When hungover I usually drink an energy drink of some kind, I don't know if there is any proof that they make you feel better or anything, but they usually work for me!
This one, Relentless Inferno, didn't help at all. I found it too sweet, the orange taste it has is very strange and leaves a strong after taste (which is not great when you're hungover!) and it didn't boost my energy or leave me feeling any better at all, in fact I probably felt worse after drinking it.
It's quite a large can, and if it worked that would be a bonus, but I really didn't enjoy this drink and definitely wouldn't have it again. I have tried regular Relentless and found that to be better tasting but also unaffective. In future I will stick to the tried and tested drinks - I consider this one a failure!
This ia a review for Relentless Inferno, an energy drink produced my Coca-Cola Drinks.
Relentless Inferno was the second drink to bear the relentless logo and can usually be found where you would find Relentless 'Origins' being supermarkets, petrol stations and new agents. The drink is easily recognisable by its dark orange 500ml can with Relentless written up the can also the slogan 'No Half Measures' at the bottom. The price of this drink and most energy drinks range vastly depending on where you buy them but in general a can of Relentless Inferno can be bought in a supermarket at around £1.25 and in a petrol station at a whopping £1.80 per can. News agents can range anywhere in between those prices yet tend to sit at the lower end of the scale.
Now I am a fan of the Relentless Origin flavour and was eager to try Inferno when it appeared on the shelves of my local Shell garage, unfortunately due to some personal preferences and some mistakes on Coca-Cola's part. Firstly upon reading 'Inferno' I immediately thought 'same relentless taste with a spicy twang' where it really means 'Orangeade'. This is where my personal preference kicks in, I dont like orangeade but I also found the flavour to be quite weak almost like drinking very weak orange squash with a dash of medicine mixed in, not the best combo.
Nutritionally Inferno is no different from most energy drinks offering no fat only a trace of salt and 46 kCal per 100ml but does give a huge 10.4g of sugar which in a can amounts to 52% of your Recommended Daily Amount (RDA).
So in all, unless you really like weak orangeade and need some energy at the same time I would advise to give this one a miss.
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Orange Fruit from Concentrate (5%), Citric Acid, Taurine (0.4%), Glucoronolactone (0.24%), Acidity Regulator (E331), Flavourings, Caffine, Preservative (E202), Inositol, Colour (Beta-carotene), Vitamins (Niacin, Panthonetic Acid, B6, B12), Guarna, Stabiliser (Guar Gum).
nutrient per 100ml
Energy kCal 46 kCal
Energy kJ 197 kJ
Carbohydrate 10.4 g
of which sugars 10.4 g
Fat 0.0 g
of which saturates 0.0 g
I believe this is the best energy drink available both in terms of value, taste and of effectiveness...
Firstly the can is bigger than that of most others, Red Bull for instance. This means you are generally getting better value (although the prices for all energy drinks in different shops varies a lot) but also that as it is such a large can you are getting more liquid inside you, rehydrating you - dehydration often being one of the causes of hangovers and general tiredness.
Secondly I think it tastes nicer than other energy drinks, plus ot is available in various different flavours.
Thirdly, whilst I have used this a couple of times here and there I have recently been saved from the hangover from hell by this stuff, so now I swear by it!
To cut a very long story short I had a combination of a bad hangover plus a cold which I'd had for a few days and I felt terrible, not only that but I had to go to Blackpool and was dreading the thought of another night of drinking, let alone the thought of dragging my feet around the shops and amusements as planned. After walking round like a zombie for most of the day and wishing I was in bed, I had a can of Relentless and within an hour I was back to normal!! The combination of the rehydration, the sugar and the caffiene did me the power of good and I felt great.
It saved me from the very worst type of hangover where even a full English breakfast had failed!!
I purchased some Relentless with a can of red bull out of interest at how different or similar they might be. I have to say that when compared to red bull relentless appears to excel in taste, value and efficacy. This is not to say that it is particularly good tasting, good value or particularly stimulating. It's flavour is still described as mixed fruit while tasting like no fruits which have ever been found on this earth; it is still more expensive than most soft drinks of the same value and it is still only equal to a good cup of coffee in terms of keeping you alert and awake.
In conclusion a can of this costs about the same as red bull but has twice as much inside and therefore twice as much caffeine, it is less unpleasant tasting and therefore you can actually consume a can of it without feeling sick but I still preferr a cup of coffee both for flavour and alertness.
When it comes to energy drinks I really do rely on them far too much. Saying that though I don't really know they work for sure and I think I just drink them out of habit along with taking energy pills and copious amounts of caffeine cos I'm perfectly feel on the deck so to speak.
This is down to suffering M.E, an eating disorder and through said eating disorder my potassium being very low indeed. I do try to eat right of course but hey how many of us do and how many of us drink these anyway eh?! lol.
I spotted this one night whilst out shopping with my mate. It was late but we needed food as we were on holiday in a caravan. Feeling my nerves go to pot as she was asking me which baked beans should we get and how many cans of chick peas at 4am drove me to grabbing one of these cans in the shop and downing it whilst walking around the shop (and yes I was a good girl I did pay for it on the way through checkout lol!).
The Can Itself:
500ml orangy red aluminum can and on the front I'm clearly told it is an energy drink and that it is Relentless Inferno 'No Half Measures', Energy, Stamina, Focus, Drive. On the back of the can I'm told a bit about the drink, ingredients and nutritional advice is given in full as well an at a glance nutritional chart, the best before date is stated as is the size and being told that the can is recyclable and contact details for Coca-Cola are listed (the manufacturer of the product). Nice huge can and the reason I bought it was down to the size for the cost of £1.05 a can to be totally honest with you!
The Drink Itself:
Light orange in colour with a sort of zesty orange smell to when you pull back the ring pull. It's slightly sparkling opposed to overly gassy/fizzy and then your left to drink it.
For me this tasted sharp, refreshing very tangy and rather but naturally sweet. It reminded of like a sherbet taste and it really did tingle the taste buds and due to that it did liven me up a little bit and put a slight spring in my step! I liked the taste of the this and gave my mate a taste of it too and she liked it too though when I told her it was orange flavour she looked quizzically at me like she didn't believe me!
However it is a tasty drink that leaves no weird after-taste behind and we liked it. Did it work and deliver all it's promises though? No actually. I mean sure it revived and re-hydrated me slightly for a short time but I can't say it made me feel more focused or full of stamina. It was a very temporary fix that lasted till I finished drinking it. I would buy it again though down to it's unusual flavour and not feeling like I was drinking syrup and if interested by all means try it for yourself as I feel it does offer good value at the price you pay for it for the size you get but don't think it is a miracle cure for fatigue as it really isn't!
Nutritional Information Per 500ml Can:
Calories: 230 Kcal
Available in all good supermarkets etc and in other flavours too!
As energy drinks have made work easier I've tried to find ones I've never had, a recent one was the Inferno version of Relentless, which comes in a red and orange can. Though not a fan of "Relentless" usually, preferring to try Monster, Red Devil or Rockstar Punched this looked like one that was going to be a bit different, the can seemed to portray it as tastier looking and more delightful. Being sold at 97p for 500ml in Wilkinson it's not the cheapest drink on the market, though it is significantly cheaper than Red Bull. The drink manufactured by Coca-Cola is not suitable for those who are sensitive to Caffeine, or Children or pregnant ladies this is due to it having 32mg/100ml of caffeine (or 160mg in the can).
After opening the drink there was a very orangey scent from the can the liquid inside also appeared to have an orange colour, by this point it had appeared the drink was a glorified orange drink. Upon tasting it there was no questions left, this was an orange drink glorified with Caffeine, Taurine and other nutrients. The drink had a rather orange "punch" style flavour and the texture left your head feeling fuzzy, but when compared to other orange juices this was a long way short of the flavour that the better quality orange drinks have. Though it is the better version of Relentless that I've tried and it's drinkable but not great.
Nutritional Information (per 100ml)
197 KJ Energy
46 Kcal Calories
10.4g Carbohydrates (10.4g of which are Sugar)
0.0g Fat (0.0g of which are Saturated fat)
Nutrients (per 100ml)
3.6mg Niacin (100% RDA)
0.4mg Vitamin B6 (100%)
0.2μg Vitamin B12 (100%)
1.2mg Pantothenic acid (100%)
Overall the drink may well be the best Relentless drink available, though this says more about the poor quality of the brand rather than anything about this particular product. The drink is a rather average orange drink, that despite leaving your head feeling fuzzy is nothing great. The caffeine content is high which is always a good thing for someone like myself, though sadly the taste and overall quality is too poor for the high price to make it worth buying again. Like the rest of the Relentless range it's one I'm not trying again, instead sticking to Rockstar, Monster or other minor brands. Coca-Cola have released a dire brand here and it needs either re-inventing or killing all together.
Despite the complaints about it, it is good that it has so many nutrients in, even though it seems like it's trying to over dose you on each one of them.
Relentless is an energy drink with high levels of caffeine and is designed to give you a lift when your feeling tired. I work un sociable hours at work sometimes finishing late and then starting early the next morning and when at work needing a quick energy lift. I tried several of them with out really liking the taste of them with the likes of rockstar, red bull and 24. I tried can of relentless as it was on offer and i liked the taste of it. The look of it looks like a science experiment as the drink is a greeny colour but the taste is nice. I used to drink this a few mornings a week for about four months. I would drink it about 9 o clock in the morning and for the next hour or so i would be wide awake and feeling quite perky but then about 11 - 11.30 the same thing happend everyday. I would seem to have like a come down, i would get very hungry, my stomach would have some sharp pains and need the toilet this feeling would only last for about 30 minutes but it used to put me off of it and the price used to put me off to. In some shops up to £1.60 a can of it! When i decided about 2 months ago i wanted to try and save money i needed to cut some things out and the relentless in the morning went and i started to drink coffee. Coffee doesnt give me the instant wake up that relentless did but coffee doesnt give me the side effects.
In a summary Relentless is the nicest tastying energy drink i have tasted and gives you the best instant energy boost but for me and one of my mates at work who drinks it too does give you a stomach ache afterwards.
I've never been a huge "believer" in energy drinks. Technically, your body adapts to caffeine within a week of your first coffee, and you will never really feel stimulated by it again unless you withdraw from it for a while. Even so, this hasn't stopped me needing a coffee to make my mornings complete, and it hasn't stopped me liking the occasional energy drink with some suspension of disbelief. Of course, the one we all know and love is Red Bull, which dominates the market everywhere. You'd think the competitors had no chance, but they thought of something that, in hindsight, was pretty obvious: Red Bull comes in a tiny can.
So, enter Coca-Cola with Relentless, a hefty 500ml beer-sized can of stimulant fizz. Relentless isn't the only brand to do try this strategy, "Rockstar" is the other big name in giant energy drinks, but personally, I prefer this. The thing that first made me pick a can up was the packaging. It might not be the most important thing, but Coke have done a really great job with it. The can is a distinctive dark copper colour and carries a big, elaborate "Relentless" logo in a flamboyant gothic tyle. They seem to have been aiming for an adult demographic with this, it even has a Byron poem quote on the back. I have to commend Coke for making such an interesting design choice despite their corporate needs.
The drink itself (Inferno variety) is much more conventional, but very nice nonetheless. It is orange flavoured, and tastes a lot like Tango or Fanta, but it does have a twist of the classic Red Bull taste that makes it stand out on its own. I'm not sure what that taste is, Taurine perhaps? Either way, that alone is a good enough reason for me to drink this, regardless of the stimulants. Whether others will feel that way is uncertain, the drink is very sweet, even more so than Red Bull, and has a similar tangy kick that may make some people wince.
So is the 500ml size a hit? Yes and no. It is great value at a cost less than that of the leading brand, with twice the product and identical quality, but the size isn't really necessary other than to make it look like the better value option. These drinks are quite irritating on the stomach and half a litre of sugary stimulant often just leaves you feeling a bit edgy. Still, I do recommend it as an alternative all in all. I think it is perfect as a replacement for Red Bull as a mixer, since you might get 3 or 4 drinks out of it, and it is also good for 18-25 year old males like me who like a generous portion of anything.
Relentless Energy Drink!
Relentless is a branded energy drink which was first created in 2006 by the Coca-Cola Company. There are currently an increasing number of energy drinks being sold in our shops as the public demand for these is greater then ever. Red Bull has led this sector for years, selling over 4 billion cans in 2006, but is now being over taken by rival brands.
These energy drinks are used to stimulate you brain and boost your energy for sports. They also make you feel more wide awake and have a similar, but much more dramatic, effect as coffee. The reason for this is because each can of Relentless contains 160mg of caffeine as well as the stimulant we regularly use, sugar. Here is a full list of the ingredients: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Taurine (0.4%), Glucuronolactone (0.24%), Acidity Regulator (E331), Colour (Caramel E150d), Favourings, Preservative (E202), Caffeine, Inositol, Vitamins (Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B12), Guarana.
Although there are currently many energy drinks on the market such as Red bull I much prefer Relentless as it has a much fruiter and sweeter taste which is a more distinctive and desired flavour.
It also comes in much larger cans of 500ml unlike the smaller cans of Red Bull which only hold 250ml, half of a can of relentless which make its much better value for money.
Compared to many other stimulant drinks like its self it is also much cheaper, for instance Red Bull usually costs around £1.40 where as Relentless retails at £1.09, you also have to take into consideration the size differences.
In my opinion Relentless is a superb flavourful energy drink ideal for those with high energy needs. I usually have one in the morning before school which prepares me for the all day. Due to the high levels of caffeine and sugar I would not recommend this product to people with high blood pressure, children or pregnant women.
Relentless is an energy drink manufactured by Coca Cola, containing high amounts of caffeine, taurine and guarana for an intense energy hit. It's sold in 500ml cans, and one can is roughly the caffeine equivalent to four pro-plus pills.
Relentless comes in three flavours- Original, Inferno, and Juiced. Original tastes oddly metallic and sort of like Red Bull but sweeter, and is a worrying lurid green if you tip it into a glass; Inferno (personal favourite) is vaguely orange flavoured and super-sugary. Imagine crushing an infinite amount of orange tic-tacs into a kind of pulp, fizzing them up and knocking them back. Juiced is an odd one, because it's the only one to have 50% real fruit juice in it, but it tastes (to me, at least) completely foul. Sort of like a rancid fruit squash with undertones of urine. It's also usually more expensive than the other two! Hmm.
All of them leave a bit of a weird chemically taste in the mouth. But what do you expect, eh?
Being someone who's prone to falling asleep at inappropriate moments (in the library, on the bus, in the swimming changing rooms...) I'm a big fan of energy drinks, and I've never really found anything that works as well as Relentless. Red Bull doesn't seem to make a difference to me, but a can of Relentless makes me feel awake, alert, and generally full of energy for a good few hours. I've also found it temporarily boosts confidence and enthusiasm!
I wouldn't recommend having more than two on the trot, though- I certainly start to get a bit twitchy around that point, and worry that any more would cause anxiety. There are also health-risks associated with that amount of caffeine, so it's best to consume responsibly, and use sparingly rather than out of habit.
Speaking of which, here's all the nutrition stuff:
VITAMIN B3: 18mg
VITAMIN B6: 2mg
VITAMIN B12: 1mg
PANOTHENIC ACID: 6mg
(not suitable for children, pregnant women, or anyone sensitive to caffeine)
I also wouldn't recommend using them for alertness during exams, or anything like that (which is one of the top reasons students drink energy drinks excessively), because in my experience, sitting still for a long period of time when you're feeling buzzy, doesn't help concentration AT ALL! Best off with the old-school good night's sleep and decent breakfast technique, I'm afraid. What they ARE good for is staying up late when necessary, or perking you up in the morning if you're feeling *particularly* tired (definitely not every morning, though. Besides anything else, that's a one way ticket to de-sensitisation city).
The Relentless packaging is pretty cool, and was definitely what attracted me to it in the first place. It features quotes from metaphysical poets, and strange muscular anatomy line drawings. Of course, it's the drink that matters, but it's nice to look trendy when you're drinking it!
In general, it's a fab drink that really packs a punch!
This is an alternative to Red Bull and other such energy drinks!I must have to say when I first tried it I was not too keen but when I have had it again it is one of those drinks that if you need a bit of a boost
or a bit of an energy rush then this is the drink for you and especially if you have had a bad nights sleep or you are tired this is certainly a drink that will liven you up and will give you the pep up you need to get you through the day!I would not tell you to buy this or any other energy drink every day because if you do that you could get addicted to it and that would be a bad thing ti happen!Every now and again though is fine I have not tried mixing it with another drink but I am sure you could come up with some interesting combinations!