Review: Pit Bull Cherry Lime

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Pitbull Cherry Lime

Today I am reviewing a can of Pit Bull Cherry Lime I received from a fellow reviewer who ran a contest over at BevNerd. Pit Bull is made in the USA by Hip Hop Beverage Corporation out of Carson, CA. They do a lot of charity work and community awareness in the area of health and they support our troops, which is all fantastic.

Before work I chilled down one of the cans I received of the flavor I was most interested in trying, Cherry lime. I popped it open and did a long pour into a pint glass I chilled. The clear pinkish-red beverage filled out the glass and the foam disappeared quickly.

The smell was heavy on cherry and was reminiscent of Ludent’s cough drops. The taste confirmed for me a bit medicinal like taste, which it not always a bad thing. The cherry was heavy on the tongue until it faded away to a citrus finish. The sweet and sour notes mixed and gave each taste a chance to shine when you drink a large gulp. The one thing I would pick on was the fact I felt the lime flavor was trumped by the cherry most of the time and was only short lived as a finishing note.

Not perfect but few drinks are Pit Bull Cherry Lime puts arguably one of the best fruit combos together in a strong energy drink that only lacks in its balance and odd sight medicinal flavor.

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[Energy] CRUNK!!! Citrus

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Crunk Citrus

So I am back to reviewing after a brief break to attempt to find a job in the “real world”. The other day I received a mixed sample case from CRUNK!!! Energy Drinks from Atlanta, Georgia. CRUNK is promoted as a party drink with a strong tie to the rap scene and college scene. I love the packaging on the Citrus can, it reminds me of one of my other favorite energy drinks based on a Aussie soda called, Coolah, which has been sense discontinued. I am very excited to give my opinions on this one.

How does it smell and look?

Cracking this bad boy open I take a smell. Very light lemon tones hit my nose. On pour a cloudy hew of yellow fills my tasting glass, sort of like a freshly made lemonade’s color. The carbonation fizzes out very quickly and is apparently very light.

How does it taste?

The beverages has three things on its flavor that jump out immediately. The lemon citrus flavor I smelled is present, a sour pucker version of a lemonade taste. The sweetness is masked by the sourness which I prefer. The second flavor is a hint of a tropical under tone. The finish of the beverage is clean and does not have the typical chemical burn or aftertastes that most energy drinks are nitrous of having. Overall a nice taste, has also very good mixable options if you prefer it in a alcoholic drink.

Would I buy this again?

Available at all Cumberland Farms locations in my area and it tastes like a old energy drink I love. YEEEEAAAHHH!!! I would buy this again, I actually see a lot of good deals for this beverage all the time so this is one energy drink I will definitely added to my insomniac arsenal. I would like a little more carbonation to make a more refreshing drink as well as the great taste it holds, but thats small beans in the pot.

If you want to find CRUNK!!! in your area go to their website and enter your zipcode or hit them up on twitter @Crunkenergy they respond pretty quickly.

[Energy] NERD

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Nerd Focus & Energy Beverage

Today I am reviewing NERD focus and energy beverage that comes out of the great state of Texas. I reviewed a case of samples to enjoy which I also shared with friend Chris and my sister.

NERD is a different type of energy beverage focusing on mental stimulus as well as the typical energy effect. The four major chemicals that are in the beverage to accomplish that are: DMAE, Chinese ginkgo, Vinpocetine, and Huperzine A. I have no clue what each one does but thankfully the can itself has a brief explanation of each. Vinpocetine supports mental alertness by increasing oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Huperzine A helps maintain that alertness, memory function, and the break down of acetylcholine. DMAE is the precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and users report better focus and mental clarity. Chinese ginkgo bilbao supports acuity and memory with positive effects on the vascular system. If you don’t know what acetylcholine its a neurotransmitter that in particular is released in higher volume when caffeine is introduced to your system.

Now that you are educated in the extra parts of this beverage formula let’s get to the real reason you read this.

How does it taste and does it work?

On opening the can or even cracking it you get the smell of fruitiness flowing to the nose . The color is a brilliant clear lime green. The first taste brings what my friend perfectly commented, “It tastes like lime Hawaiian punch!” I agreed with that instantly the first time I tried it. It additional to the first tasting description I can tell you NERD has a sort of slight creaminess on the tongue as the sweetness roars in. It is very sweet but the funny thing is a can only has 42g of sugar which is a little less than a can of mountain dew, which I use as my sugar benchmark.

Would I buy this again?

Yes and yes. This energy beverage works great I feel more alert and I have more focus to get tasks done. The taste is very energy beverage friendly and doesn’t have that sometimes awful aftertaste . Overall it’s a very drinkable beverage. I hope you give NERD a try and I hope maybe you learned something this review.

Find NERD on twitter at http://twitter.com/NERDBEVERAGE

Pros:
Awesome taste
Focus & Energy
Great name and can design
Pleasant smell
No usual aftertaste

Cons:
Some might find it too sweet
Some energy nuts might miss that chemical aftertaste

Thirst Rate: A-

[Energy] Hi*Ball Energy Sparkling Water

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hi*ball energy orange sparkling water

Purchased at: Hannafords
Price: $?.??

Strolling through the natural and organic section of the grocery store I was looking for something unique and different. I found it in the form of an orange sparkling energy water. Hi*ball energy is a beverage company out of San Francisco that focuses on making natural and healthy beverages with an energy kick. It does so with a combination of taurine, gaurana, ginseng, b-vitamins, and 80mg of caffeine.

They have two types of drinks: juice and water. Their waters which I am trying today have zero sugar AND zero sweeteners. The sparkling water only has 10 calories per bottle and surprisingly doesn’t raise your cojones as some people maybe wonder.

It does however have a nice nose of orange faintly in the background. It slightly tastes of some sort of citrus acid in the back of tongue but overall there is not much flavor, just bubbles. While I am still growing to love sparkling waters there one is refreshing.

It has great potential to be used as a mixer in more adult beverages with some caution and to dilute calorie dense syrupy soda or juices.

Hi*ball energy has an interesting premise and I hope to try their juices soon. They have a very informative website and it’s clean and exciting. It displays the nine flavors they have as well as a bunch of social media links that are easy to find.

So what’s my final thought on the beverage? This particular drink gave me a nice energy kick that was nice after my morning workout. Although I wish there was some more flavor, being a sparkling water with 10 calories and no sugar or sweeteners I understand why. For a sparkling water however it had a nice natural smell and was rejuvenating.

Find hi*ball energy on twitter at http://twitter.com/hiballenergy

Pros:
Energy kick really there
Pleasant natural orange smell
Good application for a mixer
10 calories
No sugar or sweeteners
No color dye
Unique
Variety of other flavors
Exciting Website

Cons:
Sparkling waters can be harsh to the taste buds when you first drink them
Little orange flavor

Thirst Rate: B