I have decided to also do some energy drink reviews, while I sort through the rather long list of supplements I have tried. Again, the same format will stand through review to review. I will also be doing all the entries from all the companies at once.
As I mentioned in my other reviews, I am pretty highly conditioned to drugs in general, so if something works with me, chances are very good that it will work with more "normal" people as well. There is a pretty big knock on energy drinks in general, casting them as little more than glorified soft drinks, but I have used them while bouncing, on long road trips, before workouts and just for a little pick-me-up and I can tell you that if they ARE indeed soft drinks, they are a higher octane version than what regular Coca-Cola or even perennial favorite Mountain Dew is churning out.
Review: Monster Energy drinks is an entry into a rapidly saturated market, which is that of energy drinks. I have tried all of them but the Low-Carb version, as taking sugar away from these drinks usually makes them taste far worse. Monster KHAOS tastes like a sort of fruit juice drink that college kids would make if they didn't have any money, wanted to get tossed and had nothing but some cheap liquor and several kinds of half-drunk juice cartons in the fridge and a bag of sugar in the cupboard. Monster ASSAULT is more like a hyper-sweetened variation on the Red Bull motif in terms of taste, to the point where it is almost nauseatingly cloying. Reguar Monster tastes more or less like a soft drink.
It also acts more or less like a regular soft drink. The net effect of these three drinks was about what you could expect from Mountain Dew -- a slight sugar rush and a bit of that alert feeling that comes from the hit of caffeine. In the case of Assault, you can also have the borderline headache and vague sense of illness and unease that comes from cheap-tasting sugar.
Verdict: With so many other energy drinks out there to choose from, some of which at least taste good, if not working better, recommendation is to AVOID.
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