EASE IN ACQUISITION—7
Only as common as the dollar stores in your area.
Citrus X has the same quasi-tribal sunburst thing as all the others; the only thing that makes it distinguishable from the rest being is the color combination—shades of gray for the tribal design, yellow-ish for the background. In terms of how unremarkable it is, it’s actually quite remarkable—I don’t think I’ve seen a drink this drab looking before. Unless you’re really keeping your eyes peeled for it, it’s really pretty easy to pass it over in the energy drink section.
Pouring this out into my Energy Glass (yes…I have a flare pilsner exclusively for 16 oz. energy drinks), I found Citrus X to possess an opaque, toxic fluorescent orange color—very reminiscent of Sunny D, the sugar-and-industrial-solvent drink that most of us remember from our growing-up years. Taking a drink—it’s about that, just less sugary (as far as taste is concerned; in terms of content it’s got enough HFCS to make one think that an entire corn field went to filling a single can) and not quite as strong, which I can’t decide if that’s good thing or a bad thing—it could be good because Sunny D doesn’t taste particularly good, and it could be bad because it tastes like the drink doesn’t really have the balls to go all-out on the flavor. Either way, it really just sucks—one of the most mediocre flavors I’ve ever experienced.
As pitiful as the taste is, if you drink Citrus X, you’ve got a pretty solid kick waiting for you—it’ll wake you up fast and hard, and should be sufficient for all but the most persistent fatigue.
Not so long-lived as it is intense, but still satisfactory. Anticipate 3½ hours of functional energy before the end.
THE DRINK OVERALL—7.33
So the kick’s nice, but the taste sucks. Decide for yourself whether or not this is worth your consideration.
KEYWORDS: Rip It Citrus X energy drink review, bargain energy drink, cheap citrus taste