As we saw earlier this year with the release of Crush Cherry, more Crush flavors are becoming available thanks to a deal PepsiCo signed with Dr Pepper Snapple Group a few years ago to distribute the brand. The latest fruit-inspired flavor is Crush Lime.
Like the other flavors in the product lineup, this drink is caffeine free, contains no real juice, and is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). There aren’t many lime-flavored drinks out there, though this summer has been popular for the genre, including Sunkist Citrus Fusion and Mountain Dew Distortion.
Upon opening the bottle, I kid you not, Crush Lime smells like some sort of household cleaning product that you’d use to wash your floors. Did Pine-Sol get into beverages?
The very bright green color supports the idea that this is a lime drink, but the flavor itself is rather mild. Not as strong in the lime department as we would have imagined. The smell sort of oversells the expectation. To be honest, the drink tastes like a melted ice pop like Fla-Vor-Ice or Mr. Freeze.
Overall, the flavor is very syrupy and fake in nature, and not very refreshing. It’s what is to be expected in the Fanta/Crush category of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Something that sort of tastes like the flavor on the label, but that’s about it. Quite disappointing.
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate, natural flavors, ascrobic acid (to protect flavor), calcium disodium EDTA, Yellow 5, Blue 1
A 20 oz. bottle contains 320 calories, 110 mg of sodium, and 86 g of carbs (84 g sugars).