Category: Energy Drink/Soda
Ratings (out of 5)
Fizziness Factor: 4
Bottle/Can Design: 2
Tasting Notes: This sharp, citrusy enersoda faces the challenge of many hybrids: Will it be the worst of both worlds, like a DVD/VHS player, or will its two elements combine to create something miraculous, like a Junior Mint? The answer is somewhere in the middle.
As a soda, Vault, like fellow caffeine missile Mountain Dew, has a slightly disconcerting viscosity (must be all that high fructose corn syrup) and leaves behind a microcoating—perfect to protect your tender mouthparts from, say, that microwave burrito you were a little too eager to devour. The flavor, as it says on the bottle, is citrus, without actually having any hint of lemon or lime (or orange for that matter, although it contains concentrated orange juice). The closest I can come is "liquid pixie stick." As an energy drink, it has pulled me out of many a 3 o'clock mini-coma, and unlike so many of that ever-growing horde, doesn't need taurine or ginseng or royal jelly to do it. Vault just locks in the good old sugar and caffeine. (Total score 14/20)
Suggested Food Pairings: Caramello Koalas, searing hot pizza