Today’s faire from ThirstMonger is Hockey Soda Energy, which is actually an energy drink. I once called an energy drink a soda and the guy sending it to me made sure to correct me. I’m pleased to see that Hockey Soda isn’t nearly as uptight with their nomenclature. Hockey Soda Energy lives in a black can with an intimidating blue hockey mask emblazoned on the label. Circling the top of the can are the ingredients of L-Glutamine, B Vitamins, L-Carnitine, and Taurine, circle the top. I’m not a hockey player by any means as I’ve never seen more than a patch of ice on the road, much less a frozen lake. Hockey Soda Energy forgives me for this and tells me to do the following: “Dangle, snipe, and celly with this pro style energy drink, Hockey Soda Energy.” I understand those to be hockey terms, but honestly I only know “snipe” of the three. No matter, I’m also promised that “Hockey Soda Energy is a cola citrus energy drink infusing the past with the present.” A cola citrus energy drink, huh? I have no idea how one pulls that off, but if they can merge past with present then I’m sure cola citrus energy combinations are simple. Let’s open this up, shall we?
Surprisingly this smells quite a bit like cola and I must say I’d already written it off that it wouldn’t. Hockey Soda Energy has called me out, and in the case of the smell test, checked me into the boards. See what I did there? It’s a hockey analogy. I can do it too.
With my first sip of Hockey Soda Energy I’m taken aback by the fact that the cola citrus flavor they promised is now happily swimming around in my mouth. The initial first half of my sip is indeed flavored with cola, but a strong citrus blast comes through and cleanly sweeps it away. Lemon, lime, and a hint of that taste that seems to be in all energy drinks, create what can only be described as a “zing” of citrus. This zing is sour enough that your cheeks pull inward, showing the starting signs of “pucker”.
Now of course with all this good, there is some bad. First off the initial cola taste weakens with each sip you take. This is because the secondary citrus flavor eventually takes full residence in your taste buds and the cola just can’t yell loud enough to be heard. I really do like the citrus flavor that I’m ultimately left with, but it’s the cola/citrus combo that’s presented so well at the beginning that sets Hockey Soda Energy apart. Secondly, I’m always going to squawk a little when it comes to high fructose corn syrup. So… squawk.
To go back to the positive though, I’m honestly surprised by how much I like the taste of this beverage. The fact that they actually pulled off a cola/citrus hybrid impresses me the most. That impressive impression is followed by the fact that they’ve created an energy drink that doesn’t have a vague bubble gum sweetness to it. In a market where energy drinks are a dime a dozen it makes me really happy to see one that, in my mind at least, shows how being different can sway even the harshest critics… I’m talking about me.
Verdict – Buy a Pack
Oddly enough Twist turned down the role of Casey Jones in the new TMNT