How many bad puns and play on words can you make with your favorite energy drink? Unleash the Monster, Amped up, Party like a Rockstar, Alter My DNA. Well guess what? VPX has a new drink that’ll put all those to shame. The designation: Bang. Your choices: Lemon Drop and Champagne Cola.
Let’s keep track of just how many times I irrelevantly work a play on the word “bang” throughout this review.
My co-workers touted this drink for some time, with one of them saying it made him feel like he could climb Mount Everest. Bang me up, buddy, cause I’m game! I suppose the upward bullet on the can is supposed to indicate how high you’ll feel. What it doesn’t tell you is that the space between the bullet and the VPX logo is probably how close your body will get to a caffeine overdose. Seriously. Each can has 357 milligrams of caffeine, “more than three cups of coffee.” To put that in even more perspective, an 8.46 ounce can of Red Bull has 80, while a full can of regular Monster has 160. And somehow the drink has no calories, no fat, no sugar and, needless to say (and proudly stated on the bottle), “contains no fruit juice.” Bada-boom, bada-BANG!
My first venture to the drink was with the Champagne Cola, which honestly sounds like something to cater to women. Two sips into the can and I was already feel more kick than most energy drinks provide in their entirety. Halfway through I could feel my body hitting the pinnacle of their now-overworked alarms. Now I can tell people about how I got banged one day at work.
Somehow, even with all that caffeine, the drink is very clear. What’s even crazier is that the taste definitely isn’t champagne or cola-like, but more like a light mix of Monster and the bubble gum flavor of Rockstar Sugar-free. But like I said, this drink really banged me hard within the first 8 ounces, so I set the rest aside for later. After I settled back down, I decided to rejoice myself, see if it would still provide a nice final kick. Oddly enough, I was unaffected. It was like all the caffeine came to me at once, which wouldn’t be too surprising. I do like the way it tastes since it’s similar to that off energy drink flavor, but it’s less offensive. On one hand, I can easily see myself choosing this flavor for a nice kick. However, frequently seeking this much caffeine probably isn’t the wisest decision in the world.
Next we have Lemon Drop, which my co-workers have swarmed to. One of them described it as tasting just like Sprite, and I can see why. I’d say it’s closer to a Diet Sierra Mist flavor, since it has that off, sugarless flavor that’s characteristic of diet soda. I’m not sure if it was my recent exposure to Champagne Cola first or the off-putting aftertaste, but Lemon Drop didn’t do much for me. While I felt a bit more upbeat, I’d compare it to the mild effects of Mountain Dew Kickstart and Monster Ultra Zero. Everyone I’ve spoken to said they preferred Lemon Drop, which is fine by me, since that’ll leave more for me to happily bang. At least, until the cans run out (again).