It's called "Kickapoo Joy Juice". That makes it weird to begin with. Seems to be made by the Real Soda company.
Where and when: purchased 3/12/09 at BevMo, Escondido, CA
Color: fluorescent yellow-green, slightly cloudy. Exactly the same shade as the cooler transparent green Legos. Very similar in color to a soda I can't remember, but which makes me think of the Rockies on a cool, humid morning.
Scent: very sweet, slightly citrusy. Reminds me a lot of condensed moisture on craggy peaks of granite.
Taste: sweet, hint of citrus. Lime more than lemon, but very very sweet. Strongly reminiscent of some other green citrusy sweet soda whose name escapes me for the moment, but which hints of drops of water on alpine vegetation. Despite the label, I do not detect the taste of joy, nor even the milder aroma of contentedness. On the other hand, it does not have the bitterness of despair or an aftertaste of ennui. What aftertaste there is is a lingering ever-so-slightly greasy sweetness, with a hint of nostalgia for past glories and a touch of shame about one's failures in third grade.
Other than that, it looks, smells, and tastes almost exactly like Mountain Dew. Maybe just a bit more limelike.
Quaff rating: 3 and a half. Very sweet, but pleasantly limeish
Cough rating: 1, for the 45g of sugar per bottle.
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