 09, 2012


Courtesy of Thirsty Dudes

RATING: 6.4 OUT OF 10.
     No, it's not Avery, the usual man who does these reviews. It's your old friend Dylan from NRG Drink Euphoria. I scaled back to making reviewing a part time thing, and now have joined A2E as co-reviewer. My inaugural review as a member of A2E will be Rockstar Relax, the new drink from Rockstar as they take their first steps into the anti-energy category.

     I had high hopes for this drink in the taste category, but it turned out to be quite roller coaster ride for me. At first I got the nice taste I was expecting, which was a nice smooth guava. I figured it would stay constant throughout after reading Energy Heaven's review of it, but it turned into a bitter, disappointing flavor following my first sip, and to follow that more hints of the initial taste. I like consistency in my drinks, and this let me down, and I'm sad to see that it didn't live up to the high hopes I had after reading other reviews.

     With some light dosage of chamomile, rose hips, and passion flower, I wasn't expecting to be completely drowsy upon consumption. And that is just what I got, as the 100 mgs of the three ingredients above didn't do that much for me. I was a bit calmer and more mellow, but no where near relaxation.

     Overall, Rockstar Relax was a fair attempt at a creating an anti-energy drink. The taste and buzz we're both on an average level, and the packaging was fairly nice. In the end, they have made a product slightly worth your money, but there are other drinks more suitable for your anti-energy needs.

Reviewed by Dylan


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