“Tear into a can of the meanest energy drink on the planet,” is how this abrasive energy drink is advertised on its site. Yikes. I don’t know how much I want to “unleash the beast” while walking into work. While I enjoyed the occasional energy drink or two as a college kid pulling all-nighters at the library, I’ve since abandoned the seemingly unhealthy and intense stimulant. I remember losing circulation in my hands – let’s see if that’s still the case.
10:01 a.m.: The tartness of the Monster Rehab alone is enough to wake you up. It’s similar to drinking an Arnold Palmer, a combination of lemonade and iced tea, after brushing your teeth. The caffeine settles in no more than 10 minutes later, leaving my lips puckered and asking for the next sip. Best to keep a bottle of water nearby.
10:45 a.m.: Well there goes the feeling in my hands. The sweatiness of my palms is a little too much to bear for typing on a keyboard. The caffeine comes in jolts and prevents me from concentrating on anything. Certainly not the caffeine method for people who need to focus.
12:34 p.m.: I’m surprisingly still alert, maybe a little too much. I’m still having a bit of trouble harnessing the energy, but hey, I’m awake…
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2:15 p.m.: Still feeling perky! The jolts of energy have subsided and I’m still feeling caffeinated. Skipping my usual midday coffee break because any more caffeine could be toxic.
4:32 p.m.: Feeling awkward about not needing a coffee break. What do I do with myself? What do I drink? Ah yes, water. I remember you.
5:05 p.m.: My hands are still pretty clammy. I guess that’s my side effect from drinking energy drinks. Noted.
Lasting impression: As a devout coffee drinker, I probably won’t grab a Monster Rehab next time I’m in need of some caffeine. As far as the taste, Rehab is a bit more subtle than the usual liquid candy flavor I associate with sugary energy drinks. Also, I’m not really sure why this is called Rehab. I suppose if you need a kick after a long night, this would be your solution.