Name: Monster: Pipeline Punch
Size: 16 fl. oz.
Caffeine content: 160 mg. per can
Energy blend: Glucose, Taurine, Panax Ginseng Extract, Caffeine, L-Carnitine, Inositol, Glucoronolactone, Guarana Extract
Monster has had energy drinks that contain juice for as long as I've been drinking energy drinks. Way back when (as in a few years ago), Monster's juice offerings all featured black can designs that made them essentially look like variants of the original Monster flavor as opposed to different drinks altogether in the sense that they contained juice. Nowadays, all of their juice flavors have either been discontinued or replaced design-wise with colorful designs such as this one- although Pipeline Punch is a new flavor.
Pipeline Punch's can is almost impossible to dislike as far as my general perception of which colors appeal to people the most go. The primarily pink design is like eye candy, and the slightly bumpy texture that permeates the surface of the can is an added plus. On the back of the can, Monster provideds a story about the "Banzai Pipeline", which is a famous wave that surfers ride during the rare Winter months when it arises on Oahu's "fabled North Shore". I personally really understand the reasoning behind naming an energy drink after a famous wave, but found the fact that the word "pipeline" was contained in the name a bit confusing at first. There are a lot of connotations to the word "pipeline"- and I'm glad that this was a clean one.
Also on the back of the can is information about this drink's supposed flavor- which is passion fruit, orange, and guava. This sounded tasty to me, and certainly was. I find that Monster's juice drinks typically don't taste as much like an energy drink as you may assume they might. Pipeline Punch is extremely drinkable, and I find it, quite simply, delicious. What's not to like? I'd only say to avoid this if you dislike any of the flavors that I mentioned earlier in this paragraph.
Yes, this drink also contains Monster's standard energy blend. Therefore, anyone who's had a non-sugar-free Monster before knows what to expect. On top of the flavor, said energy buzz works wonderfully. I'd say that the effects from a Monster drink typically last 4 or 5 hours and wear off without much notice unless you intentionally try to.
I personally enjoyed this drink a lot. I'd go as far to say that this is my favorite "Monster with juice", but it's been so long since I've had another one that it's truly hard to say.