Spike Shooter and ShotGun Review

Spike Energy Drinks are marketed to athletes (bodybuilders) and not the general public because of their high caffeine and other stimulant content.

The were even once banned by 7-Eleven stores because of some people’s adverse reactions to consuming them.

Here we review both Spike Shooter and Spike Energy Drink (once called Shotgun).

Spike Shooter

Quickly, because I’m under the influence, I had a Spike Shooter this morning and I’m feeling pretty good. Not out of control good, but good enough that I’m just going to go ahead and ask you all right now to excuse any typos or grammatical errors. My fingers are a bit shaky.

As far as taste and color go, think of a slightly more carbonated Redline. It’s pretty sweet and it goes down easy, plus it’s only 8 oz. so what the hell. Make no mistake though this is no Redline. Redline is certainly a glorious, magical elixir, but it is not a toy. It’s got strange chemicals in it that make you feel all tingly and invincible.

Spike Shooter is kind of a different animal though. It’s feels like more of a normal (albeit strong as hell) energy drink while Redline is some crazy stuff for, like, athletes and superpeople. Spike is potent, but I feel really anxious right now. Usually the more engineered bodybuilder kinds of drinks give me a more subtle rush. Drinks with Yohimbine are usually kind of unique too. I’ll get a really strong shivery sensation, like having goosebumps for an hour straight or something. I also notice a big pump if I drink something with Yohimbe before a workout. Not so much with this stuff though. I forgot about the Yohimbine until I reread the can.

spike.jpgI guess I want to compare it to Redline because of the reputation so let me put it this way:

When I drank the Spike Shooter, I was driving and I got the urge to turn the music up really loud. Like obnoxiously loud.

When I drink Redline (which is–I’ll admit–periodically), a mischievous leprechaun suddenly appears and kidnaps my stereo then jumps around the inside of my car, taunting me with the promise of the kind of sweet relief that can only come from that fantastic note. Intense negotiations ensue until we can strike a deal, the terms of which usually involve me promising to give up at least one of my vices, and the little bastard finally relents. Also, my steering wheel turns to liquid and I have to pull over for a while so I can argue with myself over federal monetary policy, David Lynch films, and whether or not I could pull off flat-front pants.

Good times though.

With that in mind, please don’t take Spike Shoo….aww screw it. Believe the hype friends. It’s true. I just realized that I’m pretty effing cooked right now. I drank it five hours ago and I’m still cooked. In the hands of a lesser being, I could see this stuff causing trouble. If you’re an experienced traveller though, just be aware. I’m jittery as hell. I’m afraid to get up from my desk for fear that I may say something untoward and embarrass myself in front of my coworkers.

Good stuff. Be careful with it. Please.

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God, I am wired.

Spike products are highly caffeinated and should only be used as directed.

Spike Shotgun: Renamed as Spike Energy Drink

spike-shotgun.jpgFor all those who like big 16 ounce cans…

The legendary Spike Shooter now has a big brother: Spike Shotgun (currently at biotest.net).

It looks like the blend is similar to Shooter, but the caffeine concentration is less.

SPIKE® Shooter Formula 2,650 mg
– N-acetyl-L-tyrosine
– Beta-alanine
– Caffeine anhydrous

Spike Shotgun contains 350mg caffeine per 16 ounce can (Shooter has 300mg in an 8.4 ounce can).

Review & Taste Test

There is a five-letter word in the Energy Drink market that has caused quite a stir in the past year. Often invoking fear and panic attacks, angry mothers, raised eye-brows and talking that even someone on cocaine would have trouble keeping up with. Some of you might be frivolously counting the letters of your favorite drink, but I assure you, it’s no diablo, rather, something far better.

SPIKE: Shotgun is going to blow you away.

The West Gets Wilder

Before Shotgun I’d never really considered the meaning of Shooter, although I’m starting to see an American-West theme here. Now that I have thought about it though, both names perfectly describe each drink. SPIKE shooters are similar to an Energy Shot, a lot of ingredients condensed into a small amount of fluid meant to be drunk quickly. SPIKE shotguns on the other hand, are less condensed, with slightly less caffeine PER FL. OZ., (21.88 mg/oz VS 35.71) but more caffeine PER BEVERAGE (350mg VS 300) meant to be drunk over a longer period of time (or shotgunned if that’s what you’d prefer).

Opening the new 16 oz. can I was more excited than I have been for quite some time. Let’s just say that if the can had been covered in wrapping paper, Christmas would have some serious competition. I popped the tab, threw my head back in anticipation, and prepared for a double sized dose of SPIKE shooter bitterness…

There is a god people, and apparently he loves SPIKE. Not only does the new Shotgun not taste like complete and total ass. It actually tastes, dare I say, good. Take the old SPIKE flavor, remove that twangy-tart unripe attempt at a berry flavoring, sweeten, water down a tiny bit, and you’re left with something I would be content no, enthralled to drink everyday.

Caffeine Corral

Ingredient-wise, Shotgun has been modified slightly from the original Shooter formula but don’t be too put off. That well known SPIKE wallop is still alive and kicking. The main difference between formulas is the removal of the caffeine alternative Yohimbine (which is also an aphrodisiac) and the addition of the naturally occurring Amino Acid, Beta-Alanine.

Beta-Alanine is not seen often in energy drinks but contributes to decreased-muscular fatigue in athletes and decreased muscular degeneration. Combined, these changes gave a “smoother” feeling energy-buzz that didn’t feel like my nerves were being shredded as the caffeine jumped from cell to cell. My hands didn’t shake (as much) my heart didn’t race (as much) and I didn’t get that nervous feeling in my stomach, at least, not as much.

Yohimbine has strange effects on the nervous system that I can’t say I’m sad to see go away with Shotgun. Then again, there is something unusually kick-ass about flooding an already caffeine saturated body with large amounts of Yohimbine, and that is exactly why SPIKE shooter can never be completely replaced.

12 Gauge and a Magnum

SPIKE shooter’s have been my energy drink of choice since they came out and I have never failed to feel some sort of effect from them.

SPIKE shooter IS the standard for how I judge energy drink effects, and few others are able to come close. The one down side to Shooter is that it can be overwhelming and SPIKE shotgun does a perfect job at filling in for the times I’m tired but don’t want to, or can’t be, ultra wired. Shotgun is starting to trickle in to local liquor stores for around $3 per can but if you get really desperate it can always be purchased in a 24 pack over at Biotest for USD $59. Together, the SPIKE family is shaping up to be the reason for envy at many beverage companies and could easily fill a spot in anyone’s everyday lifestyle.

Overall Score (5/5)

Review by Josh (blog: Cubicalism & Coffee)

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

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  • Steve

    I normally only drink Spike when I’ve been up for a long time after partying or staying up all night. Half a can keeps me good for about 5 hours in situations of extreme drowsy and tiredness. Normally it’s Fullthrottle.

    Still the first time I drank this not being tired, I found myself going nuts and pushing my body to it’s fullest. Seriously you find yourself shaking and going nuts etc. The weirdest for me was when I FINALLY was able to fall asleep, I woke up with what felt like a heart attack, which just seemed strange, I could definitely feel the drink in me still, but it wasn’t driving me, just haunting.

    So definitely be careful out there! Us Colorado natives see a lot of funny things come out of our little devil drink.

  • Kal

    Man, this stuff sounds great, I don’t know if I could handle it, though. I mean, choclate milk gets me wired, this stuff seems like it could make my heart explode.

    Eh, mabey I’ll work my way up to it.

  • sky

    holy flyen poop! man i drank half of one at 2:40pm and im still going crazy at 10:25 i just walked into a gas station next to where i work planing on getten my usal dr pepper but i saw a spike and remembered that i saw an add when i was going somewhere i forgot so i was like aight ill try it out after i drank 2 sips i was shaken like black woman’s ass!
    lol i also had a lil…the hole bottle of dr pepper w/ half the can that might help explain this mess lol
    man i can only see a lil kid exploding cuz of one of these lol that would be great n.n
    well im gunna go do more resourcing about this crazy elixir from the gods of Neptune!

  • Subway

    I was reading the comments over on the “Spike Shooter Banned…” page and now I’m curious: are you pitching any tents in those flat-fronted pants, or was all that crap about “erectile dysfunction” in the other article’s feedback just a load of…well, crap?

    Just looking for a professional opinion so I can properly time my consumption. I’d rather avoid an awkward situation if I can. (The office scene in “Anchorman” for example. “It’s the pleats. An unnatural flattering in the…crotchal region…”)

  • Sethamphetamine

    To hell with Spike Shooter. I drank one can of this stuff and ended up in the hospital. After I stopped shaking uncontrollably and it wasn’t excruciating to piss I couldn’t drink so much as a cup of water without vomiting for the rest of the night.

    I demand either a T-shirt, a million dollars, or a million one dollar T-shirts.

  • P-Unit

    over hyped! All of you way over hyped this product. I was expecting a great surge of energy, instead I felt ‘normal.’ I had this drink before going out on Saturday night around 10:30pm and was in bed before 3am. Usually, I am out till 4am without this over hyped product. Seriously, the best energy drink I have used to date has been Rockstar Zero-Crab….Booyaa!

  • kramit

    i have imported this stuff over from the US and it has arrived today (im in the UK) we have nothing as strong as this stuff anywhere that i have seen and atm it is just sitting on my desk scaring me.

  • Victoria

    Now that I think about it the reason that my friends were freaking is because of how fast my heart was beating. Other than that I still feel ok. But I’m not realy wired anmore just a alert.

  • anna

    i just…don’t feel this stuff nymore…like…nothin… :-/.

  • KurtDiggler

    Almost 1 year ago exactly I purchased this drink blindly, as i did with most energy drink I consumed. I was with my cousin and we got up early to get a jump start on christmas shopping, so naturally we were quite tired. My cousin got a redbull and I, wanted to try something new and there it was at the local 76 gas station, The spike shooter. Now, since i drank energy drinks almost everyday, i thought nothing of this can and i purchased it without caution, what would i have to fear anyways, i was just expecting a boost. So we get to the mall and i crack open the shooter and kill it within 5 minutes. 20 minutes later while walking through the mall, I start to get really dizzy yet thought nothing of it, until my heart started beating out of my chest. I had to sit down and collect myself, but it was no use, this drink took a hold of me and F’d me up. It induced a full on panic attack that was the worst thing i have ever experienced. I thought i was going to die, really. I could barely walk. It was so bad, that it was the last time i ever drank another energy drink again after that. Crazy huh. Its been a full year since i had one and thats hard for even me to beleive. So I guess for reading other reviews of this stuff, it affects other differently. But i still want to alert people on it and hope no one goes through want i went through, sorry for the long story.

  • thomas

    Dont wuss out its only 300 mg of caffine
    all thats happning is you are getting caffine intoxicated http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine
    same thing happens when i drink 4 jolts (880 mg) of caffine.

    Next thing to point is most other energy drink (redbull rockstar mosnter…..) dont really do anything and they hardly give you a boost (taurine is a scam)

  • Dead Sam

    I’m writing this from the grave. I drank this and died.

  • ballzley

    I’ve seen two flavors @ t-nation – original and ‘quila lime

    Which one is better? 8D

  • Apres Ski

    I drank half a can of the Quila Lime yesterday & finished the rest this morning. I followed the instructions because it was new to me. Glad I did because half a can, which I drank around 10 am kept me up until around 10:30 PM!!

    I did experience some muscle cramping in the stomach & rib cage area, around 6 PM & drank some Gatorade & bottled water. Within minutes, the cramps went away & I felt better immediately. No shaking or jittery effects. I’ve been calm and collected. Just the cramps. They were mild enough to let me know I needed water.

    Also, it truly flushes out your body’s system so you don’t feel like eating, you just go to the bathroom more, but it’s a good feeling. You’re light on your feet and you feel as though you can get a lot done. I for one, cleaned my entire kitchen thoroughly for the first time. I even moved the fridge to clean behind that & before, I would have never done that.

    So if you’re looking for energy, be careful with this drink if you are a first time user. It’s NOT like Red Bull, Rockstar or any other. It’s truly a different breed of cat . . . I mean, drink!

    I like it, but I will be chasing it down with water from now on.

  • Apres Ski

    Tomorrow, I’ll try the original since I ordered both and I know what the real story is on this drink. Right now, I have to get some water . . .


  • Apres Ski

    High Tasters vs Low Tasters

    I hate the artificial sugar taste, sucrose and all those drinks with artificial sugars taste awful. Luckily, if the drink is cold enough, you can by pass the awful taste. I would prefer sugar over the artificial stuff. If they can make a drink with natural sugars & caffeine, that would great!!!

    Most women are high tasters, while men are low tasters. Which accounts for why some people love beer, a low taster & some can only drink wine, liqueurs, & hard liquors, high tasters.

    If you can get past the sucrose/sweet n’ low taste, it’s not bad. But I just don’t like . . . at all!!!

  • Tom of Colorado

    Yeeeeow! This has kick. My first can of spike shooter had me at hello. There is nothing that I have tried like spike. The taste of the red can is decent, but the new lemon lime is really really good.

    I recommend following the directions on the can. Avoid any other source of caffiene when you drink this as it can make you jittery. In comparason to other energy drinks this is much much stronger. As a result, the cost savings from one can of spike vs having to drink two cans of most other energy drinks also gives it an advantage. Spike is sugarless so you do not have to worry about your teeth rotting either. Great product, great taste, I recommend spike, just use caution and follow the warnings on the can.

  • Bub

    Wow, I had my first can of spike, today, I actually bought two cans, at once, and noticed the warning that said do not exceed more than one can daily, OKAY, Im good for following the rules…I guess…so about 5 minutes after finishing one can, (mind you I had not been to sleep in 3 days and was tired as all hell) I noticed this crazy energy surge, I mean I felt like I just woke up from a slumber of sorts….About 20 minutes later, I noticed myself shaking like a crack fiend….4 hours later, still wide awake and no sleep, I was talking really really fast….around 12 midnight, I still didn’t feel tired, however closer to one I started to feel myself slow down, yet I needed to stay up, I had to run an errand, and I ended up stopping and getting some coffee (BIG MISTAKE) Even though I thought I was winding down, I really wasn’t…1 spike shooter, plus a 24 ounce coffee, with about six sugars, wasn’t enought…I WAS TEMPTED TO OPEN THE SECOND CAN I BOUGHT, Though I sipped it slowly, big mistake…it is now 5:22 the next day, and I am not only jittery as all hell, I am still wide awake, and I feel like my heart is going to explode, not only that, I have some Major wood right now…JEEZ!!! I LOVE THIS DRINK, and Im hooked after the first time…..I feel like I am on speed or something…..But all in all, if you stick with the rules on the can, this drink does wonders, break the rules and you go into a fanatic, overdrive, that may not end too well????

  • haha this guy is my hero.

  • Fred

    I recently bought spike on a 4 hour drive bare in mind I had drink ice coffee that morning, then another ice coffee in the afternoon.I was still feeling tired, because I was so worn out from the previous night.Finally I stopped by 7 eleven and skipped red bull, then ooOOh “SPIKE – Never Exceed One can” …hmm that sounds interesting, so I bought it, drunk it in a hurry and after finishing it, half hour later my wife read the label that never combine it with other caffeine.I was like no problem its like any other warning.As we were driving I started to feel so alert the voice of my wife became annoying, it sounded like an echo, my head became so hot my temperature was rising, I turned on the AC to very cold, heart started beating fast.I tried to be like a man but eventually I told my wife I needed to stop.So I pulled over from 95, heart is beating real fast I thought I will have cardiac arrest – SERIOUSLY.I was so dehydrated, so I drunk my wife bottle water, asked her to drive to the nearest rest stop for more water – I am now in panic attack mode heart is beating so fast, my wife can feel my heart beat in my head, eyes are red.We got to the rest stop before the car even stopped I opened the door, runned into the shop asked for the water bottle.Took 2 big bottle and started drinking and walking back and forth like a mad man.Heart is still beating fast – “I am going to die” then I said call 911.Store calls 911 gives the phone to my wife, ems is dispatched, still walking back and forth like a mad man wife begins to cry, she sees that I might die.Cops comes first then takes me out, asked me to sit down, take in deep breathes – that helped, but I could not control my body, I start to shake so fast my legs, lips, hands, slur speech.EMS comes takes my blood pressure, checks my sugar level, all seems okay.They said the spike had put me in panic mode, too much caffeine, it had dehydrated me, but after an hour I started to calm down.So my wife drives down to our destination and for over 12 hours I could not sleep.To make the story short, SPIKE is no joke as I type this comment I still have not slept this thing can kill.My wife once told me how red bull stopped some guy’s heart, never believed her – now I do with SPIKE.Whoever sells this stuff needs to take it off the Shelve before someone is killed.SPEED KILLS SPIKE KILLS.

Last Modified: September 12, 2014