I received an unexpected package the other day, but like anyone who loves presents I threw all caution into the wind and opened it expecting only awesomeness. Perhaps it was something I forgot about ordering on Amazon. Perhaps it was a surprise gift from my wife. Perhaps it was Halo 4 Mtn Dew Game Fuel Citrus Cherry. Ok, so I didn’t actually think it was the last one until I opened the box and saw that it was. This particular version of Mtn Dew Game Fuel should be hitting store shelves today, so keep an eye out for it if your interest is peaked after reading this review.
I’ve never actually had any version of Game Fuel before. Heck, back when I was a kid my version of “game fuel” was a can of Surge and some powdered donuts. I’m not really sure why I thought those two things went together, but in my mind it was like peanut butter and jelly. Thankfully Mtn Dew has created an official “Game Fuel” whose flavor seems to be, and I quote, “Dew with a Blast of Citrus Cherry Flavor with other natural flavors”. They probably didn’t want to include the “with other natural flavors” line as it seems to take away from the intense nature of Dew, but it’s there so what can you do? Answer, drink it. Onward!
Once the plastic cap was twisted and the first burst of carbonation escaped a whiff of cherry dew ran screaming into my nostrils. Now the scent I get when I actually try and smell the soda itself is a bit more subdued. Sorry this is Mtn Dew we’re talking about here… nothing is subdued. Let’s try that sentence again from the top. Now the scent I get when I actually try and smell the soda itself is a bit more SUBDEWD TO THE MAXX! Better. Hopefully the flavor will be equally strong and radical as the initial burst I experienced. Yes, radical.
While not a full on “punch to the throat” the taste is slightly stronger than the scent my nose pulled from the mouth of the bottle. I’ve got to be honest with you though. My initial impression of Mtn Dew Game Fuel is that it reminds me of a neutered Mtn Dew Code Red (The best Mtn Dew flavor in my opinion). It’s like I’m visiting Code Red in prison. I can only interact with him on the phone through the glass window between us. Our hands touch the equivalent sides of the window as we stare longingly at each other, but unable to truly reach one another only to be left in sadness.
Don’t misunderstand, it only “reminds” me of Code Red in a few aspects. The most obvious being the red color and cherry-esque flavor. Where Game Fuel Citrus Cherry goes wrong is that the initial flavor isn’t the main performer on the stage. Yes you’re greeted with a somewhat tropical cherry taste that I would rate as pleasant and nothing more, but the cough syrup after taste is the last thing you see before the curtain comes down. So now I’m sitting here trying to think of good things to say about the first three seconds of each sip while the last three seconds of cough syrup flavor are still staining my taste buds. I’m sorry to say, but I just can’t do it. If you enjoy ingesting large amount of caffeine with no care for taste then this is a great soda for you to pick up. If you don’t mind a soda with three fourths the amount of caffeine and a great taste to boot, the you should probably just pick up some Code Red.
Now for the sentence that renders the last five paragraphs pointless. Mtn Dew Game Fuel Citrus Cherry is an appealing beverage while you’re looking it at it, but delivers only minimal cherry flavor with maximum medicinal taste.
Verdict – Buyer Beware
This beverage supplied to us by Mountain Dew.
Twist's version of game fuel is a handful of flies and a glass of tonic water.