Monster Ultra Energy Drink Reviews

Monster Energy Drink Ultra is a popular sugar-free line of energy drinks made by Monster Energy.  Each 16 fl oz can contains 150 mg caffeine (except for Ultra Black – with 137 mg caffeine).

Monster Ultra Flavors

Monster Ultra is available in these zero-calorie flavors:

  1. Zero Ultra (citrus)
  2. Ultra Blue (light citrus and berry)
  3. Ultra Red (mixed berry)
  4. Ultra Sunrise (citrus and orange)
  5. Ultra Black (black cherry)
  6. Ultra Violet (citrus and grape)
  7. Ultra Paradise (kiwi lime and cucumber)
  8. Ultra Fiesta (mango)
  9. Ultra Rosá
  10. Ultra Watermelon
  11. Ultra Gold (pineapple)

We have completed a more extensive review of 5 of those flavors below. 

Ultra Sunrise

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In 2018, the 13th highest-selling energy drink was Ultra Sunrise. It tastes as you would expect based on the color of the can and the association with a morning beverage. It is orange flavored with hints of tangerine. It isn’t overly sweet just like most of the other Ultras and it’s easy to drink.

Sunrise’s Energy Blend

Sunrise has the same 150 mg of caffeine per can, and the same energy blend as other drinks in the range.

Taurine, Panax Ginseng, L-Carnitine, Caffeine, Guarana, Glucuronolactone, Inositol, and B-vitamins.

The caffeine kicks in pretty fast and is about the same as an 8 fl oz of brewed coffee. I like that it is sugar-free and sweetened primarily with Erythritol, which is a natural zero-calorie sweetener.

If you like an orange-flavored beverage in the morning then Monster Ultra Sunrise may be a good way for you to wake up.

Sunrise doesn’t contain any real juice, so you’ll be disappointed if you were expecting that.

Ultra Black

Monster Ultra BlackMonster Ultra Black is for those that love black cherry flavored soda.

It has a good black cherry flavor and isn’t overly sweet. The flavor and sweeteners do a good job covering the energy ingredients and there is just a slight after-taste.

Ultra Black is different than any other flavor in the Monster Energy Drink Line but is a bit niche. Since black cherry soda isn’t hugely popular, I suspect this flavor of Ultra will have limited appeal.

With 137 mg of caffeine, Black has slightly less caffeine than other flavors. The caffeine kicks in fast and lasts for a couple of hours.

It is also zero calories and sweetened with erythritol, sucralose, and ace-k.

Overall, this is a good addition to the Ultra Line and will likely appeal to those who like cherry flavored beverages.

Zero Ultra

Monster Zero Ultra is the company’s most popular addition to their energy drink line.

If Squirt Were an Energy Drink…

I couldn’t believe how much Monster Zero Ultra tasted like Squirt Soda.

If you aren’t familiar with Squirt, it’s a grapefruit/ citrus-flavored soda.

When I used to drink soda, Squirt was one of my favorites, so Zero Ultra’s flavor is a win with me. It’s light, refreshing, and they did a great job covering up the energy ingredients. The artificial sweeteners were blended well with just a slight after-taste.

I could have stood it a little less sweet, perhaps more like Fresca, but I imagine the sweetness is needed to cover the bitterness of the caffeine.

Zero Ultra is a Tamer Beast

No surprises in the ingredient profile of Zero Ultra and it contains both Sucralose and Ace-K to round out its sweet taste.

I think  Zero Ultra is a good tasting energy drink for folks that love the energy but hate all the sugar in standard energy drinks.

Ultra Red Energy Drink

monster-ultra-red-energy-drinkMonster Ultra Red Energy Drink has pretty much saturated the country now. In its early days of release, Ultra Red was in such high demand a guy was selling a can on eBay priced at over $100 at auction!

Energy drink connoisseurs were sure eager to get their hands on Ultra Red!

Ultra Red’s Flavor?

It seems like Monster is following Red Bull’s lead and creating a silver (zero), a blue, and an Ultra Red. Zero is citrus, Blue is berry,  Red is cranberry.

While there has been much debate among energy drink enthusiasts as to what the flavor of Ultra Red is, I definitely taste Cranberry, but with some other berry flavor thrown in to mellow out the tartness of the cranberry.

The flavor of Ultra Red is ok, but a little too artificial for my liking despite its “natural flavors” listed…

Energy Ingredients?

The ingredients to look much like this:

Carbonated Water, Citric Acid, Taurine, Erythritol, Sodium Citrate, Panax Ginseng Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Caffeine, Acesulfame Potassium, Sodium Benzonate, Sucralose, D-Calcium Pantothenate(Vitamin B5), Gum Arabic, Niacinamide(Vitamin B3), Natural Flavors, Salt, Ester Gum,  L Carnitine, L-Tartrate, Inositol, D-Gluguronolactone, Guarane Extract, Pyridoxine Hydroghloride (Vitamin B6), Red#40, Blue#1, Cyanogobalamin (vitamin B12).

Monster Energy Blend: Taurine, Panax Gingeng Extract, L-Carnitine, Caffeine, Glucuronolactone, Guarana Extract, and Inositol.

There are 3 sweeteners in Ultra Red, 2 artificial (sucralose & Ace-K and one natural (Erythritol), which give it a pretty sweet taste.

Ultra Blue Energy Drink

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Ultra Blue is a berry-flavored drink that is lightly carbonated and not overly sweet. I’m usually not a fan of berry drinks, but Ultra Blue is nicely done. Much better than the Red Bull Blue, in my opinion.

What’s Inside Ultra Blue?

In Blue Ultra, expect to find the usual energy blend of caffeine, taurine, ginseng, L-carnitine, glucuronolactone, guarana, and inositol along with B3, B6, and B12. However, it is a slightly tamed down version compared to what they put in their regular energy drink line.

Also, natural and artificial flavors sweetened with erythritol, sucralose, and ace-k.

With just 10 mg of caffeine less than a regular Monster, expect about the same effect minus the sugar rush.

Monster Ultra Safety

The Ultra line contains about the same amount of caffeine that would typically be in a cup of drip coffee or 4 cans of Coke. Adults should consume no more than two during a 24 hour period.

Those sensitive to caffeine, children, pregnant/nursing women, and those with certain heart conditions shouldn’t consume Ultra Energy Drink

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

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Written by Ted Kallmyer, last updated on February 23, 2021