I appreciate the straightforward name with this one, as there is no guessing what Amp Energy with Green Tea will taste like – Amp energy drink and Green tea. It does not have to taste like Amp and Overdrive, Amp and Lightning, Traction or Amp and Overdrive. Why is their Lightning flavor lemonade? Why is Overdrive not taste like burned engine? This is just Amp’s style – naming things weird. Maybe this straightforwardness was the reason they discontinued it – that it would have done better if they named it something cool like Amp Reptile – or maybe even dragon (after enough staring at the design you can make it out). Dragon or Reptile would have commanded attention and might have given it longer shelf space. It would also have their packaging make a bit more sense.
For some inexplicable reason they covered this with what looks to be a little scales. I am guessing they thouht this cheezy dragon look makes you think of the Far East, but it fails pretty hard. It is a pretty can, but it just makes no sense. In terms of functionality, there is quite a lot of good going on. They double face the name, list the caffeine and other energy ingredients, and have everything printed clearly. I like how they concentrate on the ingredients selling the can, and not the stupid Monster-like XTREME paragraph that their 50 year olds in their marketing team came up with.
Green tea energy drinks can be a very very risky. Sometimes, the green tea shines through like a superstar, like in the case of Slap’s green tea energy drink. However, it is also easy to ge it wrong and end up with some evil concoction like Hansens natural pomegranate tea (shudder). Amp’s version turns out to be fair, like you would expect a green tea and an amp to taste like together. there are no surprises, and the flavors o compliment each other, but I was not blown away by the flavor. The tartness of the green tea powder was a little harsh and overpowering, but the citrus from the amp balances it out and makes the finish enjoyable – and the aftertaste sweet and pleasant. Don’t expect amazing flavors from Amp Green Tea, but it is a decent flavor if you need green tea fix.
The buzz found in Amps have always been a bit on the low side; not by a whole lot, but Amp is usually around 140-150mg of caffeine compared to the 156mg of caffeine found in here. WHen you add in the extra little life from the guarana, there is enough energy in here to provide a Monster or Red Bull’s amount of power.
They also pack in a nice boost of other energy enhancing ingredients, like beta-alanine, taurine, ginseng and Vitamin B6. If you are hoping for an out of this world boost, I would find something else on the shelf, but if you are just looking for something tasty to get you over your afternoon slump this will work too.