Wednesday, May 26, 2010

HyDrive Energy Electrolyte Formula Review

In my hands, I am hold the last formula of the HyDrive Energy drinks - Electrolyte Formula - which is lemon lime flavoured.

The beverage smells a lot like lemonade, but does not have that intense and sour lemonade flavour. It starts off watery, like the Strength Formula, but the taste builds up by the end of each sip. Half way through each sip, lemon and lime flavours start to emerge and by the end they are fully noticeable. Strangely, another flavour emerges at the finish - tangerine. It sounds strange, but this is what the finish tastes to me like. You can almost compare the taste to the yellow Gatorade, but once you drink at least half the bottle of HyDrive, the taste builds up and starts to differ from Gatorade. Like the other HyDrive formulas, the taste becomes more intense and flavour-rich, yet not very sweet. The Electrolyte Formula was enjoyable and easy to drink, but it wasn't my favorite HyDrive in terms of the taste. I would have enjoyed it more if the initial taste was made more flavourful.

You guessed it, this HyDrive formula contains 145 mg of caffeine. The unique ingredients are Magnesium, Chloride and Phosphorous. Within 30 minutes I started to get the already familiar feeling of clean and gradual build up of energy with my energy levels peaking 15 minutes later. I felt calm and very focused for 15 - 20 minutes right as my energy was peaking and plateauing. I was at this peak plateau for a good 3 hours after which I came back down, but did not crash.

The HyDrive Energy series was one of my favorite energy drink series, if not the favorite. Each formula has unique ingredients and every single one tasted great. Most other energy drink series have good flavours and bad flavours, but all the HyDrive formulas were consistently good. The energy kick was about the same with each flavour and though the caffeine content was not the highest, at 145 mg, the ingredients in the energy blend worked together to provide a few hours of clean energy with no jitters or a crash. It was an absolute pleasure to try all of the formulas and I hope the company expands their business into Canada.

Medicinal Ingredients:
  • Vitamin E - 3 IU
  • Niacin - 20 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 2 mg
  • Vitamin B12 - 6 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid - 10 mg
  • Phosphorous - 16 mg
  • Sodium 140 mg
  • Potassium 50 mg
  • Caffeine - 145 mg
  • Taurine - 50 mg
  • L-Carnitine - 25 mg
  • L-Arginine - 25 mg
  • Magnesium - 2 mg
  • Chloride - 2 mg
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: purified water, sucrose, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, monopotassium phosphate, natural flavor, gum arabic, sucralose, glycerol ester of wood rosin, yellow #5, blue #1.

Cost - not sold in Canada
Taste - 8.5/10
Energy - 7.9/10

Overall - 16.4/20...not the most flavour-rich HyDrive energy drink, but it still is one of the better tasting ones on the market

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