EASE IN ACQUISITION—1
If you’re looking to buy individual bottles you’re basically out of luck—while they did sell a variety pack on the Hydrive website back in the day (i.e. about six months ago), they have shifted their sales section to Amazon and no longer do so now. Best bet in terms of getting one’s hand on it is to take the gamble and buy a 12 pack online.
I like this bottle about as much as I liked the previously reviewed Extra Power bottle, just in different ways. I still like the clean, uncluttered label, the slim bottle, and the listed caffeine content; the what’s different here is that the mellow shades of pink have the effect of making me think “hydration”—and let’s face it, when you’re really thirsty, that’s never a bad thing…unless something really hypertonic gives you that same idea falsely, which is not the case here.
I didn’t really like this one. That doesn’t bother me so much as the fact that I’m having such a hard time figuring out why. I don’t think it’s something that I would really have all that much trouble drinking, but at the same time, it’s not something I’d enjoy for the taste alone. I think it’s the execution of the strawberry and kiwi flavors; I almost wonder if they weren’t into emphasizing nuances of the flavors, and opted to emphasize all the wrong ones…that’s as close as I can come to explaining it. Bottom line is that it wasn’t my favorite.
I elected to test this focus formula Hydrive beverage on a morning where I was going to three straight hours of afternoon meetings in which I generally had a hard time paying attention the whole time—on top of seeing how it would do at keeping me awake during a particularly sluggish time of day for me, I would be able to see how…well, focused I was. Turns out that it performed just alright in the former category (it was a lot more anemic than I would expect, given the performance of the Extra Power formula), and in the latter it didn’t make an appreciable difference at all. My thoughts are this—if you drink two, I imagine you’ll get a really substantial, invigorating boost, but if you’re looking for focus, you’re really out of luck—though I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the fact that the ingredients unique to this formula are panax ginseng extract and guarana extract. Hardly anything special.
Three hours with no crash
THE SHOT OVERALL—6.67
Generally, I wasn’t terribly impressed with this one. It didn’t taste all that great and the kick wasn’t nearly what it should be. Hopefully the rest of the line does a little better, otherwise I’m going to have to recommend you stick with the high-caffeine formulas….
KEYWORDS: Hydrive Focus energy drink review, low calorie, low sugar, hydration energy drink, thirst-quenching energy