Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rockstar Recovery Energy Drink Grape Review

Canada may not yet have the latest Rockstar Pink and 2X, but we sure did get the new Recovery flavours. I picked up the Grape and Orange flavours on the weekend and the only thing left to do is find the time to sit down and review them.


You may already know that, but Rockstar Recovery are non-carbonated energy drinks. I like non-carbonated beverages because I am able to consume them quickly without having to pause to burp. The grape flavour is no different. It is non-carbonated and very, very easy to drink. Even though there are only 20 calories in the can, the grape flavour is very strong from the finish until very late into the aftertaste. The flavour reminds me of grape gum drops both in taste and aftertaste. It is mildly sweet, though the sweetness does start to build up halfway through the can. Halfway through you also start to experience a build up of citric acid which has a positive sour effect on the immediate aftertaste. The aftertaste develops an artificial sweetener taste, but it is well balanced with the flavour and the addition of real sugar.

There is no bitterness or cough syrup taste! Energy drink manufacturers have gotten much better at developing a great taste and hiding the active ingredients.


You guessed it, there are 160 mg of caffeine, a level of caffeine that is becoming a standard among Rockstar energy drinks. The effects are similar to the original Rockstar Recovery, which surprisingly came out almost exactly a year ago. I cannot believe it has been this long!

The caffeine kick is gradual and a bit slower than non-diet energy drinks due to the lack of sugar. But on the positive side there are no jitters. I started to awake within 15 minutes and I felt much, much better than I did before drinking this. I had a decent amount of sleep but I woke up in a zombie-like state. In another 10 minutes, I felt fantastic. The effects lasted almost 3 hours and there was no crash at the end. I wish there was more caffeine though.

Overall, I love this new Rockstar Recovery Grape flavour. It is easy to drink, tastes great and has a fantastic kick.

Medicinal Ingredients:
  • Taurine - 2,000 mg
  • Caffeine - 160 mg
  • Sodium - 78 mg
  • Panax Ginseng - 100 mg
  • Prickly Pear Fruit Extract - 50 mg
  • Milk Thistle - 40 mg
  • Niacinamide - 20 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid - 20 mg
  • Potassium - 14 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 4 mg
  • Vitamin B12 - 30 mcg
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: water, citric acid, orange juice concentrate, sugar, natural orange flavour, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, magnesium lactate, gum arabic, calcium lactate, glycerol ester of wood rosin, beta-Apo-8' carotenal.

Cost - $2.99
Taste - 9/10
Energy - 7.9/10

Overall - 16.9/20...Rockstar keeps upping the ante with their new drinks. I really liked this one

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