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Starbucks Refreshers Strawberry Lemonade

You know that feeling when you need caffeine and you’re torn between an energy drink and a coffee? Me neither, but Starbucks came up with an energy beverage for that very occasion. They have a line of energy drinks made with green coffee extract called Refreshers. Strawberry Lemonade is one of their flavors. It has a muted strawberry lemonade taste. It definitely tastes fruity and there are hints of strawberry, but I can’t really taste the lemonade part. And even though it’s made from coffee extract, it doesn’t taste like coffee at all. Let’s see, what else can I say about this drink… Um, it has 60 calories and 13 grams of sugar and is 25% juice. And I think that’s pretty good for a coffee-based energy drink that doesn’t taste anything like coffee. It’s better than the Raspberry Pomegranate flavor, but I would still take a Red Bull any day of the week. And it’s Friday, so I’ll take a Red Bull.

Critically Rated at 11/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Starbucks Refreshers Raspberry Pomegranate

Starbucks Refreshers is a line of sparkling green coffee energy drinks that come in a few different flavor varieties. Raspberry Pomegranate seemed to be the most intriguing, so I grabbed it. It’s crisp and bubbly and doesn’t taste like a coffee drink. It tastes like a cheap, low calorie energy drink. It has that weird artificial sweetener aftertaste that lingers on your tongue a little too long. I can taste the raspberry flavor more than the pomegranate, and there are hints of apple and white grape juice as well. It’s a pretty mediocre energy drink. It’s lucky that it has the Starbuck logo on it, because brand recognition is more important than taste. I would only get this again if the store was out of every single other brand of energy drinks. It’s not bad… there are just so many better products out there.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Red Bull – The Blue Edition

Red Bull is the undisputed king of the energy drinks. But even they feel the need to shake things up a bit every once in a while and so they have created Silver, Red, and Blue Editions of their signature product. Silver is lime flavored, the red is cranberry flavored, and The Blue Edition is blueberry flavored. It’s not overly sweet and its taste vaguely resembles blueberries. It tastes sort of like a diet drink while it’s on your tongue, but there’s no lingering aftertaste. It takes some getting used to, but I like it more and more with each sip. If you like regular Red Bull, you’ll also like this. It also has a cool blue can with cool graphics and appearances are important. You’ll make friends if you buy The Blue Edition Red Bull.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Xyience Xenergy Cherry Lime

So there is a brand of energy drinks called Xenergy and it’s made by a company called Xyience and it makes my autocorrect go crazy. Apparently it’s the official energy drink of the UFC, so you know it kicks ass. There are a few different flavors; I snagged the Cherry Lime one. It doesn’t taste like Cherry Lime and it doesn’t taste good. It’s not bad though and there’s a slight aftertaste. It’s kind of bland and weak, it doesn’t have that kick that you expect from energy drinks. There’s no sugar and no carbs and no reason to get it again.

Critically Rated at 8/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Courage Juice Energy Drink

I’ve never even heard of Courage Juice until today. It has a cool name and a cool can that caught my eye. The can is all black with red letters and a red lion wearing a crown and holding a scepter. The actual drink is a pinkish-red color that looks like carbonated cranberry juice. It has a tangy-acidic taste like most energy drinks, but it’s a little sweeter than Red Bull. There’s no weird aftertaste like with Monster. It’s another energy drink in an already overcrowded market. It’s decent enough, but we already have way too much liquid crack on store shelves across the world. We don’t need another one. Nice can though. I’d buy it again just for that.

Critically Rated at 11/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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5-Hour Energy Grape

There wasn’t enough caffeine in soda and coffee, so they came out with energy drinks. And those weren’t unhealthy enough so they came out with 5-Hour Energy. There are a few foul flavors available that don’t taste anything like the fruit they claim to be, Grape in this case. I’m pretty sure you’ve had a 5-Hour Energy or at least seen their lame infomercials. They say you get hours of energy now with no crash later. That’s bullshit. You will crash harder than Ryan Dunn. They straight up claim that you can drink this everyday. That’s bullshit. You will get heart murmurs and die and people will assume you just died of a drug overdose and no one will go to your funeral because they think that you gave up on life.

These things are ok to drink every once in a while. If you drink the whole thing at once you will get really jittery. They are smaller than a Red Bull, but Red Bull is better. Cocaine is also better. It’s probably healthier for you too.

Critically Rated at 9/17

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