EASE IN ACQUISITION—4
Pops up at odd gas stations from time to time. Just keep your eyes peeled.
Even if it’s not the flashiest energy shot in the world, Tweaker is attractive and different enough from other shots to grab and keep your attention. The main selling point in my book is the use of the tall 2 oz. bottle as opposed to the standard, squat version—sure, you still know on sight that it’s a 5 Hour Energy clone, but at least it looks different enough to make you do the double-take needed to make you stop and consider purchasing it. Also worthy of note is the name of the shot, which I like—now, the website claims that the formula was ‘tweaked’ so many times that they started calling it “Tweaker” and the name stuck…but I’m going to call that BS; there’s no way in the world that I’m going to believe that an energy shot called “Tweaker” is not so named so because of its association with methamphetamine (also a stimulant) users. Lastly, I’m docking a point for failure to disclose the caffeine content anywhere, either on the bottle or the Internet.
If something could be done about the gosh-awful medicinal aftertaste here this might actually have been a respectable energy shot. The first thing that’s apparent is that this doesn’t taste like your run-of-the-mill 5 Hour Energy clone—the berry flavor is full and thick, and I was just barely beginning to appreciate it when I was hit with a barrage of medicinal aftertastes (bitter, sour…you name it, it was there), which was about as bad as I’ve ever tasted in an energy shot, and necessitated that I take it down sip by sip. It’s not just the palate that doesn’t appreciate it, my stomach isn’t happy with me, either—it’s been about five minutes since I first downed it, and I still have a slow burn going down in my midsection.
I think the “6X The Kick!” declaration on the bottle may be a bit of an exaggeration, but at the same time it is a pretty decent shot powerwise—it took all of ten minutes before I was buzzing through my organic chemistry in record time, plenty alert and jittery enough that had a marathon house-cleaning session after I was done was in order.
The peak lasted about an hour, then decreased incrementally over the course of the next two and a half hours. No crash, though I’m more than ready for bed.
THE SHOT OVERALL—6.17
Works really well, but it’s nasty—so it’s more or less the same as most every other shot out there. Maybe worth the kick if you can stomach it.
KEYWORDS: Tweaker Berry energy shot review, zero carbs, zero calorie, zero sugar, diet