I discovered this range of Mutant drinks in a confectionary import shop in Cardiff. I thought at first it was a Monster rip-off, but it turns out it is actually a genuine Monster brand. The drink has been imported from Vietnam, and there’s very little English on the label so it’s quite difficult to make out any information about it from there. However, remembering when I tried a bottle of Mutant a while back, this spin-off brand is Monster’s attempt to get in on the Mountain Dew market. Where the Gold Strike flavour of Mutant was attempting to copy the Mountain Dew White Out, I thought that obviously Red Dawn must be trying to copy Code Red. But, Code Red was a cherry drink, and I couldn’t detect any cherry flavouring in Red Dawn. I think it’s a lot more similar to Monster Assault – a harsh and slightly bitter-sweet flavour. It certainly wasn’t the smooth Mountain-Dew-like experience that I was expecting. Not as nice as Gold Strike, but drinkable never-the-less.
The can design is one of the boldest on the shelves and certainly doesn’t put you in mind for the flavour it contains. Passion Punch is mostly tropical, but on the sweet and smooth side of your taste buds. As usual, a 500ml can full of sugar is hard going (think fluffy teeth after drinking this!) but it’s not too sickly.
Never underestimate the power to big up yourself. Well, at least that’s what it says on the can. This fruit punch flavoured drink is quite nice actually. Checking out the web site shows that this drink is also available in original and ginger flavours, but I haven’t found them in the shops yet. There marketing also appears to be all about alcohol, with mixer suggestions available for each flavour.
A nice fruity sugar free drink. Nothing really special but perfectly drinkable and good value for money.
I’m told that this is a standard issue energy drink in the US, but in the UK you can’t get hold of it. I found this in Spain so jumped at the chance of trying it without paying extortionate money to import a can. It’s really good! It tastes like fruit punch with a whole load of caramel in, and possibly a dash of cola in the background somewhere too. Whatever the flavour ingredients are (I don’t know, the can was in Spanish), they clearly work well together. I didn’t get the usual synthetic Monster flavour that is so prominent with this brand in this drink either which is a plus-point in my opinion.
Update 2021-09-23: Obviously since I first reviewed this drink over seven years ago, it has been available in the UK for quite a while. They have now updated the can design too, so I’ve updated the image on this review too. I am also now very certain that this is basically a cola flavoured drink.
Yay! It’s another drink that tastes like a Swizzels Matlow Double Dip! I love it, it’s a very synthetic and sugary tasting mixed fruit drink which fizzes itself down, yet contains only 4 calories per 100ml. Rockstar do seem to put in a lot of effort with their non-standard energy drink flavours and their range contains many of my personal favourites which includes this one. Even a lot of effort has gone in to the can which oozes quality with its dual texture surface.
Really good! Nice and fruity, cheap, and low calorie too. I highly recommend this drink for something different to the usual array of supermarket own brands. It’s not too fizzy, not too sweet, not too bitter – just right. Go get a can right now…
Take a packet of Starburst. Munch the whole lot, taking special care to get extra juicy flavour out of the blackcurrent ones. Now savour the aftertaste of all those sweets mixed together because that’s what this Mixed Fruit flavoured drink tastes like. It only seems to come in a large 1 litre bottle for some reason… maybe I’m just not looking hard enough. The taste is okay though and it’s pretty unique so far as supermarket own brand drinks go.