Does ‘purple drank’ or ‘sizzurp’ mean anything to you? It means something to this guy.
Mixing cough syrup with mountain dew results in a purple fluid, and a very weird way of gettin’ high. Apparently it’s big if you’re into hip hop, live near Texas and like drooling on yourself as you slip into a waking coma. If you’re not keen on any of those things, don’t fret: we have our own version of purple drank now. Behold, Mother: Frosty Berry flavour.
The resemblance of the logo to some kind of Crusty Demons poster is significant. Unlike purple drank Texan-style, this purple shit has enough caffeine in it to make you want to get naked and chew on somebody’s face, while doing burnouts and fishtails. In a space shuttle.
If that sounds like fun, you must be wondering: does it actually taste good? I think so, but what would a true beer (or wine) snob say?
“It pours lurid purple with a lilac, frothy head that fades quickly. The nose presents strong, flat notes of warm grape jelly. On the palate the mouthfeel is surprisingly soft and buttery, but resolves quickly to fresh factory fruits and food acid. The finish is dry, with a full and lingering jelly aroma and hints of aluminium, typical of this varietal’s North Parramatta terroir”
Essentially, this is the Fanta Grape of the energy drink market. Sweeter than normal Mother, Red Bull or V, but with a weird fruitiness that reminds me of the cheapest lollies at the school tuckshop. I really appreciate the lower acidity of this drink, and if the local kwik-e-mart is out of Rock Star and Boca Lupo, this is a safe plan C for you energy junkies out there.
No comment on whether it’s good with cough syrup…
Boca Lupo (Energy Drink)
Poisonous insects tend to have ways of warning you (and their birdy predators) they’re not tasty – usually with really vivid colours. The smart kids call this aposematism.
Somewhere in our transition from cunning foragers to jiggly Woolworths grazers, we humans must’ve lost our ability to detect this little natural signal. Case in point:
The fact that Boca Lupo has enough caffeine in it to kill a small bird should make it less appealing, but that’s exactly what made me try it. At 109mg, it’s not as evil as the American stuff (Rock Star and Monster carry about 150-160mg) but this stuff kept me buzzing until midnight even after climbing a small mountain. Seriously, I climbed a mountain and had the drink, and couldn’t sleep 8 hours later.
After the huge and distracting spiel, here’s the verdict: this is damn good stuff. With 12% fruit juice, this is one of the few energy drinks on the market that doesn’t taste entirely unnatural. In fact, it tastes a bit like peaches! In spite of some unique ingredients (what is ‘black carrot juice’?!) I rate this as one of the better legal ways to get a buzz on. Hopefully they keep importing it from Italy.