If you recall last summer, Pepsi released a line of Mountain Dews that were only to be released in the season. Only one of these three flavors lasted (Voltage, the one I only kind of liked). The trio kind of symbolized Summer '08 in a way for me, as it was something I always looked forward to drinking every night.
So you can guess what my excitement level was when I found out they were tossing out some new Mountain Dews to kick off Summer '09 - The new Game Fuel duo. These sodas are closely promoted with World of Warcraft, much like Code Orange Sierra Mist was last year alongside Get Smart. Each flavor is supposed to show your "siding" towards which Warcraft race you slide towards - the Horde or the Alliance.
Luckily, I'm not a nerd. I take no sides. I just drink to drink the drink.
Quite frankly, I'll just say I was a little disappointed. Only one of the Dews is new, and there aren't three like last summer. But hey, nobody said they were making a tradition out of these Mountain Dew releases.
Do you still want to try these out? Well, for the sake of PURE SCIENCE, and based SOLELY off the will to serve YOU, my fanbase, I taste-tested both.
First is the Red Game Fuel. In 2007, this stuff was packaged as Halo Game Fuel to conincide with the release of Halo 3 on the Xbox 360. It was met with mixed reviews, because many said it was way too sweet or just plain gross. The concotion is listed as "a blast of citrus cherry flavor."
To my tastes at least, it wasn't bad, but it doesn't taste much like cherry. You taste the citrus alright, but a lot of the problem with the flavor identity crisis is the fact that there is WAY too much sugar in this drink. I know, I know, Mountain Dew already contains a huge amount of the stuff, but this soda has even more.
If you don't mind overly sweet and sticky liquid, try this one out. Its not bad, but it isn't something that will make you run to the liquor store to pick-up.
Next, is Blue Game Fuel. This flavor is entirely new and is supposed to taste like "wild fruit flavor." As far as I could sense from Internet ramblings, this one was the better of the bunch, much to my liking.
Before I get into how the pop tastes, let me begin with a little story. When I decided to drink the Blue Game Fuel, I thought it would be a little more classy to pour it into a red paper cup with ice unlike the previous Game Fuel. I proceded my regular routine as usual until only a few hours later. I got up to use the bathroom, and while looking at my regularly beautiful face in the mirror, I see something that is off. What could possibly make you LESS beautiful, you ask?
MY LIPS WERE BLUE.
They weren't the color you get when you're cold. They were'nt just pale. My lips were DARK BLUE. Sorry that I don't have pictures.
When I noticed this, I licked my lips hoping to maybe wash the coloring off. I even tried swashing toothpaste over them. But, low and behold, nothing.
Long story short, my last result to get this color from contaminating my perfect mouth was to PEEL the skin off. I litterally pulled all of the skin off of my lips.
The lesson of the story is this: There is probably two gallons of blue dye in this Mountain Dew. Once I had to go through this painful endeavour, I returned to my spot in the living room to find that the inside my empty cup that I was drinking the toxic from was, indeed, dyed blue. If that doesn't give you any idea of what color this is, you're beyond repair.
But, like others had thought, the Blue Game Fuel was definitely better than the former. No, I still could not taste the "tropical fruit" flavor due to the sugar amount, but the sugar amount in this one had a certain taste about it that benefitted it positively. If you're going to pick up one Game Fuel and one Game Fuel only, make it the Blue one.
But here's a tip: Don't drink it out of a big-grip glass or cup. Unless you enjoy dye all over your facial features.
Also, before we part our ways for the day, there is one more thing I wish to share with you guys that I forgot to do months ago - Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwbacks.
These sodas were advertised as returning the formulas to their roots by using 100% pure cane sugar. The most eye catching appeal to these bottles and cans are their use of the original Pepsi and Mountain Dew logos from the olden' days.
Here's my quick thoughts on them:
Pepsi Throwback tasted a lot like Diet Pepsi for some reason, but it was very different from regular, 2009 Pepsi. It tasted "fresher," lacking words to describe it. Pepsi isn't my cola of choice, but I thought this one wasn't half bad.
Mountain Dew Throwback is another story. I just didn't like it. It was like Mountain Dew but without any flavor. And no, I don't mean there was so much sugar in it that it blocked the taste like I mentioned in my reviews above, but it just didn't include an pizazz. Maybe I picked up a stale stray? Who knows, but I just thought 'whatever.'
Well, there ya go. Have a nice drive home.
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