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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That being said though, you Howling Monkey people are alright. Despite our continued skepticism over your caffeine content, we appreciate the samples–especially since you sent them after the review went up. Now just start putting the real amounts on the can and you’ll be well on your way to being good guys instead of bad guys.

We’ll consider these a gift in appreciation of the invaluable services that we provide for the good citizens of the world. It’s hard work and the Monkeys will serve us well during the long hours we spend wandering around in a caffeine induced stupor, I mean working on the site.

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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  • Master Lockley

    So I tried my first can today…just finished the second half of the can as I write this. I’m not to thrilled with Spike. I dislike the taste of sucrose, but sugar makes you crash. so there’s a trade off. I drank the first half in the morning and first felt relaxed, believe it or not. I did not down it, kinda paced myself, I also ate breakfast. I didn’t feel anymore awake or energetic at all. so i just drank the rest. no big deal really. not the kick i was looking for, it’s more of an ephedrine feel, which I don’t really care for anymore due to my excessive use of the pills back in the day. I’m not up, no high heart rate, or jittery. little tingly like ephedrine, and yea the yohimbine works, libido is elevated. not really a good thing right now at the office. I’m not tweaking but sure I would be if i downed the whole can. So not really what i was looking for. i need to be focused and aware at work, not feeling a little high. I’ll try the lime flavor next time, just not at work.

  • T-Rev

    So i dont follow the rules and drink two spikes a day and not only do i have sort of a “buzzed” feeling when i do eventually fall asleep i have the craziest effing dreams ever. From killer monkeys to waking up in a crunk sort of mood. I would tell everybody to drop wat they r drinking and make ever night a “Spike Night”

  • Matt M

    A few years ago (3) i used to work for a hopping downtown bar and was often in need of a pick me up. One of the bartenders recommended redline to me and i started drinking it like water. The one thing that it has in common with spike unlike other energy drinks is that they both contain Yohimbine. People who are susceptible to panic attacks in the first place will likely have an adverse reaction to both spike as well as redline. If you do some research into the chemical Yohimbine HCL, you’ll find that one of it’s uses is to INDUCE panic attacks in laboratory settings. If you can handle Yohimbine, you can handle spike and redline. Drink up!

  • Christopher

    I think the enormous rambling rant this kid just went on is proof enough what this drink does to you. The question is, where do I find this $***?!

  • akajulz

    I’ve been drinking Spike Shooters for over a year now. I buy 4 cases at a time from tnation.com , because the shipping is free for orders over $150. It comes to $1.66 a can, instead of paying $3.00 at 7-11. I love the taste of the original, it tastes like grape soda to me. I hate high fructose corn syrup drinks. Give me the artificially sweetened any day!

    If any of you fail to follow the simple instructions on the can, then you only have yourself to blame. Start out with half a can and work your way up to one can. I sip it every morning on an empty stomach, and I’ve never had a problem.

    And it has the equivalent of 3 cups of coffee, which is almost 4 times as much as a Red Bull. 300 mg of caffeine to be exact, but as others have noted there is something in the propietary formula that gives you an extra buzz.

    I go through withdrawals if I miss one day without Spike!

  • Anthony

    Started coming across Spike this summer at 7-11 and was stunned. It’s one thing for this to be semi hidden in the back of a GNC but in a 7-11 cooler? Someone is going to seriously eff themselves up.

    Not going to lie back when it was sold at GNC I drank a half a can like the directions say before a work out and increased all my numbers across the board. I eventually quit because I didn’t like feeling dependent as my tolerance grew. This stuff is the real deal but I worry about it in the hands of moronic middle school types.

  • Matt

    I tried the Spike energy drink sometime last year and due to my resistance to stimulants I didn’t feel anything. I can take 800mg. of caffeine, consume 4 servings of Leanfire Inferno (similar to Lipo 6), down 5 RPM pills (Or 2 crushed), swallow 5 Provigils (Prescription pills to keep you awake), and supplement with more than 2 fat burners in a day without feeling a thing. The funny thing is I don’t even take stimulants on a daily basis and when I do it’s usually in tiny amounts. I hate being me.

  • Wulfman

    If you don’t read the label and warnings, whose fault is it that you get sick. if you eat an entire bottle of aspirin, do you blame the maker of that if you get sick? The warnings are printed over the entire can. Why should it be pulled from the shelves, because some people refuse to follow the warnings?

  • ian

    I’ve just had the orange gold version on an empty stomach. this orange gold flavor tastes similar to nothing other than… jello. pretty good energy though, about the same effect as a bookoo.

  • so, i’m 2 and 3/4 spikes down in 2 days. let me tell you..this stuff is crazy! the first day, i didn’t sleep a wink. yesterday wasn’t so bad. however, at this present moment, i do feel spacey. i fear that if i don’t drink another one soon, i just might crash. like the others said…the fake sugar taste is awful. that new lime tastes like fresca or something, it’s awful. but the fruit punch is not so bad. i’d like to try the other flavor, but i’m definitely hooked. this stuff is like liquid meth and i’m ready for my next hit (or whatever metthies do)!

  • Justin

    I was reading through, and I agree, once you do fall asleep, you will have some crazy-ass dreams. It’s probably the yohimbe.

  • Alex

    First time I tried this stuff happened to be the same day I took some illegal stimulants which shall not be named- BAD FRIGGIN IDEA. Trust me.

  • Luke

    I’m some one who could not care less about how energy drinks taste it’s all about the effect for me and the effect of spike shooter is grate I just drank one thirty minuets ago and I feal like I could run for two miles without not wanting to stop I think this drink is much more strong than red line and much better one of my favorites so far…

  • Jeff Stone

    I’ve personally had Spike shooter on three separate occasions. All of which were very much intense and i think at some point very much airborne. I much prefer the Quila’ Lime flavor and really can’t stand the aspertaim after taste. This is the most hardcore energy experience I’ve had.

    For a little background story on my experiences, here is one: Friday night, my buddy and I grabbed two Spike Shooters (quila’ lime) and a 32 oz. rockstar. this was i think, 8 pm. We both took our shooter and split the rockstar. the rest is a blur up until about five am, where i found myself on his roof watching the sun rise. Spike shooter: not a toy.

  • Evan

    This stuff is serious and probably shouldn’t have been put in 7-11. I had one a while back from GNC before convenience stores near me had them. A little bit after chugging the can I started to feel extremely dizzy and anxious and it lasted for hours. Drink a half can or stick to reasonable drinks, this stuff is very powerful!

  • Evan

    I’ve been curious about this for a few months, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere around Seattle. Anybody know of a place?

  • Jane

    I was wondering, is there anything else out there that’s stronger than the Spike shooters? Legally, I mean, and on the shelves.

    I drink Spike shooters and I get nuthin’. After all the hype online and from acquaintances, I’m really disappointed.

  • ted

    Why Yes Jane.. Fixx Extreme Shot Give it a “shot”…

  • SCRILLA

    Yesterday, I drank one of those double shots of spike and then I drank a whole shotgun.
    Uhhhhh…I wouldn’t do it again. All of my limbs felt like they were on pins and needles and I had a hard time breathing. My lower lip started to tremble too.
    I don’t like this stuff.

  • Clancy

    If you are looking for something ‘old’-fashioned in its caffeinated ways, look no further. A good ~300mg per 8.4 ounce can, its no joke having slightly more caffeine that a BFC. Redline was severely disappointing to me, having the amazing, wonderful effects of about two five-hour energy. Even to a caffeine tolerant person, one can should give you a good buzz.

    Feeling exceptionally tired and exceptionally stupid, i prepared a good-bye text to a friend, then downed four. Best high i’ve ever gotten from energy drinks, turned twenty minutes into two. Hands down best drink for the buzz.

Last Modified: September 12, 2014