I have mixed feelings on how much I freaking love this energy shot.
On one hand, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve enjoyed a rush quite like I enjoyed this. It’s exceptionally intense, exceptionally long-lived, and I was having a blast for every freaking second of the 12 hours I was experiencing it. My joyful abandon was only muted by the realization that I was doing something a bit reckless—this is absolutely not a shot for the casual consumer; in fact, I can think of only a few groups of people for whom I actually would recommend this.
EASE IN ACQUISITION—3
Only available at 7-Eleven.
Spike proudly makes some of the most potent energy products on the market, and you can tell that just by looking at them—dark colors warning labels, jagged spikes…it’s enough that it even gives seasoned caffeine critics like the EDjunkie and Big Red Boots pause. I’ve got to give it props for being so dang effective, and for looking like something that could prove dangerous to the unsuspecting consumer—seriously, they need to check driver’s licenses for this sort of thing!
This one really surprised me—what are the odds that I had not one, not two, but three winning shots sitting in my closet as I was contemplating ceasing reviewing them? This is pretty good—it’s not as harsh as one would suspect, given the plethora of the energy ingredients, and on top of that, the red apple/strawberry flavors actually made me wonder if Spike actually did care about how their supplements taste, which is something I’ve doubted in the past. It’s good enough that upon the first sip the idea of drinking half and saving the rest for later (as is recommended) seems kind of laughable (how are you supposed to resist downing the whole four ounces?), which is where things get very, very interesting.
This…this is a real energy shot. This is the sort of thing that the likes of 5 Hour Energy and all its knockoffs should be ashamed to share the shelves with; ever since I’ve tried this I can’t help but snort every time I pass them in stores. If you want a raw, almost unbelievable rush of energy from your shots and all others have fallen short, this might be the way to go—but beware; if you’re just being cocky this will have you strung up by your balls before you know it.
12 hours. Do I really need to say anymore? If so, then let me say that I felt the full effects for about seven hours, a only slightly more subdued rush for the three hours after that, and an above average one for the final two, after which there was no crash.
THE SHOT OVERALL—10
Spike Hardcore All-Day Energy Shot has successfully secured itself a place as one of my all-time favorite energy products, but even I’m smart enough to use extremely sparingly, and then only in the event of absolute need—I mean, probably need this kind of energy for this long only a couple of times a year. I’m going to abstain from concretely recommending/not recommending it, and let that speak for itself.
KEYWORDS: Spike Hardcore All-Day Energy Shot review, zero carb, zero calorie, zero sugar