REVIEW: Coca-Cola Limited Edition Y3000

According to Coca-Cola, its Limited Edition Y3000 Cola is “Futuristic Flavored” and was partially developed using Artificial Intelligence. But should we trust AI to come up with new flavors? I don’t even trust it to write a paragraph about the limited edition cola.

But I did anyway.

Here’s what it came up with after I asked it to compose something about Y3000: “Coca-Cola has recently introduced a new limited edition flavor that has fans buzzing with excitement. The new flavor, called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Orange Vanilla, is a refreshing twist on the classic soft drink that has quickly become a fan favorite.”

So, um, yeah.

While it’s “Futuristic Flavored,” it smells like a beverage I’ve had before. Despite putting my nose on the top of this bottle for the same amount of time my dog’s nose is under a fire hydrant, I can’t definitely place where I’ve smelled it before. With its berry-ish aroma, I want to say Pepsi Blue, but that would be weird because my fellow reviewer said this other Coca-Cola Creations cola smells like Pepsi Blue.

But the way it tastes confuses me even more. There’s a tasty berry vanilla flavor at first, but the aftertaste sometimes reminds me of buttered popcorn jelly beans. That aftertaste was more noticeable after using Y3000 to soothe my mouth after eating some Takis. But other times, that aftertaste wasn’t buttery and leaned heavily towards vanilla-y. I think I also picked up on some artificial banana flavoring. But that buttered popcorn vibe caused a cola that started off good to fall a bit off at the end. Let me know in the comments if any of you also noticed that artificial buttered popcorn flavor.

So, um, yeah. Thank you, Artificial Intelligence. Thank you for making what started out as possibly one of the better tasting Coca-Cola Creations flavors and then making it perhaps the one with the weirdest aftertaste. Now I’m curious about how the Zero Sugar version tastes.

Although, to be fair, according to Coca-Cola, the soda was developed by AI AND humans, so maybe it was human error that caused the back end of this soda to taste like a Jelly Belly?

Purchased Price: More than one should pay on eBay
Size: 20 oz bottle (also available in 7.5 oz cans)
Purchased at: eBay
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 bottle) 240 calories, 0 grams of fat, 50 milligrams of sodium, 65 grams of carbohydrates, 65 grams of sugar (including 65 grams of added sugar), and 0 grams of protein.

21 thoughts to “REVIEW: Coca-Cola Limited Edition Y3000”

  1. I feel so weird now because all I got was a sour prune/plum type vibe and it was not good.

    It’s the first Coca Cola Creations flavor I have not cared for at all.

    1. Funny, because it’s only the second one I’ve actually cared enough about to possibly get again. I only get the Zero Sugar versions. I didn’t like it as much as regular Coke Zero, but it wasn’t bad.

      Couldn’t pinpoint the flavor though, almost felt a little strawberry-banana’ish.

  2. Color me intrigued!

    Soon as you said that it smells like Pepsi Blue (which I LOVED and desperately miss), you got me interested

  3. I got crazy tequila vibes from the aftertaste. And so far, I am the only person who has felt like this so I have to conclude that my taste buds are broken.

  4. It’s odd that Coke put ended up with a buttered popcorn flavor in there. Strangely enough, the Peeps Pepsi had a disgusting butter taste mixed with some really sweet, vile flavors. It was so nasty! I can make myself ill if I think about that concoction for too long :X

  5. it tasted like vanilla & cotton candy to me. the cola taste is what always throws me with these ‘mystery’ flavors. i think if it was a sprite base it’d be so much better! (tried zero sugar).

  6. Reactions have been all over the map with this one… wouldn’t it be interesting if there are actually multiple versions of this floating around our grocery store shelves? FWIW I definitely thought Peach, with an aftertaste of something slightly herbal/floral (maybe ginger?)

  7. I have no clue what this flavor is suppose to be. The first few sips I thought it was something like cotton candy or maybe some type of bubble gum flavor. By the time I finished it, I thought it was some type of peachy or mango type flavor with hints of vanilla cream thrown in.

    Regardless, its a mess. It’s not awful, but its not good either. It’s very mid.

  8. You are right about the buttery vanilla flavor. I was thinking it was maybe caramel. I really like it, and hope they make it a permanent flavor.

  9. I’m definitely tasting some pineapple! (Perhaps that because I’ve been eagerly awaiting to try pineapple Pepsi)

  10. So from someone who has not tried this yet I am getting it is a berry, peach, pineapple, banana, vanilla, cotton candy, buttered popcorn flavor?

  11. I have not liked the last two “creations” at all. This one smells of orange, and sort of tastes that way. It’s not very good. The last one wasn’t very good. The one with “marshmello” on it wasn’t great, either. Don’t know why Coke can’t just stick with things that work. Cinnamon, lime, lemon, vanilla, cherry. I’d love to see Coke put out a cinnamon one, like Pepsi once did.
    This one is orange and some really awful smelling chemical. Like a fruit that’s been getting mushy. Bergamot? Vanilla, a little.
    The first two flavors weren’t all that great, either, but they were much better than the last few.

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