American Body Building Energy Drink Review

abb_splatter_logoSo here it is, as promised: a collective review of some of the best energy drinks that American Body Building (ABB) offers.

Unbeknownst to the common energy drink consumer, ABB has the largest variety of energy drinks on the market, no contest.  ABB sent me 16 different energy drinks to review in a box big enough to build an elaborate kitten mansion out of, which reluctantly, I did not realize until I’d trashed the box.

I was sent the most massive energy drink line I’ve ever seen, and it wasn’t even conclusive; they only sent me just over half of what they offer!  I do have to point out, though, that most (not all) of the drinks I did not receive from ABB are more directly formulated to be body building supplements.

The Goods

DrinkCaffeineFlavorEffectVerdict
Adrenalyn Shot200mgBerry Buzz33
Adrenalyn Stack200mgBerry Energizing

Fruit Punch

33
Notes: Berry Energizing has an outright gorgeous taste, right up until you swallow. Really an odd experience.
Diet Turbo Tea90mgGreen Tea
Lemon Tea
Peach Tea
Raspberry Tea
23
Notes: This entire collection offers a very pleasing taste profile that fits into any hour of the day, and I’m not a tea guy. Lemon Tea rises above the rest, and Peach Tea marks the low point in taste.
Nitric Force200mgFruit Punch32
Notes: Unless you’re looking for “powerful pumps”, steer clear of this one. The taste can be downright offensive at times and the energy is not anything to get excited about.
Ripped Force200mgGrape
Fruit Punch
23
Notes: No rush to give these a try. The energy was hollow, as was the yucky artificial grape flavoring.
Speed Shot Intensity250mgPurple Frost

Subzero Red

34
Notes: These are cute little energy shots that don’t taste too bad and do the trick.
Speed Stack250mgFruit Punch

Grape

LemonLime

Lemon Tea

45
Notes: Not only is this line the best one that ABB sent me, it’s one of the most impressive energy drink collections I’ve laid hands on. The Speed Stacks bridge the gap between the weight room and average consumer market with for ABB. The fruit punch is best in class but just watch out for Lemon Lime!!

*Effect and verdict based on a 1-5 scale with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Conclusions

Unfortunately, as you may expect, there is an incredible amount of overlap between the different energy drinks.  For example, the only noticeable difference between a fruit punch Speed Stack and fruit punch Adrenalyn Stack is that the Speed Stack tastes a little smoother.  Honestly, nothing else separates these drinks besides the label.  This state of affairs was rampant in the collection given to me, and it was a frustrating challenge to latch onto discerning factors.

Let’s be fair, though.  I’m making these statements based purely off of perceived standard energy, and energy is the one component that ABB has little intent of characterizing its drinks by.  These drinks are separated instead by offerings of thermogenesis (increased metabolism), ‘pump’ power (weightlifting pumps), and other esoteric promises that lose their merit outside of the weight room.

So I want you to keep in mind here, all of the drinks were reviewed strictly as energy drinks.  If a drink really does offer more powerful weightlifting pumps but doesn’t wake you up, then for all intensive purposes it will be a lame energy drink in this review.  To make things easier on you, we here at EF have created a summary table to help you wade through the dense thicket that is the ABB product line.  Drinks that require special additional attention are listed as well.  Also, just FYI: none of the drinks are carbonated.

Reviewed by Dusty Smith

Drinks are reviewed by an independent drink reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of this site.

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  • Tim

    Didn’t I warn you about the LemonLime!! Haha. But yeah, I enjoy these products.

  • Dusty

    Tim, that’s exactly what I was thinking as soon as I drank it!

  • Sounds like they all are similar with the exception of labeling and slight flavor tweaks. Still impressive that they offer many different types, but consider that in the ‘mainstream’ energy drink market that Monster probably leads with the most variety of different energy drinks (Think of all the Monster Javas, Monster Energy flavors, and now shots). Rockstar has less selection and Red Bull the original has the least.

    I hate drinks that give you a pumped up feeling and get your body tweaking but fail to ‘wake you’ up as you have put it. I just downed a Bawls original and i feel like it only half woke me up.

  • Tim

    I got the impression of “hmm…paint thinner.” That was when I drank Speed Stack Lemon Lime.

  • Gilly

    I was just wondering as I read your very interesting review, dusty. Is it “for all intensive purposes” or “for all intents and purposes?” I’m not critiquing you, I’m just totally unsure and inquisitive!

  • Dusty

    Gilly, in all honesty I have no idea lol. For me, it’s just one of those figures of speech that I’ve never really taken the time to question. Now, thanks to you, I have to break that comfortable state of affairs and figure out what exactly I should have said!

  • Gilly

    Haha, sorry for that bro!

  • i want try but in turkey dont selling yet 🙁

  • Hope

    can you get any of those in oz?
    Help me out man! xx

  • What about female bodybuilding?

  • George

    Hrmmm. I am looking at a bottle of Speed Shot Intensity I just drank and it has the amount of caffeine listed below the panel, it says 125mg per serving and a bottle has 2 servings.

  • ted

    thanks for the tip, I’ve updated the chart.

  • sean

    These things work great at the gym. the speed stack does a good job of sustaining energy and blastin you through a workout. nitric force is good as well if your not looking for the jitters while lifting.

  • Ted

    Is it the triple filtered water that makes a difference with these ABB drinks?? I thought they went down real smooth, highly digestible at least with ripped force. Haven’t tried the others yet, though do have some speed stack.

  • You’ve hit the ball out the park! Irnecdbile!

  • ABB is one of the best supplement brand out there! try their protein bar Steel Bar! Delicious!

  • is it safe?

Last Modified: June 11, 2014