AMP Energy Drink Reviews

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AMP Energy Drink has gone through a lot of changes over the years to better compete in the energy drink market.

However, despite all the changes PepsiCo has made, this drink still struggles a bit, but was ranked as the 5th top selling energy drink in 2013.

In its most recent attempt to reinvent itself, AMP simplified their product line to the following:

  1. AMP Energy Boost Original
  2. AMP Energy Boost Original Sugar Free
  3. AMP Energy Boost Cherry
  4. AMP Energy Boost Grape
  5. AMP Energy Active Lemonade
  6. AMP Energy Active Orange
  7. AMP Energy Focus Mixed Berry

Here are some reviews of AMP’s earlier attempts at a winning energy drink.

AMP’s 1st Attempt at New Flavors

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Amp; it’s a term used often by eccentrics and extremists to describe their excited mood, and for good reason too. The phrase was coined as a common abbreviation for amphetamines, which well, get you amped, go figure huh. Regardless, a few years back Mountain Dew took a step in the right direction to appeal to their more die-hard consumers with a new product line with a similar name.

Well energy-fiends, it’s been 7 years since that venture began and starting this past January, AMP received not only a new image, but a wide range of updated flavors. Let’s see what kind of competition this new AMP family brings to the neighborhood.

New Flavors

The new cans in the lineup are a welcome change to the all too common green silver and black style of so many other energy drinks nowadays. The new colors (and corresponding flavors) include purple (grape), blue (mixed berry), orange (pretty obvious), and my personal favorite red as cherry.

The whole lineup might not win the hearts of the major Fiends but I’d be willing to bet that anyone could find at least one flavor that they enjoyed. I have never been a strong proponent of regular AMP but even as picky as I am I was still was able to find that the cherry, also known as AMP Overdrive, was surprisingly good as far as artificial cherry goes.

Marketing Ploy or “Miracle”?

Despite the abundance of flavors to choose from, the part of the review I was most interested in was how the new drinks would compare in effects to the regular flavor. Each flavor is marketed as having slightly different effects (some having L-Theanine for relaxation or D-Ribose for sustained energy).

Unfortunately there was only one flavor that stuck out in today’s “heavy hitting” drinks and it just so happened to also be the best tasting. If you’re paying attention you would already know that this was again the AMP Overdrive and I’m starting to welcome the abundance of new drinks on the market.

Buzz

In light of the fact that I felt very little effects from the regular AMP flavors, my description is only relevant for AMP Overdrive. Although not shockingly harder hitting than any mainstream drink such as Monster, it did have enough kick for me to notice, but I had to really look.

Being used to large amounts of caffeine might be a reason for this but in actuality the ingredients just don’t build it up to be that strong. 160 mg of caffeine per can is roughly equivalent to a Starbucks Double Shot. Now I don’t know about you, but Double Shots have stopped working on me as a viable means for energy and AMP is starting to seem more and more average.

If you can imagine the market consisting of Soda (Mountain Dew) and Energy Drinks (SPIKE) the entire AMP lineup falls disappointingly dead center. A few of the other (rather pointless) ingredients include, 34mg of Ginseng, 248mg of Guarana, and negligible amount of B vitamins. These ingredients aren’t pointless because of what they are able to do, but because the amounts just aren’t great enough to provide any sort of reaction. Pepsi Co. would’ve done better just naming this Mountain Dew 2.0 without adding the chemicals that reclassify it as a supplement rather than a beverage (by the FDA’s definition).

The Modest Middle Man

So it was a tough call, can a mediocre drink that gave me 1 enjoyable flavor out of 6 be considered any more than mediocre?

Can a glorified soda be touted as legitimate competition to the big energy dogs? I tried, but everything painted this drink, in any flavor, as averagely mediocre. Maybe people new to the energy market might get a kick out of this or people who have suckled on the Mountain Dew teat for years but AMP just didn’t get me amped, and that’s the hard truth. If you do happen to fall in one of those two categories, most of the flavors can be found in your local 7-11 for $2-3 dollars per can.

Overall Score (3/5)

Review by Josh (blog: Cubicalism & Coffee)

AMP Sugar Free

Amp Sugar FreeSo, show of hands who wants a review of Amp Sugar Free?

Hmmm… alright.  How about this: don’t raise your hand if you want the review.  Commonnnn it’s got a new label and formula!

Ugh, ok… Simon says don’t raise your hand if you don’t want the Amp Sugar Free review.  Raise your hand.  HAH didn’t say Simon Says!  You sucker, here’s the review.

Taste

For some odd reason, my first few sips tasted salty.  Maybe it was because of the tears I cried.  I adore the taste of the original Amp, I really do.  It was the first energy drink I ever fell in love with and still holds a nostalgic value for me.  So when I first tried the sugar free version and realized the original Amp taste was obliterated, it broke my heart.

The sucralose flavoring is not just riding backseat to the standard Amp taste as it should be.  It’s taken the wheel and the Amp taste is tied up in the trunk.

Ingredients

The usual mediocre 160mg of caffeine is lurking around in New Amp Sugar Free along with an eyebrow-raising 252mg of guarana.  200% of your daily value of niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid are standing in as the B-vitamin complex (those words just so happened to be vitamins B2, B3, and B5.  The more you know).

Effect

Not all hope is lost, because this new sugar free version will give you as much energy as a standard Amp.  Okay, correction, so most of the hope actually is lost.

Verdict

There’s two people that should be looking out for Amp sugar-free: diabetics who are a little short on sleep and the energy fiends who try everything without question.  If you don’t fall into those two demographics, move along there’s nothing to see here.

Reviewed by Dusty Smith

How does Amp Sugar Free compare with other Sugar Free Energy Drinks?

AMP Lightening Charge

I can remember a time when I had a different opinion of Amp energy drinks.

Back before they were sponsoring Nascars and making drinks called Elevate. Back then they were hardcore Mt. Dew and they were fantastic.

I don’t know how the brand fell off the mountain for me, but I never buy them anymore. It bums me out when I walk into a new convenience store and all they have are Amp and Monster.

Yet here I am with not one but three new flavors of this monstrosity. I started with the Lightening flavor, thinking no one, not even Pepsi can screw up lemonade. Can they?

Taste

The first gulp tasted to me like water. Very little flavor at all. As I got toward the center of the can the lemonade taste started to sort itself out. I was surprised at how weak the flavor was in this stuff. The other Amp drinks go out of their way to be bold and strong. It’s not that its bad tasting, it just doesn’t have very much taste at all.

Ingredients

80mg of caffeine per serving and some Taurine. That’s it. No B vitamins. No vitamin C. No Horny goat weed. Nothing…

Energy

My complaint with Amp all along is that it costs as much as other energy drinks and is very weak in comparison. This new Amp is by far the weakest of the bunch. No noticeable energy boost at all with this. Maybe my caffeine tolerance is too high for 160mg to affect me. I really think it’s the lack of B vitamins that dooms this stuff.

Verdict

I wasn’t a fan of Amp before and this drink has worsened my opinion of their products substantially. This stuff is going to sell big and it’s sad it will be taking a slot in the cooler where something better could be. My advice would be not to buy it. Let it sit on the shelf and collect dust. In 8 months or so it’ll be in Big Lots for 50 cents a can and then it might be worth a try. Don’t reward the people making this garbage with your money or they’ll just keep doing it.

Reviewed by TNT

AMP Energy Juice

amp energy juiceNow here is a part of the energy drink world that companies haven’t truly explored yet, the energy juice.

We’ve seen energy drinks with 50 or 60 percent juice, but AMP has upped the standard with their new 100% juice, AMP Energy Juice.

Juice implies it’s good for you, yet energy usually means the opposite, so can AMP, with both of their flavors (Orange and Mixed Berry), get the best of both worlds, and oh yeah, make it taste at least halfway decent?

Note: It looks like Amp Energy Juice has been discontinued.

Taste

I tried both the orange and mixed berry flavors of AMP Energy Juice and must say I’m not usually a fan of mixed berry drinks, so I wasn’t too keen on the taste of that, yet the orange was very impressive! Both were incredibly smooth and were very nice to drink. Orange tasted just like a pulp free orange juice with no real after-taste or bitterness.

Ingredients

Both juices had nearly identical nutritional facts. Not only loaded with vitamin C as you would expect from the “juice” part, this “juice” also packs 120mg caffeine along with 150% Niacin, 150% vitamin B6 AND B12, Taurine, Ginseng, and Guarana, making this not just your normal Sunday morning breakfast juice.

Effect

Effect was right on. A Nice boost and alertness to the beginning of my day, that lasted for about 5 hours, with no real crash towards the end. Not really an energy buzz, more like a lift that left me feeling good all day.

Verdict

My verdict is a huge thumbs up on AMP Energy Juice. If you’re a mixed berry fan you will love the mixed berry, yet in my case I can definitely see myself reaching for the Amp Orange the next time I need that little kick in the morning when my average breakfast wont cut it. AMP has continually made solid products from the beginning and their new line of energy juices continues in that direction.

Reviewed by Brandon Trouten

What do you think? Are the new AMP Energy Drinks better than the old versions reviewed here?

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

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  • Wow it seems overwhelming that Amp just does not live up to the hype. The ingredients say it should but read around and they seem to not be up to par. Blogs and review sites seem to be mostly in agreement that Amp is sub par. The ingredients list looks up to speed but I am beginning to wonder if all the stuff is actually in there. The relaunch is supposed to rehydrate but has nothing to actually accomplish this with? Lets not even go into there Dale JR love which is over the top. I think they should of hired me as a consultant or some other blogger. Whoever is giving them advice is apparently a moron.

  • O and Josh I have to give you Kudos on this review. Go job!

  • Dusty

    AMP Overdrive is the exact same drink that was in the Halo 3 Limited Edition Mountain Dew Game Fuel.

    Out of them all, the grape traction is my favorite. Second to the original of course, which I absolutely love for taste.

  • zibeb

    Amp is definitely not my favorite, but my girlfriend (who still doesn’t approve of my 2 cans a day energy drink habit) is hooked on blue Amp. She’s new enough to caffeine that she’s absolutely wired off of one can. My review? Good flavor, poor buzz.

  • Tramp

    honestly i’m far beyond the “regular” energy drinks like monster and amp giving me any kind of reaction at all. i feel no buzz and all that, so it comes down to the flavor when i’m not drinking SPIKE.
    i like the original AMP and Overdrive. the others i’m not too fond of. when it comes to taste though, i like the sobe adrenaline rush more than any of them.

    “(some having L-Theanine for relaxation”
    cause i know that’s what i drink energy drinks for..to relax. who decided that was a good idea?

  • Riley

    overdrive is definitely not the same as game fuel, game fuel was cherry with citrus and other stuff, it’s closer to code red (which is the best mountain dew anyways)

  • JW

    I think Amp is one of the better tasting energy drinks; simply because it tastes similar to Mountain Dew. I just wish it had more energy qualities to it, might as well buy the Mountain Dew MDX. One that that Amp has that no other drink out that has is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Amp will sell well as long as they sponsor him.

  • kaffkid

    I tried the AMP slurpee. It’s good. I still want to try the real thing.

  • e.a.nowakattack

    The orange flavour was rather disappointing for me. I had tried the grape flavour while it was still in testing phases; I’ve never liked grape flavoured drinks but it’s not bad. The mixed berry is great for flavour. However I agree that there’s not really much of a kick from these flavours.

    +

  • Atten

    AMP tastes like MountainDew because… well… It basicly IS MountainDew. It has roughly double the caffine (not impressive) and the other ingridents, as mentioned, are in such tiiiny amounts that the effect is nil.

    For example, AMP advertises it’s Taurine as an energy component. Great! It does however, only have 10mg. A Monster has 1000mg – 100x more.

    I would have given AMP a much lower score just because it’s simply MountainDew marketed as an energy drink.

  • Kelly

    I just tried this for the first time because I wanted to enter the promotion to have my name on Dale Jr.’s car in the Talladega race (just enter the code on the bottom of the can at ampenergy.com) and I have to say, pleasantly surprised! I’d definitely go back for more!

  • nick

    amp is the best drink ever

  • Colleen Miranda

    Love it orgasimic

  • jessica

    agreed with the autor here i LOVE overdrive (red) and i loved blue as well green was barebal i could drink it but… i didnt like it that much 🙂 lol
    jess

  • jessica

    another things about energy drinks in general accually well ive tryed over 37 diff types i keep a can of each differnt type right in my room no buzz off of any of them tbh i once had 15 diff energy drinks in one setting and my result? no energy no crash nothing but i come back for more because of the tastes i love wired x 344 which they havnt reviewed they did do 2 of the wiredx but not 344 also max velocity is good to im in washington state atm where i live theres not that many choices 🙁 so im taking advantage of what i can down here 🙂 well i could go on and on about energy drinks but ta ta fer now lmao
    jess

  • robyn

    hey guys i drink these allot and dont have a favorite flavor but today for the first time i switched up my amps overdrive to jolt and so far i always tend to drink the grape most commen favorite but its the same in one way now i havent yet tried the others but will i bought the same flavor to campare so i mean an energy drink is a drink but we all have are favorites now i dont like monster or red bull ive tried monster but not red bull no all ready i wont like if i dont like monster but any ways for first timer like i was i would start with something u can handle all though allot of places dont carry amp so that why i found a closer to this drink but i do like it i had to try differents ones and coming alon in near feature i might be drinking red bull and monster who knows only god plz feel free to email me if u need to share something or recomonded another drink i know there more out there it a mater of drinking them thanks robyn

  • Ginny

    The new amp overdrive is horrible! I have always drank amp over any other energy drink, so when the new design came out, I bought it. I couldnt believe how different it tasted, I only took 2 sips and had to throw it away.

  • Jason

    I think they taste totally different. I liked all of the flavors of the old can image. The new can image and it’s taste are horrible. I will go with Monster Rehab now.

  • Rob collins

    1 amp energy drink gave my 14 year old athletic son a seizure. He was hospitalized for 4 days all test for foreign substances, or medical conditions came back fine. Go search espn dangerous energy and watch video for yourselfs. These sort of products should be banned or at least regulated like tobacco and alcohol. The makers of these drinks need to take responsibility for themselves. I personally as a 40 year old adult are guilty of drinking these drinks myself. No more!!!

  • Mr. D

    If you are drinking 300 mg of caffeine along with the rest of the stuff in these drinks and you are not feeling the effects, then it is time to find a Clue store in your area and stock up! Try eating properly. Of course, if you are a gamer you are sitting on your butt and eating Doritos to fill the rest of your body’s nutritional requirements…kudos to the reviewer…amazed you can function as a human!

Last Modified: September 20, 2017