Ghost Dance Chinook Pale Ale is another offering from ALDI's ridiculously cheap beer selection, and this one's an exclusive brewed by Redwell Brewing in Norwich. I know about Redwell because I have a celiac friend and he tells me all their beers are gluten free, but that's not made clear on this one so please don't try it without further research if you have issues with gluten. I really don't want to be responsible for anyone's gut problems. So far I've been pretty impressed with the ALDI selection despite them all been either IPA's or pale ales so lets hope Ghost Dance lives up to the rest.
The beer comes in a nice 330ml sun gold can with the head of a quite unhappy looking Chinook Indian, maybe drinking more beer would cheer him up, but then alcohol has really caused enough trouble to Indian tribes over the decades. I like the picture though with an Indian camp scene in the Chinook's headwear. Maybe he's unhappy because he's remembering what life used to be like before the Europeans came and pretty much butchered his way of life, and very possibly his family. I guess when you think of it like that he's right to look unhappy, and having a beer is unlikely to really help.
Anyway I've gone a fair way off track now. Ghost Dance pours a clear sunbeam gold with a good but short lived head. It all looks like a nice enough pale ale to me. There's quite a strong orange, citrus aroma which is pleasant enough, but also common enough to not really stand out as anything special. There's nothing in the look or smell of this beer that will put you off drinking it, or overly excite you, but for a pound I have to say it looks pretty good value especially with the reasonably strong 5.3% alcohol content.
Ghost Dance has all the usual pale ale freshness and light texture you'd expect. While the taste very much matches the aroma with a decent orange, citrus flavour which is pretty well balanced. You could certainly do a lot worse for the price. I quite like it. I'm going to give Ghost Dance Chinook Pale Ale from Redwell Brewing and exclusive to ALDI 7 out of 10. It's probably best described as a good reliable all round decent pale ale. It doesn't do anything particularly new, but it's likeable all the same.