Hey everyone...NutraPlanet is getting ready to offer a HUGE sale on Protean, so I wanted to show everyone here what they can expect with iForce Nutrition's Protean!
Vanilla Cupcake Batter
iForce Protean Sample Review of the 3 Current Flavors!
VaughnTrue at iForce was nice enough to hook me up with a couple samples of each of the 3 current flavors (Vanilla Cupcake Batter, Chocolate Truffle, and Strawberry Creamsickle) to review, after I asked him about them. And I also got a few samples from RaginAzn's Supplement Stash Giveaway Thread, so I have few samples of each flavor and I will be reviewing each as I try them and post it up in here.
So thanks to you guys for hooking me up and letting me try out some iForce Protean!
Let's get it started with Vanilla Cupcake Batter!
I mixed 2 scoops in about 10-12 oz of 1% milk (5-6 oz per scoop). I usually do 8 oz per scoop in my shakes with other powders, but was recommended to use less liquid with the Protean so that's what I did. Mixed up fine with no issues.
As soon as I opened up the baggie that the powder was in, I was hit by a very pleasing and strong 'cake-batter' smell. It smelled delicious and exactly what it smells like when you are whipping up real cake batter for cupcakes. Made my mouth water and I was even more excited to taste it.
Like I said, used 10-12 oz of 1% milk and it mixed right up, no clumps or powder left, just a nice, creamy shake. Mixability is top-notch. I think Vaugh demonstrated this very well in his recent Red Velvet Cake video review... 4 SHAKES
Not bad, pretty standard for today's proteins. 120 cals, 20g protein, 4g fats, 6.5g carbs per scoop. Fats and carbs are a little high, but my diet is usually pretty low in fat so I could probably benefit from this. Also 20g of protein is a tad lower than I like, but it's nothing to cry about. Bump up the protein by a few grams, drop 1-2g carbs and maybe a gram of fat and this would be golden IMO.
Mixed with 10-12 oz of 1% milk, it came out very creamy/silky which I enjoyed. Was a little thinner than I like (usually like my shakes with a bit of thickness/volume). Seems to be thinner than Trutein, but thicker than Big Blend or Elite XT. The creaminess was AWESOME though, really enjoyed that. I may use 4 oz of scoop next time to see if it thickens it up a bit.
IForce did a FANTASTIC job at capturing a true Vanilla Cupcake Batter taste, it is VERY unique. I didn't taste a strong 'vanilla' taste at all, it was literally just like a cake batter taste; like I said, very unique and quite delicious. Trutein is still my favorite flavored protein powder, but this is a close second, and the other flavor samples I have may change my mind once I try those. I feel like if I made Ice Cream or Sludge out of this, it would taste EXACTLY like eating fresh cupcake batter, it's literally that identical. Hmm.. that may be the plan: Cupcake Batter Ice Cream for my other Vanilla samples
Great Job on the flavoring, iForce! If this tastes this close to the real thing, I'm sure the others will be fantastic as well.
Little high on the price for the sites I have seen currently carrying it. People complain about Trutein prices (which is my go-to), and the online retailers that I have seen this picked up on so far carry it for roughly the same price as Trutein, but Protean is only 4lbs and about ~15 servings less per tub. I know it is has just been picked up by online e-tailers, so hopefully the price eventually comes down. Otherwise I'll be looking for sales to pick some up.
I definitely enjoyed this protein a lot, and it is one of my top faves for protein powders out there. Very unique, and the flavor is spot on. Nice to see iForce diversify themselves with flavors in the HUGE array of proteins out there, really looking forward to trying my other samples, along with the release of the other new flavors in the coming weeks. This will for sure be a top contender in the protein market. My only real complaint was the price, but like I said hopefully it comes down a bit over time.
Check back for reviews of the other flavors as I try them!
I was one of the lucky people to win RaginAzn's giveaway from his stash. I received a sample of Protean Vanilla Cupcake Batter and Chocolate Truffle and per his request this is my review of both flavors.
Vanilla: 7.5/10 This is one of the hardest flavors to make taste good, in my opinion and I thought iforce did a nice job with this one. Not my favorite vanilla I have ever had, but it was not terrible. I was skeptical about only using 4-6oz of milk, but it was perfect. The thickness was just like a milkshake and it was something I really enjoyed.
Chocolate:: 9.5/10 Now, this was awesome. I'm usually not a huge fan of chocolate proteins, (ON ruined that for me) but man they nailed this one. I was sad I only had one scoop. This is something I will be definitely be picking up a tub of when it finally goes online.
Vanilla: 10/10 Mixing it with 4-6oz of water made it a full, thick, flavorful.
Chocolate 10/10 Same as vanilla
Each scoop contains 120 calories, 4g fat, 6.5 carb, 4g sugar, 20g protein. It taste delicious and it doesn't find itself in the meal replacement category with UP 2.0.
Vanilla 8/10 I was not blown away by the flavor but it was still pretty good.
Chocolate 9.5/10 This was much better to me and definitely something that will be on my wish list for my next order.
Thanks again RaginAzn for sending me these samples and letting me try these products that I would not have had the chance to!
Vanilla Cupcake Batter Protean!
First Impression: Smell
Upon opening the container for the first time, the smell was the first thing that hit me. It has a very strong scent, and it smells like vanilla frosting. It's amazing. My mouth literally watered when I just smelled the powder, and I could tell this was a quality product. If it smells this good right out of the container, it has to taste good as well, right?
The mixability of Protean was great. Exactly what I desire in my protein supplements. I used 2 scoops and about 16 oz of water in my shaker (With a bit of ice as well):
I barely needed to shake at all before the protein was fully mixed with the water. To my surprise, the consistency wasn't terribly thin like a lot of other proteins when mixed with water. It was more of a milky consistency. There was a bit of foam on top, but it died down pretty quickly.
If I had to compare it to another brand, I'd say the mixability is fairly close to Myofusion. Its not quite as thick as Trutein, but it still has a nice creamy consistency.
The highlight of this product: The taste. It's unlike any other vanilla protein I've ever had. It actually tastes quite like it smells. It has a batter-taste to it, as the name indicates. I think iForce nailed the flavor. It's not just a straight boring vanilla, but there's a hint of something else to it that differentiates the flavor from other brands. It's pretty unique, and VERY tasty. It's almost like a mix of vanilla frosting and the actual cupcake batter rolled into one. It's sweet, but not too sweet.
I assume mixing it with milk would only enhance the taste and consistency, but I typically drink my protein mixed with water. I'm often searching for new brands that mix well with water without flooding out the flavor or consistency, and this protein retains great flavor when mixed with water.
Will I buy this supplement again in the future? Definitely. Will I try other flavors based on my experience with this flavor? Without question. This protein is quite honestly one of the best tasting protein supplements I've had. I truly believe that it belongs to be mentioned in the same sentence as Trutein, XF and Myofusion. It's that good.
I was a bit skeptical about buying a tub of it without trying a sample first, but I'm really glad I took the chance. This is going to be one of my staple proteins moving forward, and I cant wait to try more flavors. Once more people get a chance to try this stuff out, its going to be as hyped as XF and Trutein. I wouldn't lie to you guys, this stuff is the real deal. I love it.
(I am not associated with iForce in any way, and I was not asked to make this review. I bought this protein myself, and all of my opinions are completely honest)
This is a picture of the Vanilla Cupcake Batter in my shaker.
This also really fizzed and got all bubbly so definitely had to let it sit til the bubbles went down.
The smell was amazing of just the powder.
Once the bubbles settled, I got a wonderful mouthful of Vanilla Cupcake Batter.
This flavoring was much stronger than the Chocolate Truffle
The consistency was very smooth going down.
I really really liked the Vanilla Cupcake Batter because the flavoring was stronger it is very very tough for me to like anything Vanilla flavored.
I rate this product a 10/10
At about 35 bucks for a alb container of this protein, it is very affordable and something I recommend to consumers in the market.I recently got picked to sample a few supplements and would like to thank RaginAzN for the samples.
I just tried the cupcake batter. I had pretty high expectations and I'd have to say that this lived up to them.
Taste- It tasted more like a vanilla milkshake from syntha-6 to me, which is very good, but I was expecting more cupcake flavor. Very good overall, I only got one serving and now I'm wishing I had more!
Mix ability - 10/10 I used a shaker ball. There was no clumping and very little was left in the shaker after finishing it. Couldn't ask for more than that.
Iforce is going to the top of my list after trying this, chocolate truffle is next up. I like that they have so many different flavors other than the same old chocolate every day.
Overall I will give this a 9.5 out of 10. If you've ever tasted syntha, you know the flavor is awesome, same goes for this. There was a slight batter flavor but gave me more of a milkshake feel, maybe just because that's what I was expecting.
Iforce Protean Strawberry Creamsicle Review
I would like to thank VaughnTrue for the three samples and apologize for the delay in reviewing it. A samples were taken with 4 oz milk and mixed in a blender bottle
Here Is a link to my reviews of the other flavors Iforce Chocolate Truffle and Vanilla Cupcake Batter Protean Review by Jabmaster - Bodybuilding.com Forums
Just like the other flavors strawberry creamsicle mixes perfectly with no residue or clumps. Its a delicious creamy heaven
This stuff is the real deal. It as a REAL strawberry taste with a strong creamy finish honestly it taste just like these strawberry creamsavers, but better in liquid form. It has a more natural taste than the candy and just as creamy.
On a side not I mixed one of the samples with chocolate truffle and damn that is a 10/10. The key was to add alittle more strawberry than chocolate cuz the choco tended to over power the strawberry. But man when you get the right mix its a perfect choco covered strawberry shake.
Im eagerly awaiting the new Red velvet cake and vanilla mint swirl. I will be buying tubs when released. If yall also need any reviewers let me know
- Protean mixed perfectly. I remember Vaughn showing a video when Protean first came out, highlighting that Protean mixed in 4 shakes. Well, he wasn't lying. This stuff mixed flawlessly. I even mixed with just 4 shakes like VT, and it was perfectly mixed.
- What I really liked about Protean was the consistency of the mixture. I've always been a fan of Myofusion, but the new Myo Pro is just a bit too thick for my liking. Protean mixes up 2 scoops in 12oz water to my exact preference; not watery thin, but not overly thick. Just perfect, IMO.
- If I were to get nit-picky, there was a little bit of froth/foam after shaking. Nothing crazy, but something to note. By no means does this bother me at all, but just wanted to point it out.
- The macros are just fine with me. 120 cals = 4f/6.5c/20p per scoop. It's a blend of 5 different proteins, also has some healthy fats coming from MCT's and sunflower oil. Good stuff.
- Overall, delicious. It's a very different type of chocolate, though. I feel like it's a bit lighter, with a hint of mocha to it. I really, really like it. In fact, I would venture to say it's my second favorite chocolate protein. First would be XF UP 2.0 Triple Chocolate, and I don't think this will ever be beat, to be honest. You can find both Protean and UP 2.0 in my cabinet, that's for sure.
- It's true, other proteins can be found cheaper, but I will put a couple more bucks towards quality companies. I believe iForce to be one of them. I picked this particular tub up at my local nutrition store for $46. I think that's the same price you can find online too. With the prices of raws increasing across the board, it's getting pretty normal to see protein powders in the upper $40/low $50 range.
Overall, with iForce's initial move into the protein market, I think they passed with flying colors. I will continue to purchase, and I look forward to trying more of the flavors (especially with the rumored Red Velvet Cake right around the corner).Thanks to Vaughn, I was fortunate enough to sample Chocolate Truffle and Vanilla Cupcake Batter
Here is the Chocolate Truffle.
Upon opening the ziplock bag, I was hit with the excellent smell of Chocolate Truffle. The texture was very smooth of the powder.
I put the serving size sample in about 8oz of water, which was too much. Unfortunantly to really get the taste of iForce's protein, you can't use too much liquid which in turn gives you the great taste, but just a small shake. It would be better if you the taste was stronger and you could use a good 12oz of water, so you can enjoy the drink, rather than a few gulps and its gone...if all that makes sense lol.
When I shook the shake it, it led to alotttt of bubbles and sizzling, so I had to let it sit for a good 2 minutes.
The taste was excellent...extremely smooth and creamy.
It had a chocolaty taste, however I really with the taste was a bit stronger.
I'd rate this product 9.5/10 and DEF purchase!Thanks again goes out to RaginAzN for providing me with a sample for Iforces Protean.
I mixed one serving with 6 oz. of cold water and mixed it with a shaker. As I look at the empty bottle there is hardly anything left over or stuck to the inside which is a good sign that it mixes very well.
To be honest the chocolate tasted better than my normal cheap twin lab, and it tasted about on par with ON milk chocolate, and better than there double chocolate. Basically it tasted like chocolate milk when mixed with water. very creamy
Overall I will give this a solid 8/10. You can never go wrong with chocolate, even though the differences may be very small, this has to go to the top of the list along side ON and Myofusion.