It’s about time that I reviewed the original Monster Energy, but there’s a reason I’ve waited so long - I rarely reach for it anymore. Monster Original is like your first girl/boyfriend. You thought you loved them, but when you end up experiencing what else is out there, you realize they actually weren’t that cool. And just like Monster Original, they’ll always hold a special place in your heart. I do think that there’s something to be said about being one of the first energy drinks (at least in current culture, I’m sure there were cavemen crushing up plants and putting it in water too), and being the standard that other drinks are compared to. All you have to do is look around the energy drink at your local convenience store to see how many drinks try to copycat the Monster Original taste and appearance. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the OG, so I’m excited to come back, try, and compare with all of the new drinks coming out.
I’ve been sitting here for 5 minutes trying to think of how to describe the taste, which is probably pointless because who hasn’t tried it?
I’ve concluded that it’s even harder to place than Dr. Pepper, which at least has vaguely cherry undertones. I guess the best way to describe it is sweet citrus, but that really doesn’t do it justice. Please hit me up if you have a better description.
Gonna give it a 6.5, which somewhat hurts to put down. I just feel like energy drinks have come so far since the original, with tons of unique flavors and takes on the concept. I’m sure there are people who still swear by the taste, but I can safely say that I’ve outgrown it.
Giving Monster Original a strong 9 for appearance because it’s an iconic can. Great logo with the classic green and black color scheme. If you want a laugh Google “Monster Energy Satan” for a great take on Monster.
Pours out yellow-ish green with medium to high carbonation.
Not sure if the energy blend has changed over the years, but it currently has glucose, taurine, panax ginseng extract, L-carnitine, caffeine, glucuronolactone, inositol, guarana extract, and maltodextrin. 160 mg of caffeine, which I do believe has stayed stable.
Solid kick, but obviously not a ton of caffeine when you look at the new 260 and 300mg blends.
I’m probably not shedding any new light on this drink that’s been around forever, so if you’re still reading - I love you. If you haven’t had it before, try it. It’s the OG for a reason.
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