Review: Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration – Jamaica, Mango-Limon, Limonada, & Mandarina


A few years ago we reviewed a soccer-themed energy drink called Golazo. That drink line has expanded with a series of 4 sports drinks with coconut water called Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration.

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration

In effect, this drink is a hybrid of Gatorade and coconut water, which makes sense, given that one of the main functional elements that coconut water brings is hydration. Continuing the focus of the original Golazo with Hispanic/Latin audiences, the flavors reflect those taste sensibilities, while also offering "50% less sodium than the leading sports beverage." Providing the sweetness is agave, which is an interesting choice!

The drinks themselves are packaged in 20 oz plastic bottles, typical in size and style for a sports drink, with a shrink-wrapped label around the clear package. The attractive Golazo logo anchors the look, with the color of the flavor being used to provide counterpoint to the whitespace. "All Natural Sports Hydration" sits on the top of the label, though looks more like a feature of the beverage rather than the actual name of the product. At the bottom you'll find the listing of one of the four flavors: Jamaica, Mango-Limon, Limonada, and Mandarina. Flipping the bottles around, you'll find callouts proclaiming that these drinks contain "7% coconut water", plus the Nutritional Facts, which include notes proclaiming "All Natural", "No Preservatives", "No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners", "No genetically engineered ingredients", and "Potassium levels may vary."

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Jamaica (Hibiscus Punch)

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Jamaica (Hibiscus Punch)

Let's start by looking at Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Jamaica (Hibiscus Punch). This is a red/pink colored drink with a refreshingly sweet scent. Given that it's a sports drink, the flavors are a bit muted, which is ideal for when you are working out, but more noticeable when you aren't. There are strong fruit punch overtones here, but just slightly different with the unique hibiscus flavor mixing rather well with the coconut water. In fact, you don't taste much of the coconut itself. Overall, this is a very positive flavor I like quite affectionately.

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Jamaica
Water, fructose, glucose, coconut water concentrate, natural flavor, agave syrup, citric acid, purple sweet potato juice extract (color), salt, red cabbage juice concentrate (color), hibiscus flower extractive

A 20 oz bottle contains 120 calories, 125 mg sodium, 90 mg potassium, and 30 g carbs (30 g sugars).

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Mango-Limon (Mango Lime)

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Mango-Limon (Mango Lime)

Moving on to Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Mango-Limon (Mango Lime), we are presented with a drink that is green in marketing color, but actually clear in reality. The scent is not what one would expect with a Mango Lime flavor. It's quite strong on the lime, but I don't really get a sense of the mango. The lime scent is quite different from other drinks proclaiming similar flavors. As for the taste, the coconut water flavor is more prominent here, with just a hint of lime filtering into the aftertaste. I think I sense the bit of mango more as well, but lime is the primary flavor here. This is a very light drink, but I can easily see it being quite quenching in the heat of a sweat-producing activity (for me that would be cycling, thus this bottle would fit nicely in my water bottle cage, though the screw-off cap makes it a bit more difficult).

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Mango-Limon
Water, fructose, glucose, coconut water concentrate, natural flavor, agave syrup, citric acid, natural flavor, salt

A 20 oz bottle contains 110 calories, 125 mg sodium, 90 mg potassium, and 30 g carbs (30 g sugars).

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Limonada (Lemon-Lime)

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Limonada (Lemon-Lime)

You probably wouldn't be surprised to learn that Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Limonada (Lemon-Lime) smells like lemonade. Shocker, I know. This drink is also mostly clear, but with a yellowish tint. Like Mango Lime, the coconut water base is more obvious here, but the Lemon flavoring does a nice job of blending with it. The drink is very quenching, but not at all salty like you typically find with a sports beverage. This isn't a low calorie sports drink, as an entire bottle still contains 110 calories, but I like the way the agave and unique flavors are used to provide something unique.

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Limonada
Water, fructose, glucose, coconut water concentrate, natural flavor, agave syrup, citric acid, salt, gum arabic, natural flavor, ester gum

A 20 oz bottle contains 110 calories, 125 mg sodium, 90 mg potassium, and 30 g carbs (30 g sugars).

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Mandarina (Mandarin)

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Mandarina (Mandarin)

Finally we have the orange entry in the flavor lineup, Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Mandarina (Mandarin). This beverage has a light orange tint and an obvious orange citrus scent. The mandarin flavor here isn't exactly packed with "Wow" and is probably my least favorite of the bunch. The coconut water flavor dominates here, with the orange mandarin playing second fiddle. It's not horrible, but compared to some of the other flavors, just not as awesome.

Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration Mandarina
Water, fructose, glucose, coconut water concentrate, natural flavor, agave syrup, citric acid, natural flavors, salt, gum arabic, ester gum, beta-Apo-8' (color)

A 20 oz bottle contains 90 calories, 125 mg sodium, 90 mg potassium, and 23 g carbs (23 g sugars).

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the Golazo All Natural Sports Hydration line of drinks. My favorite is the Jamaica flavor, which has a unique taste. I'd follow that up with Mango-Limon, also because of some very creative flavor properties. Golazo did a nice job blending the genres of sports beverages and coconut water to create an attractive product that offers a distinctive difference in the marketplace.

Official Website: VivaGolazo.com

Full Disclosure: These beverages were provided compliments of Golazo

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