I was scanning the regular drink selection today when this garish yellow can caught my eye. A new variety of Monster? Well, I had to check to make sure. At first glance it's hard to tell what it's all about, as the can is emblazoned with random phrases and symbols. Apparently they hold some meaning to fans of Motocross, but I don't know anything about that, so this design looked like a colourful Doctor Who/celestial bodies mashup. Thankfully there's a short passage on the back that informs me this flavour was designed (I'm sure) by Valentino Rossi, and that it has a "light, crisp, refreshing citrus flavour", as well as a "full load of our legendary Monster Energy blend". So without further ado, I took that full load in my mouth.
I was pretty excited at the prospect of a citrus flavour Monster, the Relentless lemon flavour is one of my favourites, so hopefully the tradition would continue. Sadly, it's not quite on par, with the Monster variety opting for a more varied citrus taste rather than focusing on the bitterness of lemon. Still, it's quite tart, and certainly flavoursome, but it does feel a little mish-mashy, and not nearly as crisp or clear as the alternative. This is certainly a better effort than Monster's other cryptically named flavour, such as Ripper or Assault, and it's one I'll be picking up again. Certainly not perfect though.
My rating: 4/5