While on vacation, I went over to a market called Smith's. It's owned by Kroger and just another version of Ralph's. I was disappointed to see that they didn't have a great selection, but then I saw an energy drink called Deton 8. As well as this one, I got the Deton 8 Sugar Free, pretty excited to review that too. After quite awhile of research, I found out that Deton 8 is Smith's brand of energy drinks, like Albertson's brand, Max Velocity. It really caught my eye because it has an odd, high-tech can design, like something from the future. It has a glossy, metallic lime green background, with some silver patches and random black areas of spikes. In front of it is the word Deton, in computer-like print, and the larger number 8, right in the middle. I think this one will probably be a Red Bull or Monster clone, because isn't that how all brand energy drinks are? Having said that, I'm predicting a apple and subtle raspberry flavor and a mild aftertaste, with little gumminess. Okay, here it goes.
As it opens with some steam, I am not surprised to smell an exact Red Bull aroma. Red Bull has a green apple scent, with some sweetness and raspberry. Out of the can, it's an amber color, but just a bit darker than other Red Bull or Monster clones, with minimal fizziness. Deton 8 really tastes no different than a Red Bull, and sort of like a Monster. I always say that Red Bull clones are only better than Red Bull because they are a few dollars cheaper than one. This drink has a tasty bittersweet green apple taste, which tastes a bit artificial. It fades away with a mild, sweet raspberry flavor that's pretty likeable. It has no noticeable aftertaste, maybe just a sour a green apple flavor that faded away previously, but really nothing. Deton 8 doesn't really have anything that stands out between the brand name drinks, but I really enjoy a basic drink, like Monster. This drink is pretty light on carbonation, just like a Monster or Red Bull, which makes it pretty refreshing. I notice one difference in this drink, the amount of gumminess. It absolutely no gumminess, which, as you might know, makes the drink way better. Overall, Deton 8 had no bad taste to it, but nothing really impressed me about it.
Now for the ingredients. I see carbonated water and HFCS. Oh, well that's another difference between a Red Bull. If you noticed, Red Bull and Monster are sweetened with sucrose and glucose. Taurine comes in at number four, another slight difference. Other than that, this drink's got natural and artificial flavors, caffeine, inositol, niacinamide, and vitamin B. This is odd because I know that Monsters have way more ingredients than that... Per can, you get about an average count of 240 calories, not bad, and about 62g of sugar. I believe Monsters have around 56 or 57g of sugar and Red Buls have around 65g, about the average of both. You also get 1920mg of taurine, just a bit less than a regular 2,000mg found in most energy drinks. I see about 76mg of caffeine per serving, which is about...eh...152mg per can. Deton 8 had a "mainstream" taste, nothing that would 'wow' you, but I'd recommend it, if it came down to that and a Red Bull. Although it's recommendable, I'd say that if you saw a Monster in the same place, you're better off with a Monster.