Monday, May 11, 2015

HiBall Energy Sparkling Energy Water Grapefruit

I bought this drink from a Target outside of Buffalo for $1.99. Other flavors are also available and seemed there was an abundance of them all.


I was expecting something similar to Vitamin Water's energy drinks, but Hi Ball turned out to be straight up carbonated water with a very well executed, rich grapefruit aroma.

Yes, this is just "plain" sparkling water. OK, lightly flavored...veeeery lightly flavored. Whilst drinking, you do get a mild taste of grapefruit that comes and goes. Immediately after each sip, there is a momentary burst of flavor that quickly dies. The aftertaste has a very subtle hint of citrus to remind you that you just drank something flavored.

I should also point out that there are no off-putting flavors from the caffeine in the drink. Normally manufacturers hide the caffeine with an intense flavor, but since the flavor here is very light, I thought it would worth mentioning something.

There are no calories or other weird stuff. This is just carbonated water so if you are on the market for something with a kick and flavored lighter than Vitamin Water, then Hi Ball is the drink for you.


Each can contains 160 mg of caffeine. I felt the effects within 15-20 minutes by feeling more alert and focused on what I was doing. There were no jitters, but I could feel the 160 mg of caffeine quickly being absorbed and pushed throughout the body.

In another 20 minutes I was feeling very energetic and could both run around and sit and read. The kick was clean and useful.

The effects lasted for just over 3 hours and ended without a crash.

Not a bad, lightly flavored drink. at all.

Cost - $1.99 from Target
Taste - 8/10
Energy - 8.1/10

Overall - 16.1/20...light and potent

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