Get Pumped for the 9 Best Monster Energy Drink Flavors

We cracked open 34 cans and bottles to find the best Monster energy drink flavors. Here are nine flavors that turned us into Monster monsters.

Confession time: Prior to this taste test, I’d never had a Monster energy drink. I’d always just assumed it was for long-haul truckers and young gamer dudes who’ve graduated from Mountain Dew to the hard shit. As a person with self-diagnosed chronic anxiety, the last thing I need is to consume a beverage that might elevate my heart rate and force me to have intrusive thoughts about climate change, the Congressional midterms, or what sorts of cancer I probably have. And then there I was. Sitting at a conference table at Sporked HQ surrounded by 34 big-ass cans of Monster. I truly thought this might be the taste test that killed me.

But look! I’m alive and kicking. And typing. Not only did tasting an unreasonable number of Monster flaves not kill me, it genuinely put me in a good mood. If people who regularly drink Monster refer to themselves as Monster Monsters (can someone confirm?), then that’s what I am now. But even as a proud Monster Monster, I’m compelled to point out that some varieties are much better than others. I narrowed it down to the best nine. (Rhett & Link did their own Monster taste test back in March on Good Mythical Morning, and I’m pleased to report that their top four picks all ranked high on my list too.)

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best monster energy drink flavor: juice monster pipeline punch

Best of the Best

Juice Monster Pipeline Punch

As you can tell from the top three on this list, I was partial to the brand’s Juice Monster offerings. These contain around 15 percent real juice and have a pleasant fizz that makes them fruity, refreshing, and genuinely delicious. With its strong, tropical guava flavor and aroma, Pipeline Punch was the best of them all. Big POG vibes here. Link gave this one a “dang, dang, dang!” and I wholeheartedly agree. This is what you slam before you jump belly-first onto your board and punch a shark right in the nose. Not today, you toothy a-hole! (Just kidding; I love and respect sharks.)

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Rating:

10/10

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best monster energy drink flavor: juice monster mango loco

Best Fruit Flavor

Juice Monster Mango Loco

I love mango flavored things more than I love actual mango (unless it’s perfectly ripe), and this Monster has a big and tantalizing mango taste. This drink is ripe and juicy and has just the right amount of carbonation. If it wasn’t in a gigantic can with that horror movie-looking M emblazoned on it, I wouldn’t even know it was an energy drink at all. Also, maybe mango-flavored soda should be more prevalent? Something to think about, aspiring soda makers.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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best monster energy drink flavors: juice monster pacific punch

Best Classic Punch

Juice Monster Pacific Punch

Let’s keep the Juice party going, shall we? If you like a classic fruit punch, this one’s for you. And it comes in a can that’s covered in tattoo flash. It’s like if Hawaiian Punch went to a bunch of Orange County punk shows in the ’90s. Or, as Sporked staff writer Jordan Myrick put it, “This is what the Kool-Aid man’s cooler older brother who drives a motorcycle would drink.” Again, this has a nice, mild fizz that won’t burn your throat, and a big fruity “red drink” flavor that has notes of pineapple and other good, tropical things. Crank up some Vandals and hit the beach.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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best monster energy drink flavor: monster hydro super sport killer kiwi

Best Hydro Flavor

Monster Hydro Super Sport Killer Kiwi

A combination energy drink-hydration beverage is equal parts brilliant and insane, but that’s Monster’s whole thing. We tasted five of the brand’s Hydro flavors—the others were Blue Ice, Red Dawg, Tropical Thunder, and Blue Streak—and this one was the clear winner. The kiwi flavor is, indeed, killer and its name doesn’t make it sound like a dangerous redneck bar or a designer drug. I gave a big “ooooooh” as soon as I cracked the lid on this one and took a whiff. And the flavor lived up to the smell: It’s fruity, a little tangy, and not salty like other hydration drinks. The color is a bit Listerine-y, but if you’re looking for an energy drink without carbonation, pick up a bottle of this.

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Rating:

9/10

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best monster energy drink flavor: monster energy nitro super dry

Best Citrusy

Monster Energy Nitro Super Dry

Okay, I can’t say I totally remember what popular 1990s soda Surge tasted like, but I remember it being like a more citrussy Mountain Dew. This Monster gave me big Surge vibes. Maybe a little Squirt too. As soon as you open the can, you get smacked in the face with grapefruit aroma and the taste delivers on that promise. My assumption is that “Super Dry” nods to its crisp, refreshing, and less cloying taste, basically Monster’s version of a dry wine. This was Rhett & Link’s number one pick, and it’s definitely worth a try. In my professional-Monster-drinker opinion, it’s much better than classic Monster.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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best zero sugar monster energy drink flavor: zero sugar monster energy ultra paradise

Best Zero Sugar

Zero Sugar Monster Energy Ultra Paradise

I’m fairly certain that Monster isn’t intended for kids, but if it were, this is the one I’d recommend. It tastes like carbonated apple juice or a nice sparkling cider with some pear thrown in the mix for fun. It’s a really compelling flavor that’s like a grown-up take on flavors from childhood. Ultra Paradise also pulls off being sugar free without the saccharine aftertaste that can accompany artificially sweetened soft drinks. It’s tart, refreshing, and really good.

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Rating:

8/10

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best monster energy drink flavor: juice monster aussie style lemonade

Best for Summer

Juice Monster Aussie Style Lemonade

Another Juice Monster makes the list! This one ranked a little lower because it really, really smells like cologne to me. Not good cologne, either. But if you can get past Axe body spray stink, you’ll be rewarded with a really tasty sparkling lemonade. The juice really comes through in this one. It’s citrus-forward and super summery. Another can of something to bring to the beach as an accompaniment to your extreme water sport of choice.

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Rating:

8/10

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best monster energy drink flavor: zero sugar monster ultra watermelon

Best Drinkable Candy

Zero Sugar Monster Ultra Watermelon

This Monster may not have sugar, but it tastes like straight-up watermelon candy. If you’ve ever dreamed of guzzling liquified, caffeinated watermelon Jolly Ranchers, your day has come. We tried another watermelon Monster, the Monster Reserve Watermelon, but thought it had a medicinal, Red Bull sort of flavor that we didn’t detect here. Definitely grab this one if you’re a watermelon fan.

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Rating:

8/10

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best monster energy drink coffee flavor: java monster mean bean

Best for Coffee Lovers

Java Monster Mean Bean

I really, really thought I was going to hate Java Monster. Coffee already is an energy drink! What are you doing here?! In the end, I decided this particular variety was delicious enough to make the list (Java Monster Loca Moca was a close second in the Java category). Sue me, coffee snobs! Don’t expect big coffee flavor from any of these, but if you’re accustomed to and kind of like the taste of one of those bottled Starbucks fraps, these are good, sweet, and satisfying, like cold coffee with too much cream and sugar.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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About the Author

Gwynedd Stuart

Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked’s managing editor, is an L.A.-based writer and editor who spends way, way too much time at the grocery store. She’s never met an Old El Paso taco or mozzarella stick she didn’t like.

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  • I’m a huge fan of the whole sugar-free Ultra series. Ultra Paradise is my #1 pick, followed by the Ultra Peachy Keen, Ultra Fiesta Mango, Ultra Gold (pineapple), and the plain Ultra Zero (citrus).

    I definitely don’t get apple and pear from Ultra Paradise, though. According to the Monster site, the Ultra Paradise flavor profile is supposed to be “kiwi lime with a hint of cucumber,” but I don’t get that exactly either. I don’t find kiwi or lime. My taste buds get almost a honeydew melon-esque flavor with a hint of cucumber, which I find refreshing and delicious.

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  • Ultra paradise all the way

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  • Aussie lemonade and Papillon are the top two for me!

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