The YJ Stinger brand is pretty close to being deceased, and for good reason. Though its lame TV advertisements featuring pro wrestlers helped it become one of the first mainstream energy drinks, it quickly fell off of consumer radars due to its inaccessibility.
The drink was released in four flavors, all of which failed on the market. The Sinful Citrus flavor has the reputation for being the best, though, so I figured this would be the least painful flavor to try.
But the experience was still pretty painful.
Tearing into the can of Sinful Citrus, my nostrils met a powerful vitamin odor with a slight citric undertone. It smells a lot like urine, dirt, and lemon juice, which, as you can imagine, isn’t appealing whatsoever. An aroma such as this is to be expected in healthy supplements like Verve, but in something marketed as an energy drink it’s just unacceptable.
Accompanying the off-putting fragrance is an equally unappetizing flavor. The intended taste is pretty good. It’s sweet and the lemon-lime flavor works just fine. The problem is the overpowering dirty vitamin taste that, like the aroma, hurts the entire drinking experience. You’ll find yourself cringing and gritting your teeth trying pound the drink back, but in the end it just isn’t worth it.
Looks like Sinful Citrus just can’t do anything right. Not only are both the aroma and the flavor horrible by any sort of standards, but the kick is also far below average. After forcing the entire can of disgusting liquid down my poor throat I barely noticed any true kick whatsoever. There was a slight buzz and I did feel slightly more energized than before, but nothing worth swallowing dehydrated yak piss over.
Stacker 2 YJ Stinger comes in a single-serving container of 8.4 oz and is usually found for about $1.99. But the chance that you’ll ever find this in any store is pretty slim, and even shopping online yields few results. I found my serving at a local surplus retailer for 60 cents, which is the largest amount of money I’d ever suggest spending on this drink.
There are very few, if any, redeaming qualities to Sinful Citrus. The powerful vitamin attributes ruin just about every aspect of this drink and make it very hard, if not impossible, to enjoy. It tastes and smells horrible, provides a sub par kick, and is just a waste of money in the end.
- Can be found at surplus stores for as cheap as 60 cents
- Smells bad
- Tastes bad
- Weak kick
Score: 4.5/10 (Terrible)