This drink is branded at the super-premium end of the spectrum. It has a matt-black can design and is pretending it’s some sort of carbon-neutral domestic energy supplier with its “clean energy” tag line. The clean part is actually referring to the natural sources of caffeine and the vegan/non-GMO ingredient list. Taste-wise it’s quite bitter, which was surprising seeing as drinks containing strawberry are usually quite sweet.
A strawberry energy drink is really unusual. It’s pretty much just Calpol in a can though! It’s reeaally sweet and sickly, and clings to your teeth, but it’s still pretty nice. I’m not sure what the ‘whipped’ part of the flavour is, but the strawberry flavour is very dominant. Definitely worth a try if you find it.
I was hoping for a nice smooth tasting drink but as this was a shot it had a really bitter flavour. It does pack one ‘eck of a kick though and tweaked me for hours!
I had high hopes for this, but it turns out that strawberry and lime do NOT go together that well – in this instance at least. It was like a badly mixed cocktail.
It’s very different, and it’s sugar free. Light, refreshing, and enjoyable, but it didn’t give me much of a wake-up kick for some reason.
It tastes like those foamy strawberry sweets you get, as in, more like sour sugar than actual strawberries. It’s very high in sugar and very low in caffeine so don’t expect it to quench that addiction, but it is perfectly drinkable and certainly different from anything else out there.
Mmm strawberries. I have to be honest and say that I was expecting a much stronger strawberry taste, but that would probably lessen the appeal to the masses making it a bit too sickly. Rip It Red Zone has struck a nice balance, it’s got the nice strawberry flavour I like but it isn’t too overpowering and sickly. The background flavour is the same as the Rip It Shot of the same variety only without the bitterness you get with energy shots. Caffeine-wise it is one of the lowest in the range at 35.4mg/100ml but it is still much higher than most UK energy drinks! The drink is obviously a bright pink colour (red food colouring?) to associate it with strawberries even further.
I like strawberry drinks, and a strawberry energy shot therefore should be ideal. Unfortunately the usual bitterness you get from energy shots was present and not masked by the strawberry flavouring which was itself a little bit on the weak side. However, the flavour wasn’t all bad and it left no long-term aftertaste, and most importantly IT’S SUGAR FREE! The drink has been coloured a bright pink so don’t let it spill on anything, but that is in tune with the Rip It range. Given the background flavouring of strawberries I’m no very much looking forward to trying its big brother Red Zone – after trying Citrus X normal and shot, the full-szied can proved to be considerably tastier.
The strawberry and lime combination don’t work for me. The strawberry suffers from the sharpness of the lime, and the lime suffers from the chewy flavour of strawberry. There’s also not enough caffeine in this to be of any use in quenching my caffeine addiction so it’s little more than a thirst quencher. Original in flavour, I’ll give it points for that, but the execution isn’t as nice as the bottle looks. *Note, I’ve estimated the caffeine content as the product contains too little for them to mark it as high and state the actual content.